Warwick and Warwick's Toys, Postcards and Cigarette Cards auction 15th March 2023

16th March 2023

The cigarette and trade card section was ever strong with both the larger collections and individual sets selling very well. Some standouts included lot 46, an accumulation single cards, complete and part sets from manufacturers such as Taddy’s, Ogdens, Gallaher, etc. plus, a 1930s era wooden cigarette packet vending machine. Lotted originally with an auction estimate of £190, after a drawn out bidding war sold for almost ten times this amount for a grand total of £1,800 before buyer's premium.

In terms of individual sets, it was lot 91, a part set of the 1910 Parrot Series produced by the Co-Operative Wholesale Society, that caught the eyes of the bidders. An attractive selection in fair to good condition, it was estimated at £190. After another skirmish, our internet bidder came up trumps buying the set for a final bid of £575 before buyer's premium.

The postcards continued to sell incredibly well, trams were all the rage during the auction. A notable lot being lot 136, which featured a tram in Moorside Bury included over 450 cards in total. This collection caught the eye of a keen buyer as it sold for £2,220, a whopping £1,270 above its estimate of £950!

Lot 139 sold for £1,980, with an original estimate of £600, lot 140 featured a tram from Smith’s studio and sold for a fantastic £1,440, with an original estimate of £500. Lot 144 sold £1,080, with an estimate of 3250 and lot 145, a. advertising tram for Brands Beef Tea in Market Street sold for an amazing £1,500, with an estimate of £350.

Following a brilliant first half of the sale we carried on receiving some great bids going into the toys. An eye catching Tr-iang Minic section enticed the bidders with lot 278, a Rolls Royce Sedanco selling for £492, with an estimate of £150.

The later half of the sale played host to the model railways and the accumulative lots continued to sell well. Lot 528 sold for a staggering £3,000, with an estimate of £300! Lot 568 had an estimate of £625 and sold for £990. Lot 607 was a collection of Bachmann wagons, which sold for £1,200 with an estimate of £300, proving its not just the locomotives that are popular! The Wrenn section was ever popular with lot 694 a tank locomotive with an estimate of £200, sold for £420. Lot 701 sold for £660, with an estimate of £400 and lot 710 bought the sale to a close with an estimate of £100 and sold for £420.

Our next Toys, Postcards and Cigarette Cards auction will be held on Wednesday 17th May 2023. The full catalogue for this sale will be on our website in the next few weeks or keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook pages which will include updates of our latest auction news.

It has been so lovely to receive positive feedback following the sale, we are always happy to help. So, if you've been asking yourself 'how much are my cigarette, post cards, soldiers, toys, diecast or trains worth? why not contact one of our friendly collectable’s experts for help with a free valuation! 

Jessica Lowe

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