VanSlyke Toy Collection at Girard March 28-29

SCOTIA. Neb. – On March 28 and March 29, at 4 p.m. and 10 a.m., respectively, the Ray VanSlyke Toy Collection will go on the block in a sale that has been hotly anticipated by many toy collectors of many different stripes.

The sale will take place at the Howard Johnson’s Hotel, in Grand Island, Neb.

Girard Toy Tractor AT 3-19.jpgRay VanSlyke started collecting toys more than 30 years ago when he owned the John Deere Dealership in his small town in central Nebraska. He started out with Deere toys, and then started to include cast iron toys and banks, marbles, and vintage farm toys of all types.

“I want to see who’s buying my toys,” VanSlyke said. “I’ve gone to many estate toy auctions, and I didn’t want my auction to be the ‘VanSlyke Estate.’ I would rather meet the people who are buying my toys and hope they enjoy and cherish them as much as I have.”

The auction will start with a portion of VanSlyke’s massive antique marble collection. There will be approximately 150 lots consisting of nearly 2,000 marbles that will be sold first during Friday’s auction. Included will be Sulfides, onionskins, ribbon cores, peltiers, handmades, Indians, Akro, Slaggs, Marble Kings and more. All are old originals; no modern marbles will be included.

Girard Buick AT 3-19.jpgFriday’s auction will finish up with a portion of the farm toy collection including vintage John Deere & International Harvester toys along with some modern collectable toys.

Saturday’s auction truly has something for every type of toy collector. Included will be a massive collection of 1950s to 1970s era John Deere toys. Many of the toys still have the original boxes. 

Girard John Deere AT 3-19.jpgSaturday’s auction will also include VanSlyke’s massive collection of original cast iron farm toys. Included in the auction will be several rare Vindex John Deere toys such as the D tractor, E engine, Threshing Machine, Plow, Hay Rack, and Wagon. The collection also includes many nice original cast iron still banks including a rare Oregon battleship.
All items in the auction will be offered at “No Reserve”; every item sells to the highest bidder regardless of price.

There is no onsite buyer’s premium, but there is a 10 percent buyer’s premium for online an absentee bidders. For more information, call 605-267-2421, or go online to