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Postby 4380r » Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:25 am

Scalextric 1/24 scale stuff, made for only two or three years in the late 60's, is among the rarest of vintage slots. The cars, especially the Lotus and Ferrari, in complete shape are beyond expensive. The only other two cars made: an Alfa Romeo and E Type Jag, are a bit less expensive, but still a pretty penny.

And the 3 lane, true 1/24 scale track, IF you can find it, can really be stupid expensive. I know, over two years I found about 150' of it, and don't want the wife to know what I paid.

Still...this is on ebay right now:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Scalextric-Tria ... RTM2247628

Now, I have this set. Not mint. Cars gone, but the track is all there, nearly new. Controllers there, box in good shape, all paperwork in there.

Tell you what, if you're considering THIS set...I'll find and buy the absolute best examples that one can find of the Jag and Alfa (came in the set), and sell them AND my otherwise complete set to you for a mere $125,000.00!!!! You'll save nearly 2/3rds of a million dollars!!!

And I would throw in extra straight and/or curve sections (your choice) for just $8,000.00 each!
Takers? Anybody?
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Re: Let Me Make You a Deal!

Postby manchvegasracer » Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:00 am

That sounds like a great deal. Can't believe no one has jumped on it already!
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Re: Let Me Make You a Deal!

Postby Racie35 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:32 am

You might be selling them too cheap....after you get back from your psychiatrist you might wanna consider upping the price.
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Re: Let Me Make You a Deal!

Postby mattb » Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:03 pm

I'm in Todd. What a deal. This won't be a forgotten toy in 20 years will it?
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Re: Let Me Make You a Deal!

Postby 4380r » Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:16 pm

mattb wrote:I'm in Todd. What a deal. This won't be a forgotten toy in 20 years will it?


Ok, Matt, I'll send you my PayPal account # and it's yours!!! Everybody here heard it!

But seriously, with some notable exceptions (the Auto World brass Lotus comes to mind), I think the valuation of vintage slot cars has already started to decline, as has the size of the buyers' market. I think as more of us boomers, for whom slot cars hold the greatest nostalgic draw, downsize/get on fixed incomes people will be trying to turn collections into cash. Meaning more stuff on the market, with fewer interested buyers.

Make no mistake, especially in Europe this seller's mint in box Scalex 124 set is worth a lot, certainly nothing near to what he's asking, but it's still very collectible. He frequently lists a number of things at really crazy prices, I think for the fun of it as opposed to actually intending to sell.

For weeks on ebay France there has been an abundance of what are generally considered to be rare 1/24 Scalex slot cars: the Lotus and Ferrari (multiples of each) and even more of the Alfa and Jag. Asking/starting prices for the auctions are at their values of recent years, but at their current asking prices they've gone unsold for many weeks.

Domestically, 'reliable' high ticket items like Cox 2Es in all their forms, Monogram 1/24 Lotus 38 and 1/32 Lotus 33, Cox Cheetahs and Chap 2D's, etc have seen selling prices steadily declining. Again, every once in awhile you'll see a bidding war and high price for a nice vintage slot, but there's no mistaking that the market peaked overall a few years ago, and is unlikely to ever get back up to where it was.
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Re: Let Me Make You a Deal!

Postby kidvoltage » Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:25 pm

Fine with me. I'd like to see a few of those upper end priced cars reach my price range.
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Re: Let Me Make You a Deal!

Postby Racie35 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:17 pm

I'm hoping my lapse in judgement hasn't cost me the chance to acquire this! It is I who need a shrink!
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Re: Let Me Make You a Deal!

Postby Z-carfan » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:30 pm

I think it was closed as it was a BS sale. "item no longer available".
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Re: Let Me Make You a Deal!

Postby Z-carfan » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:32 pm

BTW, everything this person is 'selling' is at OVER THE TOP pricing. I think they are surfing for a sucker.
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Re: Let Me Make You a Deal!

Postby mattb » Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:21 am

Todd, you'll have to wait till next week when my wife gives me my allowance.

Kidding aside, this may be the rarest set ever and this one un-opened set is probably the only one in the world. But...you have a very limited market for an item like this. The owner knows that and this isn't the first listing of this set, these listings were probably a fishing trip. Since it is closed, he has probably made a deal with somebody.

Prices on all vintage stuff have dropped from the high point of 10-12 years ago. Ebay has been really good at pulling all this old stuff out of garages, attics and basements and making it available to most collectors. Like all the old hobbies, the number of buyers does get smaller every year. With so much being readily available thru ebay, a lot of guys have got what they want and that lowers demand also.

My same old refrain, collect it because you like it and not becuase of some idea it is an "investment".
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Re: Let Me Make You a Deal!

Postby busterfla » Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:56 am

Over on the UK's Slotforum they have had discussions over this guy and he even joined in. He posts stuff up like this just to poke fun or rile the waters on EBay. But he does sell some stuff and has a serious collection.

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