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Florida Toy Show 2020- Central FL, Eustis

The Central Florida toy (and Advertising) show is now officially a success!  At around 120 tables and at over 60 vendors, there were toys as far as the eye can see.  Make it a point to visit next year (or see us again)! The crack staff of toy dealers aka “non-union set up crew” began…

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Republic Toys Pressed Steel Truck

Etch in your mind yet another lesser known pressed steel toy company– Republic Toys of Dayton Ohio.   Our “Tool Products Company” didn’t leave a long lasting impression toy collectors (at least from our standpoint), but should have.  Our American toy maker tends to be bunched into “Dayton” Toys steel products. The Republic Tool Products…

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Buck Rogers Tootsietoy Set Bliss

This stunning 1937 Tootsietoy set deserves an article and a bit of praise.  It was recently seen on auction and normally is hidden deep within the best toy collections of the world.  It doesn’t often come to light, so we are happy to share photos. Tootsietoys were in their heyday pre World War 2, and…

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Buddy L Museum

Buddy L Museum– We just reviewed a truck toy valued at $5000 by the “Museum” on Ebay,  a public auction venue, during Christmas.  The appraisal was current.  The noted tow truck ultimately sold for $2500, and the appraisal seemed strong. Have you visited their museum in person?  It would be fun to review methods in…

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German Tin Train Mystery- Carette Toy?

German Gloria Tin Train Mystery  We have a mystery on our hands.  In fact we have a mystery that may be solved by looking at the hands; the hands of a small instruction sheet.  Help us please! The box and illustration appear to be from the late 19th century.  After speaking with other collectors, we feel…

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Wright Brothers Tin Airplane by Fischer Toys, Germany

If you are a bit rusty on history we will refresh- Wilbur and Orville Wright were American inventors and pioneers of aviation. In 1903 the Wright brothers achieved the first powered, sustained and controlled airplane flight; they surpassed their own milestone two years later when they built and flew the first fully practical airplane.    …

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Buddy L Outdoor Railroad Train with Tender

Welcome to the world of Buddy L and the followed, but secretive world of outdoor trains.  This particular toy comes deserves a fresh photo shoot and a sharing of the detail, the steel, the beauty. The toy is either steel, or brass, or cast stainless, or chromed steel.  It is massive, heavy, and extremely well…

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Missouri Battleship Toy from Japan, ITO

We are pleased to share a great toy made of wood.  Yes, this is a Post-War Japanese Wood battleship toy of the venerable USS Missouri (though it looks metal).  It is battery operated with lights and a motor.   Historians note that it was used up to the Desert Storm flight in Iraq and then…

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Beautiful Schoenner Workshop Hits Auction

We love to see truly new, odd, beautiful, and intricate antique toys.  Sometimes they show up at auction at odd times, and unexpectedly.  This particular Schoenner worksop was dated circa 1902 and based on photos, appears extremely impressive.   The toy was new to us, as we have Die Anderen Nurnberger Band 4 as well…

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