Sales of rare vintage items here in Australia are not overly common. There are plenty of auctions for what seems childhood toys (used and somewhat abused figures / vehicles and playsets) and the odd MOC figure. Graded items are not overly common and rarer pieces, such as Display items are rarely seen up for grabs. But recently a number of very nice display items hit the market (eBay) with those auctions ending here tonight (15 October). So here’s a quick wrap of the sales…
Star Wars Original 12 Bin Header Card – $328.70
Everything from the first 12 figures just screams classic. I love to think how all new it was for the toy designers / merchandisers as they came to grips to the popularity the toy line had quickly become. These figures bins look like a great way to have sold the toys
Star Wars Kenner “Collect All 21 Action Figures” Store Display – $610.00
This was my highlight – great piece and in superb condition. This piece was made even better by the fact the original shipping box was present and a Kenner store feedback form. I loved the question “Do you feel sales displays are meaningful to sales turnovers?”. One wonders if they really did help back in the day.
Star Wars Kenner “The Empire Strikes Back” Yoda Store Display Mobile Hanger – $510.00
The Yoda vintage figure must be in the top 10 of all time figures. The cane, the snake, his robe – it really was a special little figure (not to mention the card back which was just stunning). This store display must have sucked in a few extra sales.
Star Wars “The Empire Strikes Back” Gondola Header – $675.60
This was the item that drew me to the auctions. I love the ESB line and especially Hoth. This sign really would have been problematic for parents – with kids wanting to re-create that scene at home…
Star Wars Kenner “Toy Galaxy” Cardboard Shelf Talker / Store Display – $330.52
Star Wars Kenner “The Empire Strikes Back” Cardboard Shelf Talker Store Display – $330.51
All in all a great set of items. My market assessment of these prices is limited as I don;t collect these items. On the face of it would seem the seller has done well, but in some respects some items seem fairly well priced. I can only imagine that the 21 figure display with shipping box and Kenner survey form must very rare and you could justify a much bigger price. Anyways, I hope the post was useful.