1956 Private Label Tonka Truck

Value (2004) | $1,500 Auction

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?



Appraisal Details

Hudson, MA
Appraised value (2004)
$1,500 Auction
St Paul, MN (June 26, 2004)

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