AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC
The Nation's Foremost Marketplace of Toy Trains & Toy Train Auctions
  Post   Office   Box   14537,   Pittsburgh    Pennsylvania    15234  
  Telephone: 412 - 833-1700 Fax: 412 - 833-1170 E-mail: ambrosebauer@comcast.net  

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At AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC, our goal is to be the nation’s foremost marketplace of Lionel and American Flyer Trains. Our slogan is “By Collectors, For Collectors” because that is what we are, "Collectors." Paul V. Ambrose, a lifelong Lionel Post-War Collector, Author of numerous Greenberg Books and Classic Toy Train Magazine articles, and the only Collector chosen by Lionel to inventory its Post-War Archives, and Drew J. Bauer, a Collector of quality Post-War Lionel and MPC Trains since the 1970s, one of the largest Sellers of Toy Trains on e-bay, and a Contributor to most of the Books written on Lionel Post-War Trains, have joined together as principals in AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC to offer Collectors an honest forum and the opportunity to maximize the value they can receive for their Toy Train Collections and Items.

AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC is different from those that specialize in the sale or auction of Toy Trains in that unlike the others, We wrote the Books on Toy Trains™. We are acknowledged experts in this Hobby. Over the past three decades, millions of dollars of Toy Trains have passed through our hands. Furthermore, our combined knowledge spans all areas of collecting, and we have written authoritative Books and Articles about many facets of the Toy Train Hobby. No one else in this Hobby has sold as many Toy Trains as we have and have been acknowledged by our peers as experts in Toy Trains. This is just one reason why we should be your first choice where to purchase or sell your Toy Train Collection or Item.

AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC is different in that when we say an item is Original we guarantee it to be Original. We also guarantee the item to be the variation listed and from the manufacturer listed. Over the past couple of years, several large Auction Houses have sold considerable numbers of fake Lionel Trains as original because they did not have any expert knowledge as to Toy Trains. One Auction House in Michigan sold over thirty fake FM and F-3 Diesels as Original Lionel Post-War items, not to mention many LTI Classic Items sold as Original Pre-War Items. Another Auction House more recently in Eastern Pennsylvania sold nearly $75,000 of fake items as Original Lionel variations. AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC is proud to be the only significant Seller or Auction House devoted to Toy Trains to guarantee our Items to be Original in writing as part of our standard Terms and Conditions. No one else can offer such a guarantee in writing as to the originality of an item because no other Seller or Auction House devoted to Toy Trains is as acknowledged an expert in the Toy Train Hobby as AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC.

For Buyers of Toy Trains, AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC is different because we don’t believe in the principal of caveat emptor. We share our knowledge with customers so that all items are properly identified as to their variation and the existence and/or condition of their Original Boxes. Items that we list for sale have multiple detailed photos so that you can see every relevant view of the item and make your own determination as to its Condition. We also grade each item to our understanding of the old TCA Grading Standards used by most Collectors. We are different because we want Collectors to be able to bid our items on the Internet with the confidence that they will actually get what they think they are bidding and for which they are making payment.

2345 SetFor Buyers of Toy Trains, AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC is different because we offer several different channels to buy Toy Trains. Almost each month, we hold separate Pre-War/Post-War and Modern Scheduled Auctions that feature 200/350 Lots of High Quality Toy Trains. Our Scheduled Auctions feature AuctionsBy™, our exclusive On-Line Bidding System on our WebSite, that allows LIVE Internet Bidding without any extra surcharges that are charged by many of the other Toy Train Auction Houses. Further, AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC also feature 100-200 lots of Toy Trains auctioned each week on e-bay under “ambrosebauer-trains.”

For Buyers of Toy Trains, AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC is different because we offer AuctionsBy™, an exclusive On-Line Bidding System that allows Bidders to place bids on our Lots while the Auction is being conducted without any surcharge. Accordingly, our Buyers can save at least five percent by not paying the surcharges that are charged by many of the other Auction Houses and still have the ability to follow the actual bidding on our Lots while the Auction is being conducted. Further, we use our exclusive AuctionsBy™ System even for left-bids that attendees might leave at our Private Auctions, since this allows such bids to be confidential. At AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC, we are different because no one will know your bids until it is time for the Auction of that Lot to begin.

For Serious Buyers of Toy Trains, AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC is different because we share our aficion. Through our Concierge Club, we will work with individuals interested in building premium Collections, and will offer advice and information, without charge, to those desiring to enhance the overall value and quality of their Collection. Our Concierge Club also offers the service of an attorney to discuss legal, tax, and estate issues that may arise from the ownership of a premium Collection. Further, members of our Concierge Club are only a phone call away from access to the ultimate data base of Lionel Trains: AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC. Members of our Concierge Club need only register once and they will be automatically registered for our future Private Auctions and will also never have to queue again to check-in or check-out.

