BAYKO Building Sets Price History

This is a list of the prices of BAYKO building sets, as advertised over the product's lifetime. The primary source for the prices is 'MECCANO Magazine', though some comes from 'Games & Toys', the trade magazine and more from assorted retail fliers, etc. - I'll fill in the gaps as information becomes available.
For consistency, the prices are all shown in the original Shillings and Pence [s/d] format used in the adverts. Prices were not shown in Pounds, Shillings and Pence [£/s/d] until the MECCANO era.
For those of you who don't feel comfortable with the old currency system, I have also produced a separate page showing set prices in the modern decimal format as well.
 
 
A small detail that may be of interest. There have been three separate occasions in the life of BAYKO when there have been fundamental changes to the system : -
After the introduction of 'New Series' BAYKO in 1939.
After the war in 1946.
After the MECCANO takeover of BAYKO in 1959.
Following both of these events, the conversion sets, which allowed existing owners to continue to upgrade their old system sets, continued to be available for some time - marketing with a heart?
 
Pre-War Standard Sets
Year
Month
Year
Month
Standard Sets
Conversion Sets
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
1A
2A
3A
4A
5A
1934
Undated Flier
7/6
10/-
15/-
21/-
30/-
           
1935
Second BAYKO manual
         
42/-
3/6
5/6
6/6
10/6
 
1935
February
1937
December
7/6
10/-
15/-
21/-
30/-
42/-
         
1938
Undated Flier
7/6
10/6
15/-
21/-
30/-
42/-
3/6
5/6
6/6
10/6
13/-
1941
'New Series' Manual *            
5/6
7/11
9/9
15/3
18/4
1941
'New Series' Parts Price Card *            
5/6
8/-
9/10
15/3
18/4
* These prices include wartime Purchase Tax
 
Pre-War Ornamental Addition Sets
Year
Month
Year
Month
Ornamental Addition Sets
A
B
C
1935
?
1938
?
2/6
5/-
7/6
 
Pre-War Special Sets
Year
Month
Year
Month
Special Sets
Special Conversion Sets
20
21
22
23
20A
21A
22A
1938
Undated Flier
5/-
8/6
12/6
17/6
4/-
4/-
5/-
 
Pre-War 'New Series' Sets
Year
Month
Year
Month
Standard Sets
Conversion Sets
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
1C
2C
3C
4C
5C
1939
September
   
5/11
8/6
12/6
17/6
25/-
37/6
2/11
4/6
5/6
7/6
12/6
1940
'New Series' Manual
6/9
10/-
15/-
21/-
30/-
42/-
3/6
5/6
6/6
9/6
13/6
1941
'New Series' Manual *
9/2
14/1
20/1
28/9
40/4
58/8
4/10
7/4
9/2
12/10
18/4
* These prices include wartime Purchase Tax
 
A brief post-war 'New Series' BAYKO production period between 1945 and 1946 has been identified.
However, none of the limited amount of contemporary literature includes any set price information.
Who said the life of a BAYKO archivist was easy‽
 
Post-War Sets
Year
Month
Year
Month
Standard Sets
Conversion Sets
#0
#1
#2
#3
#4
0X
1X
2X
3X
1948
Undated Flier
15/3
21/4
35/10
60/3
 
