It was trains, trains and more trains in Weiss Auctions' online-only Toy & Train event February 24th
The 500-lot auction featured the extensive S gauge collection of Frank Pisani, plus more of the Neil Padron estate, with its many high-grade American Flyer S accessories and post-war rarities. The sale grossed $200,000 and more like it are planned.
By: Weiss Auctions
"We're getting in huge collections and we want to promote a category that's obviously red hot right now," Weiss said. "For the February sale, we had nearly 1,500 active bidders between our site (www.weissauctions.com)
The February auction featured the extensive S gauge collection of Frank Pisani, whose many rare and unusual examples included an exceedingly scarce and huge American Flyer dealer poster – 95 inches by 42 inches and made circa 1955 ($5,100). The poster was chromolithographed on two pieces of paper, then factory attached. The color was bright and it was in like-new condition.
The sale also saw the continuation of the incredible Neil Padron estate, with many high-grade American Flyer S accessories and post-war rarities featuring many unique pieces, prototypes, production samples, errors and separate sale items. Also featured was Padron's extensive Plasticville O/S collection of an estimated 680 boxed kits and blister cards, all of them different.
That collection was offered as one lot and turned out to the auction's top achiever, finishing at $8,100. The 680 or so kits were mostly boxed, with several blister and with peg board variations, type face and contents variations. There were kits in the collection that Weiss Auctions had never seen before, and no two were alike. Most boxes were nice and bright; nearly all were Plasticville.
Two other lots topped the $5,000 mark. One was an American Flyer S gauge smoke-in-tender Northern 332 steam locomotive, 1946 or 1947, with a bronze brake tank and a unique tender chassis ($5,400). The other was a nice boxed Lionel 2296W Canadian Pacific set from 1957, including the super 2373 CP F3 AB Diesel, all cars shiny and with original decals ($5,100).
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