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  • Item Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 06, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House
THIS IS A TRAIN HIGHLIGHT FOR EBAY FOR THIS WEEK! 2356 F-3’s 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 2356 SOUTHERN F-3 A-A UNITS, IN MINT+ CONDITION! Spectacular matching pair!SOUTHERN 2356 F-3 A-A Units, in matching fresh from the factory condition! “A” Unit decals original and 100% intact. Grey and yellow side striping on both pieces are strong and bright. The highest-grade pristine roofs that I have seen! Yellow lettering is bright and clear. Original porthole windows. Magnificent black pilots, 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 SET OF F-3’S! IT IS EXTREMELY HARD TO FIND THE PATINA AND PAINT FINISH MATCHING ON THE A-UNITS THIS PERFECTLY! Dated instructions, inspection sticker, 1954 Pocket catalog with original dated envelope, 1954-55 Service Station Manual, Lionel Trains Advertisement Sheet, and wrapping paper. ** Please see photos** Original dated box 2356-26 for power “A” unit is a grade 9/10 and has the original box insert, which is a grade 10. Original box 2356-50 for the dummy “A” unit is a grade 8 ½, with the original box insert which is a grade 9/10, very high-grade for this box! The dummy unit “A” box is hard to find in a high-grade condition due to the box insert being produced by Lionel “TOO LARGE FOR THE BOX, THEREFORE WEAKENING THE FLAPS EVERY TIME SOMEONE REMOVED THE TRAIN OR PUT IT BACK”. The rare and original MASTER CARTON 2356-54 is a grade 8/9 and has the original corner tape intact. No hand-writing on box, with splendid and strong flaps. *** See Photos*** MASTER CARTONS IN THIS CONDITION ARE GETTING VERY HARD TO FIND! This magnificent high-end Southern set of f-3 engines is definitely for the display shelf or to build an expensive set. From 1954 and in MINT+ condition. THIS MAGNIFICENT SET ALSO HAS THE ORIGINAL WRAPPING PAPER FROM LIONEL, AND THE VERY RARE 1954 POCKET CONSUMER CATALOG IN A GRADE 10 WITH THE ORIGINAL 1954 DATED ENVELOPE! THIS AWESOME SET EVEN COMES WITH THE ORIGINAL “1954 SERVICE STATION MANUAL”, PLUS RARE LIONEL ADVERTISING!****SEE PHOTOS****REMEMBER, THE TRAINS ARE TOTALLY UN-RUN! AN EXCEPTIONAL PAIR OF MINT+ POST-WAR ENGINES, UN-RUN, AND ALL ORIGINAL!! Latest book and market value (shows, auctions, private sales, internet) on this pair, in this condition is $ 3800.00 - 4500.00, 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! 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 look at the photos carefully, and please feel comfortable with our items and service. OUR GRADING SYSTEM: An amalgamation of grading systems from mu...