Been there and really regret busting them up or just breaking them. I am searching ebay for several I had as a kid and I am finding as you said spending a fortune on them when I find them, One in particular I want isI have very few of the kits I built when I was a "kid"; they didn't survive the "great purge" of 1980. Here's the story:
I've been building kits since the late 60s. A few weeks before my wife and I were getting married in August of 1980 I was packing up my belongings in preparation for the move into our first apartment. When I got to my models I somehow got it into my head that my new bride wouldn't want all of this "junk" in her house, so I filled five 50-gallon trash cans with my build-ups, many of which have never been reissued and, based on eBay's going rates, were potentially worth thousands of dollars.
Here's the kicker. As we were setting up our new apartment, my wife turned to me and said, "Okay, I got this bookshelf all set up for you. Where are your models?" (insert "blowing your brains out with a handgun" smiley here)
Wow. I'm sure you lost considerably more than the kits in those photos, but at least you're alive to tell the tale.That ain't nuttin' wait until you get to see your workshop after 8 feet of muddy swamp water. OH boy let me tell you! I was able to save most of the plactis, instr. and decals were trashed. The wetness you see on the floor was a month after katrina, it nevered dried.