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  • Item Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 27, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House
THIS WEEK WE HAVE SOMETHING VERY SCARCE FOR HIGH-END POST WAR F-3 COLLECTORS, A PAIR OF 2368 BALTIMORE & OHIO F-3 ENGINES WITH THE ORIGINAL BOXES, LINER, “MASTER CARTON” AND ALL PAPEPWORK!THE RARE 1956 MASTER CARTON IS EXTREMELY HARD TO FIND IN THIS CONDITION! THE TRAINS ARE TOTALLY UN-RUN! **SEE PHOTOS**LIONEL POST-WAR 2368 BALTIMORE & OHIO F-3 A-B UNITS, IN MINT+ C-10 CONDITION! Spectacular matching pair! See grading chart and descriptions below. THESE BEAUTIES HAVE A RARITY GRADE OF 7, OUT OF 1-8 SCALE.SEE THE BOOK LIONEL TRAINS, 1945-1969” BY DAVID DOYLE, PAGE 89, FOR THE RARITY AND PRICING. IT PROBABLY SHOULD BE AN 8 DUE TO BEING MINT+ AND HAVING THE ORIGINAL ELUSIVE MASTER CARTON! BALTIMORE & OHIO F-3 A-B Units, in matching fresh from the factory condition! The “A” unit HAS NO CRACK IN THE NOSE, WHICH IS VERY COMMON FOR THIS PIECE, AS THE LENSES MUST HAVE BEEN INSTALLED TO TIGHTLY.. (see photos). The yellow heat-stamped numbers and lettering on both pieces are strong, bold, and clear. The highest-grade pristine gray roofs, and bright-white sides that I have seen! The original patina on the white nose is spectacular. Magnificent black pilot and awesome black frames, 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, 1956. THIS PAIR HAS THE HIGHEST-SHEEN, ORIGINAL FACTORY LUSTER THAT I HAVE SEEN for 2368’S! HAVE YOU EVER SEEN AN ORIGINAL PAIR, UN-RUN, WITH A MASTER CARTON WITH THE ORIGINAL PATINA? 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+ BALTIMORE AND OHIO F-3’s IS TRULY A RARE FEAT! The set also comes with the dated instructions, inspection sticker, and correct “Service Station Booklet”, plus the hard to find original waxed wrapping paper. They also come with the 1956 “LIONEL TRAINS WITH MAGNE-TRACTION” CATALOG IN A GRADE 10. Original dated box 2368-12 is a grade 9/10. Original box 2368-18 is a grade 9 and has all flaps attached, with NO WRITING AND NO TAPING. The original box insert for this box, is a very high-grade 9/10. The very rare 2368-13 Master carton is extremely rare and is a grade 8, which is extremely high-grade for this elusive Master Carton. The rare Master Carton has the original corner tape. All of the flaps are attached. No taping! There is no writing on the Master carton! VERY RARE AS THESE MASTER CARTONS USUALLY HAVE WRITING ON THEM, SUCH AS A PRICE OR STORE NAME! This magnificent high-end BALTIMORE & OHIO pair is definitely for the display shelf.. From 1956 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, live auctions, private sales, internet, etc.) on this pair, in this condition, MINT+ WITH MASTER CARTON, is $ 5800.00 - 8600.00, at live auction it can go much higher! AT THE TCA SHOW AT YORK, I SAW A SET OF 2368’s WITH A MASTER CARTON SELL FOR $9200.00 APPROXIMATLEY 5 YEARS AGO, AND THEY WERE ABOUT AS NICE AS THESE! I KNOW THE DEALER THAT SOLD THEM, AND HE BUYS FROM ME! NO NAMES PLEASE. THIS MAGNIFICENT SET IS TRULY FOR THE HIGH-END COLLECTION! A NOTE FOR MY FAITHFUL FRIENDS AND CUSTOMERS OF HIGH-END POST-WAR, DO NOT LET THESE GET AWAY FROM YOU! YOU KNOW THE QUALITY OF MY ENGINES AND COLLECTIONS THAT I BRING IN, AND THESE ARE VERY SPECIAL AND ELUSIVE TRAINS. 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...