With many long time members all posting for the first time in ages,CE2 fast approaching and buzz generally good I thought I'd post a "What if?" Thread.
First the parameters
1)this is not a time machine/go back to '78 thread and all the toys are readily available.
2)you have your own collection that you have now in 2013.
3)you have $5000 dollars/£4000 and not a penny more.
4)you can't go back BEFORE you made your first post on RS
So many of us have bought items that we quickly sold on or regretted buying and lost money on,shifted focus etc. And maybe sold on items before the market got hot and made a killing!!
Or when items were easily got for a cheap price that suddenly skyrocketed and became scarce.
So it's the day before you sign up on RS.
But you do know where the hobby will be in 2013.
So with me it's January 2003.
I remember 2 major regrets from my earliest vintage collecting days.
I was Christmas shopping for my 2 young(at the time)daughters in December 2002 and at the time only had a few pieces of Vintage. I had a nosey in the boys discounted toy aisle and to my surprise along with the JP stuff they had a load of ROTJ figures,mini-rigs and a few ships(X-wings and Snowspeeders)that were on sale for pennies. It was obviously lost stock that was found(maybe a couple of cases)and this wasnt a chain toy store....more like a discounter.
I remember thinking....Wow....I must come back and buy some of those!
I did, about 3 weeks later,but some other collector had beaten me to the punch. And wiped the entire stock out!!
And...at my first Memorabilia show in the UK,in 2003 there were £20 Trilogos about 10 deep on 3 huge pasting tables. Nobody was buying!!!I estimate there were several hundred including nasty miscards!!!
At the same show there was a complete set of carded GLASSLITE for about £50 quid a pop!!
I wish I had just sprung for all of that stuff when I had the chance.
What deals did you let slip??