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  1. The key word here is "Many"... and that is the truth... The 725 set number was a USA/Canada Town Plan set of 1961-65, a 12V Freight Train set of the mid 1970s, and a Basic Set of 1990... There are many examples of 3 digit set numbers reused 2 or 3 times. Then there are some sets that have the same number used at the same time, but in different parts of the world. The 346 Samsonite USA Jumbo Jet set was used at the same time as the 346 EU/Australia House set... LEGO Mayhem!
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    How should I lay out my 700/4 set?

    Yes! That looks great. Good job! There is always at least 1 or 2 trans-clear bricks in these sets, so you got that right as well. Recently I talked to a gentleman whose father used to own a toy store... and these flat box sets used to drive retailers crazy... because if it was dropped or tipped... there would be LEGO flying everywhere. So, many retailers taped the boxes shut, and there are a lot of these sets with tape or tape marks on 2 sides. You are fortunate if you have no such tape marks on your set. This set now looks like it would when it was originally sold in circa 1957. Very nice!
  3. Sorry to take so long to answer... but I have to agree with Paul on this one. Once a set is opened (seals broken), there is no guarantee that any set is original. I had this (and several other Castle sets) in the 1980s, and I see a lot of replacements in both sets. First of all the drawbridge strings in the sets of that era were thin and black. The French version of the 6080 has just white thick string.... not something that I never remember TLG using for their castle sets... so that was the first red flag that there were replacement parts in the French 6080. And that white string is likely not even LEGO... just a generic piece of string. And the Austrian 6080 even mentions that some parts were missing and replaced. But replaced with what? I would never assume that an opened Ebay set (or even Bricklink set) to be 100% original. At least the Austrian 6080 owner acknowledged that there were replacement parts.
  4. ..... and then there is the 1958 Danish Catalog... only 2 sides of 1 page back then. It was the year they shouldn't have put prices in the pricelist just yet.....
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    How should I lay out my 700/4 set?

    You have the right idea in checkerboarding, but have too many red bricks, and not enough white ones. This is a pair of Dutch 700/3A sets (the next larger size from the 700/4). They too have more red bricks that white, but not to the point that you do.... You need to figure out the parts for a few more 4x4 checkerboar squares in white ... using these hollow bottom white bricks. Find a (European) seller that has them all, and order from one person to save postage. Since these are all Cellulose Acetate bricks, you really can't build anything stable from the anyway, so building with them is not important... just displaying them in the box is. So order some of the white bricks to get your box to look more checkerboard like.
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    Death of Lego Investing? Rerelease of Taj Mahal

    I guess we are on the same page.... I once bought 34 of the 760 (USA) LONDON BUS Sets ($7.65 each) from a Detroit area toy discounter (bought closeouts and out-of-business inventory) back in 1980. There were 35 sets on the shelf, and a lady asked me if she could have one, after I had loaded them all into my shopping cart (1980 was a few years after the London Bus was discontinued). She said her husband was British, and wanted one for him. I let her have it, and was happy to take the other 34. The sad thing is that I opened all of the sets (they were classic window intensive with 24 per set), and only built one bus. The remaining windows (about 800) became classic window inventory for my skyscrapers. 25 years later I did resell sticker sheets and instructions, and made a lot of collectors happy.
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    Death of Lego Investing? Rerelease of Taj Mahal

    The term reseller has so many possible meanings... I was a reseller when I sold my sets, a collector who buys one set to play with and puts another one away to eventually sell to recap his expenses, is another reseller... and then there are those that are not interested in LEGO at all, except as a profit motive.... those are the ones I am talking about as resellers (in that sense). Once LEGO becomes (or maybe the right word is "became" unprofitable for them, they are off onto the next money making venture. Those resellers I am glad to see leave the LEGO market. I don't think that a LEGO collector would leave a kid who wanted a set that the "reseller' just bought up the supply of... in such misery. I think LEGO collectors who resell would have a heart, and remember when hey were young and waned a set they could not find. I am pleased that THOSE resellers are (hopefully) leaving the LEGO market.
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    "Golden Age of Lego"

