I don't like the word "mint" unless it's on a York Peppermint Patty or in Iced Tea. "Rare" is another one I relegate to steak houses and periodically a decent burger place.
They are words that are overused in the train collectors lexicon, almost to the point of meaning nothing. Every novice butthead vomits out the words "mint" and "rare" at every auction and train show they attend.
However, this Stout Auction has something unusual. I urge everyone to check this out. The above is a brand new prewar 115 station. Hasn't been unwrapped yet. 115's aren't especially exceptional however 70 year old (plus) stations that are new are beyond exceptional. It just doesn't happen often (if ever). The rest of this auction is eye popping as well.
I've only put up a few of the sets up for auction (below). The American Flyer prewar O gauge selection is truly outstanding, I would urge you to take a look at it even if you don't buy anything.
By the way, one more unusual thing for this auction - for those folks that travel to Stout Auctions in Indiana - AuctionNetwork is doing a special on this auction and they will be there that day doing filming. I can't guarantee a set will go for $235k or anything but this does have the makings of a very interesting day....
There are many gems to be had at this auction. Hopefully they won't all go for a mint....
PS Is anyone going to Vermont in April for the big TCA get-together?