That's because in reality, the 80's figure are VERY VERY common. Once you get to about 92, they become much harder to find. Shoot the 89 stuff starts getting hard.
My perception of how hard to find things are changed dramatically after attending a few toy
shows and going to a few antique shops. Fact of the matter is, that these are toys
, and as the years go by, their value is more likely to decrease than it is to increase. As we all get older, the toys
are likely to become more forgotten. There is a "peak" that things will hit (think we've seen it already) and then it's all downhill from there.
If you stop and think about it, Joe's don't truly increase in value. Except those rare figures like Goldhead Steel Brigade. The rest of them have rally just kind of kept up with inflation and RETAINED their value.
However I feel these days are gone.
The economy, and the waining intrest overall in vintage Joes are to blame.
I am speaking in a general way, and sure there are special cases, but overall, your "complete C-9" figures are worth $20 at top dollar in most cases.
For me, hardly worth selling.
There is a point where "nostalgic" just becomes "ancient", and I think we're on the verge of that in the public perception etc.