Things just got a lot easier - or harder - depending on your viewpoint - for the UK vintage board game collector.
I was in a small shop called Something Different in Wentworth, South Yorkshire today and spotted a game I recognised.
It was Blast-Off by Waddingtons, the classic space game from the 1960's. With its iconic box art its unmistakable and one which found a welcome home in our house when I was growing up.
But there wasn't just one Blast-Off in the shop, there must have been twenty, all neatly displayed in rows in a special shop display base!
They were reproductions!
The box, plastic parts, the lot! All for £11 each!
I couldn't believe it. I spent £10 just on a single original spare part last year, the white plastic moonscape!
Blast Off wasn't all. Next to it were the same number of Z Cars and Lone Ranger Board Games! They were all made by a company called West 11.
Looking them up online this afternoon I was staggered to see that they have also reproduced both the Captain Scarlet and Thunderbirds Waddingtons board games from the Sixties! Alas, these trade items are sold out.
Well blow me down! If your'e after original parts then be careful what you are offered. If you want an inexpensive copy then track down a shop that sells these clones.
For further repro surprises check out West 11's full wholesale design range: