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If you ever spot one of the Atlas Renault 16s on this bloke's stall I'd be v interested at a fiver...

 

Duly noted... I actually sold my original French Dinky R16 to a fellow Shiter last year for less than the repros seem to fetch, but I'll keep a look out for you!

 

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Those Atlas things aren’t going for far off a careworn original would cost sometimes.

 

Baffling, isn't it?

 

I can only assume people are hoovering them up as 'investment pieces' - I'd predict that, like Lledo Days Gone and MB Models of Yesteryear, so many will survive in as-new condition that prices will never really rise.

 

I'm just buying the ones I fancy for now; I'd like to think I won't take too much of a haircut when I pass them on, anyway...

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Duly noted... I actually sold my original French Dinky R16 to a fellow Shiter last year for less than the repros seem to fetch, but I'll keep a look out for you!

 

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Baffling, isn't it?

 

I can only assume people are hoovering them up as 'investment pieces' - I'd predict that, like Lledo Days Gone and MB Models of Yesteryear, so many will survive in as-new condition that prices will never really rise.

 

I'm just buying the ones I fancy for now; I'd like to think I won't take too much of a haircut when I pass them on, anyway...

All these so called collectible items from the 70’s and 80’s are now practically worthless. There’s a guy on the market near me trying to sell his vast collection of Days Gone By with no luck even at 50p each. I must admit there’s appeal though in the Models of Yesteryear stuff from the early 70’s in those really lairy unlikely metallic colours.

 

I remember my grandparents having a Days Gone By Lledo Shredded Wheat Van. It was deemed a collectors item and so kept away from my hands as a kid. Ironically the stuff I was playing with in the garden at the time was the truely valuable stuff in hindsight. All those old Lesneys and Corgi Juniors! Distinctly remember having a large brown pick up by Ertl from ‘The Fall Guy’ which sell for a silly amount on EBay now!

 

Says it all when we cleared the flat out 10 years ago we slung it in the stuff for the house clearance people to shift. I think my Grandfather expected it’d be worth a fortune by now!

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May I take the orange and the yellow car in the first photo, green truck in the second photo and silver truck in the third photo? Chuck me a PM with details for payment etc.

Of course. Typically I'd just posted you a few bits yesterday, including that green toe Joe.

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All these so called collectible items from the 70’s and 80’s are now practically worthless. There’s a guy on the market near me trying to sell his vast collection of Days Gone By with no luck even at 50p each. I must admit there’s appeal though in the Models of Yesteryear stuff from the early 70’s in those really lairy unlikely metallic colours.

 

Indeed - there's another market stall that does a few toys and models, and he has a box of Days Gone models.

 

I once saw a Model T Ford in the box, but didn't have any money on me to buy it. I then fretted all week that it'd be gone by the time the next market day rolled around.

 

I got it. Phew.

 

That was in 1991. He still has all the others left, nearly 30 years on. 

 

Looks like I could have saved my 11-yr-old self some worry, hey?

 

I remember my grandparents having a Days Gone By Lledo Shredded Wheat Van. It was deemed a collectors item and so kept away from my hands as a kid. Ironically the stuff I was playing with in the garden at the time was the truely valuable stuff in hindsight. All those old Lesneys and Corgi Juniors! Distinctly remember having a large brown pick up by Ertl from ‘The Fall Guy’ which sell for a silly amount on EBay now!

 

Exactly that! As with vinyl records, anything that claims to be a 'collectors item' hardly ever is. The valuable stuff is where 99.999% of production got played with to death. I 'customised' a big Ertl Dukes of Hazzard Dodge Charger, then shot the windows out with a pellet gun...

 

It's International Record Store Day tomorrow and I just know there's going to be a whole clutch of mooks snatching up every 'exclusive collector' repressing they can find to immediately post up on eBay, or else squirrel away unplayed. Guys, seriously - just stop it.

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They were fucking cack thinking back. It was that era of Antiques Roadshow and about saving every skerrit of crap because it would be a collectors item off the back of Dinkys fetching insane auction prices.

 

Can remember being at a car boot as a kid and this miserable old giffer going to my mum ‘Dear those are Collectors Items, not for kids!’ Then directing me to a box of Matchbox Superkings instead of his crappy Days Gone Past shit.

