By Missy Sullivan
“Toy vehicles have always been a popular collecting category, from pedal cars that mimicked dad’s tailfin Caddy to candy-colored Corgi and Matchbox cars. But from a value standpoint, prewar toys are where the big collecting money gravitates – from hand-assembled and hand-painted cast-iron horse-drawn toys of the late 1800s to the hand-painted European tin cars made in the decades just after the turn of the century to the sturdy pressed-steel trucks of the 1920s and ’30s.
Prices range from a few hundred dollars for a common piece with noticeable wear to the upper five figures for the rarest and most pristine examples being sold from landmark collections. Still, most really fine examples fall between $2,000 and $20,000.”