BY STEVE BUTLER
AN ACQUAINTANCE CALLED the day before telling me of an auction having toys at the fairgrounds the next day. Attending the preview I found four banquet tables loaded with toys that can be most charitably described at “yard sale survivors.” The only exception was a large, aged box on the final table announcing its contents as Irwin’s “BUILD YOUR OWN SPORTS CARS.” The graphics included two cars apparently based on 1953 Fords and clearly not sports cars.
Inside were most of the component parts still attached to an intact box liner. A thorough search turned up most of the “over 35 pieces” (actually 36) needed to complete the two cars, but two pieces for the operable wiper blades were missing. Condition, scarcity, interest and value considerations came to mind with PLUS, PLUS, PLUS and WHO KNOWS? the respective determinations. Leaving a modest absentee bid, I left to better spend my time. I won the set at about two-thirds of the left bid.