    No, those are just there to show that the 700E 10x20 thick baseplates come in all of those other colors besides gray.
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    "Golden Age of Lego"

    I remember seeing this 730 basic set in the 1985 catalog with all the black slopes... and almost got a chubbie!
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    "Golden Age of Lego"

    This is the 1960 list of LEGO spare parts boxes for getting additional accessories of all LEGO parts. This was just prior to the 1961 introduction of black bricks. Back then with so few part colors, having a complete "system" was easy. Today it is not... which is why we have a hodge podge of window styles/colors, which in MOCs... often include parts that are not even real windows... just assembled to resemble windows.... (numbers shown are the spare parts pack numbers)...
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    Death of Lego Investing? Rerelease of Taj Mahal

    People do not need resellers to buy old sets. I've been a collector for 53 years... and I sold off my entire collection over the last 8 years to focus on documenting the history of LEGO sets, parts and retailer products. I have seen many collectors, both old and new, sell off their collections. In one case it was due to the need for living space for an infirmed relative that was coming to live with the collectors family. In other cases collectors die off, lose interest or have new challenges to their life, a divorce, whatever. We don't neep investors to be able to buy a set you alway wanted on the secondary market. Between Amazon, Ebay, Bricklink, Brickowl, etc.... there are plenty of places to buy retired sets. All having resellers does is perhaps reduced the number of sellers for the hot sets, but not eliminate them. If there are only 15 Millennium Falcons available on Bricklink instead of 53, that probably won't impact who buys what.
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    "Golden Age of Lego"

    One area in which we have not had a "golden age" is LEGO windows. The golden age for windows (9 matching types) died with the advent of the minifig in 1978... and that was the classic LEGO windows. It is almost unfathomable that for over 40 years the worlds leading construction toy does not have a matching "System" of LEGO windows. The last of the classic LEGO windows, the 1x2x2 ended its' run in 2003 in red and white (although blue and yellow ones were made in the 1980s and 1990s, with rare black and gray ones in the Train System from 1975-85). But today we have the 1x2x2 and 1x2x3 with flat front windows. Also there is the 2x2 arched top window, which finally got some glass. And just this year the 1x3x3 came out in the same style as the 1x2x2 and 1x2x3, but so far only in purple. It will take years for TLG to make a decent color selection in those. To think that they are still using the back of headlight bricks for small 1x1 windows is pretty pathetic for the leading construction toy. There should be at least 1/2 dozen matching windows available in a few select colors, to have anything resembling a LEGO System. The true golden age for LEGO windows was the very short period of 1954-56, when 5 different window types came out in these colors (some of these are just discolored)....
  13. Yes it is very difficult to tell them apart... why TLG didn't put some kind of marking on the newer versions of the 500 numbered blocks set, baffles the mind. But here's my own take on it. If the set is in perfect condition, I would suspect it is the newer version. Almost all the older wooden LEGO toys I have seen have had years of wear or use. Not this is not a perfect solution to your dilemma, but it's the best answer I can give. Look for missing paperwork areas on the wooden outer box, scratches on the box or wear on the wooden blocks, etc. BrickTsar did a Youtube video (confusingly showing a homepainted box top) on this problem, and although he's not giving a lot of info... it may help you out...
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    What do you use as "sea"

    For a pond, or even a canal/river few things beat blue Homemaker 24x24 baseplates. They have a nice textured water-like surface, and are surrounded on 3 sides by 2 rows of studs... A little pricier are the blue Homemaker 24x32 baseplates, for making a wider 32 stud waterway...
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    Lego wants to buy Merlin Entertainment

    Kirkbi used to be owned by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, Gunhild Kirk Johansen, and Edith Kirk Christiansen. Gunhild (Kjeld's sister) sold off her interest in 2007 (for over 1 billion Euros), and Edith (Kjeld's mother) died at 91 in 2017. So now Kjeld owns 62.5% of Kirkbi, and his 3 adult children Sofie, Thomas and Agnete own the other 37.5%.