Eighties - A Collectible Junkyard, with Exceptions
Serious collectors know that the 1980s saw a disturbing rise in the mass production of collectibles. Like printing too much money, mass producing collectibles can have only one eventual outcome... devaluation. It wasn't until the 1990s that savvy producers zeroed in on the sweet spot between true scarcity and meaningful revenue.
The result? Somewhat of a lost decade for collectors. As the article below details, many mint-condition "collectibles" from the eighties are worth no more than - or often less than - what they cost new.
Again, nothing new here for serious collectors, but I do think this article sums it up nicely, and that there are lessons for both collectors and originators to be taken from this...