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    I had a very good friend pass about 6 months ago. He was a lot older than me, by several decades. I bought my land in Northern WI from him about 20 years ago and we instantly hit it off. He was a collector of things...the kind of fellow you might see on American Pickers. But his collections were all orderly and usually had a theme to them. He collected old logging tools and items, banks, coins, guns, political buttons, antiques, old tools, horseshoes, old traps, oil lamps, all kinds of things. And, I found, he also had some railroad items. All of it is going to auction and I would like to pick up items that remind me of him.

    Most of the stuff is fairly unchallenged as far as other bidders, but the railroad stuff has someone I'm bidding against. I certainly want the stuff but I don't want to overpay.

    So what's an old switch stand and a couple of old brake wheels (the horizontal, old wooden car kind) worth? Primarily that's what this lot contains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P-LineSoo View Post
    Most of the stuff is fairly unchallenged as far as other bidders, but the railroad stuff has someone I'm bidding against. I certainly want the stuff but I don't want to overpay.

    So what's an old switch stand and a couple of old brake wheels (the horizontal, old wooden car kind) worth? Primarily that's what this lot contains.
    As far as what it's worth? Sir, I think that depends entirely on what your memories are worth, with this gentleman. Otherwise, there isn't much worth to some old collectibles at all, for you.
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    Switch stands that can be connected to a specific railroad either by style or a stamping or other marking usually get between $300 and $600 in good condition. Generic ones can sell for less.

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    Well, it's priceless to me, Tred. But the railroad stuff isn't what will remind me of this gentleman, I didn't even know that he had it. My personal 'connection' with items and this fellow is with many other items that I intend to bid on and will probably win... The railroad items are purely because I want them, but don't want to overpay for them.

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    Depends on the item. I paid $100 for a crossing sign at an auction a few years ago. Think I dropped that much for a Southern station sign at an antique shop a couple years ago. Did pick up a Seaboard System sign at another shop for like $50 once I think, I remember it being cheap.

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    My "Go To" source is Ebay. Not the most reliable but gives you an idea... minus the S&H. Or, as I often do, consider the S&H as part of my price point...
    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...ete=1&_fosrp=1

    I find that figuring out the most you are willing pay theory before hand is helpful but I often find I wanted it more after I lost the bidding...

    Not sure there is any one resource that can put a price on this stuff.

    Brake wheel: https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...pos=08802-1250

    Break wheel (go figure): https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...pos=08802-1250
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    This guy may have some ideas for you,

    http://www.railroadcollectibles.com/

    Good luck!
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