Pocher 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza plastic car model, $5.

Pocher scale model kits are highly sought-after because of their high level of complexity and detail. You assemble the engine, the suspension, the interior, and everything else, much like an actual car would be assembled. By the way, the company is now out of business, which may account for the cult-like level of interest in Pocher models on eBay today.

The guy at the yard sale told me that his dad had bought it for him back in the 1970's, and he was selling it only because 'it's just too complicated for me to finish.' Notice the partially built engine, and the parsley bottle where he put all the tiny metal parts that he'd removed from their little plastic bags.

When you encounter something like this Pocher model, the first thing you should ask yourself is if there are any model builders on eBay who are interested in complex, vintage models that are not being made anymore, and cost a fortune to buy back when they were new. Okay, you probably already knew the answer to that one, but get used to feeding yourself similar questions and following a similar line of reasoning.

When you open the cover of this model, you're faced with not only the usual plastic parts, but also lots of small plastic baggies full of intricate metal parts. The presence of metal pieces in a plastic model kit should be an indicator that this isn't your normal plastic model kit. I was ready for the guy to say he wanted something like fifty bucks for his Pocher, and the five dollars I heard him say was music to my ears!

A few things you should know about Pocher scale model kits.

Pocher model kits vary widely in value. The Pocher company made lots of different car and truck models in widely varying quantities. So unless you're a Pocher specialist who knows how many of which model were made, there's really no way to tell from looking at a model what it's really worth. So, be very careful how much you pay for one of these models unless you know how much that that specific vehicle model sells for on eBay.

Pocher models have been around for a very long time, and they require(d) a great deal of time and effort to complete. This means that not only are you going to find the unbuilt kits, but you're also likely to run across partial builds, like the one in our example here, where the owner jumped ship mid-build. Carefully check for partially assembled kits.

For some reason, Pocher had a difficult time maintaining quality control of their models. This wasn't a really serious issue, but it did happen, and pocher enthusiasts are well aware of it. Malformed and misshapen parts could be seen right through their sealed plastic bags. Sometimes bags of plastic and / or metal parts were missing. This malformed - damaged - missing part problem can be a real issue, since Pocher has been out of business for about 20 years. It's not like you can just ring them up on the phone and have them send you replacements!

So, what's the solution? Well, one thing you have going for you is that your average Pocher bidder will statistically be someone who's inimately knowledgeable about all things Pocher, will be well aware of the company's shortcomings, and will be able to tell a great deal about what's going on with a particular model from good photos.

If the kit you're selling is still sealed, I say don't open it for photos. A sealed Pocher model kit is a rarity nowadays, and any serious bidder would take the risk of problems inside as long as the kit is unopened. But here's what I do if a kit has already been opened. First of all, I don't say any of that silly crap that everyone knows means nothing, like, 'I think it's complete,' or 'The guy I got it from told me it's all there.' Unless you're one of the few recognized experts on Pocher kits, nobody wants to hear your personal opinions.

What your serious buyers want to do is see. I advise laying out all the parts and taking lots of large photos of everything - plastic, metal, paperwork, box - everything. Pay special attention the the bags of tiny parts that are stapled to the box flaps. Remember that when you're selling something as potentially valuable as a Pocher scale model, it pays to take the time to give your prospective bidders enough information to make an intelligent choice. Be as factually accurate in your description as possible, and finish up with a disclaimer that you really don't know that much about these kits, which is why you took all those darned photos. Then invite any questions that your bidders may have.

A final thing to keep in mind here is that since the Pocher company is now out of business, parts, pieces, incomplete kits and partially assembled kits (like this one that sold for nearly $200 on eBay) sell for lots of money on eBay. So in the event that you run across a kit you know is incomplete, or has been partially built, grab it anyway if the price is right!

This Pocher 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza model sold on eBay for $185.

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