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Wyandotte Steam ShovelQuestion: Wyandotte steam shovel, I was wondering what the value of this toy is? Do you know what year it was built? Thanks

Answer: The steam shovel in your picture was originally part of a set that included the steam shovel and winch truck. The steam shovel would ride and could be carried on the bed of the truck. This set was manufactured circa 1953. In my opinion, in the retail market, the steam shovel would have a value between $100-150 dollars. Maybe even more if you find someone wanting to complete their set. For more information on Wyandotte Toys - Get O'Brien's Collecting Toy Cars & Trucks, ID & Value Guide (3/2013)



Question: I have a Tonka toy man about 6-7in tall beige suit with tonka in red on left arm blue hat with tonka in silver on front silver sunglasses wrist watch on left arm brown hair and mustache black shoes head and neck turn bendable at hips all hard plastic or hard rubber what do I have?

Answer: Your item is a vintage 1979 Tonka action figure. These action figures were usually 8" tall and came with different accessories - including sun glasses and various hats. Mint in the package this item would probably have a value of $20-30. For more information and vlaues on Tonka items - Get Tonka Price Guide (3/2013)



Question: How do you determine the letter on the cars - exo [sic] 1 A. I have some mathcbox cars a few have an (A) but the rest have nothing just the number

Answer:Matchbox issued toys with a corresponding model number to each model. This resulted in the first series of 75 models (also known as 1-75 series or Matchbox Miniatures) setting the standard size of the series at 75 for any year. However, significant changes to any model were designated by a letter for the following years. For example, 31-A would reference the original model No. 31(Ford Customline Station Wagon, while 31-F would be the sixth no. 31 car issued. This means that A=1st; B=2nd, C=3rd, etc.)

Matchbox cars without any letter designation are from the older original issue.

For more information on Matchbox cars, you may want to check out the referece and price guides available on Amazon: Matchbox Price & Identification Guides



Question: Hello David, Nice to chat with you this afternoon. Enclosed are some photos of the Snoopy set. The bottom of the garage is all white and would not photograph. It says Peanut Character 1958, 1965 United Feature Syndicate, Inc. International Trading Technology, Inc. There are 6 Diecast Vehicles which are The Ice Cream Truck, the Tank, Snoopy Towing, Snoopy driving Woodstock and (2 of the same) of Snoopy kicked back is Snoopy 1958, 1966.Hope the photos help ~ T



Answer: On checking our reference books, we find that the Snoopy Carrying Case Garage was sold separate from the cars. It did come with detachable ramps and could hold up to 24 vehicles. It was produced late 1980's through early 1990's by ITT (International Trade Tech).

The cars were produced during the same time period. However, they were not all produced in the same location. In our opinion, the earlier cars (late-1980's) were produced in either Macau or Hong Kong, with the later cars (1990's) probably being manufactured in China. The cars were also manufactured by different manufacturer's, i.e., Aviva (closed down in the 1980's), Hasbro, and International Trade Tech Inc. Regardless of manufacturer or loction, all licensed items will be marked with the United Feature Syndication logo.

For more information about Snoopy copyrights, visit this link And for a good reference book on Snoopy collectibles, you might like Snoopy Collectibles with Values by Jan Lindenberger available through Amazon.



Question: Hi, I want to get more info about the item BOY ON TRICYCLE, NO. 522, material and estimated year of fabrication.
Auburn Rubber


Answer:This toy is Auburn rubber #522, Boy on Tricycle. It is 'vinyl' construction, manufactured in 1955-1956 by the Auburn Rubber Compny. Their original location was in Auburn, Indiana. The timeline for production was: 1935 - first production (toy soldiers); 1936 - first vehicles; 1969 - closed. On a final note, the production of rubber toys was discontinued in 1955.




Question: Hi, I was wondering if you could help me put a value on this bank I have. I looked at your website and did not see any of this kind. Thank you kindly, D

Wording on the bottom: 1974 Banthrico, La Salle. Wording on the top: Bank of the Sierra, Exeter.Banthrico Banks - LaSalle Car Still Bank


Answer: Your bank was not pictured in my bank reference book. However, Banthrico banks like this would have a value of $40-65 based on the condition. In addition to bank collectors looking for Banthrico based on design, they also look for the name of the advertiser. Having a unique name such as your's may increase the value even more. A very nice find!




Question: I have 2 Auburn toys that I think you would like. (See attachments) Please let me know if you would like to purchase them or could you help me determine how much they are worth? Thanks. Tyler


Answer: First these items are Auburn Vinyl. And, I'm giving you my best effort since no dimensions were sent. I've based the values on information contained in Collecting Toy Cars & Trucks by O'Brien .

The Motorcycle Cop, No. 530 (6-1/4 inches long) would be valued from $50-70. If you motorcycle is 3-7/8 inches long, the value would be $30-50.

The Cadillac Convertible comes in two lengths. Three one-half inches long valued at $10-15; five inches long valued at $20-30.

Auburn Car and Auburn Motorcycle


Question: lesley matchbox. (1) Can you tell me to differentiate between the 1956 1-75 series and the 1976 yesteryear series? (2) I have a Dewars Bus BType and I'm trying to determine its value. Also a Lipton's Tea wagon and a Modern Amusements. Thanks.


Answer:  (1) The first Matchbox cars produced were larger than the later Lesney toys, which signaled a change in the market scheme for Matchbox. In 1953 Jack O'Dell begin designing a smaller version - "scale" - Matchbox toys.

It quickly became evident that the new designed toys were going to expand their market and Matchbox begin using the 1-75 series to identify the new production.

