Friday, June 14, 2013

The Buddy "L" Cement Mixer

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Buddy "L" Cement Mixer

   The Buddy L company began in 1910. At that time, it was the Moline Press Steel Company. IN 1921 the production of toys began. The owner, Fred Lundahl sold trucks and farm machinery, but made toys for his son Arthur. Arthur's nickname was Buddy.  The toys became so popular, than soon all of Buddy's friends wanted them also. Eventually, Fred Lundahl, changed the direction of the company to manufacturing only toys. If you do a search for Buddy L toys, you will find lots and lots of very well made toys ,as well as playful toys for young children.

   Yesterday, I wrote about cement trucks and portable cement mixers  exclusively from the Kenton Company. I had seen other brands, but decided to wait. So today, I'm writing just about the Buddy L cement mixer.

This particular toy was designed after a "real" machine of that time.  If you look closely, the toy has a  boiler, with a door for opening it to feed the fire. It has a water tanks with a faucet, as well as tracks and a pulley to move the trough. As far as toys go, this particular one has lots of details.

Today, I'm presenting 4 toys that are all the same. The only differences are that 2 were repainted and professionally restored. One of them is missing the tracks. The third one is also missing its tracks, and the fourth one is original and untouched. 


 # 2


Winning Bids ( + sales commission - not included)

#1:   $  5,175.00
#2:    $ 1,725.00
#3:       $ 862.50
#4:      $ 431.25 

    As you can see, the prices descend depending on the condition of the toy, as well as it having all of its parts. The highest winning bid was for the original toy in its original condition. The second highest was a very nice toy, but missing its original tracks. The third and fourth toys were restored, but the last one was missing its tracks.

   If you're a collector that needs to have the "original, original" toy,then of course you'll have to pay more. If you'd be someone, like myself who'd like to have the toy, but couldn't afford the high price, I'd be bidding on the bottom 2 toys. What's more, is that you can find replacement parts either from  the Classic Tin Toy Company  or from Thomas Toys, Inc.

   I just thought of something that someone who's more an expert on antique toys might want to provide an answer to my question:

  If you were able to purchase 2 of these toys in less than ideal conditions, and were able to take original parts from 1 and attach to the other, how would that be bid at an auction, and how would that toy be classified or considered on the antique toy marketplace?

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