Old Lionel Train Set?

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I have an old Lionel Train set that I got when I was a kid in the 50’s. It is the full sized set, not the HO style that became popular. What is my best bet for finding out the value of the set, and what would be the most effective way to market it?

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Answer by Jill
An online article for the $ guide for Lionel

1. Lionel Train : Prices Realized from eBay/Live Auction – May 2003

This auction consisted of all pre-war Lionel trains, collection was put away in 1942 and not opened since. Prices shown DO NOT include 17.5% Buyers Premium.
Hiawatha Streamline Set* w/boxes
Pre-auction estimate 600. – $ 800.
Final Auction $ : $ 3200.

Baby Ruth Box Car #2679
Pre-auction estimate $ 30. – $ 50.
Final Auction $ : $ 40.

Operating Flag Man w/box (torn)
Pre-auction estimate $ 30. – $ 50.
Final Auction $ : $ 25.

Lionel Orange Gondola Car #2652
Pre-auction estimate $ 30. – $ 50.
Final Auction $ : $ 25.

Gray Sunoco Car #2654
Pre-auction estimate $ 40. – $ 50.
Final Auction $ : $ 150.

Auto Turn Box Car Yellow #2814 w/box
Pre-auction estimate $ 40. – $ 60.
Final Auction $ : $ 350.

Green Gondola Cars (2) w/boxes #2812
Pre-auction estimate $ 40. – $ 80.
Final Auction $ : $ 250.

Red Caboose w/box #2817
Pre-auction estimate $ 40. – $ 60.
Final Auction $ : $ 170.

Red Caboose w/box #2657
Pre-auction estimate $ 30. – $ 50.
Final Auction $ : $ 25.

Pre-WWII nylong brush trees – 18
Pre-auction estimate $ 20. – $ 30.
Final Auction $ : $ 60.

Tender with Whistle2224W, and No .224E Loco in box
Pre-auction estimate $ 200 – $ 300
Final Auction $ : $ 230

Shell Oil Tanker Orange #2654
Pre-auction estimate $ 80 .00 – $ 100 .00
Final Auction $ : $ 120.

Lumber Car w/box# 2651 prewar green
Pre-auction estimate $ 30 .00 – $ 50 .00
Final Auction $ : $ 80.

Link
http:// collectibles.about .com/library/priceguides/ blpglionel .htm

2. Diecast, Train and Vehicle – eBay’s Hot Prices

# Lionel 1965 5577 Dealer Blister Pack Display
$ 4,438 (sold 04/2005)

# Lionel #D-133 1954 Dealer Display
$ 5,600 (sold 04/2005)

# Lionel NYC Hi Level 4 Pack 615300 Alum Passenger Cars
$ 10,100 (sold 02/2005)

# Lionel 1965 – 1254 Dealer Blister Pack Display Rack
$ 9,010 (sold 02/2005)

link
http:// collectibles.about .com/od/carstrainsplanesprices/a/ diecast0807 .htm

Collector Guidelines
That’s one of the reasons why collecting Lionel trains is such a popular pastime for … collectors can have a “love-hate” relationship with price guides. …

www. lionel .com/GettingStarted/Guides/ CollectorGuidelines .cfm

Listed below are the books for the Price Guide for Lionel Train Set.

1. Greenberg’s Pocket Price Guides Lionel 2008 – 1901-2008 (Paperback) By Roger Carp (Editor), Lesley Weiss (Editor).
The latest edition of the famous Greenberg’s Guides for Lionel Trains has the data collectors need before buying, selling, or trading away any Lionel toy trains from their collections. This is the one handy pocket guide that lists “everything Lionel” from 1901 and 2008 and gives prices, trading frequency, and other invaluable reference info. A thoughtful preface explains production and market trends and offers helpful buying, selling, trading, and insuring hints. Long considered the standard guide for Lionel Collectors, it’s built on the expertise of longtime collectors and reviewers.

link
http://www. amazon .com/gp/product/0897784855?ie=UTF8&tag=lioneltrainsh-20&link_code=as3&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=0897784855

2. Collector’s Guide to Classic O-Gauge Trains (Paperback) By David Doyle.
This fact-packed toy train guide brings critic and expertly gathered classic O Gauge train data, plus more than 900 stunning color photos of the most highly collectible trains in North America in a 5 x 8 inch format. Making it the perfect size for taking to shows, shops and conventions. Among the trains featured in this must-have reference are:
* Lionel: Prewar and Postwar
* American Flyer
* Marx
* Kusan * AMT * Ives
* Hoge * Dorfan
* Unique * Hafner
* Wyandotte

link
http://www. amazon .com/gp/product/0896894576?ie=UTF8&tag=lioneltrainsh-20&link_code=as3&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=0896894576

3. Collector’s Guide to Pre-war Lionel Trains 1900-1942

Collector’s Guide to Pre-war Lionel Trains 1900-1942 (Paperback) By David Doyle.
With a compact 5 x 8 inch format you can conveniently carry this go-to train guide in your pocket. Sporting an incredible collection of more than 900 color photos, this book will enable you to take your Lionel train collecting to new dimensions. This one-of-a-kind guide with 2,000 listings covers 2-7/8 inch Gauge, Standard Gauge, O Gauge, OO Gauge and accessories. Comes with complete secondary market prices

Link
http://www. amazon .com/gp/product/0896894622?ie=UTF8&tag=lioneltrainsh-20&link_code=as3&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=0896894622

4. Warman’s Lionel Train Field Guide: Values And Identification (Paperback) By David Doyle.
This handy, full-color guide gives collectors what they’ve needed for a long time – a guide to take to shows, club meetings and on shopping trips to the hobby store. This expertly written pocket-size reference helps readers: 1. Easily identify various models using 250 detailed color photos; 2. Fine-tune their Lionel Train knowledge with 2,000 listings; 3. Confidently price trains

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