I have a very
good friend who buys and sells Antiques for a living. As he is
often in people's attics and basements, I thought it would be a
great idea to teach him about Marx Playsets. I gave him a
tutorial, showing him how to tell Marx stuff from junk stuff...and
anxiously waited for him to find lots of good stuff. Well...in
five years he didn't find a single boxed set. Twice he found
partial loose sets, but nothing like I expected way back when.
He learned well, though. He watched my auctions on ebay and
saw what some of the sets I sold went for. When I told
him about which sets are really valuable, he paid attention.
But he didn't find anything. Until yesterday.
I went to our
weekly men's Bible Study this morning, and after it was over, Mark
asked if I wanted to go out to breakfast like we often do on
Fridays. I said "Sure", and walked over to where our vehicles
were parked. As I chatted with him my gaze drifted over his
shoulder and I saw a playset box on the front seat of his
truck. My mind registered a "O, you found something!"
Then I read the word "Western" and recognized that the
writing looked like the Western Mining Town set. I started to
get excited because that's a cool and rare set...And then I read the
word "Frontier" and, according to Mark, my eyes bugged out and
I started to pant and pace. "Do you know what you have
there? That's a three to four thousand dollar set!". He
grinned and said "I know."
He had gone to a
regular, weekly auction at one of the local auction houses and there
it was. He thought it was the one I told him was the real
valuable one, but he wasn't sure. He tried to call me but I
work late on Thursdays and wasn't available. He decided he'd
go as high a a hundred and fifty bucks. He ended
up getting it for 85 dollars.
Five years ago,
he would have gladly sold it to me for five hundred bucks and felt
great...but I taught him too well. So it's my joy to play with
it for a while, take lots of photos, and put it on ebay for
him...and I'll get 15%...and 15% of a Ringo set is like 70% or more
of most others!
So if you think
the sets just aren't out there any more...think again. Mark's
Beginner's luck was a long time coming...but well worth the
O...you want to
know how complete it was? For that part of the story, you'll just
have to wait a couple of more days!