6/3
15/8
24/6
 
1949
April
Dated Flier &
Dated Parts List
14/4
21/3
34/4
56/3
 
6/10
13/1
21/3
 
1949
May 20th
Dated Flier &
Dated Parts List
12/6
18/9
31/3
50/-
 
6/3
12/6
18/9
 
1949
May
1949
June
14/4
21/3
34/4
56/3
 
6/10
13/1
21/3
 
1949
July
1949
December
12/6
18/9
31/3
50/-
 
6/3
12/6
18/9
 
1949
October
Dated Parts List
13/9
20/7
34/4
55/-
 
6/10
13/9
20/7
 
1950
January
1951
May
13/9
20/7
34/4
55/-
 
6/10
13/9
20/7
 
1951
May
Dated Flier &
Dated Parts List
15/-
22/6
37/6
59/-
 
7/6
15/-
22/6
60/-
1951
June
1951
July
15/-
22/6
37/6
59/-
 
7/6
15/-
22/6
 
1951
August
1952
January
15/-
22/6
37/6
59/-
 
7/6
15/-
22/6
60/-
1951
December
Dated Parts List
15/-
22/6
37/6
59/-
118/9
7/6
15/-
22/6
60/-
1952
February
1952
December
15/-
22/6
37/6
59/-
118/9
7/6
15/-
22/6
60/-
1953
January
1953
May
15/-
22/6
35/7
58/1
118/1
7/6
13/1
22/6
60/-
1953
June
1955
January
14/-
21/-
33/-
54/-
104/6
7/-
12/3
21/-
50/6
1955
February
1959
January
14/-
21/-
31/6
52/3
99/3
7/-
10/6
21/-
47/-
1959
February
   
15/-
22/6
33/9
56/-
110/-
7/9
11/9
23/3
55/-
1959
March
1959
June
14/-
21/-
31/6
52/3
99/3
7/-
10/6
21/-
47/-
1959
April 8th
Dated Shop Card
14/6
21/9
32/9
54/3
104/6
7/6
12/-
21/9
50/6
1959
July
1960
May
14/6
21/9
32/9
54/3
104/6
7/6
12/-
21/9
50/6
1963
April
Dated order form
         
7/6
11/10
   
Year
Month
Year
Month
#0
#1
#2
#3
#4
0X
1X
2X
3X
Standard Sets
Conversion Sets
The 1949 shuffling of prices isn't easy to explain, but may be linked to Purchase Tax Changes.
To put it mildly, the early months of 1959 are chaotic - the writing was clearly on the wall.
These date discrepancies probably reflect the lead time plus the distribution time
which would have been needed for the new BAYKO Fliers and Parts Price Lists.
 
MECCANO Era Sets
Year
Month
Year
Month
Standard Sets
Conversion Sets
#11
#12
#13
#14
#15
11C
12C
13C
14C
1960
May
Dated News Letter
9/11
16/11
23/6
39/6
 
7/6
9/-
18/6
 
1960
September
1960
December
9/11
16/11
23/6
39/6
         
1961
January
1961
July
10/6
18/6
26/-
39/6
 
8/3
10/9
18/6
 
1961
September
Dated order form
10/7
18/10
26/3
40/1
 
8/3
10/11
18/10
 
1961
October
   
10/7
18/10
26/3
40/1
 
8/3
10/11
18/10
 
1962
April
1962
July
11/3
19/9
28/3
44/6
75/-
8/3
10/9
18/6
 
1962
August
1962
December
11/3
19/9
28/3
44/6
75/-
8/3
10/9
18/6
34/-
1963
January
1964
February
11/3
19/9
28/3
44/6
75/-
       
1963
April
Dated order form
11/3
19/9
28/3
44/6
75/-
8/9
12/3
19/9
34/6
1963
August
Dated Flier
11/3
19/9
28/3
44/6
75/-
8/9
12/3
19/9
34/6
1964
January
Dated Price List
11/3
19/9
28/3
44/6
75/-
8/9
12/3
19/9
34/6
1965
January
Dated Price List
11/3
19/9
28/3
44/6
75/-
8/9
12/3
19/9
34/6
1965
September
Dated Hamleys Price List
11/3
19/9
28/3
44/6
75/-
8/9
12/3
19/9
34/6
1965
December
Dated Price List
11/3
19/9
28/3
44/6
75/-
8/9
12/3
19/9
34/6
1966
February
Dated order form
11/3
19/9
28/3
44/6
75/-
8/9
12/3
19/9
34/6
1966
July
-Dated Price List
11/6
20/-
28/9
45/-
76/-
8/11
12/6
20/-
35/3
1967
January
-Dated Price List
11/9
20/6
29/-
45/9
77/3
9/-
12/9
20/6
35/6
Year
Month
Year
Month
#11
#12
#13
#14
#15
11C
12C
13C
14C
Standard Sets
Conversion Sets
 
 
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