Catch a train at New England Toy & Train Exchange sale July 10-11
DANBURY, Conn. – Bidders attending the New England Toy & Train Exchange’s Summer Auction will be whistling the old Judy Garland show tune Trolley Song before the nearly 800 lots are sold July 10 and 11. Several early trolleys will be featured during the second day of the sale. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.
Expected to generate the highest price is a scarce, early Lionel 3 Trolley in Standard Gauge. The sides are clearly marked “No. 3 Electric Rapid Transit.” It has a $3,000-$7,000 estimate.
A nice Lionel 1 Trolley and Trailer in Standard Gauge, circa 1907, are nicely matched and could roll to $2,500-$5,000.
“It’s unusual to find a trolley and trailer together. The trailer was optional and a lot of times people didn’t buy them,” said Mark Tobias of New England Toy and Train Exchange.
An original Voltamp 2120 United Electric Trolley in Gauge 2 could charge from $3,000-$6,000. It has strong lettering and is free of touch-ups, which is unusual.
“They didn’t use primer so the paint often flaked. Guys would grab a paint brush and paint over the bare spots,” said Tobias.
Another highlight of the NETTE’s Summer Auction will be one of the nicest Ives boxed sets the auctioneers have ever encountered. The Ives No. 1105 outfit includes a bicycle-wheel 1100 electric locomotive, an FE Tender with gray frame, 50 Baggage Car, 52 Newark Coach; 52 Washington Coach and has super paint with bright lithography. The set is in C7+ condition and expected to go to $2,500-$6,000.
Also from Voltamp is a 2130 Steeple Cab Electric engine capable of pulling in a $2,400-$5,000 bid. The Gauge 2 train engine is clean and all original.
A rare boxed Lionel Smooth Yankee Set no. 5224E, uncataloged from 1935 consists of a 616 Diesel with red top, 617 Coach and 618 Observation car, all having smooth sides in silver paint. In C6+ condition, this set has a $1,000-$3,000 estimate.
Another rare set is the Lionel Baby Railchief set released in 1937 as a Macy’s employee promotion. This five-piece passenger train in C6 condition and with its boxes merits a $2,000-$4,000 estimate.
The auction will begin Friday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern with the first of 257 lots, a Lionel Donald Duck and Pluto handcar. The clockwork mechanism winds but no longer runs. Showing other signs of wear, the 1930s toy has a $100-$400 estimate. Saturday’s session will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern.
Following the trains on Saturday, 91 lots of toys, mostly cars and trucks, will be sold. A collection of 18 Cortland trucks, many in original boxes, will be sold, including three circus wagons pulled by an elephant. Fifteen Schuco toys will be sold including a tin lithograph Curvo motorcycle with its illustrated box and instructions.
Presale bidding was most active for a Weeden live steam derrick, circa 1900, and a postwar boxed Technofix roller coaster.
The auction will be conducted at New England Toy & Train Exchange, 110-112 Beaver Brook Road in Danbury.
View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet during the sale at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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