Model trains and train sets might look the same. However, there are several factors that can influence the cost of antique model trains. To help determine the value of the model trains in your possession, you can use these factors as guideline. It is also important if you can find expert appraisers to check these factors so you can get a more accurate assessment of market value.
When buying antique train models, you need to know the scale. The scale will determine everything else about the train model’s build – from the accessories to the parts. Below is a guideline on the common scales available for antique model trains:
The type of power source used on antique model trains can have a direct impact on its value. In addition, it will also determine what other accessories are needed in order to operate it. Here is a general idea of what the different types of power sources are available:
The presence of the accessories in a model train kit or set can add to its overall market value. When you are trying to sell an antique model train, you must check if all of the accessories are present. Otherwise, it could directly impact the value of the kit or set. Below is a list of the common accessories that are available in model train sets:
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Mearto offers two opportunities to sell your model train based on its current fair market value:
Customers with model train expected to sell for $5,000 or more can take advantage of our complimentary Consignment Concierge service. We will contact leading auction houses on your behalf, collect offers and help you negotiate the terms of a consignment agreement. There is no additional fee or commission for this service.
For customers with model train valued between $50 and $5,000, Mearto offers an exclusive Marketplace, which is accessed by a number of art, antiques and collectibles dealers around the world. If there is interest in your item, you will be contacted directly with offers through our platform. In the event of a successful sale, Mearto takes a 7% transaction fee.
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