Records broken in Tru-Scale, Oliver, and Tonka sale

WAKONDA, S.D. — On April 17 and 18 in Wakonda, S.D., Girard Auction and Land Brokers, Inc. held a two-day auction of antique toys that hit record prices and had people travel from all over the country to be in attendance. Collectors from all over the Midwest were in house, along with people from California, Oregon, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin and Illinois over the two-day event.

Saturday’s auction featured the collection of Dean and Shirley Lindquist of New Ulm, Minn. Dean was an avid collector of high quality pressed steel trucks (mainly Tonkas) as well as new in the box Tru-Scale toys. Several toys sold in excess of $1,000 that day, and many pieces were hitting record highs in the toy industry.

Some of the highlights of the day included: 1930s Buddy L International Dump Truck that was Mint in the box sold for $2,700; 1955 Tonka Cross Country Van Semi that was Near Mint and with original box for $2,200; Tru-Scale IH Scout US Mail Truck in original box for $2,000; 1955 Tonka Green Giant Semi Truck with original box, Mint condition, sold for $2,000; 1956 Tonka #975-6 State Hi-Way Dept Set in original box with original liner hit a price of $1,900; 1950s Buddy L Allied Van Lines #818-B Moving Truck Pull Toy that was Mint with the original box sold for $1,800; 1962-63 Tonka #2140 Outdoor Living Set in Mint condition with box hit $1,450; an original Tru-Scale YALE Private Label Semi Truck for $1,100; Tru-Scale Master Farm Implement Set #6-530 in original box hit a price of $1,100; Structo Nationwide Trailer Rental Set in original box sold for $1,100; a Mint 1960 Tonka Power Boom Truck sold for $1,075; Hoge Mfg Fire Chief DeLuxe Coupe Windup with electric lights, Mint condition with box hit a price of $1,050; an original Buddy L Model T Pickup sold for $1,050; Buddy L Red Towing Service Truck with original box hit $1,025; a 1956 Tonka #825 Aerial Sand Loader Set with Dump Truck that was Mint with original Mint box sold for $1,000; Tru-Scale IH Service Truck, green and white, also sold for $1,000; Structo #914 8-piece Farm Set in original box hit $1,000.

A 1960 Tonka #B-220 State Turn Pike Department Set, Pan-American Airways System Yankee Clipper Travel Agency Display Model, and a Nylint Ford Chase and Sanborn Coffee Private Label Stake Truck with original box each hit $900; a Tru-Scale Red 890 Row Crop Tractor in open front box, a Tru-Scale IH Interplanetary Express Semi Truck with Van Trailer and a Buddy L Camping Trailer and Station Wagon Set in original box each sold for $850. TS IH red and white Parts and Service Utility Truck, a TS Pickup Box Trailer with yellow rims and decals in closed box and a Mint Buddy L Flat Tire Wrecker Truck with original box each hit a record price of $800. Both selling for $750 apiece was a TS yellow 890 narrow front tractor in bubble box and a TS Green Clip Disc in original box. Hitting the $700 mark were a TS T-304 Service Trailer in original box; TS IH Scout Set in original box; Nylint Ford #4000 Speedway Special Set with truck, trailer and racer in original box; DeSalle 1956 Tonka Big Mike Dual Hydraulic State Hi-Way Dept. Dump Truck; and a Nylint Clark Michigan T-24 Wheel Cane with original box. There were 28 other mint new in the box toys that hit between $500 and $700 that day, shattering many previous record prices.

On the second day of the event, Girard Auction and Land Brokers, Inc. offered the collection of Jerry “Mr. Oliver” Stevenson. Stevenson worked in the Oliver plant in Charles City, Iowa, for several years before retiring. Over his years, Jerry collected anything and everything Oliver; from toys, signs, memorabilia, literature and more. He also had a large assortment of White, Hart-Parr, Minneapolis-Moline and Cockshutt toys and memorabilia.

Some of the record highlights of the day were a Custom Oliver 545 Combine with 6-row Corn head by Luke Clement of Calgary, AB, Canada, that sold for $2,100; an Oliver Super 55 with 3-point hitch by Slik in original box for $1,900; Oliver 77 Diesel Closed Motor by Slik with original box that sold for $1,750; an Oliver 77 Open Motor by Slik in original brown box that hit $1,675; Oliver 880 by Slik in original shoe-box style box sold for $1,500; an Oliver Bale Master Square Baler with Motor on Hitch in original box by Slik sold for a record $1,300; an Oliver Certified Horsepower 1550-1650-1870-1950 Model Tractors single sided painted steel sign that hung in the Charles City Plant sold for $1,300; a Custom White Oliver 1555 painted 2-row Mounted Cornpicker hit $1,150; Oliver 35-hp Olympus battery operated outboard motor by KandO sold for $1,100; a rare Oliver Grainmaster PT Combine with white wheels and rims by Slik and later decal on tank sold for an outstanding $1,000; a Oliver Wobble Wheel Sickle Mower with original box by Slik and a Custom Oliver Self-Propelled Combine with 4-row Corn Head and Grain Head each sold for $1,000.

Selling for $950 was an Oliver 1-row PT Cornpicker by Slik with original box; at $925 was an Oliver 1850 5-piece Farm Set in plain brown with a tractor, 4b plow, disc and wagon; an early and rare small Hart-Parr 14 karat gold 4-star pinback hit a record $900. An Operational 1/24th Scale Custom Oliver 542 Combine sold for $850. Two one of a kind White 2-155’s with Duals in red and black color schemes by Scale Models sold for an $400 each. Twenty-two other lots sold that day reaching totals between $400 and $700, including a custom painted Oliver Pedal Car; several custom built toys from many different builders, signs, memorabilia, literature and more.

Girard Auction was extremely pleased with the outcome of the two-day event along with the buyers and sellers. The Internet bidding was very active for both days of the auction.
Gerard Auction is currently seeking consignments for their winter and spring auctions of farm toys, pressed steel trucks, high quality farm related advertising and related items.

To see all of Girard Auctions’ upcoming sales scheduled for 2010, visit them on the web at or find them on Facebook. You can also call toll free at 866-531-6186. ?

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