Toy collecting is no longer child’s play!

Toy collecting is no longer child’s play! By Brent Harrelson of AntiqueToys.com Toy collecting is a relatively recent phenomena in the United States. It started to get organized in the mid-60’s with the formation of numerous collecting societies including The Antique Toy Collectors of America, The Mechanical Bank Collectors of America, and The American Train Collectors […]

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Old Windup Toys and Antique toy Windups

Old Windup Toys and Antique toy Windups This may be a great opportunity to show off some of the current windup toys on AntiqueToys as well as show off some toy history.   Check out the old windup toys & photos below. Below are old windup toy mechanisims to get a flavor for what “used […]

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Demise of Ebay, Stagnation of the Web, Rising of the Auction Houses, and an Evolution for Toy Buying!? Toys for sale in the Future

Dig deep into your sub conscience and you will agree that the web has been pushed sideways for phone “Aps.”  The growth of the web is flat.  I’ll argue that E-bay as an auction house for toys is steadily eroding.  They are evolving into a store front with little interest in proper auctions (in my […]

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Antique Tin Toys and a Sojurn in Japan

February 2017 started with a bang and a long awaited trip to Japan.  Thank you to my gracious friends from around the world that met up and hosted! One would think that Japan was going to have wall-to-wall toys for the picking.  Older visions in my mind conjured up images of stuffed toy shops waiting for customers. […]

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Tin Toy Collector and Florida Visit

With a bit of delay, I’d like to share some photos that highlight a great visit to a Florida tin collector’s home.  Mr D was kind enough to host me and talk toys; afterwards we toured his collection and saw some of the best in Lehmann toys as well as numerous American tin toys.    […]

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Miami Toy Show

Our trip down to the 2017 Miami toy show was quite an adventure and great opportunity to network.  Steve Fuller organized the annual event right in the heart of the north’s big winter; perfect for planning a southern vacation. This year we went from the west coast of Florida down I-75 and made it to […]

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Cast Iron Toys

Collecting cast iron toys has been mostly associated with American toy collectors.  As such, I wanted to assemble some cast iron toy photos for everyone and to make the site more popular with the search engines.  Here are some highlight photos to share.  You will notice the wide variety of shapes and sizes.  Prices tend […]

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Vindex Fokker Trimotor or Arcade F-10A Cast Iron, which is it?

What is old knowledge can now be scrutinized with fresh catalog data and a century of new data.  My objective this last week was to ID a Fokker Trimotor cast iron and confirm its maker. O’Brien’s Toy guide states it was made by Arcade.  Right now I can’t find any Arcade catalogs or ads to support […]

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Antique Cast Iron Toys

Cast iron toy collecting seems to consistently create a love hate relationship.  Love them for beauty; hate them for rarity.  Love them for the history; hate them because the historic ones don’t get offered for sale often.  Love them for their craftsmanship; hate them when you get a bootleg cast iron. Love the antique toy […]

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Toy Restorations. Do I do an Antique Toy Restoration?

Do you need a toy restoration?  Should I restore a toy?  How do I restore my toys? My response, probably not, probably not, and consider just preserving it as-is. Do you need a toy restoration?–  I would argue ‘No’ for 90% of the toys out there.  For that 10% out there that is incredibly historic or almost […]

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