1956 Private Label Tonka Truck
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.
Nice. It's in great shape. So, you didn't play with it much?
Uh, only once when I was a kid.
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?
You still going to leave it sitting pretty?
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