Hope to be a new collector

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Hope to be a new collector
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, March 31, 2002 3:10 PM
Hi all, I am looking for advice on how to be a good collector, what types, where should I start any information would be greatly appreciated as I am anxious to get started.

Thanks in advance
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 8:19 PM
First, take the pressure off yourself,
I don’t know if anyone could say what makes a “good” collector but if you’re looking for pointers:
Collect what you like, not what you or others think you should.
If it’s Lionel postwar for example, get as many books as you can and have some fun researching, no doubt at some point you’ll see or read about something you can’t live without.
Then exercise caution, don’t run out and by “junk” with property it’s location, with trains it’s condition, look for high quality examples that are original.
But most of all have fun, that’s what it’s all about, if you buy original like new trains chances are at some point down the road the investment aspect will take care of itself.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 16, 2002 7:42 PM
Why not become an avid operator instead of a collecter? You might want to run a few toy trains and get the feel of the fun of it instead of the passion of the profit. But if you must help drive up the price of used goods, beware! Do some homework, get a fresh copie of Greenbergs price guide, and start reading. Get out to a couple of train shows and leave your wallet at home. Bring a note pad and start building a "Wish list" Realize this, sometimes it's just old ! Value is what you asign the item and are willing to pay, not what a dealer is asking! (600.00 for that, you're nuts!) Hey, one way or the other, enjoy yourself, but don't encourage the ridiculous prices for "collectables" Slick
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, April 19, 2002 12:06 AM

Actually, the best way is to get input from members here who are collectors.

You can also try to get a book on the subject, from the library. Right now, I don't know of any particular titles.

First, you have to get an idea of what type of thing you will collect. In other words, what is the theme and intent of your collecting?

Another thing to do is to go through a good train pricing guide in order to get an idea for costs and available items. The guides usually discuss not only pricing but grading which is another thing of prime importance.

Without knowing what your collecting theme is, I can't really suggest more.

Also, do you intend to operate any of this collection?

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