For Collectors of Toy Trains, AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC is different because we share our knowledge of toy trains in our exclusive on-line Toy Train Reference Guide™. At www.toytrainreferenceguide.com, active bidders of AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC will be able to search lists of Catalogued Sets, Uncatalogued Sets, Variations, Production Records and Every Item that Lionel produced from 1900 to today, stock full of information that is not available anyplace else. The Toy Train Reference Guide™ is a free service of AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC to our Registered Active Bidders.

For Owners of Toy Trains, AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC offer a fee-based appraisal service for insurance and estate purposes. Our honest and informed opinions on the value of Toy Trains have in the past been approved and adopted by the Courts. One of us has written more than a thousand appellate opinions that have defined the law in Pennsylvania in several areas. Who do you think a Judge or Jury would find most credible as to the issue of the valuation of a Collection? Also, if you want to know the value of your Collection, shouldn't you turn to the same Collector that the Lionel Corporation turned to when it wanted to know the value of its Post-War Archives?

For Sellers of Toy Trains, AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC is different in that we add value to the Toy Trains that we sell on behalf of others. We properly identify and grade each item to maximize its value as well as guarantee its originality. Certain Auction Houses, although they claim to have professional staffs or extensive knowledge as to Toy Trains or Toy Train variations, have continually throughout the years misidentified Toy Trains and valuable variations of those Toy Trains. For example, an extremely valuable item worth more than $30,000.00 was sold for only a few thousand dollars because it was misidentified by an Auction House who in fact did not have a professional staff or the extensive knowledge as to Toy Trains or Toy Train variations that it had advertised. Other Auction Houses have also recently cost their Clients tens of thousands of dollars because in fact they did not know Toy Trains. Of course, Auction Houses are not the only ones who do not know as much about Toy Trains as they claim. One Dealer a few years ago relied on a Price Guide, of which we did not have any involvement, and priced a rare Box Car using that Guide. The Box Car immediately sold for the price the Dealer had placed on it and within thirty days it was re-sold for a $25,000.00 profit. You will never hear these type of stories about the Auctions AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC conduct because we know Toy Trains and their valuable variations. After all, We Wrote the Books on Toy Trains.

6828 RedFor Sellers of Toy Trains, AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC is different in that we know how to properly lot and sell your Toy Trains through several different channels to maximize their value and total return to you. We will not group several items in one lot so that you get only a wholesale price for the lot. Instead we will market each item individually in the appropriate channels to allow you the best opportunity to get the most for any particular item. We will also not "throw" together a group of your Toy Trains in a “box lot” that may only glean a few dollars. Because we have been among the largest buyers from the Auction Houses over the past several years, we know how to execute a better and more professional service for our Clients to maximize the value they can receive for their Toy Train Collections and Items.

For Sellers of Toy Trains, AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC is different because we have the most knowledgeable customers. Over the past three years, we have sold Toy Trains to over 10,000 individual customers. Not only do we have the most Internet bidders of any Toy Train Marketplace, we also know what it takes to successfully sell Toy Trains over the Internet. We understand that it takes more than just an Internet Connection to sell Toy Trains.

Heinz CarFor Sellers of Toy Trains, AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC is different because we offer nationwide pick-up and packing services, complete and thorough contracts, payment for our scheduled Auctions made out of a trust-account supervised by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and fully-detailed inventory lists. We also fully-insure our consignments. Our staff is built on the foundation of long-term Train Collectors, many of whom have been our customers for decades.

For Sellers of Toy Trains, AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC is different because we are also willing to purchase your Toy Trains. Over the past several years, we have spent millions of dollars to purchase Toy Trains. Unlike others who state various figures they want to spend on Toy Trains each year, we have actually spent hundreds of thousands of dollars each year over the past decade to purchase Toy Trains. Since we have the best channels to sell Toy Trains, we can pay the most for your quality Collection. We also buy Lionel MPC and Lionel LTI Collections. With us, size does not matter: There is not any Collection that we could not purchase.

Finally, AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC is different because we offer what is in short supply in many places in the Toy Train Hobby: competence.

Thank you for considering AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC for the purchase or sale of your Toy Trains. Our Middle Name is Toy Train Auctions (i.e. www.toytrainauctions.com).

AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC
Post Office Box 14537
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
ambrosebauer@comcast.net


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Note: Private Auctions are conducted by Drew J. Bauer, Esquire as attorney in fact. Drew is a member of the Bars of the Courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

 

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