BY STEVE BUTLER
ABOUT A YEAR AGO I checked an internet auction site to see how many toys were listed and/or described as being “rare.” The number found was 603,159. (See the July 2012 issue of Antique Toy World.) Yearning to know if the number of “rare” toys is increasing or decreasing I checked again.
The number found was 661,638. That’s a one-year increase approaching 10%!
While one might begin to question the veracity of at least a number of the sellers, I did locate a pair of postwar Tootsietoys that are qualified as “rare” with minimal or no exaggeration. The first was a blue Nash Metropolitan with “hidden axles.” Metropolitans have been observed in only three colors – blue, red and green. All of these 2.5-inch cars are relatively uncommon especially those without axle ends exiting through the body even more so.