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The Corgi Cameos range has to rank as my absolute most-hated. There were a couple of them on the stall this morning.

 

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Crude, cheap, nasty, randomly scaled and usually in dreadful anachronistic liveries. A staple of giffer sideboards.

 

"They'll be worth something someday!"

 

Yes, you're right - they'll be worth about a quarter of what you paid, in about eighty years time when even your grandchildren are dead.

 

 

Actually, add +1 points for anything that involves an Eddie Stobart livery on a pre-1970 vehicle.

 

Yes, this piss-winkling old bollocks.

 

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If you have a 'Motoring Memory' of seeing a real one of these, then I'm sorry to say it but you've gone irretrievably soft in the head.

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The Corgi Cameos range has to rank as my absolute most-hated. There were a couple of them on the stall this morning.

 

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Crude, cheap, nasty, randomly scaled and usually in dreadful anachronistic liveries. A staple of giffer sideboards.

 

"They'll be worth something someday!"

 

Yes, you're right - they'll be worth about quarter of what you paid, in about eighty years time when even your grandchildren are dead.

 

Actually, add +1 points for anything that involves an Eddie Stobart livery on a pre-1970 vehicle.

The Morris Minor they did was good but the vintage stuff was TERRIBLE! I had half a dozen of them. Slung the lot in the bin about 5 years back. Where I live I bet a lot of the old pit pensioners spent their pensions buying them as a bit of a nest egg. However they went back to the nest 25 years later and found what they’d bought was fucking worthless.

 

Who is up for an amnesty for these? Send them in then one of us smashes them to bits with a big fucking hammer and a vice.

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Good old Lledo, peddlers of worthless giffer crap for so many years. The only decent range they ever had pre Corgi takeover were the Cargo Kings lorries and when they finally made something really good it was too late. They were going to introduce an Iveco and an ERF, decent 1/76 modern lorries that would have sold like hotcakes, but went bust before they could put the best things they ever made into production. I managed to acquire the pre-production samples and have them cast in resin, and they look brilliant even by today's standards.

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The Morris Minor they did was good but the vintage stuff was TERRIBLE! I had half a dozen of them. Slung the lot in the bin about 5 years back. Where I live I bet a lot of the old pit pensioners spent their pensions buying them as a bit of a nest egg. However they went back to the nest 25 years later and found what they’d bought was fucking worthless.

 

Who is up for an amnesty for these? Send them in then one of us smashes them to bits with a big fucking hammer and a vice.

 

 

Aye, their Fifties/Sixties Cameo Collection was surprisingly well-proportioned (I had the whole lot through collecting Cornflakes tokens - Minor, Mini, 2CV and Beetle) though very much promo-grade stuff. I think the base fell off my Minor, and there was a casting bleb on the bonnet, but y'know... free with six tokens plus 20p postage.

 

I can understand, in a way, that Corgi in the '80s probably only kept afloat by pushing out this sort of collectable crap at over-inflated prices, to shore up their much better toy lines - but yeah, I think it's the extent to which these models almost preyed on older folk who, as you say, had their heads turned by Antiques Roadshow headline prices and then were encouraged by 'nostalgia' ads in the Sunday supplements to buy this sort of tat.

 

It's funny, I had a look through an old copy of Collector's Gazette from the early 90s recently and the Vectis auction prices for M/B Corgi, Dinky and Matchbox are way more than you'd pay now, even after 25 years of inflation. I s'pose eBay has had some benefits...

 

 

It's been a long while since I've taken a hammer to any diecast but y'know, I'm almost tempted... and I know there's some battered Days Gone vans in the market 50p box...

 

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The thing was in 1995 if you wanted a number 9 Matchbox Escort you were chancing finding one for sale so you could name your price. Now there’s millions of them for sale. Some absolute dog shit still seems to make strong money though and I’ve no idea why. I’ll have a root through for some Days Gone by tonight and stick them in the Record No 6.

