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    1956 Private Label Tonka Truck

    Appraised Value:


    Appraised on: June 26, 2004

    Appraised in: St. Paul, Minnesota

    Appraised by: Gary Sohmers

    Category: Toys & Games

    Episode Info: St. Paul, Hour 3 (#903)

    Originally Aired: January 17, 2005

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    Form: Truck
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $1,500

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    Appraisal Video: (1:24)


    Appraised By:

    Gary Sohmers
    Collectibles, Toys & Games

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: My great-grandpa created Hardware Hank, and he had this specially made by Tonka Trucks and he had it on his desk while he worked there. And after he died, right after I was born, he gave it to my grandma, which... she gave it to me.

    APPRAISER: Nice. It's in great shape. So, you didn't play with it much?

    GUEST: Uh, only once when I was a kid.

    APPRAISER: Right. Well, Hardware Hank was a logo for a chain of hardware stores up here in the Minnesota area, and Tonka was the most famous toy company from this area of Minnesota-- from Mound, Minnesota. And Tonka became known as the purveyor of the finest realistic toy trucks in the '50s. Now, this is a very special Tonka. What Tonka did sometimes was they made they made private-label ones for special people. And so they made this especially for him-- probably made less than maybe ten of them total and gave him one. So, private-label Tonkas don't exist very much, and they sell for a lot of money, because the Tonka Company was very private when they did these. They were very protective. It's a really great toy, it's in mint condition. It's probably worth right now on the market about $1,500, for a toy. What do you think about that?

    GUEST: Good.

    APPRAISER: You still going to leave it sitting pretty?

    GUEST: Yeah.

    APPRAISER: Good.

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