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  • Item Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 13,2011
  • Channel: Online Auction
THIS IS A TRAIN HIGHLIGHT FOR EBAY FOR THIS WEEK! 2355 WESTERN PACIFIC F-3’s, COMPLETE WITH EXTRA PAPER AND THE RARE 1953 MASTER CARTON IN EXTREMELY HIGH-GRADE CONDITION! THE TRAINS ARE TOTALLY UN-RUN! **SEE PHOTOS**LIONEL POST-WAR 2355 WESTERN PACIFIC F-3 A-A UNITS, IN MINT+ C-10 CONDITION! Spectacular matching pair! See grading chart and descriptions below. THESE BEAUTIES HAVE A RARITY GRADE OF 7, ON A SCALE OF 1-8, SEE “THE STANDARD CATALOG FOR LIONEL TRAINS, 1945-1969” BY DAVID DOYLE, PAGE 87, FOR THE RARITY AND PRICING. IT PROBABLY SHOULD BE AN 8 DUE TO BEING MINT+ AND HAVING THE ORIGINAL ELUSIVE MASTER CARTON!WESTERN PACIFIC 2355 F-3 A-A Units, in matching fresh from the factory condition! The “A units have the original decals. (see photos). The black heat-stamped lettering on both pieces are strong, bold, and clear. The highest-grade pristine silver roofs, and sides that I have seen! The original patina on the orange noses are spectacular and flawless. Magnificent silver pilots, again in pristine condition. No rust or corrosion on original horns, ladders or battery cover. . PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THESE WERE MADE FOR A SHORT PERIOD DURING ONE YEAR, 1953. THIS PAIR HAS THE HIGHEST-SHEEN ORIGINAL FACTORY LUSTER THAT I HAVE SEEN! HAVE YOU EVER SEEN AN ORIGINAL, RIGHT OUT OF BOX SET, WITH THE ALUMINUM-SILVER LOOK, WELL THESE TWO HAVE IT! LOOK AT PHOTOS! TRULY A SPECTACULAR MATCHING PAIR OF F-3’S! TO FIND THE ORIGINAL MASTER CARTON WITH MINT+ WESTERN PACIFIC F-3 IS TRULY A RARE FEAT! Also comes with the dated instructions, inspection sticker, and “Service Station Booklet”, plus the hard to find original waxed wrapping paper. Also comes with the 1953 POCKET CATALOG IN A GRADE 10. Original dated box 2355-25 is a grade 9/10, with the original high-grade box insert. Original box 2355-50 is a grade 9 and has all flaps attached, with the original box insert, very high-grade for this box. The very rare 2355-51 Master carton is extremely rare and is a grade 9, which is extremely high-grade for a Master Carton. The rare Master Carton has the original corner tape. All of the flaps are attached. Bright clean box with no water stains. There is no writing on the Master carton! This magnificent high-end Western Pacific pair is definitely for the display shelf.. From 1953 and in MINT+ condition****SEE PHOTOS****REMEMBER, THE TRAINS ARE TOTALLY UN-RUN! AN EXCEPTIONAL SET, UN-RUN, AND ALL ORIGINAL!! Latest book and market value (shows, auctions, private sales, internet, etc.) on this pair, in this condition, MINT+ WITH MASTER CARTON, is $ 5900.00 - 8500.00, at live auction it can go much higher! AT THE TCA SHOW AT YORK, I SAW ONE SELL FOR $8700.00 ONLY 4 YEARS AGO, AND IT WAS NOT AS NICE AS THESE! 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! WE DO NOT SHIP TO A POST OFFICE BOX! 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 l...