Note: With the success of the new Matchbox 1-75 series, they phased out the larger Matchbox toys by the end of 1954.

(2) With regard to your question as to the difference between the "first series - 1973" Yesteryear vs. the 1976 series, is because of the following:

The first series Yesteryear Matchbox cars were only produced until 1973. Hard times fell on the Lesney company and they were forced to cease producing the Yesteryear series at that time.

After restructuring the company, the Yesteryear series was re-introduced back into the market in 1975.

As far as the Dewars Bus B type, there are several versions that were made in this series. Some of the obvious differences are window configuration and number, wheel type, decals, color of driver, open driver seat vs. enclosed driver seat, etc.

For more information visit Amazon - Encyclopedia of Matchbox Toys.



Question: I have 2 Auburn toys that I think you would like. (See attachments) Please let me know if you would like to purchase them or could you help me determine how much they are worth? Thanks. Tyler


Answer: First these items are Auburn Vinyl. And, I'm giving you my best effort since no dimensions were sent. I've based the values on information contained in Collecting Toy Cars & Trucks by O'Brien .

The Motorcycle Cop, No. 530 (6-1/4 inches long) would be valued from $50-70. If you motorcycle is 3-7/8 inches long, the value would be $30-50.

The Cadillac Convertible comes in two lengths. Three one-half inches long valued at $10-15; five inches long valued at $20-30.

Auburn Car and Auburn Motorcycle




Question:  I was given an antique arcade dump truck. It has a 219 on the bed. Just wondering what it is worth. I'm not interested in getting rid of it, I just want to know what I have and maybe the history of it. Thanks, J.

Arcade Dump Truck
Answer: Your truck is the Ford Dump Truck manufactured by Arcade, No. 219X. It is 7-1/2 inches long and was made 1929. It is marked "AR091" (this should be up inside the cab). My reference book (O'Briens Toy Cars & Trucks , 3rd Ed., 2000) shows a book value of $400 - 600 based on condition. (Dec 2010)






Question:  I have an old Tonka Sylvania Electrical Products Toy Truck (26"x6") and I would like to get more information about it. Thank you, D

Tonka Truck - Sylvania
Answer: This truck was produced in 1956 - dating was based on the fact that this was the only year that the 'Mound Metalcraft Inc.' was removed from the Tonka logo. While I I could not find a picture of your particular Tonka in any of my reference books, Tonka sometimes would produce a vehicle displaying actual company advertising logos on the sides of the vehicles. These were of a limited production. I am fairly comfortable that your truck should have a book value of $250-400 based on condition. (Mar 2010)







Question:  Can you tell me about my Gulf watches? 1) Windup/stainless steel with logo in the middle of face; 2) Quartz with small logo that is second hand by Laura Gayle; 3) quartz gold w/blue face and logo as second hand, no mfg. Thank you, B.

Gulf wrist watches
Answer: While I could not find and specific information on your watches, I think a Gulf collector would pay $50-125/each based on condition. (Dec 2009)






Question:  I have an Electric HORSE RACING Tru-Action Game by Tudor. It's in great working condition and comes with the original rule book and box. One horse is missing. Are you interested in purchasing it? A picture is attached. If not interested, could you give me any advise on selling or a referral to someone who might be interested. Thank you, B.

Horse Race Game
Answer:  Games such as this were most popular during the late-1930's through the 1950's. In the majority of cases they were produced for the Christmas season. This particuclar electric Horse Racing Game circa is a nice game, however, in the current toy market it is not a demand toy and would run between $30-40 Mint/Unopened. This toy being opened would be less. To sell toys such as this, on line auctions like Ebay or OnlineAuction.com are a good start. Do a little research to see what similar toys are selling for before you list your item. Other options for selling such items is at a flea market, through a line ad, or directly to someone who collects that type of toy. (Nov 2009)





Question: Do you know what my toy is? . . . . TMH Happy the Violionist

Answer:  The little guy is manufacture by T.P.S. (trademark of Top Play Limited) founded in 1956. The toy is called 'Happy the Violinist', made in the 1950's. It would appear from you picture that your toy is in very good (C8) condition and in the retail market would have a value of $275-375. If you have the box you can add 20% to the value.



Question:  "Do you know why my car [ Racing Champions ] that says '1976' on the package has a '1969' Olds instead of a 1976. Serial number 14968?" ... A.S.

Answer:  You have what is referred to as a 'production error'. This sometimes occurs when the machine runs out of a correctly labeled package so the 'next in line' package will get filled. This typically happens towards the end of a run.    Diecast Car Books


Question: "I have a Snoopy toy made in 1958 by Aviva toys. Snoopy is sitting on what looks to be like an orange desk which has headlights and wheels. Would you happen to know how much this item is worth?"...S.M.

Answer:   From your description, your item appears to be a plastic friction vehicle - late 1970's, Aviva. Snoopy is rubber. I know you mentioned that your toy was dated 1958 - but the date on the bottom is the date the character was copyrighted and not necessarily the manufacture date. Estimated value (depending on condition) would be between $25-65.  More Peanuts prices here.


Question:I have all motorcycles same styles, some different and some similar. All of these are marked either Haji, Marx, Alps, T.N. or (Numuara). Almost all are marked made in Japan. They are all friction .... and all work great, simple play wear on exterior. Hope you can help" ... JH

Answer:  Your motorcycles are in excellent condition and highly collectible. A first look would indicated that most of them would have a value of $200-400 each. Possibly more if you care to do more research. Great find! More Great Toy Information
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