RAILROADIANA Looking for a site(s)

Charlie May 8, 2022

  1. Charlie

    Charlie TrainBoard Member

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    I am considering selling my collection of large railroad hardware(ie dwarf signal, switch lanterns, drumsign, builders plates etc.) and I am looking for a site where I could possibly learn the value of these or like items. I will post photographs of the items but wont do so unless and until I can learn a value and find a site to sell them. Can any of you experts help me?

    Charlie
    (from Storytime with Charlie on railfan discussions board)
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Hmmm. I'm not certain any specific site exists. I am going through my remaining items and will be selling them, so am curious...

    There are two organizations of collectors, which come into mind. One is the Railroadiana Collectors Association. The other is Key, Lock & Lantern. On the site of that latter group is a link: http://www.klnl.org/pgValues.htm A well known RRdiana auction house ifs Railroad Memories. I have dealt with them, but that was many years ago. There was another in New York state, but I don't believe they are still operating.
     
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  3. Hardcoaler

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    That's a good link Boxcab; have never seen it before.
     
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  4. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    There are also links for reproductions and fakes which I wish more folks would read.
     
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  5. JMaurer1

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    They're not worth anything, BUT I will do you a favor and let you box them up and send them to me...I'll even pay the shipping (hey, I'm just a giver).

    On a more serious note, the more you know about them, the more they might be worth. If you know the road that they belonged to, contact the historical society for that road and inquire. That is also where you will probably find the most interested buyers. In the past, 'that auction site' used to be the place I would have gone and just listed them for auction and let the bidders set the price, but ever since most of their listings are BIN or stupid high reserve pricing, I (and so many others) don't visit that often. Most of the stuff I have will eventually go to the SP historical society or the Calif. RR museum when that time comes just so it goes to people who will value it as much as I have.
     
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  6. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Please be certain they will actually keep those items. You might find they will deacess them. Or I have even seen it happen that items get trashed. :(
     
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  7. Hardcoaler

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    That's a good idea Jeff. I've never gone that route before, but in view of eBay's downward spiral and the newfound tax burden on selling, it makes more sense than ever.
     
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