Auctions, Soldiers, Tin Toys — January 1, 2011 at 12:14 am

Best of the Best

BY JACK HERBERT

The time has come, I think, for a word or two about our current Toy Auction Catalogues from the major houses.

There was a time, about twenty-five years or so ago, when the Antique Toy Catalogues were little more than simple listings. In heft, they resembled pamphlets. They could easily be lost in the pages of your daily newspaper.

We have come a long way since then, haven’t we? Glossy paper, full colors, and—above all—accurate descriptions, warts and all, of the toys on view. To my mind, we have now arrived at the ultimate in Antique Toy Catalogues with the completion of the “Malcolm Forbes Toy Collection” for Sotheby’s, New York upcoming December 17th Auction. If you already have one, be glad. If not, take a look at these pictures from that Catalogue.

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