LYNBROOK, N.Y. – An American Flyer G. Fox & Co. S gauge toy boxcar train, from a very limited production set made in 1946, chugged off with $18,975 in Day 2 of a two-day, online-only Toy & Train auction held August 11 and 12 by Weiss Auctions. The boxcar was the top lot in an auction that grossed $400,000 and set record prices. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.
The American Flyer G. Fox & Co. boxcar is one of the most desired trains a collector can own. The price realized for the one sold was a new record. “It’s the Holy Grail for American Flyer collectors for sure, and the winning bidder had been trying to get one for the last thirty years,” said Philip Weiss, the owner of Weiss Auctions. “It was a respectable example, Tuscan painted on white mold with nice lettering.”
Other toy train highlights from the August 12 session included what is believed to be the rare, handmade factory production of Lionel’s 1805 Land, Sea and Air Attack set, used as cover art for the 1959 advanced catalog. It sold for $8,700. Also, a Lionel 6557 reverse number train car, just the second one Weiss Auctions has ever seen, the chassis unrun, finished at $4,680.
A boxed, standard gauge, second issue kit version Lionel 9U electric boxcar, plus the remaining pieces to a Bild-A-Loco motor, realized $4,440, and a boxed 1939 Lionel 763E semi-scale Hudson, clean and shiny with strong lettering and a 2263W Vanderbilt oil tender, rose to $3,480.
What would have been one of the star lots of the toys auction actually came up for bid on train day. It was the hard-to-find, boxed AC Gilbert 1951 Atomic Energy Lab, an iconic Cold War-era toy and the first one Weiss Auctions has ever handled. The huge set was packed in a suitcase-style box, with all major and minor components appearing intact. It realized $3,600.
Top performers from the August 11 toys auction include a highly coveted 1982 mint-on-card GI Joe Commando Snake Eyes, 9 Back, series 1 / version 1 action figure by Hasbro, which went for $7,200. Also, a sealed, never-opened Marx 4658 Battle of the Blue & Gray Civil War-themed playset, including figures for Lincoln, Grant and Lee, garnered $4,080.
Tops among the Hess trucks were a vintage battery-operated 1969 Hess Woodbridge tanker truck with all decals present and the original box, sold for $4,200, and a 1966 Hess Tanker Voyager Ship prototype with the original box achieved $3,600.
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