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Liquidating a toy tractor collection

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Todd in NC

04-17-2014 16:34:23




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I have been collecting for over 30 years. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I need to sell. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what the best way to do this is? Except for Craigslist, I don"t know where to begin. Thanks in advance, Todd.




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Pops1532

04-18-2014 11:30:39




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 Re: Liquidating a toy tractor collection in reply to Todd in NC, 04-17-2014 16:34:23  
You need to talk to Aumman Auctions in Nokomis,IL.



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NNP

04-18-2014 06:51:05




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 Re: Liquidating a toy tractor collection in reply to Todd in NC, 04-17-2014 16:34:23  
individually on ebay.

reserve price em if you are worried about someone getting lucky and lowballing one.
Over the years, I've always bought my grandson 1/16 ERTL

toys that matched the many tractors I've owned.
Buying them on ebay, especially some models, never cheap,

and lots of bidders on nice ones.

lots of pics in the ad, and the scale and manufacturer in the title

help a lot with peoples searches.

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Ed3

04-18-2014 05:37:36




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 Re: Liquidating a toy tractor collection in reply to Todd in NC, 04-17-2014 16:34:23  
Please post pictures of what you have. The picture classifies are a good place

I'm looking for specific IH Ford and Oliver tractors

Also looking for a IH model 56 4 row corn planter. 1/16 scale



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Dick2

04-18-2014 01:59:06




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 Re: Liquidating a toy tractor collection in reply to Todd in NC, 04-17-2014 16:34:23  
When I'm gone, my collection will go to my nephew on the farm to go with his collection. I don't have to think about selling them.



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Retired Farmer

04-17-2014 22:07:38




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 Re: Liquidating a toy tractor collection in reply to Todd in NC, 04-17-2014 16:34:23  
Redwagonantiques.com buys toy collections. There are other toy dealers on the web that also buy collections but I don't recall who they are right now. Might look under farm toy dealers.



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Circle K

04-17-2014 19:29:46




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 Re: Liquidating a toy tractor collection in reply to Todd in NC, 04-17-2014 16:34:23  
There is a auction company here in the midwest called Girard Auction. They are absolutely amazing people when it comes to toy auctions. Their website is www.girardauction.com. They might be able to help you out as they hold several auctions year round from all over. Hope this helps!



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t.r.k.

04-17-2014 19:21:57




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 Re: Liquidating a toy tractor collection in reply to Todd in NC, 04-17-2014 16:34:23  
If your circumstances don't dicatate you sell all of them in a hurry, I recommend you sell a few at a time. Either use Ebay or run a few at a time through a toy auction somewhere. I know Ebay and Paypal will take a total of about 10% as commision.

That said, I have never been to but one advertised toy auction in NC, and most of the toys were tin trucks.

There was a good article about dispersing a toy tractor collection in Toy Farmer either last issue or the issue before. A Massey Ferguson collector.

I am thinking Aumann Auctions does several toy auctions a year. I see their ads. in tractor magazines, I don't know where they are based.

Since you are in NC, check with Neil Fishel (Son) or Phil Fishel (Father) in Winston Salem. I know Neil collects farm toys and probably knows of shows and other collector activities in the state that I am unaware of.

p.s. What part of NC are you in? I am 40 miles east of Charlotte.

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Todd in NC

04-18-2014 05:19:27




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 Re: Liquidating a toy tractor collection in reply to t.r.k., 04-17-2014 19:21:57  
t.r.k., I'm in Lincolnton. That's 30/35 miles west of Charlotte. Thanks for the advice, Todd.



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Fordfarmer

04-17-2014 19:19:08




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 Re: Liquidating a toy tractor collection in reply to Todd in NC, 04-17-2014 16:34:23  
I've used ebay for one or two, here and there, but I'm not sure I'd use ebay for a large collection. Check to see what an auction company that does online auctions would charge you to sell them. Two around here are Hansen and Young and Smith-Sales. H&Y's on-line sales are with Mark-net (maybe no hyphen?), which covers the whole country. They take care of shipping to out-of-area buyers.



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Oliverdiesellover

04-17-2014 19:12:18




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 Re: Liquidating a toy tractor collection in reply to Todd in NC, 04-17-2014 16:34:23  
I sold a few on this site. And did pretty good. I would like to know what you have. I could be interested in some more toys. How many do you have.



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Todd in NC

04-18-2014 05:46:00




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 Re: Liquidating a toy tractor collection in reply to Oliverdiesellover, 04-17-2014 19:12:18  
Oliverdiesellover, thanks for the reply. Brand wise I have Allis-Chalmers, John Deere, International, Ford, Case, Massey Ferguson, Oliver etc. All sizes 1/64 scale on up to a 1/8 scale Oliver. Mostly tractors, but some implements and combines. Probably 90-95% of what I have is new. Some are still in the box, some are not. The ones that are not, have not been in the sand pile, left outside. They were just taken out of the box and set on the shelf. I have no idea how many I have. That's why I stopped buying, these things are everywhere.

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Fordfarmer

04-18-2014 09:23:44




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 Re: Liquidating a toy tractor collection in reply to Todd in NC, 04-18-2014 05:46:00  
Like a couple of the other guys, I might be interested in some...Fords in particular. Let us know where you decide to list them.
email is open, if you want to drop a line with what Fords you have, and prices.



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ss55

04-17-2014 18:36:09




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 Re: Liquidating a toy tractor collection in reply to Todd in NC, 04-17-2014 16:34:23  
I've had good luck selling toy tractors on ebay. The nation wide exposure helps to sell. One item went to Europe. I listed a buy now price rather than putting them at auction. You can search for items like yours and check what they had sold for in the last few months. The more detailed and accurately you can describe your items, the quicker they sell. Posting digital pictures help a lot.

Read and understand the ebay and PayPal fees, commissions and shipping requirements. For me they were less than local auction fees.

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pretzer

04-17-2014 17:20:38




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 Re: Liquidating a toy tractor collection in reply to Todd in NC, 04-17-2014 16:34:23  
my brother has had good luck on ebay. Sell a few every week



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jm.

04-17-2014 16:44:42




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 Re: Liquidating a toy tractor collection in reply to Todd in NC, 04-17-2014 16:34:23  
Be prepared for shock. If you do not have collector or serial number models, not much interest. Market is very weak. Saw a group of 210 sell three weeks ago at auction. Fellow had went to the expense of getting an appraisal 3 years ago. His total auction results were roughly 1/3 of what he had been told they were worth. What part of the country are you located?



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Todd in NC

04-17-2014 17:35:16




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 Re: Liquidating a toy tractor collection in reply to jm., 04-17-2014 16:44:42  
I'm in North Carolina. And, you're right, I'm going to get hammered on the price. Thanks, Todd.



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Ertlcollector

04-17-2014 20:11:30




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 Re: Liquidating a toy tractor collection in reply to Todd in NC, 04-17-2014 17:35:16  
If they are in Mint to good shape they will sell if they are in origional boxes will be even better if they are missing a wheel been rattle can painted with nothing taped off and pieces broke your goina get hurt eBay is hard to sell until you have some feedback as seller I have over 400 score 100 % positive but only a few selling and it's rough



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