A couple of years ago, I started buying items at Stout Auctions. Several of the auctions were of collections of TCA members, and Stout publicized the name and TCA number of the member. I have kept track of this information for the items I purchased. Prior to that, I had purchased an item on eBay that came from Richard Kughn's CarRail collection. This item came with a certificate from that auction. I tried to purchase the Santhion Casino from the Louis Rose Collection earlier this year, but it went for more than twice what I set as a limit for the item. I knew that that item had been part of Dimitri Economides' collection that was featured in Tinplate Legends in Action 4. The collection also had a stunning Santhion Market that went for a much more affordable price before the Casino. It still hurts that I missed out on that item, because I was keeping my powder dry for the Casino.
Some famous collections have been sold in the past, such as Ward Kimball's collection and the Jerni collection of Jerry and Nina Greene. How many of you keep track of the ownership history of their trains?
BTW - I went a little overboard in the Stout auction today. I should have some nice things to share in a few weeks.