Auctions, Soldiers — September 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Old Toy Soldier Auctions’ Oct. 20 Internet-only auction caters to both new and budget-minded buyers

W. Britains set #41101 ‘Jaipur Camel Drummers,’ originally available only through W. Britains Collector Club.
W. Britains set #41101 ‘Jaipur Camel Drummers,’ originally available only through W. Britains Collector Club.
PITTSBURGH – Old Toy Soldier Auctions (OTSA) is planning an Oct. 20 sale that’s made to order for the beginner or budget-minded collector. The 328-lot Internet-only auction focuses exclusively on the more-affordable W. Britains productions made after 1983.

“These particular types of Britains are popular with younger buyers, so with that in mind, it seemed only logical to make this an online sale, since they’re the Internet generation,” said OTSA’s owner, Ray Haradin.

The post-1983 timeline incorporates toy soldiers that Britains manufactured after they abandoned plastic figure production in favor of better-quality metal lines. Many sets from the new series, which started with the identification number 5000, were originally offered only through the W. Britains Collector Club. Most of the examples of this type that are entered in OTSA’s sale are in mint/boxed condition.

“They’re high-quality toy soldiers in fine condition, and they present an ideal entry point for the novice collector,” said Haradin. “Most of the lots will probably sell for under $100, which means a beginner could pick up several very nice sets and get jump-started in the hobby for only a few hundred dollars.”

OTSA takes a different approach in the way it sells toy soldiers, preferring to offer sets as individual lots as opposed to placing many sets in one large group lot. “We give collectors a choice. We don’t force them to buy 40 sets just to get one or two that they really want,” Haradin said.

“We want for toy soldier collecting to be fun for everyone, and with the wide range of price points available to today’s collectors, there’s no reason why anyone should be left out,” said Haradin.

Bidding in Old Toy Soldier Auctions’ Oct. 20 online-only auction will be available worldwide through LiveAuctioneers.com. The fully illustrated catalog will be available to view three weeks prior to the sale at www.LiveAuctioneers.com or www.OldToySoldierAuctions.com.

For information on any lot in the sale, call Ray Haradin at 412-343-8733 (toll-free: 800-349-8009) or e-mail raytoys@aol.com.