Classic crisp packets ‘worth £10K’ on display in Hastings

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A collection of 1980s crisp packets worth a small fortune was on display in Hastings yesterday (November 11).

Dave Valentine’s hoard of vintage snacks were accompanied by an 80s disco and crisp buffet disco at the Old Observer Building.

The haul includes Twiglets, Monster Munch and Hula Hoops, plus varieties which are no longer made, such as Griddles and Ringos.

Some people have offered him up to £10 for a single packet and Dave thinks his collection is worth £10,000.

“That’s not a bad rate of inflation when you consider they cost about 5p at the time,” the Bexhill resident said.

“As a kid, I didn’t have the money to collect football stickers like my mates but I didn’t want to be left out, so I started collecting crisp bags.

“The designs are so retro and cool.

“Crisp bags these days are a bit boring in comparison.

“People love the nostalgia of looking at the old packets – it takes them back in time and they get a real kick out of that.”

Dave began his collection in 1984 with a packet of BBQ beef Hula Hoops.

Museums and collectors have shown interest in buying the collection but Dave has vowed not to sell.

“The packets are mementos of my childhood,” he said.

“People have thrown big figures asking what it would take to buy the whole lot but it would take something spectacular.

“Some bags even have little crumbs and salt still in them.

“They are my antique crisps and I am proud of them as a collection.”

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