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IT HAD TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER!

Greetings one and all!

Well, after an absence of five months from the Forum, it saddens me that my first Post since August 2018 has the subject of disposing of my collection of roughly 900+ Dinky Toys and Dinky Supertoys, plus a small collection of Corgi Toys, Hornby-Dublo and Wrenn railway boxed items. The image below was taken on 6 July 2007. Since then 750 models have arrived in my care, as well as a number have been sold. I have reached the stage whereby I have come to realise that we all are not immortal, especially yours truly. Next month I have several procedures lined up - a "minor" heart operation followed by a hernia one, the latter caused no doubt by carrying heavy boxes of Dinky Toys!

I have mulled over this dilemma for many months now, and acting on the wishes of The Better One, I am having to take action to sell everything, "so that our daughters do not have to worry about it".

I am currently investigating the cost to ship the collection to the UK, and initial advice is that "it ain't cheap", with an alternative being to auction the collection through an Australian auction house. I have already "lined up" two auction houses who have expressed an interest in handling the sale, should I proceed with sending the collection to the UK. These companies are located in the south of England.

I will also be disposing my considerable collection of ephemera, from price lists, catalogues, advertising/press releases, signs, Meccano Advice Notes, Order Forms, factory photographs, etc, etc.

If the reader of this Post is a member of the DTCA, I am prepared to listen to any reasonable offers for individual or multiple items, before the collection gets swallowed up in a commercial selling facility.  So, if you are interested, make it known, if need be by writing to me direct through the association, the models that are of interest, and I will advise by return whether my collection includes your needs. (Not sure how this works with privacy being supreme these days.) There is also the possibility of somehow the Association getting involved with it handling the sale with a small percentage of the final outcome being retained by the DTCA to further the interest and preservation of Dinky Toys. So, we should all start talking!!

This is obviously unchartered territory for me, so things are rather "fluid" as to how the final outcome will be.

Finally, all my childhood Dinky Toys are not included. I would like to see these pass down to my grandson (or grand-daughter if she is interested!) with the hope that these will remain within the family, as a link with me and my Mother and Father who were the most generous and loving parents anyone would wish to have,

Bruce H.  (150)

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Re : IT HAD TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER!

Bruce. These are difficult messages for a passionate collector as you are, to sell your collection and we all know that it is very difficult to come to such a decision. We can all face such a dilemma. In this case it is your health that brings you to this decision.

You have always done your best to bring the right Meccano Dinky Toys history and everything that has to do with it to light in the forum. Your valuable contributions are always very instructive with a lot of knowledge of, especially the automotive industry in connection with Dinky Toys models. Good that you keep the youth Dinky Toys. Among that there will certainly be the 192 De Soto Fireflite, with which you personally visited the Binns Road. I wish you a lot of strength in this difficult time and hope you get through well.

Kind regards, Jan Oldenhuis


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Re : IT HAD TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER!

Bruce
I completely echo Jan’s comments, and this is a sad day indeed, but one which almost all of us must some day deal with. You have truly been one of the Dinky masters that I have looked up over the years. Your knowledge of not only the Dinky models, but also the real vehicles, plus your expertise in boxes, catalogs, and price lists......we have gained so much insight that was heretofore unknown.
You and I go back many years, to your earlier Dinky newsletters that I always enjoyed. Getting to met and visit with you both this past year was certainly a highlight for me. And thank you for generously selling me a couple of your beloved Dinky models.....
I hope all goes well healthwise this year for you, and wish you all the best my friend!
Warmly,
Terry


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Re : IT HAD TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER!

Here is a photo of Bruce and I, along with his well-traveled Dinky Toys DeSoto, when he and his wife stopped over in LA on their way home. We spent a nice evening over dinner, reminiscing the whole time.
Best regards, Terry


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Re : IT HAD TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER!

Hello Bruce, so sad for you to have to part with your collection. But I guess your enthusiasm for Dinky Toys will not die after that. So I presume we all hope that you will somehow continue contributing your invaluable findings and thoughts about Dinky Toys every now and then. As for me, I hope (and trust) that my heirs will take care of my collection at some point in the future, either by keeping it, or by donating it to a serious institution, or by selling it. I wish you a quick and full recovery after the medical treatments you are bound to undergo! Kind regards, Jan  

PS: I could help you with the present contact data of Jos B, if you might wish so.


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Re : IT HAD TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER!

Jan

Firstly, you may have noticed that I have edited the subject of this Topic!  The original was too long-winded!

