Wanted to Buy – Toy and Train Collections

We can offer you top dollars for your toy or train collections. Why wait to sell at an auction house when we will pay higher – immediately. We have been getting record dollar sales on our site as well as auction. Let us help. Email Me directly.

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by DAKOTApaul May 26, 2013 5 comments

Good References for Collecting Cast Iron Cars and Trucks

Having “good references” is a very small part of being a knowledgable collector. Most collectors are not willing to spend the money for the references necessary to constitute a complete cast iron toy reference library. But it is essential to become a knowledgeable collector. Here are a few good references:
1. The [...]

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by DAKOTApaul May 5, 2012 2 comments

Lionel Standard Gauge Blue Comet Set

When you think of Lionel Standard Gauge Trains – this is the set that comes to mind. This is the rare “Blue Comet” Set No. 396E, the earliest version from 1930. It consists of the famed 390E cream striped Steam Locomotive, with its 390T Tender. The set pulls (3) Lionel standard gauge passenger cars [...]

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by DAKOTApaul February 15, 2010 1 comment

Lionel Scale 700E – The Great Hudson Engine

In my opinion, the Lionel 700E Scale Locomotive is the ultimate in Lionel prewar “O” gauge Trains. Mention the New York Central Railroad’s “Hudson” locomotive 5344, and most collectors think of this train. Here is the 1937 version of the Lionel No. 700E Locomotive with its 700W Tender. Tell me what you think about this [...]

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by DAKOTApaul January 4, 2010 5 comments

What is on your Watch List?

I posed this question on Twitter, and now would like to open up this forum question. I watch eBay probably like the rest of you, and we all have certain items we watch, and put on our watch list. While we sometimes hold these in secret, as we do not want others to bid on [...]

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by DAKOTApaul December 20, 2009 0 comments

Cast Iron Automotive Toys – Nickeled Grille Versions

Here is a quick overview on cast iron automotive toys – nickeled grill cars from the 1930. A great investment collectible.

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by DAKOTApaul December 16, 2009 0 comments

How do you determine condition?

As you go about finding a rarity of interest to you 鈥?whether it is a Lionel Train or a cast iron automotive toy 鈥?the main component to its current value is what we call the condition of the object.
Condition is related to how closely the antique, in its current form, resembles its original state when [...]

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