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  • Item Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 01, 2012
  • Channel: Auction House
THIS IS A TRAIN HIGHLIGHT FOR EBAY FOR THIS WEEK! THE 2343 SANTA FE F-3’s FROM LATE 1952 ONLY. COMPLETE WITH EXTRA PAPERWORK, WRAPPING PAPER, AND THEIR VERY RARE ORIGINAL BOXES IN EXTREMELY HIGH-GRADE. THE TRAINS ARE MINT + C-10 IN UN-RUN CONDITION! **SEE PHOTOS** TRAINS COME WITH THEIR ORIGINAL DECALS INTACT, NOT REPRODUCTIONS! LIONEL POST-WAR 2343 SANTA FE F-3 A-A UNITS, IN MINT+ C-10 CONDITION! THESE ARE THE SANTA FE ENGINES THAT WENT WITH THE FIRST ALUMINUM PASSENGER SET NUMBER 2190W MADE BY LIONEL, IN LATE 1952. THEY WERE A LIMITED RUN, AND ARE EXTREMELY HARD TO FIND IN THIS CONDITION. *** THE BODY MOLD COLOR IS THE RARE GREY INSTEAD OF THE EARLIER BLACK OR YELLOW. THE GREY MOLDS WERE PRODUCED IN 1952 ONLY, AND THE SANTA FE’S CAME WITH THE SMALLER “GM” DECALS, AND SNAP-IN PORTHOLE WINDOWS. THESE ARE ALL ORIGINAL AND NOT REPLACEMENTS. Spectacular matching pair! See grading chart and descriptions below. THESE BEAUTIES HAVE A RARITY GRADE OF 10, ON A SCALE OF 1-10, WITH A 10 BEING THE RAREST AND HARDEST TO FIND. THIS PAIR IS EXTREMELY PRISTINE AND ONE OF THE NICEST THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN, WITH IMMACULATE ROOFS AND SIDES. THE ORIGINAL DECALS ARE 100% INTACT AND ARE TRULY AWESOME. SANTA FE 2343 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 chrome silver roofs, and sides that I have seen! The original patina on the red noses are spectacular and flawless. Magnificent silver pilots and frames, again in pristine condition. No rust or corrosion on original horns, ladders or battery cover. The decals are slightly sucked in over the front louvers, from age, as this is the way you want to see an original decal. But they are 100% present. No missing pieces. . PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THESE WERE MADE FOR A SHORT PERIOD DURING ONE YEAR, 1952. 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 ORIGINAL PATINA, WELL THESE TWO HAVE IT! LOOK AT THE PHOTOS! TRULY A SPECTACULAR MATCHING PAIR OF F-3’S! TO FIND THE ORIGINAL 1952 SANTA FE’S WITH THEIR ORIGINAL HIGH-GRADE BOXES IS TRULY A RARE FEAT! Also comes with the dated instructions, inspection sticker, plus the hard to find original waxed wrapping paper. THE PAPERWORK AND WRAPPING PAPER ARE GRADE 9 TO 10. Original dated box 2343P-10 AND INSERT is a grade 9 AND HAS ALL OF THE FLAPS ATTACHED. THERE IS NO TAPING OR WRITING. Original box 2343T-11 AND INSERT is a grade 9 and has all flaps attached, with NO TAPING AND NO WRITING, this is very high-grade for this box. IN LATE 1952 THE BOX HAD NO OPS LABEL. THESE BOXES ARE CORRECT FOR THE DATE AND SET. THIS DEFINTELY IS THE HIGHEST-GRADE PAIR OF 2343 SANTA FE’ F-3’S THAT I HAVE SEEN TO DATE. THEY ARE PRISTINE AND TOTALLY UN-RUN! KINDLY LOOK AT ALL OF THE PHOTOS, AS I DOUBT THAT YOU HAVE SEEN A NICER PAIR! This magnificent high-end Santa Fe pair is definitely for the display shelf.. From 1952 and in MINT+ condition****SEE PHOTOS****REMEMBER, THE TRAINS ARE TOTALLY UN-RUN! THESE WOULD BE PERFECT TO BUILD THE MINT+ 2190W “FOUR CAR SUPER SPEEDLINER PASSENGER SET” WITH! THEN YOU WOULD HAVE A $12,000. - $15,000.00 SET. ***REMEMBER, THESE ONLY CAME WITH THE 1952 ALUMINUM CAR PASSENGER SET! 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 ORIGINAL BOXES AND PAPERWORK, is $ 4500.00 - 6500.00, 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! ON THE BOTTOM OF SOME ENGINES SUCH AS F-3’s: IF YOU LOOK AT THE PHOTOS, ANY BRIGHT SILVER OR CHROME SPOT, SOMETIMES WILL LOOK GOLDEN. THIS IS NOT RUST OR CORROSION. ...