Author Topic: What is the current value of (soft) Tenite Colored 500 sets  (Read 1199 times)

Offline Jim Stettler

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I am interested in opinions of value for early colored  (soft plastic) Tenite 500 sets. This includes value of cord variations ect.
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Re: What is the current value of (soft) Tenite Colored 500 sets
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2016, 01:05:37 PM »
I paid WAY too much for mine about 6 years ago. At that time the Peking Red 302's were going north of $500.00. Canada North, Arctic North. I paid Way too much at that time. I got a great phone, but i see the same basic phone going for under $400.00. Either collecting is in a slump,economic depression, or losing collector interest I'm not sue. But in some cases I see the market going at 50% below prices of 5 years ago. Unless we build up the collector base, this may be a trend that will last awhile. I hope not, But I see the same in other hobbies I collect.
I was especially surprised to find that the restored market for Model trains is just not there t this time. I see the same trend in phones. Fin Lover, before he took up his music full time, used to sell restored phones for outrageous prices, but they were top of the line. I see some very nice examples selling for what I would say is barely over sellers cost. Extremely rare sets seem to still demand premium prices.
One example is Pourme's recent find. Whether it was a complete fluke, and he scored BIG time, or it's a trend, I'm not sure. I do know that to get my collection to where his find is, took me a few years and a few thousand dollars to get there. To obtain a find like that now, would have saved me 8 years of hard work.
Recently I restored a Marx Army Supply Train Locomotive, which included a complete restoration including the electric motor. The original cost to me was about $25.00, Then I put about $5.00 worth of parts and pain, labor not included. I put a reserve, to cover my cost ONLY. Highest bid was under $7.00. Yet, USED un-restored motors sell for North of $15.00.
Sorry to go on, but it bothers me that collectors don't respect ones hard work.
I've added a photo of 4 of the locomotives I've recently restored,No way will I let a 70 year old restored train go for $7.00.
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Re: What is the current value of (soft) Tenite Colored 500 sets
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2016, 02:07:29 PM »
Handsome Engines.  Old radios sometimes go low after restoration too, but because some restorers don't come up to the meticulous work that the well heeled collectors desire.  Your engines look pristine.
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Re: What is the current value of (soft) Tenite Colored 500 sets
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2016, 10:28:52 AM »
I'm still pretty new to collecting, but I would have to agree that the more rare phone prices are down. However, just about every generic WE phone on eBay is listed for way more than they are worth.

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Re: What is the current value of (soft) Tenite Colored 500 sets
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2016, 11:40:51 AM »
podor;
many go unsold, or relisted and sell for a more reasonable price.
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Re: What is the current value of (soft) Tenite Colored 500 sets
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2016, 12:25:09 PM »
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Re: What is the current value of (soft) Tenite Colored 500 sets
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2016, 08:33:50 PM »
There is a topic on here that shows results of recent auctions for color 500's.
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