DENVER, Pa. A remarkable cross-category collection of vintage toy airplanes, three outstanding train collections and more than 400 lots of dolls and accessories will join a widely varied array of other fine toys to form the core of Morphys May 11-12 auction.
The Friday session will open with a major offering of antique and vintage trains that comprises a good 40% of the entire 1,615-lot sale. Every train collector will find something here that suits their particular collection, said Dan Morphy, CEO of Morphy Auctions. There are hundreds of prewar, postwar and contemporary trains, ranging from late-19th-century O gauge through 2 and S gauge.
The railroad selection boasts many of the most sought-after brands Marklin, Bing, Ives, Dorfan, Lionel and American Flyer. There are even two rare sets by American Flyers predecessor, Edmond-Metzel one of which retains its original box and three Chicago passenger cars.
Among the German trains are some coveted early Marklin O gauge sets, a handsome Bing 1 gauge set, and half a dozen mostly hand-painted buildings and stations, including a Leipzig station. Golden age highlights include an American Flyer Presidents Special in its original box and a Lionel #400 freight set with some of its original individual boxes.
Most of the early Marklin trains are from the Arizona collection of Ray Dextraze, while many of the Lionel and golden age trains came from New York-based collector Jack Moore. A Pennsylvania collector consigned the contemporary trains...