Vintage Greyhound Toy Buses

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2015-06-26 10:32:15

Vintage Greyhound toy buses are toy models of the iconic American bus operator of the same name.

History & Description

Greyhound toy buses have been made by a number of the most famous toy makers of the twentieth century, such as Dinky, Corgi, Royal Coach, St. Petersburg and Matchbox.

Over the years, Greyhound toy buses have been made from a number of materials, including plastic, aluminium, pressed steel, lithographed tin and even a few in cast iron.

Guide for collectors

Toy buses are a niche of toy cars and are particularly sought after by collectors. Vintage Greyhound toy buses are commonly offered by some auction houses, particularly in the United States. Prices can vary significantly, but as a general rule, vintage Greyhound toy buses sell between $50 and $200. However, the most valuable examples have sold for $4,000 in the past.

The price of a vintage Greyhound toy bus is determined by its condition, age and material. Items made from lithographed tin, pressed steel and cast iron typically fetch the highest prices. Also, collectors should look for buses that are modelled after real-life bus companies or those that have city names stamped on their side.

Notable auction sales

On February 4th 2005 at Ken’s Antiques & Auction in Adairsville, Georgia, a vintage battery operated Greyhound toy bus realised a price of $100.

On March 20th 2006, a vintage Kinsbury pressed steel Greyhound toy bus realised a price of $225 through Burley Auction Group in New Braunfels, Texas.

On March 31st 2008, a pressed steel 1938 Buddy L Greyhound toy bus in excellent condition was sold for $300 through Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania.

On April 3rd 2011 at Showtime Auction Services in Woodhaven, Michigan, a vintage Keystone pressed steel Greyhound toy bus realised a price of $3,750.

On December 13th 2008, a vintage cast iron 1933 World’s Fair Greyhound toy bus, with its original box and in excellent condition, realised a price $4,000 through Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania.

On December 13th 2008, an unusual cast metal promotional Greyhound toy bus, circa 1940, realised a price $2,000 through Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania.

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