Wanted to Buy – Toy and Train Collections

by DAKOTApaul on December 17, 2009 · 22 comments

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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Geoff Johnson January 9, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Looking for all those great postwar sets you had for the past 4 years – less than $500. Keep up the great sight!

mike January 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Hi, I’ve been watching your webpage for a while, I’m looking for a rhimocerous bank by Arcade, and realize I’ve missed 2 in the last couple of years, I was out of town when the bidding ended…but I’m still looking. If you come across one please let me know.

mike January 17, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Also I’m looking for a REAO Red Coupe, if you happen to see one. Thanks.

Tim Vertz February 22, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I was wondering if there is a source for Pratt and Letchworth repro drivers. I saw one listed on Ebay that said it might be a repro? I have a handsom cab and would like to find a driver. By the way thank you so much for your website and sales. I love these toys and usually can’t afford them but your information is so helpful in my on going education for these remarkable toys.

DAKOTApaul February 22, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Hi Tim, a good source is Russ Harrington. His email is Tell him that I sent you! Thanks for the comment.

John Bonneville February 27, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Paul……Long time since we comunicated….
Where/why/how does your nickname “DAKOTA” originate???

(I grew up , married, and went through Grad School in North Dakota)

Nice website you have!

DAKOTApaul February 28, 2010 at 11:13 am

Hi John, DAKOTA was the name of my advertising business back in the 90s and when signing up for eBay I used the name DAKOTApaul, which has stuck ever since. Thanks for checking out the site, ad please stop by again. Paul

John Trezza June 21, 2010 at 10:35 am

Hello Paul
You have a neat Web Site and appreciate your transparency. Im a retired Aero- Space engineer from Honeywell and have operating Lionel trains in a converted double garage. Florida has few basements, so some years ago the 41 buick and 52 Caddy got sold and was able to finish the room for a L/O. My wife was agreeable since it cut down the hobbies 50% and the end of 300 Hrs every year setting up trains during Christmas. I have some train sets I would like to sell/ consinement, as well as procuring additions to our collection. Have an E-Bay account with 100% feedback as well for buying only.
Regards John

Sara Keil January 8, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I have a 1946 Lionel Trains Outfit No 2179 WS 0 Gauge Freight Train with Whistle and Smoke set. It contains the following: 671 Locomotive w/smoke pellets, 2046 W Tender, 3464 Boxcar, 6465 Tankcar, 6457 Caboose, 6462 Gondola Car, & 3520 Spotlight Car. I do not have the tracks, but all of the above cars are in the original Lionel boxes, with the exception of the 3520 Spotlight Car. I also have the original Lionel Trains Outfit No 2179 WS 0 Gauge Freight Train with Whistle and Smoke box that all the above pieces came in. Could you tell me how I can go about selling this set? Would you be interested in it or do you allow people to sell items on your website? I appreciate your time and any help you can provide. Sincerely, Sara Keil

Les January 23, 2011 at 10:09 am

I have an American Flyer Wide Gauge Hamiltonian Set with the 4678 Engine, 4340 Club Car, 4341 Pullman Car and 4342 Observation Car. This was my Dad’s train when he was a kid and is in Mint condition with all the original boxes minus the main box. The set comes with tracks that make approximately a six foot oval and the American Flyer Transformer Model # 1295 8678, and is still operational.
The only piece missing is one of the the light assemblies atop the engine. I am trying to find that piece. Do you know of anyone/any place that I could find this piece.

scott February 26, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Hi Paul,
I continue to follow your site and offerings. I am always amazed at the unique cast iron you seem to come across and the condition always so fine.
I collect mostly fire fighting related. What have you found to be the best way to keep them clean and shining? I’ve tried different things but they still get extremely dusty. Shor of keeping them in cases is there a product you recommend.

Don March 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I love your site. I am looking for a Hubley boy to go with my Large Football. I missed out on the last auction I was on. Any suggestions where to look?


DAKOTApaul March 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm

What is your large football? Post a picture.

DAKOTApaul March 10, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Hi, the best is a damp cloth and a lot of dusting! Unfortunately, no easy answer on that one. Paul

DAKOTApaul March 10, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Yes, we do allow people to post items on my web site. Email me to discuss. Paul

Lisa Mcatee April 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Hi, Paul. First let me say I love your website. We have recently started attending a few local auctions and have actually purchased a cast iron toy (cheap), but I am unable to identify it due to the lack of markings and (I believe) it is actually a few a few different pieces to make up one toy. I believe the horse and harness are Hubley, however the driver(s) and wagon I am not sure of. Any suggestions on how to identify them? I have honestly searched the web and the items I see that are similar do not list a manufacturer. I really appreciate your time. Thanks in advance Lisa.

Martin Collmer August 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I discovered you and your website on e-bay a few months ago. I think its great – your approach to selling, both on here and e-bay. On e-bay I also appreciate your low starting bids, then let the market determine the price, auction style. I have noticed that the prices for cast iron pieces has continued to drop in the last few months, but some high quality pieces are still going fairly high. In your opinion, is this a function of the economy or is there an overall trend in lower cast iron auto toy prices. I other words is cast iron automotive collecting dieing, as the big name collectors are passing too?
Keep up the good work.
Martin Collmer

DAKOTApaul August 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Hi Martin,

Yes, I do believe that cast iron prices are declining for the more common pieces. Some could be the result of the economy, but other factors are contributing. I do think there are less collectors, and therefore the one’s that do collect are only interested in the high end rare pieces, keeping those prices firm. The more common have less desirability among the small group of collectors. It is a shame, as I believe these are wonderful pieces of American History, and a great toy collectibles. It is amazing to me the elaborate detail that some of these toys had, and the craftsmanship. that went into making them from a material like cast iron. I also believe that the in flow of Chinese Reproductions has also hurt the market, and many do not know the difference and are afraid to purchase.

I appreciate you kind words about the auctions and my web site. please feel free to contact me any time – and keep up the collecting.

Chuck Frost December 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

DAKOTApaul:Wilkins pumper arrived in great shape. thanks for the superb packing. To maintain cast iron use a small amount of mineral oil with cheesecloth and rub gently. Use in an inconspicuous area first to make sure no paint “rub off” occurs. Once every year or so is enough. Don’t overdo. Less is better. thanks, Chuck

Emmett Van Buskirk April 9, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I have just begun to collect a few old toys and would like to add several Wilkins or other makes Doctor’s carts with original figures to my collection. Will you be offering any in the near future? I have a couple already without figures. Are original or replacement figures available from any source?
I greatly appreciate the quality of your postings on Ebay . The pictures themselves are an education no matter what the item,and the descriptions of each item are extremely helpful and trustworthy. Your website has enabled me to develop a visual catalogue.
I have purchased just one item from you so far but hope to do more as I can in the future.

DAKOTApaul April 9, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Hi Emmett, thanks for your nice note. I also like Wilkins Horse Drawn Toys. I have some early pieces and I will list them on my web site in the near future. Yes, if you check this thread you will see that I would recommend Russ Harrington for quality cast iron replacement figures. I do try hard to present each item to the best of my ability, and will continue to do that. Thanks again for your kind words, Paul

Emmett Van Buskirk March 28, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Paul, I recently purchased the Ives, Dent, Kenton mule cart from you on ebay.
In looking back at a piece you sold in March of 2014 that was a Harris mule cart I find that they look very similar except for the driver. As I am trying to learn to recognize manufacturers, what factors would identify it as one more than another? Additionally, since my last note I have used Russ several times and have been very pleased. Thank you for all your help. Emmett

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