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Good old Lledo, peddlers of worthless giffer crap for so many years. The only decent range they ever had pre Corgi takeover were the Cargo Kings lorries and when they finally made something really good it was too late. They were going to introduce an Iveco and an ERF, decent 1/76 modern lorries that would have sold like hotcakes, but went bust before they could put the best things they ever made into production. I managed to acquire the pre-production samples and have them cast in resin, and they look brilliant even by today's standards.

 

Yeah, those resins looked pretty awesome - there's such a demand for decently cast modern commercials that it's a crying shame Lledo never had a chance to get them to market. I was working Saturdays in a model shop in the mid-90s, and they would have absolutely flown off the shelves.

 

Oxford Diecast's current range of articulated stuff seems to hold its value, so they seem to be on to a winner.

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The thing was in 1995 if you wanted a number 9 Matchbox Escort you were chancing finding one for sale so you could name your price. Now there’s millions of them for sale. Some absolute dog shit still seems to make strong money though and I’ve no idea why. I’ll have a root through for some Days Gone by tonight and stick them in the Record No 6.

 

Yeah, that's about the size of it - it makes my current task of trying to find late Mettoy-era Corgis way easier when I'm able to just thumb through two dozen mint/boxed Opel Senators and pick one that balances price and condition... the old fashioned way would be touting round swapmeets and toy fairs, or sending SAEs for stocklists to model shops at the other end of the country. Price = ££££.

 

I was pleasantly surprised to find that about the £20 mark will bring a forty-year-old NOS Senator right to my door - which isn't bad going when you consider how much new models cost these days. 

 

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It's not even much more to buy a mint/boxed version than an unboxed/playworn one, strangely.

 

We are living in a bit of a golden age for diecast collecting, I reckon.

 

 

And do share, if you go a bit Vice Squad on some of the DGs later on...

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At least the Lledo "Days Gone" stuff was reasonably well made, those Cameos are abysmal quality as well as being unrealistic shiny shite for the hoodwinking of auld dearies who think a mostly plastic van they got out the back of "People's Friend" in 1996 will be worth even a fraction of the £4.99 they paid for it. It applies to other so called "Collectibles" too. Nothing depreciates quite like a collector's item.

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This came to me broken.  I was going to see if I could get the parts and rebuild it and then saw how cheap they are.  There's no point restoring it at all, so that means a custom job would be more appropriate.  There's no point doing that because the amount of time and effort I'd need to spend on something I'm not that excited about just doesn't line up for the end result.  Maybe I'll do something with it some day.  For now, it lives in the bits box.

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I’ve seen mint ones of those still with the seats and the window intact for a quid. Even in the box they fetch no more than £3 or so. As a 1970’s curio it’s worth sparing from the bin but other than that there are virtually no market whatsoever for the Yesteryear stuff.

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I’ve seen mint ones of those still with the seats and the window intact for a quid. Even in the box they fetch no more than £3 or so. As a 1970’s curio it’s worth sparing from the bin but other than that there are virtually no market whatsoever for the Yesteryear stuff.

Ah bollocks, that's reminded me of the " Old cars" on the high shelf at my Grandma's house. Of course we weren't supposed to play with them, just the box of my Dad's old Dinkys that were battered and worthless. Luckily I've got that box of Dinkys, don't know what happened to the Yesteryears, but I've now got* to start buying them , thanks for that!

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Tim that French Dinky Honda is the mutts nuts, good find. I have long lusted after French Dinky stuff but prices are ludicrous. Now almost every one I ever wanted is now available cheaply and almost as good as the original to my laymans eye. I want to get the Renault 6 next.

 

I'd happily contribute to a joint production where we conduct some sort of ' Beyond the Press' filmed experiment where Days gone items are exploded and squashed this way and that!

 

HERRE WE GO!

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A fiver does seem extremely cheap, I was pleased to get the Atlas Dodge Royal a couple of months ago for a tenner when another chap at a separate stall was asking thirteen quid for the same selection. I'd certainly have difficulty resisting a Renault 16 if one came my way. Speaking of which I really hadn't intended buying anything today but there was this inviting looking junk shop and you all know the rest..post-26064-0-27261100-1555091772_thumb.jpgpost-26064-0-27979900-1555091837_thumb.jpg

Never even knew Dinky did a Rapier until a few months ago, although now of course I need the Gazelle and Minx to go with it.

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