I have a very early MTH set, Item no. 004, that I am looking to determine the value of. It consists of a GG1 and associated cars and caboose. Original boxes and in very good condition. Have looked on line but no hits. See pics. Thanks.
You could post it to a popular online auction site with terms of "best offer." My feeling is that anyone interested in modern trains wants the latest features (read: speed control!) and maybe more details and elaborate decoration. Another reason folks pay big money for things is nostalgia. Anyone who might have had your train as a kid (and there probably weren't many) would be 29 or 30 now and could be busy starting a family, saving money for a new car, vacation, etc. They would be more likely to pay big money for an original Nintendo, so IMO what you have is a hard sell.
Doubt that it has any significant value. Pretty sure that GG-1 was a conventional locomotive with electronic horn released in 1995.
I found the exact set listed for $275 shipped. Probably a fair NIB price, if it is a set you want. Used would be about 65% of that price.
There is no premium based upon its provenance. Sealed in the original shipping carton 150 years from now, maybe.
There is one listed on ebay for what Gilly said 275 Thats high if you ask me A PS1 engine and a few Railking cars and I would think a more realistic price is about 200 You can see the set on page 31 of the 1996 Summer catalog with the PRR K4 in it
It's probably not a common thing, but I could see if there was a person who has become a big fan of MTH (who was not in the hobby back then to have purchased such a set when originally issued) who wanted to acquire an "early" item (it's been quite some time since that graphic style has been used), there could be interest.
It's impossible to say what someone would pay (though checking eBay "completed" listings can help), but there may be some small number of people interested in owning such a set.
As others have said, for the pure nature of the train itself and the older technology, you will likely not find too many interested parties.
I just sold thru Ambrose Bauer the separate sale version of that engine , not mint, but very good condition for $90.00. That GG 1 was a good runner.
There's 2 on ebay one new in box and one used. I've seen both on the a while, and there not selling, the used one he's asking $237
I have this set bought new at around full retail $300. I think with the box having great graphics $200 to $225 would be a fair price. I bought at least 2 sets maybe 3 back then. I know one was numbered 25 so they made a bunch of choices. I think they were made before the original proto-sounds.
Would you be willing to break up the set? I have the cars just no engine.