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I have the complete set of Lord of the Rings Bradford Exchange Panorama plates with the display case that are in excellent condition.  I am trying to determine the worth of the set.  I know the set was put out in 2004.  I opened one plate to give you the following information.  This plate is Aragon, the second issue in The Lord of the Rings Wall Mural, plate number 84-B19-004.2  I was wondering if kept in the same condition, will this set increase in value with time? 

I also have the complete set of Bradford Exchange plates with swords.  The majority of the plates are in their original packaging and all are in excellent condition.  Each sword holds three plates and each represents their perspective movie.  I read the back of one plate and it states it is the first issue in the Lord of the Rings: Reliving the Adventure collection.  It has the date as 2004 and the plate number is B 1436.   What is the worth of a complete collection like this?  In the past, I have tried to sell it all, but have had no luck with any takers. 

Unfortunately in the current economy plates do not have a very high secondary market value. You can find these plates on eBay with a vast range of prices but the set shown to the left has an opening bid of $45 with no bids.

Please check on eBay for current market value.

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A collectible, as we have come to know it, is something someone wants, and is willing to give something for it in exchange. Almost all areas of the market report a renewed interest in high quality reproductions that have not been over-produced. The Internet has begun to reflect the new interest in collectibles worldwide. Ebay, the largest internet auction site has brought a reality to the collectible market. I personally, do not feel comfortable anymore with using collectible books or price guides to determine value. Just look on eBay and you will see prices that have a large range for the same item. A grandson that just inherited his grandmother's collector plates may find them to be of no value (to his self) and so will sell them on eBay for whatever he can get. It is hard to say that a plate is worth $30 when "grandson" will take $5 and run...



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