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Gavel falls at $6,000 for early Ives train set

An early Ives freight train set rose to $6,000 before the gavel fell, taking top lot during Cordier Auctions' Toy & Train Auction.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — If sales at Cordier’s July 2 Toy and Train auction are anything to go by, antique and modern hobby trains remain a strong collecting field. The auction, held July 2, 2017, saw bidders competing over more than 450 lots. Trains, vintage toys, and Star Wars memorabilia saw action.

Early Model Trains Change Hands

Ives Railway Freight Train set

Ives 1134 Railway Lines Freight Set, early 20th century, saw $6,000 during Cordier Auctions' Toys & Trains sale. (All photos courtesy of Cordier Auctions)

1920’s trains in the original boxes were far and away the top lots of the sale. An Ives 1134 Railway Lines Freight Set took top lot for $6,000. A Lionel 199 Ives Derrick with a red top sold for $5,500. Other Lionel lots included two Lionel Harnischfeger cars in the original boxes. Each brought $2,200. A set of Lionel 2373 Canadian Pacific AB diesels also saw $1,200.

A mechanical Uncle Sam bank was the most highly sought after non-train lot of the sale, selling for $2,900 to an internet bidder after heavy competition. The bank, marked with a late 1800’s patent date, was still working and retained most of its paint.

Vintage Star Wars Figures Change Hands

A large offering of Star Wars memorabilia drew bidders looking to grow their own collections, as well as those seeking to get in on the current nostalgia wave. A grouping of four 1984 Star Wars figures with collectors coins brought $650, bringing credence to that craze. Other top Star Wars items included Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi figures, which sold together for $500, and two 1977 Kenner Star Wars figures including a Jawa and an R5-D4 which brought $425.

Other toys offered included a complete set of Dick Tracy figures ($425), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures ($325), and Disney memorabilia featuring a Giuseppe Armani Cinderella and the prince pairing ($325).

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