I can't believe that this particular set or the pieces therein are worth virtually nothing, especially to people who now want to get into the game with their kids and still buy older stuff. I realize that original train lines are more valuable but.....what a great value to climb into the mix or use these every day to preserve the more valuable and pristine pieces. I 've got all older 0/O27 stuff from !949-1958, but this amazes me, especially with the way this Spirit of 76 set was recieved this past Christmas and New Years with the guests in our home around the tree, barely ever used before this. They were impressed. Guess that some of this non-traditional stuff ain't worth nothing, but what a great starter set. Newbies jump on it as as a starter for yourself and the 4 year old + in your home. The reason the train market has flattened off has to do with more than the number of babyboomers pulling their stuff out of their closets, garages, and basements and dumping their stuff. It's the tradition that our fathers and grandfathers that has been swept by the wayside and that has not been passed on. My father always regretted the American Flyers that got sold off during the Depression Years 1929-1934, and thereafter, to put food on the table. My deceased father worked his butt off and had little time to spend with me (I'M54). But the time we had together is cemented in my trains. And my son has picked up the torch if not with the same fervor as me. But at 25, he helped set up the (newly) traditional 4x8 layout under the Christmas tree. Hours of fun and entertainment for family from 1 to 95, especially with your granddaughter of 1.5 years and your 125 pound Dobermann who thinks the trains are a menace to the world as we know it. Enough for pontificating. Just wish I had a permanent layout.