The Jim Seacrest mega-collection

john handlogten posted:

Don't forget that this is just the first of the three Jim Seacrest auctions.  I asked Stout Auctions if there was theme to each of the auctions.  They said they focused on making the first one mostly brass.  The other two will have more plastic but I'm sure they will have a lot of brass too.

I don't like that, what if you don't get something because you are waiting to see what's next, or you run out of cash on the first ones only to see a more desired item on the last one go away?

mark s posted:

It will be interesting to see how this auction goes.  Similar items on Ebay don't sell at all, and at much reduced asking prices from initial offering by the original importer.  

I find this somewhat true in my little corner of the world with brass train cars. 

There are perhaps half a dozen or so folks looking at cars such as Pacific Limited cars.    The cars do sell but the prices range from $250 to $350 which in many cases is not far off from what they were new 15 years ago.  Appreciation? not hardly.

And the market is saturated, even for currently popular things like key or PL.    A week or so ago a Key PRR F3  A and B unit combo fetched $1300.    Top shelf model that cost twice that new.   Ditto for PL cars. 

Surely a few guys buy multiple pieces but just how many of the same thing do you need on the layout before your Pac Limited train looks no different than Intermountain or Atlas?

And some premium brass cars that were $400-$600 years you can't give away. 

Surely a good time to buy but buy cautiously.

Rob M. ARHS # 3846 PRRT&HS # 8141 EPTC "Life Is Like A Mountain Railway, With An Engineer That's Brave..."

Rule292 posted:
.......just how many of the same thing do you need.....

Truncate to that and stop.


A Pessimist sees a dark tunnel

An Optimist sees light at the end of the tunnel

A Realist sees a freight train

The Train engineer sees 3 idiots standing on the rails

 

Someone just blew thru my bids on the '32 MP cars.....   Robbie???? or a certain mp fan in Texas....  I'm not sure.    These are frankly, a mediocre build.    The sheet brass is really thin and the doors wafer like.    I do have a pair and will have to sit at that.    Back to Robbie's comments: the Key diesels have been selling on ebay [or not selling] for around $1200-1500.    Frankly, a laughable number as they far exceed plastic models in detail etc.     I buy what I like and am not venturing to speculate on future pricing---other then to postulate that any future production prices will be very high relative to today's secondary market prices.

BradA posted:

Someone just blew thru my bids on the '32 MP cars.....   Robbie???? or a certain mp fan in Texas....  I'm not sure.    These are frankly, a mediocre build.    The sheet brass is really thin and the doors wafer like.    I do have a pair and will have to sit at that.    Back to Robbie's comments: the Key diesels have been selling on ebay [or not selling] for around $1200-1500.    Frankly, a laughable number as they far exceed plastic models in detail etc.     I buy what I like and am not venturing to speculate on future pricing---other then to postulate that any future production prices will be very high relative to today's secondary market prices.

Nope not me on the MP Brad. One and done !!!

Rob M. ARHS # 3846 PRRT&HS # 8141 EPTC "Life Is Like A Mountain Railway, With An Engineer That's Brave..."

Brassmonger is working hard to front run this auction...  seriously aggressive in his recent listings.   Bob2, thanks for the compliment---

 

i have my bids in and will have to wait it out.    Erik, you are a passenger guy, I am into the freights.    So nice sets to be had and those engines are splendid--  the paint on the rock island was well done.   I wonder who did the work?

 

the pl NYC cars all show like Clemons work.   The MP and SP are not..

bob2 posted:

My guess is that Brad knows this market.

Nope, he hates brass train cars!

It's great to see interest in premium O scale items.. and even more that brass fellas like Erik and Brad are not only buying and  painting but building layouts. 

Rob M. ARHS # 3846 PRRT&HS # 8141 EPTC "Life Is Like A Mountain Railway, With An Engineer That's Brave..."

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