Thank you for your questions. Hi, my name is Ray and I am an expert at Just Answer with 40 years experience in collectibles and antiques. The Danbury Mint set of 8 "Wild at Heart" plates is valued at about $275.00; the Spode-Whitcombe plate is valued at $18.00; and the Gainsborough plate is valued at $23.00. Since I am familiar with all the plates, I didn't feel it was necessary to send photos. These values are, of course, based on the condition and features as you described. Thanks, and please let me know if you have further questions before rating my service. Ray nugentappraiser
The $275.00 would not have paid for four of the plates I PAID at least £400.00 for the set plus a wall unit thrown in for free as I bought the all
the plates in one go and all the plates are in mint condition. your valuation of Danbury Mint is way out (reavaluate)
Thanks for the comment. The problem is that there can be and usually is a difference between the price a buyer pays and the true market value. Why is this? Because as buyers or sellers we all have different motivations when we go shopping and that in turn results in varying price points. As a buyer, you may have a strong want or need to own/buy something and the price you are willing to pay is guided by that desire; similarly, a seller has reasons to accept or not accept an offer to buy that is different then the tagged price. Fair Market Value is legally defined as a transaction between a willing buyer and willing seller, both of whom are fully aware and neither has a compelling reason to "have" to buy or sell. In this instance involving your Danbury Mint set of "Wild at Heart", you will find many, many offers on the internet for these plates and the highest we found was $34.00/plate and down as low as $20.00/plate. The condition stated is similar to your description, "In Mint Condition! No Flaws". In short you made a fortunate purchase, but that does not represent the Fair Market Value, which is where we must look for value. I documented seven separate offers to arrive at the true market value.