Thanks to Stormrider we now know of a pretty cool bit of news, there is currently an auction for a full case of G1 Astrotrains and Blitzwings dead-stock on e-bay
Just in case you don't know, a dead-stock is when a warehouse is cleared and emptied and a large amount, usually entire cases of toys are found. And you know what that means, these are genuine factory sealed Astrotrains and Blitzwings from the '80s!
The asking price USD 13,000, which at 12 figures makes about USD 1083 per figure. While the auction itself is way overpriced it is kinda cool knowing that there still is G1 dead-stock out there waiting to be found.
Here's what the auctioneer has to say about the item(s)
What I have today is one heck of a doozy for transformer collectors. In my travels, my business partners and myself came across an auction that had vintage toy deadstock from the 60's to the 80's. In that deadstock was this gem: A case of vintage Astrotrains(6)and Blitzwings(6). From what I can tell, the items appear to have never been removed from the case box although the box was opened for display. This means that these are probably uncirculated pieces that have stayed in storage for the past 25-30 years. Although I have not removed the items from the box myself, I believe that these items are the highest condition possible. On top of this, this may be the last known example of a case of these toys to exist in the world today.
Unlike with the majority of the auctions I run, I am opening this one to the world as a whole. On top of that, I am offering free express shipping with insurance anywhere in the world for the winner of the auction.
I don't think I have to tell anyone that this is a true once in a lifetime item for any collector of Transformers, Hasbro Toys, or Vintage 80's toys.
If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask!
1/11/2012: Decided to take items out of case and took pictures of each one. These are examples of the front of the box. I have pictures of all 12 and of each side. If you would like to see all 72 pics, send me a message and I will forward you the link to photobucket. Thanks