I just learned that Bob Smith, organizer of the R.A.T.S. (Rochester Area Toy Show) show passed away recently. Bob was a long-time contributor to O’Brien’s Collecting Toys and O’Brien’s Collecting Toy Cars & Trucks. His knowledge of vehicle toys, especially the early tin pieces, was nothing short of remarkable.
I learned something about toys every time we spoke (which was all too infrequently), and his loss will impact all in the toy hobby.
I understand that his collection — which I never saw in person, but from our conversations I can safely say was amazing — will go up for auction in the near future. I’ll keep you posted when the details become available.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Roberta, and their family.