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    Buddy L Bus, ca. 1928

    Appraised Value:

    $800 - $1,200 (2013)

    Appraised on: June 22, 2013

    Appraised in: Anaheim, California

    Appraised by: Noel Barrett

    Category: Toys & Games

    Episode Info: Anaheim (#1814)

    Originally Aired: April 28, 2014

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    Form: Vehicle
    Material: Steel
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $800 - $1,200 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:02)


    Appraised By:

    Noel Barrett
    Toys & Games
    Noel Barrett Antiques & Auctions Ltd.

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I bought it at a garage sale.

    APPRAISER: How much?

    GUEST: $20.

    APPRAISER: And what do you know about it?

    GUEST: Not much. I think it's a children's toy. The reason I bought it is because of this sticker on it for the Indian Motorcycle Company.

    APPRAISER: Oh, so you think it's something to do with the Indian Motorcycle Company.

    GUEST: Well, it was I think a gift. You bought a motorcycle and this was their appreciation that you purchased one of their motorcycles.

    APPRAISER: I'm afraid you're wrong.

    GUEST: Ah, okay.

    APPRAISER: This is a Buddy L Toy. Not only is it a Buddy L Toy, it's one of the most desirable of the Buddy L Toys: it's the Buddy L bus. It's one of their greatest pressed steel toys made in Moline, Illinois. It was made in the late 1920s. It's fabulous, but it's a little rough.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: Missing wheels. People do restore these. But even in this condition, it is worth a little more than $20. I'd say easily $800 to $1,200 at auction.

    GUEST: Wow.

    APPRAISER: Now, the best-known example sold for $15,000.

    GUEST: Oh, I'm happy with $800 or $1,200.

    APPRAISER: I thought so! (laughs)

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