The airflow was a great kick off to the 2014 season. However, there is a lull until the next big show/auction or what have you. Im bored searching ebay and all the papers looking for shows. The next good one is on the 18th of April. It is called the Minnesota Antique spectacular. It has been a crap shoot for me over the years. There are always some toys but the old ones show up every now and then. It is a good time and worth the early buyers fee to see if that next great find is there.
I’m already looking toward Hershey. I was thinking about Pidgeon forge but I decided to save my money for one show. Last year I came home with some great stuff. Hopefully, it will hapen again. Anyone who goes to Hershey knows there is ALWAYS something to buy.
I have my eye on a few pieces that might be coming up for sale, but the owner has not given me a price yet. I have also been chasing a few pieces for years. I will keep after them as well. One of these days I will get the call or email that they are ready to sell.
Until next time, keep that search going . You never know what is around that next corner.
I just returned from a toy auction in Virden Illonois. I found an American Naitonal, Skippy, Chrysler Airflow. There were a few other pedals but this was the one to buy. I have only seen this model a very few times over the years. It’s the largest airflow American Nat. made. It is about 52′ long. It had been bucket painted right over some surface rust. The only good thing about that was the paint stalled the rust from moving as fast as it would have if it had not been painted.
The only part missing is the front bumper. (easy find and fix). All the impossible parts are still there. It has the original etched hood ornamnet and all the metal detail pieces that attach to the hood and rear fenders. AMAZING! They are ALWAYS gone.
I had to pay for this car but the rareity made it worth it to me. Once restored, it will be a super nice piece of rolling art. I would still like to find the desoto version. Anyone, anyone??????
I will post pics of the car when the restoration is done, but here it is as found.
Nothing new to report. Noting new to the market that strikes my fancy. So, I thought I would go to the net and put my plea out to all of you for that striking 20′s car that is sitting in your basement, gramas attick/garage. I love the od ball stuff or very rare. What do you have? Send me a pic, write me an email, call me on the phone. 612 669 1243. Im willing to travel.
Here are some of what I would love to find.
These are just a few that I would love to own. Thanks all. Rick
ps Keep those comments coming. Love to read them!
I have not found anything, nor have seen anything in Auctions coming up. This is rather odd. Historicly, after the first of the year, good cars and toys start poping up all over the place. I think because people are getting their xmas bills and need the money. I have seen a few pressed steel pieces but I need to wait for that great pedal car. The cars I want now are very expensive, so small pieces for a few hundred just lessen the pot for when I find the next car.
Until next time. Be safe and happy. Rick
My computer was on the frits for a bit but my brilliant son fixed the web site and I’m back in biz.
Long story short, I recieved this 33′ Steelcraft 5 in 1 truck/Car from my wife for christmas. When she wanted to get it for me I was shocked. She is a keeper.
I thought American national was the only company that had a 5 in 1. Actually, this steelcraft pre dates the American by 3 years. MMMM? who ripped off the idea from whom?
Anyone with any ads, catalog pages or anything on this piece please let me know. This ad is the only paper I could find on the piece. It is from a 33/ sears catalog. Look at all the models this litle car/truck can be. neat toy!!! Rick
As you might remember, I bought an American National/Paider barber chair pedal car several months ago. It took me a while to find the correct parts. The restoration was finsihed yesterday. It looks fantastic.
I just returned from the chicago toy show. I love this show. There is always lots of cool stuff to buy. I never seem to have enough money. :( I was a bit light after my expenditures in Hershey but did happen to pick up a great restored truck. It is a American national Richfield tanker. I have always wanted one but never had the money at the time. The only thing wrong with the truck is that it didnot have all the proper pinstriping. That is being corrected as we speak. Enjoy. More to come.
I posted the plane I bought but here is the rest of the haul I brought back. Most of the trip was rainy and gross. However, it did not stop me from pounding the pavement to find that next great find.
I found a catepiller/bulldozer for a great price. my son was happy. He has wanted me to buy one for decades. I never saw the value with the prices asked. This was the right time and place to grab one. I also found an American National 5 in 1 dump truck. The truck has all sorts of attachments. It is an ice truck, dump truck, fire truck, tow truck and Ambulance. Unfortunately, this one is missing its wrecker boom. My gole is to find one. I have a few ideas.
There are only 3 of these trucks known. Elmer D has one, Danny L has one and now me. :) I also picked up a few other cars and toys along the way. Enjoy and let me know what you think. Rick
I arrived at the swap about 3pm on set up day. Right off the bat I found a 20′s Buddy L coal truck. I snapped it up. I kept walking. a few hours later I found the original pedal I always hoped to find. This year it ended up being a plane. I thought the plane looked familiar but the owner said he had it for over ten years. Once I purchased it and retired for the day, I researched the plane. Low and behold I found it to be the exact plane that was sold at Bertoias auction house in 2012. I was right. I had seen the plane before. Hate how people feel the need to lie. The positive was that with the commission, he paid more than I did to him. He had taken a small hit on the price he sold. I bought a nice original.. I will be back out bright and early tomorrow. I will let you know
I’m getting ready for October. Hershey, auctions and more auctions. Hopefully, I will have lot to share by the end of October.
The reason I am writing this entry is to call out to all of you to help me find a piece I wish I had never sold. I’m sure there has to be more out there. I would like to buy another “City of Denver”. I belive it was made only in 38 and 39′ by Gendron. I am willing to take one in any shape you can find it in. For a nice orignal, I will pay a very good price plus a finders fee. All you pedal heads, help me find this piece.