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Meccano Rarity Information

Postby Wreck-It Ralph » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:03 pm

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I have noticed Meccano carded figures on some of my searches when looking for other Star Wars items and wanted to get a better idea of which figures are rarest on the square Star Wars card. Whilst looking I have seen the Jawa almost everywhere and have also seen Ben and DSC so I presume these three are the most common. Could someone tell me what the order of rarity is within the first 20 square Meccano carded figures.

I have also seen a rectangular Meccano Star Wars card which looks more like a conventional card are MOC on this type of card rarer as I have not seen any of these?

I have not been able to find an existing post which answers these questions but if I have missed it could you point me in its direction.

Thank you in advance for your help.
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Re: Meccano Rarity Information

Postby Clarkspie&chips » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:30 pm

If you're interested in Meccanos I would highly recommend getting Stephane Faucourt's Meccano to trilogo book. This details all the mecanno releases and has a handy reference for rarity.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/MECCANO-TRILOG ... 2952704600

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Postby maxf » Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:36 am

Lots of books out there written by very knowledgable French collectors - even with a rarity ranking. I'd pick those up first to get you started.
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Re: Meccano Rarity Information

Postby Wreck-It Ralph » Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:27 pm

Clarkspie&chips wrote:If you're interested in Meccanos I would highly recommend getting Stephane Faucourt's Meccano to trilogo book. This details all the mecanno releases and has a handy reference for rarity.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/MECCANO-TRILOG ... 2952704600


Thanks for the link I just purchased the book hopefully it will answer all my questions.
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Re: Meccano Rarity Information

Postby wrighty » Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:47 am

Wreck-It Ralph wrote:Thanks for the link I just purchased the book hopefully it will answer all my questions.


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Re: Meccano Rarity Information

Postby Wreck-It Ralph » Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:09 am

maxf wrote:Lots of books out there written by very knowledgable French collectors - even with a rarity ranking. I'd pick those up first to get you started.


Do any of the books discuss current values or just rarity and desirability?
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Re: Meccano Rarity Information

Postby Nick_IoW » Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:13 pm

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maxf wrote:Lots of books out there written by very knowledgable French collectors - even with a rarity ranking. I'd pick those up first to get you started.


Do any of the books discuss current values or just rarity and desirability?


As soon as you finish writing a book that includes current values - its an instantly out of date book.

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Postby Wreck-It Ralph » Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:10 am

Nick_IoW wrote:
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maxf wrote:Lots of books out there written by very knowledgable French collectors - even with a rarity ranking. I'd pick those up first to get you started.


Do any of the books discuss current values or just rarity and desirability?


As soon as you finish writing a book that includes current values - its an instantly out of date book.


Point taken, so how does a new collector determine if something is cheap or overpriced?
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Re: Meccano Rarity Information

Postby Nick_IoW » Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:33 am

Wreck-It Ralph wrote:
Nick_IoW wrote:
Wreck-It Ralph wrote:
Do any of the books discuss current values or just rarity and desirability?


As soon as you finish writing a book that includes current values - its an instantly out of date book.


Point taken, so how does a new collector determine if something is cheap or overpriced?


Don't buy anything right away - that's my best advice. Get involved in the community, talk to fellow collectors, pay attention to prices. If you see a Luke Bespin for 35 and one for 120 learn why its priced different. Is it because its a variant, shill bidding or just a chancer trying to catch out new collectors.

And with so many of us on facebook - just start inviting people you meet. Get along to conventions and meet-ups. Make friends. The best and fastest way of finding out values or if an item is worth X amount shoot them a PM on facebook and ask. Most are happy to help.

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Re: Meccano Rarity Information

Postby Wreck-It Ralph » Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:51 am

Presently I only collect MOC's and sometimes I find it difficult to get prices or estimates on rare items as they are sold so infrequently and even when they are sold it is done in private resulting in no record of the prices paid e.g. how do find out the current market price for a MOC 30 back IG88?
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Re: Meccano Rarity Information

Postby wrighty » Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:03 am

You can only get a market value for common items. If you are after rare items then it's whatever the seller's asking price is. If it doesn't sell then it's over price and if price correctly or low it will be sold very quickly. You have to make your mind up what you willing to pay. For example your £2600 Palitoy Jawa, you were happy to pay that hence to you it's worth it if not why did you buy it? As Nick says be patient look around and network. Otherwise why bother with this hobby or any hobby if you are not willing to learn and make friends. Just my 2 cents!

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Re: Meccano Rarity Information

Postby wrighty » Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:30 am

Also timing have something to do with price the Palitoy FX7 sold on Vectis for £11k and the same figure a few month later sold for £1600. Just shows how desperate you are to land the piece!! :D

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Re: Meccano Rarity Information

Postby Wreck-It Ralph » Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:49 am

wrighty wrote:Also timing have something to do with price the Palitoy FX7 sold on Vectis for £11k and the same figure a few month later sold for £1600. Just shows how desperate you are to land the piece!! :D


Did the two FX7's differ much in condition?
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Re: Meccano Rarity Information

Postby wrighty » Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:23 am

I don't recall the condition but definitely not a £10k difference. Maybe some else that paid more attention can tell if if there were major differences!! 8)

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Re: Meccano Rarity Information

Postby Wreck-It Ralph » Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:17 pm

Clarkspie&chips wrote:If you're interested in Meccanos I would highly recommend getting Stephane Faucourt's Meccano to trilogo book. This details all the mecanno releases and has a handy reference for rarity.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/MECCANO-TRILOG ... 2952704600


I have received the book but have not had chance to read it yet. Can you recommend a similar book that covers Harbert Carded figures?

Thanks for your help
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