Collectible toys are toys that are selected and collected as a pastime by ardent fans and admirers. Ranging from priceless antiques to plain furry teddy bears, toys are collected in various categories. Collectors either gather a wide assortment or opt for different models in a particular area. Collectors generally collect toys they are most fond of. Toys manufactured by well-known firms are preferred, as the product has a nice finish and minor damages are acceptable.
Collectors are particular that their collections are in their originality; a slightly faded wooden plaything is not to be repainted or worked over as it reduces the value of the collectors toy. A toy in its original wrapping and in pristine condition is a collectors most sought after item. An alternative source for collecting them is auction houses, individual collectors, or local junk shops, where surprisingly prized one-of-a-kind toy are purchased on sale.
Toys are available in antique, vintage, fabric, wax, vinyl, wooden, die-cast, lead or the furry variety. The prices for toys depend on the maker, the rarity of the model, and the condition.
Although chips and dents are virtually inevitable, a toy in mint condition or with its original packaging is what every serious collector longs for. Repainting will always reduce the value of a collector's toy, so only repaint items in your collection as a last resort.
Toys made by well-known firms are always sought, and minor damage is acceptable if a premium firm such as Bing, Märklin or Lehmann makes the toy. Viewing sales and visiting specialist dealers is the best way of getting to know which models are the most desirable.
Once you've a good feel for prices, you don't have to buy from an up market auction house or dealer. Because many collectible toys aren't very old, it's always worth scouring your local junk shop for bargains.
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