10 things you didn’t know about John Deere collectibles


Compiled by Toni Rahn for Antique Trader. Facts taken from Warman’s John Deere Collectibles (Krause Publications); www.bleedinggreen.com; www.deere.com; DesMoinesRegister.com.


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A vindex John Deere 'D' tractor, circa 1928, sold for $2,000 at the Nov. 2008 Bertoia Auction sale in Vineland, N.J. Photos courtesy LiveAuctioneers

1 Vintage John Deere advertising literature from the mid-1800s includes the personal signature of one of its late presidents, Charles Deere, who signed all advertising and promotional literature.

2   A great resource devoted to sharing news and community among John Deere collectors is The Plowshare, a quarterly newsletter. Subscribe at JohnDeere.comhttp://www.deere.com/en_US/attractions/plowshare/index.html or 815-652-4551.

3 John Deere (Deere & Company) is scheduled to break ground on a new museum in Waterloo, Iowa, the end of 2010. The John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum is slated to feature interactive exhibits and company artifacts.

4 John Deere was at the forefront of the nation’s bicycle craze of the late 1800s with the Deere Leader, Deere Roadster and the Moline Special. Originally priced at $50 in the 1900s, today the limited number of these bicycles, many made with wooden wheels, are valued at $1,800 to $3,000.

5 “Nothing Runs Like a Deere” was first used in John Deere snowmobile ads in the 1970s before becoming the mantra for all things Deere.

6 A series of John Deere video games allows players to plant crops, raise livestock, manage fields, and even buy farming equipment.

7 As a recent episode of the History Channel’s hit show “American Pickers” demonstrated, one of the most sought-after of all Deere gear are owner and operator manuals – truly evergreen Deere.

8 John Deere is among the most popular brands people choose for a tattoo.

9  In addition to establishing his company, John Deere’s founder also served as president of the National Bank of Moline, Ill., library director, and its mayor.

10 Vintage John Deere matchbooks can fetch anywhere from $20 to $125.

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This 15 3/4-inch diameter John Deere advertising clock sold for $175 in a Jan 2, 2010, sale held by Burley Auction Group of New Braunfels, Texas.
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An 18-inch, two-part, cast iron John Deere plaque from 1847 brought $160 at an April 26, 2008, sale by Rochard Opfer Auctions in Timonium, Md.

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