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December 08, 2005

Vintage Lego Auctions

Lego, in honor of its 50th anniversary (you DO know it's the 50th anniversary of Lego, don't you?) has decided to auction off some mint-in-box Lego sets from the 1970s. There's a page on the Lego site, and you can also look directly at the eBay listings.

(Hmmm, Lego's feedback score is only 98.7%. They have 386 positive and 5 negative. Who would bag on Lego? These are the 5 negative comments: "u suck", "LEGO did not complete the transaction. - Item was actually sold out!" [a few others reported the same thing, but as neutral feedback], "It took 2 emails & 3 phone calls to conclude purchase. Won't buy from again.", "Rec'd. damaged. Returned for exchange. Rec'd letter today - no longer available.", and "1month later no goods, dispatch notice shows wrong address, wont reply to emails". Sounds like a bunch of whiners mostly. Lego to the fore!!)

This stuff is incredibly tempting, of course, because it's mint mint mint and they come "direct from the LEGO vaults". This brings up the mind-blowing vision of the Lego vaults...I picture them like the Inca treasure hoard in the Tintin book "Prisoners of the Sun", except the earthenware pots are filled with unopened 928 space sets and the like.

I especially like the London double-decker bus (which I swear I owned as a kid, because I remember it went to Piccadilly) but for $177.50 and counting I'll pass. I've got another eBay obsession right now, which I'll write about once I'm done buying enough of it.

Posted by AdamBa at December 8, 2005 10:07 PM

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ah! The tipper truck and payloader (http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6020389778) are among my very first sets, which I still have, though decidedly not in mint condition. The clear plastic is yellowed and brittle with age, and the rubber tires on the wheels are a bit stiff and sport the teethmarks of unsophisticated disassembly.

I even have some of the armless, faceless, zombie minifigures that resemble the popular depictions of the police state in sci-fi movies of the same era.

Posted by: Steven P Burns at December 9, 2005 02:31 PM

ooh! I have the double decker bus still, too. It is unique in I believe that the read headlight pieces were available only in that set.

Posted by: Steven P Burns at December 9, 2005 02:34 PM