'World of Toy Soldiers' awaits collectors in 3-day online-only auction, Aug. 28-30

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'World of Toy Soldiers' awaits collectors in 3-day online-only auction, Aug. 28-30
Britains Set #1448 Staff Car. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image.

PITTSBURGH, PA.- After the outstanding response Old Toy Soldier Auctions received following their previous online-only sale of entry-level to midrange sets, owner Ray Haradin said, “The collectors have spoken. We’ll plan another one.” That follow-up sale designed to please all pocketbooks is scheduled for Aug. 28-30, with many lots expected to sell for less than $60.

Billed as “The World of Toy Soldiers Three Day Extravaganza,” the auction will be available for live Internet bidding through LiveAuctioneers. Additionally, absentee bids may be placed ahead of time either online, by email or fax.

Day one, August 28, will be devoted entirely to Britains. “There are a lot of fun sets, both complete and partial, which collectors always look for to fill in the slots of their own incomplete sets. There will also be some larger display groupings of soldiers.”

The August 29th session will contain mainly new productions by makers that have gained a global following. Among the brands represented are King and Country, Marlborough, Collectors Showcase and Figarti.

The third day of the soldier extravaganza, August 30, is the most diverse of the three sessions and features a broad selection of manufacturers and countries of origin. The sets to be offered were marketed primarily from the 1950s through 1990s.

“I would call this an interesting and very comprehensive discovery auction. There are some very nice sets mixed in, and particularly on day one, there are some better Britains sets,” Haradin said. “I think collectors are going to find that a dollar will go a long way in this sale. Most lots are likely to sell for less than $200, which is an affordable price point to many.”

Among the Britains highlights are Lot 1068, a Set #1448 Staff Car with white rubber tires and uniformed military driver and passenger; and Lot #1221, a Set #318 Royal Artillery Service Dress with caisson, Howitzer, and soldiers standing, kneeling or on horseback. Lot 3073, a colorful and exciting Britains Highland Square assortment, includes 29 soldiers, three kilted pipers and a concertina player.

Lot 2014 is a Collectors Showcase production (CS00456W) replicating a Tiger King Porsche, a heavy tank of the type used by the German army during the Normandy campaign; while Lot 2232 is an Argentine-made Beau Geste #126 set that captures all the grandeur of the green-turbaned 1903 Delhi Durbar regiment flanking a silver litter (cab designed for hand-carrying a potentate).

Lot 3333 is for those collectors who appreciate fine modeling and handpainting. Created by Bob Hornung, the piece is a dramatic three-dimensional depiction of a mounted heraldic knight thrown back with sword aloft, as though just having been injured.

Although printed catalogs will be available, Ray Haradin encourages potential bidders in Old Toy Soldier Auctions’ Aug. 28-30, 2015 World of Toy Soldiers Three-Day Extravaganza to view the online catalog, since each lot is lavishly illustrated with “large, clear, multiple-angle shots.”

The absentee and online auction will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, Aug. 28; and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29 and 30. View the entire catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

For additional information on any item in the auction, call Ray Haradin at 412-343-8733 (tollfree: 800-349-8009) or email raytoys@aol.com.

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