After talking with a couple dealers at the Atlantic Division meet this past weekend and their dealings now with Prewar trains, most have mentioned that the Standard Gauge market is softening and not as in demand, despite some dealers having older market prices on their Standard Gauge now as well as general public perceptions of the trains being worth a fortune.
With that, I figured I'd take a look around online and see if that was the case. Sure enough, just a few minutes ago, I pulled the trigger on a really nice Ives Standard Gauge set that cost me less than a Prewar O or even some Postwar O! In fact, it was cheaper than a current Lionel starter set!
I'll post photos when I get it, as well as after I get a circle or oval of Standard Gauge track!
I guess this decides what runs under the tree this year!