How to Value Antique Toys

Written by nichole liandi
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Antique toys of all types can be very valuable. But how can you know what toys are gems and which are junk? Follow these steps to find out.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Internet access
  • Books

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Look over the toy carefully for any notes on date of manufacture or maker. If the toy has any of its original packaging, be sure to examine it carefully.

  2. 2

    Photograph the toy carefully, recording any markings or flaws you discover.

  3. 3

    Look for guides about the type of toy you have at your local bookstore or library. You may find an example of your toy. Examine the book for other resources, including collector organisations. The condition of your toy has a major bearing on its value.

  4. 4

    Search for local stores and dealers that specialise in antique toys. Even if they are not experts in valuing your specific type of toy, they may know people who can.

  5. 5

    Search online for other examples of your toy, particularly on auction sites like eBay. Compare your toy with others, and don't be shy about contacting sellers and buyers of similar items for help in setting a value.

Tips and warnings

  • Be realistic about the condition of your toy. An old, damaged toy is worth far less than one in mint condition.

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