Toy Trains Do Well at Auction
LYNBROOK, NEW YORK –
The toy trains category is red hot now. And recently Weiss Auctions held
its first toy train auction of the year. Often there are a number of
lots that don’t get sold, but at this auction, all 500 lots found new
first auction featured a large S-gauge collection of Frank Pisani, whose
many rare and unusual examples included an exceedingly scarce and huge
American Flyer dealer poster produced around 1955 ($5,100).
Chromolithographed on two pieces of paper, then factory attached, it
featured bright colors in like-new condition.
The sale also featured many high-grade American Flyer S-gauge
accessories and post-war rarities featuring many unique pieces,
prototypes, production samples, errors and separate sale items. Also
featured was a large collection of Plasticville O/S, including an
estimated 680 boxed kits and blister cards, all of them different.
Offered as one lot, it brought $8,100. The 680 or so kits were mostly
boxed, with several blister and with peg board variations, type face and
contents variations. There were kits in the collection never seen
before, and no two were alike. Most boxes were nice and bright; nearly
all were Plasticville.
other lots topped the $5,000 mark. One was an American Flyer S gauge
smoke-in-tender Northern 332 steam locomotive, 1946 or 1947, with a
bronze brake tank and a unique tender chassis ($5,400)The other was a
nice boxed Lionel 2296W Canadian Pacific set from 1957, including the
super 2373 CP F3 AB Diesel, all cars shiny and with original decals
Four other lots managed to reach $3,000
or better–all of them Lionel. A boxed Lionel anniversary set 1464W,
1950, including a 2023 UP Alco AA Diesels, 2481 and 2482 coaches; and
2483 Observation. All the cars matched nicely ($4,080).
A fantastic Lionel black 2332 GG1 boasting a beautiful, unhandled satin
patina, and the decals were 100 percent, as were the silver stripes and
medium bright lettering ($3,960).
boxed Lionel 6817 Black Flat & Scraper, including a beautiful Alice
Chalmers scraper on an unrun black flat with bands, plus a respectable
perf window box ($3,360).
A super scarce boxed Lionel Sears set 2347 C&O GP7 from 1965, made for
Sears set 12885-500, with intact shell, original chassis and a good
battery compartment ($3,120).
hard-to-find American Flyer 24519 S gauge reel car, circa 1958, clean
and with both brake-wheels, showing only light playwear, changed hands
for $1,680; while an LN boxed 6500 Beechcraft Bonanza―the hardest of all
the airplane flats to find―including the unnumbered flat with the
white-over-red variation plane, all original and with a nice picture
box, made $1,620.
A Lionel 1916 consumer catalog and envelope―the first one Weiss Auctions
has ever seen and a nice example – complete with color center spread of
the 42-passenger set over a bridge, went for $1,800. Also, a very clean,
two-color 1913 Lionel consumer catalog showing some great Lionel pieces
including trolleys, six with knobby 190 cars, 6-wheel 33 with ribbed
cars, fetched $1,500.
boxed Lionel 6357-50 Father & Son caboose, one of the harder cabooses to
find (and the accompanying box even scarcer), produced only in 1960 for
the Father & Son set, garnered $1,650. Also, a boxed Lionel 158 station
set, a nice original owner item with a late 136 station and two #156
station platforms, plus wrapping paper, boxes and platform inserts, hit
A super clean Lionel 6464-150 MP first panel boxcar having a type IIA
body with a saw in the first panel, unrun and with a clean box missing a
flap on one side, commanded $1,560; while a near-mint boxed Lionel 6816
flat with a light color dozer having a band and a rare insert on an
unrun flat, displaying nicely with just a lightly shopworn perf window
box, achieved $990.
American Flyer 24016 MKT S gauge boxcar from 1958 having a clean satin
patina with intact nibs and catwalks, showing some light playwear and
missing its brake wheel, still made $870. Also, two variations of
American Flyer 378 S gauge station figures – an early pastel example and
a later variation, both tied into display boxes and both set boxes nice,
rose to $630.
A boxed American
Flyer 274 S gauge freight station, the very rare green window version
with the black roof, showing only light handling with a nice maroon
lettered box, went for $600. Also, an LN boxed American Flyer 162 S
gauge Mysto-Magic Factory, a great example, made $576.
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