19 May 2017
John Goodwin’s sale in Malvern in April comprised just over 500 toy lots and there was something for all tastes: railway locos and accessories, plenty of Dinky and Corgi diecast, Meccano as well as magazines and books of interest to the collector.
A Meccano oak dealer’s cabinet dating from the late 1950s tempted many present. It contained over 500 items and was in good condition - the hammer finally fell on £470.
Another Meccano item, Set 6 in a wooden box, together with a couple of related magazines, made £75.
Insofar as diecasts were concerned, one or two stars turned up. There was a Spot-On Mulliner coach in light blue with a red flash, for example. This particular model was unboxed but such is the demand for it that it’s never cheap: it made a creditable £170. The Britains early farm implement set (No.11) also stirred the customers and this set, comprising a disc harrow rake, muledozer and trailers, all in very good condition was bid to £140. As for Corgi, just over £300 was bid on the Riviera Water Ski-ing set: this Gift Set 31 was complete and even had its inner packaging.
Finally, a surprise in the shape of a Chad Valley Give-a-Show projector set. This example had Thunderbirds themed slides, so endeared it immediately to all those sci-fi fans attending. Enough people wanted this 1960s item relating to the iconic series that its price climbed and climbed, finally settling on £110.