Please forgive me for not replying personally to your fine Post above. Things while preparing for my operation (scanning important pages from my copies of Model Collector, photographing the last of my collection, disposing of my many aviation and WW2 reference books I used while in the Museum, and the 100 and 1 jobs that need to be done, just in case the operation falls into the 6% that I do not wish to write about, I have not got around to writing a response to your kind words.

Yes, this is an area we all have to travel one of these days. But I have thoroughly enjoyed being a small part of the Dinky Toys preservation scene and have met either personally, or through this website or elsewhere some very special people. I have also heard from my old friend DB in the last couple of months which was especially nice.

While scanning Model Collector magazines before they go, I have re-discovered some fascinating things I had long forgotten about Dinky Toys such as some of the models being planned but never followed through. I hope someone somewhere will save these magazines if they do not have all or any of these that date back to 1994.

Thanks again Jan for your kind words.

Kind regards to you all

Bruce   (150)

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Re : IT HAD TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER!

Hello Bruce, I have sent an email to your regular email address (as far as I'm aware) the 21st of April. I hope it arrived! 

As Model Collector is concerned, I have kept all issues relevant to Dinky Toys history from Winter 1987 on. But I am also cleaning up every now and then, reducing the volume of paper (periodicals) in my book cases, so I finally kept all relevant sections or pages only + indexes.  Kind regards, Jan 


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Re : IT HAD TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER!

Hello Bruce.

Being a relative newcomer I have valued, in the matter of my education about the world of Dinky, your input into the widely varied forum threads and I can only echo Jan W's hopes for your continued health and (if you can bear it) your continued contribution to our hobby.

Kind regards

John


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Re : IT HAD TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER!

Greetings John

Thank you very much for your kind and most appreciated words.

My documentary ephemera will be the last to go, to enable me to continue putting "stuff" on the website.  I already have about 10 submissions in my draft folder so that will keep me going for a short while, with about 30 in the "pipeline" so to speak.  I have always enjoyed putting details into the Forum, and sharing these with all who collect or have an interest in Dinky Toys as there is little point keeping this to ones self! 

Kind regards and I hope you continue collecting and enjoying your collection of Dinky Toys for many years to come!

Kind regards

Bruce

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Re : IT HAD TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER!

Hi Bruce, I am sad to hear of your plight and am concerned that I may need to go through a similar cleansing experience within a few years. Already had the heart surgery and have not got enough hours in the day to control my interests in model cars, Dinky commercials and Kato N scale trains.

I would be interested in speaking with you about the Supertoy commercials and I may be able to help with others as I am a member of the Sydney Model Auto Club and we have several keen Dinky car collectors, regards Paul H  


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Re : IT HAD TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER!

Morning Paul

I was a member of the Sydney Model Auto Club for a number of years and attended their Friday night swapmeets at Granvillle on several occasions, even having a sales table at two events, with the first selling most of my stock before the doors opened! 

Ah those were the days!

I will contact you direct so that we can start some serious discussions!

By the way, Tony Hanna, a longtime member of the SMAC now lives on the Gold Coast, and is now a member of the Brisbane Model Diecast Club.

Cheers

Bruce

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Re : IT HAD TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER!

Greetings Fellow Dinkyholics!

Here is the latest on my collection.

Apparently, if I were to ship it to the United Kingdom for sale through at least one Auction House, there will be an import duty of 5% based on the insured value of the carton/case. (British-made goods being charged an import duty?  Now that is a laugh!!) That means I would have to add this cost onto the auction costs, and it may not be economic for me to do so.  I am now thinking of a well-known auction house through www.thesaleroom.com called Trains, Planes and Automobiles which is located in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, NSW..

But before I go down that road, if any member may wish to contact me direct, with their needs, or simply would like to have a list of my models, this I can provide.  In addition, a list is not good unless there is a picture of the item being sought.  I can supply both sides, front and back, top and base to enable anyone to make a decision.  I will also include a price that is of course, negotiable. By dealing direct with the owner, there is no auction or other seller fees, except postage. As for postage, Lina and I will be travelling to the UK at some point in time after my operations, and any purchases from the UK or Europe can be mailed in the UK, this saving the buyer the cost of postage from Australia.

I think this would be a win-win for both parties, especially me in that I will know that some of my collection will be going to an appreciative buyer who will take good care of it, and not use it (at least for a little while) as a resaleable item!!

As I have a different email address for the sale of my collection,  members can write to me through the DTCA messenger service and that new email address can be provided.

Kind regards to you all and I hope that you are having a safe and enjoyable Easter with your family and friends.

Bruce   (150)

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Re : IT HAD TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER!

Bruce-
I just sent you an e-mail a few days ago, but not sure if you got it....I only have your old e-mail address, and fear it is not current. Please send me an e-mail and then I will know....thanks!
Best regards, Terry