Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Collectibles seem to be weathering the recession pretty well - while giant companies have fallen to the ground, and pension plans have been laid low, those Mint and Boxed diecasts and kits have, by and large, proved as good as (or better than) money under the mattress.

And auctions remain one of the best ways to achieve fair value come sale time, as by putting items into affinity sales, a sale is guaranteed an audience of like-minded people who know value and rarity when they see it. And online auctions achieve the best of all worlds, with listings freely available and bids easy to make and administer.

Astons (Black Country Auctions) has some valuable diecasts this month, as well as mixed lots offering amazing value. From top to bottom -

Star item: Dinky Toys 505 Foden Flat Truck 1952. Guide price £1200-1600 GBP ($1930-2580 USD).
Good value Airfix trio: 1:12 scale Bentley, 100 Years of Flight, and D-Day 60th Anniversary £30-50 GBP ($50-80 USD).
Attractive looker: Dinky Toys 504 Foden Mobilgas tanker. Guide price £300-500 GBP ($480-800 USD).
Rare robot: 1950s Dux Astroman from Germany. Guide price £100-200 GBP ($160-320 USD).

Visit Astons (Black Country Auctions) online here. You'll need to enter Astons in the search field on the page.