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General Collecting

Marklin Merry-Go-Round tin toy

-We just wanted to do a bit of picture sharing and discussion.  Thank you to all our contacts around the world bringing us Bing, Marklin, Arcade, Marusan, and all the amazing toys based on networking.  It is about our friends and network and helping them; they have helped us back. One of the nicest toys…

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Franklin Mint and Danbury Mint Toys, trends, and thoughts

-Sitting amid a new collection of Smith Miller, Japanese autos; and, gak, Danbury Mint and Franklin Mint toys the proverbial light goes on.  These toys/Collectibles just aren’t that bad at all.  Dare I say they are the evolution of highly detailed toys from the 1950’s like the Japanese tin cars and trucks. We have a parallel…

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Buddy L Toy Trucks for Sale. Buddy L Buying

Buddy L Toy Trucks for Sale. Buddy L Buying Buddy L trucks, and Keystone trucks, and Steelcraft, Kelmet, etc had been at the very top of collectors lists for decades.  Then in the early 2000’s things eroded.  Possibly stock market changes cut spending, possibly mini-recessions, investment issues, deaths; one never knows the largest contributing factor.…

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Chicago Toy Fair 2018

Well we survived and thrived after another Chicago Toy show!  It was a treat and the main show attendance was great! As a start we waded through the Sprit Airlines gauntlet.  Suffice it to say, we do not recommend Spirit.  Up-charges, non-adjustable seats, and service were sub-par. Getting back to toy discussions though, the hotel…

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Palm Beach and Miami Toy shows & Recap

Writing to you in the shadow of another three cases worth of toys, it occurs to me that we don’t have time for the article.  This is precisely why we need to do a recap, to explain how many great toys are out there at shows! The new Miami venue was a pleasure and the…

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Windup toy boats, Mahogany Boats, and Tin Goodness

Windup toy boats, Mahogany Boats, and Tin Goodness. In the spirit of the New Year, we are reflecting on some of our favorite inventory that sailed away.  There is such a shelf presence with toy boats! We’ve enjoyed being curators to some and look forward to new purchases and consignments.  We are also noting our…

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Toys for Christmas & Year End Thoughts

Toys for Christmas & Year End Thoughts Thank You As we approach (and pass) Christmas I’m inclined to reflect on your year of 2017 and think about Christmas Toys.  What a year it has been and what beautiful toys have come and gone!  There are some trends to share, and I’d like to express my…

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Hubley Cast Iron Motorcycles

What a great opportunity to show off some Harley and cop motorcycle toys by Hubley.  These solid cast iron toys were made in the 1930’s and help showcase the prowess of the tool makers at Hubley. Each of these castings was done by artists and in each you can see the strong points.  I happen…

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Renninger’s in Mt. Dora, Florida Antique and Toy Show

How many of you have heard of the Renninger’s “Extravaganza” (and Mini- Toy Show inside)?   Many around Pennsylvania have, as it is a legendary marketplace for Antiques.  Dealers have for sure, as it is a pilgrimage.   -But the public?  Yes, for some, many, no.    Renninger’s actually has two locations.  One is in Pennsylvania,…

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