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Toy Train Appraisals

There is hardly a week that goes by without someone asking me by email to appraise the toy trains that they own, or have inherited. There was a time when I used to endeavor to accommodate all of these appraisal requests. I simply cannot do this anymore. For the past eight years I have completed hundreds of these appraisals and not one toy train, or train set, has been offered to me for purchase.

After I appraised the toy train(s) I never heard from the people again. Even through they stated that they were looking to sell these trains, I was never given the opportunity to purchase them. They sold them locally or decided to list them for sale on eBay.

My time is just as valuable as yours. If you want to know what your LIONEL or AMERICAN FLYER trains are worth so that you can appraise them yourself, go to: Lionel Price Guides or American Flyer Books

If your trains are made by a manufacture other than LIONEL or AMERICAN FLYER use the search box at the bottom of either of the above listed pages to search for the price guide that you are looking for.

However, if you do not want to spend the time researching and appraising your own trains, I will still do this for you, but you must pay me for my time. If you decide to do this, and agree to sell your trains to me I will refund your appraisal fee. This is only fair. I charge $20.00 for toy train appraisals and this fee will cover the first 20 toy trains and accessories (not including the track).

This appraisal fee is NOT REFUNDABLE unless you decide to sell your trains to me.

If you would like to get your trains appraised, click on the PayPal button below to pay the appraisal fee. After you have paid the fee, I will send you information and ask questions concerning your trains by email.

You can also pay by check or money order. Please include a list of your trains and your email address or telephone number, and send your check or money order to:

Tandem Associates
P.O. BOX 245
Whitmire, SC 29178-0245

If the trains that you have are made by LIONEL, AMERICAN FLYER, IVES, MARX, and are O Scale (1/48) or S Scale (1/64), then the fee that I charge is usually a small percentage of the value of these trains.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are asking me to appraise any of the smaller trains in HO, N, or Z Scale, then the fee would, in most cases, be more than these trains are worth if they are made by AHM, TYCO, BACHMANN, LIFELIKE, or MODEL POWER. For this reason I will not do appraisals in these scales.

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