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  • Item Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 06, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House
THIS IS A TRAIN HIGHLIGHT FOR EBAY FOR THIS WEEK! COMPLETE WITH EXTRA PAPER AND RARE “1954 POCKET CONSUMER CATALOG” IN GRADE 10, WITH ORIGINAL ENVELOPE! THE TRAINS ARE TOTALLY UN-RUN!LIONEL POST-WAR 2245 TEXAS SPECIAL F-3 A-B UNITS, IN MINT+ CONDITION! Spectacular matching pair!TEXAS SPECIAL 2245 F-3 A-B Units, in matching fresh from the factory condition! “A” Unit decals original and 100% intact. White side striping on both pieces is strong and bright. The highest-grade pristine roofs that I have seen! Red and white lettering is bright and clear. Original porthole windows. Magnificent red pilot, again in pristine condition. No rust or corrosion on original horns, ladders or battery cover . THIS PAIR HAS THE HIGHEST-SHEEN ORIGINAL FACTORY LUSTER THAT I HAVE SEEN! LOOK AT PHOTOS! TRULY A SPECTACULAR MATCHING PAIR OF F-3’S! Dated instructions, inspection sticker. Original dated box 2245-30 is a grade 10 and has a box insert that is a grade 9/10. Original box 2245-23 is a grade 9, with a box insert that is a grade 9, very high-grade for this box. All flaps are intact. This magnificent high-end Texas Special pair is definitely for the display shelf or to build an expensive set. From 1954 and in MINT+ condition. THE PAIR ALSO HAVE THE ORIGINAL WRAPPING PAPER FROM LIONEL, AND THE VERY RARE 1954 POCKET CONSUMER CATALOG IN A GRADE 10 WITH THE ORIGINAL 1954 DATED ENVELOPE! ALSO COMES WITH THE 1954 LIONEL SERVICE STATION MANUAL! ****SEE PHOTOS****REMEMBER, THE TRAINS ARE TOTALLY UN-RUN, AND IT IS GETTING EXTREMELY HARD TO FIND HIGH-GRADE F-3’S WITH THIS MUCH ORIGINAL PAPERWORK! AN EXCEPTIONAL SET, UN-RUN, AND ALL ORIGINAL!! Latest book and market value (shows, auctions, private sales, internet) on this pair, in this condition is $ 3400.00 - 4600.00, at live auction it can go much higher! THIS MAGNIFICENT SET IS TRULY FOR THE HIGH-END COLLECTION! I am very particular in choosing trains. They must be high-grade, rare, and very desirable. Please feel very comfortable in your bidding as I try to buy only the best from collections or at live auctions, where I have examined the item! ****ALL BIDDERS MUST READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE THEY BID.**** PAYMENT MUST BE MADE WITHIN 5 DAYS FROM THE END OF AUCTION DATE, THIS IS A PROFESSIONAL COURTESY RULE, KINDLY FOLLOW IT. WE PREFER PAYMENT BY PAYPAL, SO WE CAN SHIP TO YOU IMMEDIATELY. **YOU MUST EMAIL US WITHIN 2 DAYS AFTER THE AUCTION, TO LET US KNOW THE STATUS OF YOUR PAYMENT, THIS IS A MUST, SO WE KNOW IF YOU RECEIVED THE INVOICE, AND HOW YOU ARE GOING TO PAY US. AGAIN A PROFESSIONAL COURTESY RULE.** The winning bidder will be charged for Shipping, Insurance, and packaging. If you have any questions about shipping costs, please E-mail me before you bid. Payment can be by PAYPAL (preferred). The item has been looked at by collectors, who have been collecting and examining antique toys for over 30 years. ITEMS WILL BE SHIPPED VIA UPS AND INSURED. PLEASE DO NOT TELL ME AFTER YOU WON AN ITEM THAT YOU DID NOT READ THIS! This is an auction, all sales are final, so ask questions before you bid. I try very hard to be accurate! Read the description, and look at the photos carefully, and please feel comfortable with our items and service. OUR GRADING SYSTEM: An amalgamation of grading systems from multiple auction houses, and grading services such as PSA in California, plus over 30 years of my buying at auction and shows. Highest to Lowest: 10= GEM-MINT, OR MINT+ (LOOKS FACTORY FRESH, NO FLAWS) 9= MINT, IS EXTREMELY HIGH-GRADE, BUT DUE TO ITEM BEING OVER 50 YEARS OLD, SHOWS AGE IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, SUCH AS MUTED LUSTER, OR A RUB ON THE ITEM, AS BY TRUCKS RUBBING AGAINST PLASTIC, OR A MINUTE SCRATCH FROM SOMEONE TAKING IT OUT OF THE BOX, ETC. 8= MINT-(MINUS), IS LESS THAN MINT. AT FIRST APPEARANCE IT IS MINT, BUT UNDER CLOSE EXAMINATION, THERE ARE A FEW MORE RUBS, MINUTE SCRATCHES, ETC. MOST DEALERS AT SHOWS, WOULD CALL THIS TYPE OF AN ITEM MINT, DUE TO THE AGE OF THE PIECE. TRAINS ON A FEW OCCASIONS MIGHT HAVE A TEST RUN LINE ON WHEELS, EMAIL TO ASK IF THIS BOTHERS YOU, BEFORE BIDDING. THANK YO...