I would certainly agree with you there Matt. My second pencil barrel Was acquired in a completely upgraded state. Other than the frame, barrel, and slide nothing was original. But the initial investment was low, and I happened to have all of the necessary original parts on hand aside from the correct very early trigger bar and weekend sight. I acquired the correct trigger bar for $200, And the Weeknd site was donated by Glockaholics (An extremely kind gesture I will not soon forget). So when all was said and done I had an original pencil barrel for a very low cost, However it took time, effort, and a lot of luck to get it there...but for me in this collecting hobby that is half the fun.I would suggest Marcus we may be in the minority here on this forum that may see the potential for changed internals and such would see less collectibility. Or at least understand this issue as it related to what we would pay.
There is obviously individuals interested in these early Glocks who may know nothing of this forum.
At least the seller started the auction in a fashion that will demonstrate what these times will bare.
Great observation by you and thank you to holics for linking it.