LEGO investment guide for sellers & collectors

by admin on October 17, 2012

in Shopping Tips

In the past few years investing in LEGO has become a trend and hot topic amongst LEGO fans. Previously people bought LEGO for their children or their own enjoyment, and only considered selling their collection when they wanted to move on from the hobby or had to sell their collection due to financial or other issues. However especially since the use of the Internet it has become quite apparent that LEGO sets, minifigures and parts (especially the discontinued or rare ones) are in fact a hot commodity that can bring significant gains. :)

LEGO fans realized that by selling LEGO they no longer want or need they can fund the hobby (LEGO is an expensive toy after all – and more LEGO is always better), or make extra money for other expenses. This trend has progressed so far in fact that there are now those who look at LEGO exclusively (or almost exclusively) as an investment; they buy new LEGO sets in multiples with immediate or future gain in mind, or scout for old LEGO sets they know are still in high demand.

Personally I don’t consider myself a LEGO investor, however I do sell LEGO (especially minifigures) to fund my hobby. In fact I own all my LEGO free and clear just buy investing a little time and effort of doing a few sales a month. Whatever comes in from these sales is what I use to buy new LEGO. I have also talked with some long-time LEGO investors who shared with me that their LEGO investments far outperformed their gains on the stock-market or other, more traditional lines of investment vehicles.

Whether you just want to fund your LEGO obsession, or you are considering LEGO as a serious investment vehicle, one challenge you will run into, and where you spend most of your time at, is price-research. This is the heart-and-soul of investing in LEGO (or in anything else for that matter); you want to buy low and sell high. Today I would like to introduce you to a website that will help you in your price-research and your LEGO portfolio management, so read on! 😉 is an online LEGO Price and Investing Guide that was created by two brothers, Jeff and Ed Maciorowski. Jeff is a professional website engineer, while Ed is a professional LEGO fanatic. Together, they realized there was a need for a unique online LEGO destination that would help provide pricing information for LEGO in the secondary markets. Ed grew tired of physically jotting down hundreds of eBay auctions by hand which he used to come up with average LEGO set prices and aid him in finding great deals for his budding LEGO investment hobby. The brothers set out on a quest to provide fair market value of LEGO sets to millions of LEGO fans all over the world. That quest was the creation of

The mission of is to educate the LEGO enthusiast, collector and investor of the most up to date and current prices of new and used LEGO sets. Through a partnership with eBay, has access to countless current and past auction results from the thousands of various LEGO sets sold on eBay each day. By utilizing this information and putting it into easy to understand charts and graphs, BrickPicker members can make intelligent and cost effective choices when making their next LEGO purchase.

Various tools and data are at the BrickPicker member’s fingertips. Tools such as a LEGO Comparator will allow users to match several LEGO sets next to one another with key information elements such as piece count and pricing trends. This information can help gauge what set may be a better value for their money.

Another tool, the Bulk LEGO Price Guide is available to help answer that question that is seen so very often on forums, “How much is 100 pounds of LEGO worth?” Just move the weight slider to your desired setting, select filters such as theme or specific colors of pieces and find out what past eBay listings sold for.

The core tool for is its BrickFolio. This is an investment tool, much like you would see on any financial website that will allow collectors input or import their entire collection of LEGO sets from other sites and get up to date values while giving some key insight into their collection.

A few remaining and notable features for the site are it’s Blog & News Aggregator that constantly grabs the latest news (including our news here at TBB) from all your favorite LEGO sites and display them in a fun and easy to read way, reports about Top Selling LEGO Sets, links to find the best prices on LEGO and a very active Forum with members that talk about the great deals they found.

Another thing that is quite unique about BrickPicker is its content. Their blog, known as the BrickVesting Blog covers areas of content that discuss topics tailored to the collecting and investing of LEGO. Article topics such as “Shipping Wars” talk about issues of trying to get that pristine LEGO box for better resale value in the future. One of the most read blog articles is “LEGO Investment Bubble: Fact or Fiction?” looks at some data and other collectable markets to forecast whether an investing bubble does exist.

While the BrickPicker has key information about the multitude of LEGO sets in existence, their focus is about the value of these sets and their place in the LEGO investment world. So take some time, visit and use it to make intelligent and cost effective LEGO purchases in the future. I’m also adding a direct link to BrickPicker in the left-hand side-bar so you can quickly get to the site when you need it.

If you have any questions or comments about BrickPicker’s features, feel free to share them below. You might also want to check out the LEGO Shopping Tips section for related articles, or choose from the posts below:


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

LegoNewbie August 12, 2015 at 12:37 PM

Thank you but it isn’t a banner. It is actually a 3 in one store display model from a floor set that was being tossed out. The theme is cops so each shows a Lego scene where cops are arresting criminals. It is about 3-4 feet long and has working lights. The Lego figures and buildings are glued however. Didn’t know if there was a market for those? Like I said before I really couldn’t find much about them


admin August 12, 2015 at 8:31 PM

Do you have any pictures? I think I know what your might look like, but I’m not 100% sure. There is definitely interest in store displays, and although they are quite unique, usually they do sell. :)


LegoNewbie August 13, 2015 at 5:04 PM

Oh cool! I do have a picture. Where can I send it? I don’t see an option for it on here.


Dave Moore September 4, 2015 at 8:28 AM

I was wanting to know if the value of the minifigures that come as a series is affected if they are left unopened? Is the answer affected by time?


admin September 4, 2015 at 9:41 AM

In my experience not so much. People who want exact minifigures don’t mind if the package is already opened, as long as the content is all there and accurate. I have seen sellers not opening the package at all, cutting open just one corner to verify the content, fully open the package, but still include everything (including the package and the leaflet), and only include the content of the package transferred to a ziplock baggie – the prices are the same.

As far as the effect of time, waiting for a few months to a year can definitely increase value, however if you wait longer you run the risk of LEGO releasing a similar minifigure and the original loosing value. For example one of the most popular and expensive minifigs have been the zombie from Series 1. However now that this whole series of zombies have been released I’m pretty sure that the value of the original one will drop – simply because people have a fresher, cheaper alternative.


Autumn September 24, 2015 at 2:45 PM

I picked up a Ferrari FXX 8156 Lego set second hand. My kids assembled it and then I looked it up online and it looks to be pretty valuable. Did it loose it’s value because we opened it and assembled it or is there still a market for selling it?


admin September 24, 2015 at 4:15 PM

Autumn, yes, there can be a significant difference between an opened and unopened set. In the case of the #8156 Ferrari FXX, unopened sets go for between $200-$250, and opened set for around $100.


Camila Prada November 1, 2015 at 3:53 PM

I have a few Legos some built some not built which I want to sell. Any help on where I can sell it?


admin November 1, 2015 at 3:56 PM

Camila, you can sell them on eBay or BrickLink, or if you don’t want to bother with shipping, you can also sell on Craigslist locally. :)


mark November 6, 2015 at 12:57 PM

i wood ilke to sell my lego


admin November 6, 2015 at 7:16 PM

Mark, you can contact the site directly to sell your collection. Or you can also sell at other venues.


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