Model collecting has long been a passion for many enthusiasts, often stemming from a blend of nostalgia, appreciation for intricate design, and the thrill of owning a tangible piece of history or pop culture. But as the years have progressed, many have begun to see this hobby not just as a pastime, but as a viable investment strategy. At Model Universe, while our primary aim is to offer brand-new models to aficionados, we’ve observed a fascinating trend: certain sold-out models appreciating in value almost immediately after their release.
A Look at Appreciation Over Time
Let’s delve into some noteworthy examples to highlight this trend:
- The Corgi 261 James Bond DB5 original is a sterling example. Released in the 1960s at a mere 50p, this iconic piece now fetches well over £200 on eBay.
- The CMC 1:18 Fiat 642 RN2 Ferrari transporter, initially priced at £500 in 2016, has seen its value soar to upwards of £2000.
- For aviation enthusiasts, the Gemini Jets 1:200 Etihad A380 G2ETD521, with an original price tag of £130 in 2015, now commands prices north of £500.
- In the realm of rail, the Hornby Dublo BR A3 Class 4-6-2 60103 ‘Flying Scotsman’ Era 11 R30211, once available for £320, has become a prized possession, often selling for more than £500.
- It’s not just assembled models either. Model kits have seen a surge in value too. The Tamiya 1:20 Red Bull Racing Renault RB6, initially available for £20-30, is now worth over a staggering £150.
Key Factors Driving Appreciation
Several factors influence the appreciation of a model:
- Scarcity: Once a product sells out with the manufacturer, its price typically sees an uptick, especially if the model wasn’t mass-produced.
- Edition: Limited and special editions have the highest probability of appreciating over time
- Condition: Keeping both the model and its packaging in pristine condition is crucial. A mint condition model will always command a higher price in the market, with collectors often valuing the packaging almost as much as the model itself.
- Reproduction: Manufacturers occasionally reissue a model after a hiatus. This practice can dampen the appreciation effect as the market is then flooded with “new” versions of previously rare models.
- Quality and Brand Reputation: The intrinsic quality of the model, coupled with the reputation of the manufacturer, can significantly influence its future value. Brands that are known for meticulous attention to detail, authenticity, and high production standards are more likely to see their products appreciate.
We recently reached out to some of our loyal customers to gain insight into their personal experiences with model investing. One collector shared his joy at acquiring a limited edition model car at its release price, only to find its value tripled within a year due to its rarity and demand. Another spoke of a vintage model train, passed down through generations, which not only held sentimental value but also proved to be a significant financial asset.
The Future Outlook
The investment potential of model collecting seems promising. As manufacturers lean more towards producing low-volume models, the inherent scarcity ensures a steady appreciation for many of these collectibles. Brands like Tecnomodel and BBR are leading the way in this aspect. Additionally, with Hornby reintroducing the sought-after Dublo range, collectors have more reasons to be optimistic about the future value of their prized possessions.
Model collecting, while fundamentally a hobby driven by passion, also offers a unique investment opportunity. The key lies in understanding the market, recognising potential value, and ensuring the utmost care for one’s collection. As with all investments, it requires patience, knowledge, and a bit of luck. But as many collectors will attest, the joy derived from the hobby, combined with the potential for financial return, makes model collecting an endeavour worth pursuing.
At Model Universe, we take pride in offering an extensive range of models to cater to both the passionate collector and the discerning investor. Our commitment is to provide top-quality, authentic pieces that not only satiate the appetite of enthusiasts but also stand the test of time as valuable assets.
Navigating the Investment Landscape
For those considering venturing into model collecting as an investment, here are a few pointers to keep in mind:
- Research is Paramount: Before making a purchase, delve into the history and potential value of the model. Understand the brand’s legacy, the rarity of the piece, and its historical significance.
- Engage with the Community: Join forums, attend conventions, and interact with seasoned collectors. Their insights and experiences can offer invaluable guidance.
- Diversify: Just as with any investment, it’s wise not to put all your eggs in one basket. Diversify your collection across different brands, periods, and model types to mitigate potential risks.
- Storage Matters: Ensure your models are stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. This helps in preserving their condition and, by extension, their value.
- Stay Updated: The model collecting world is dynamic. New releases, discontinuations, and market trends can all affect the value of your collection. Regularly check industry news, brand announcements, and auction results to stay ahead of the curve.