Auction features cars, toys

Auction features cars, toys

Sohn Auction in Evansville, Ind., is selling a lifetime collection of cars — both real and toy type — starting at 4 p.m. March 14 and again at 9 a.m. March 15.

Evansville is four hours from Champaign-Urbana. It is a small college town with good food stops and a World War II LST docked on the river. There is a preview from 4 to 7 p.m. March 13 and online bidding at

On Friday, items to be offered include more than two dozen clocks, a lapidary collection of 300-plus pieces, more than 160 pieces of Jewel Tea dinnerware, several oil paintings, an eight-drawer spice cabinet, prints, 10 small Royal Doulton figurines, lunchboxes, carbide lamps and much more.

At noon Saturday, the real cars will be sold: a 1929 DeSoto Roadster, a 1930 Ford Model A, a 1930 Ford Model A coupe, a 1933 Chevrolet Master Roadster, a 1951 Ford Custom convertible and finally a 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday four-door hardtop. The lot also features a bus — or as it is called, a 2004 Monaco RV.

The toys include more than 500 cars and trucks, airplanes, firetrucks and boats. All are pressed steel and dating from the 1920s. Also included are tin windups, cast-iron horse-drawn pieces, banks, cap guns, BB guns, ray guns, wagons, scooters and pedal cars.

The sports collectibles are mostly baseball and include items from Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Nolan Ryan, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and Hank Bauer. Books, hockey and Super Bowl items also are in the auction.

We have been to the Sohn events several times. It is a nice weekend or a good overnight trip. Check out or call at 800-357-4031. The address is 4600 O'Hara Drive.

Closer to home

This weekend at the Mini Expo Interstate Center in Bloomington is the 93rd show sponsored by the Central Illinois Antique Dealers Association. It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10:30 to 4 Sunday.

Last weekend's shows

This past weekend, we lucked out on the weather, so I made shows at Tuscola, Arcola, Mansfield and Farmer City. All the shows seemed to have good crowds. Farmer City was really crowded.

PACA update

The Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County now has numerous wooden bookcases for sale. All are 10 inches deep, mostly a yard wide with various heights in good condition.

Good antiquing!

Bob Swisher has been a collector since he was a child. Questions or comments can be sent to Swisher by writing to The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-677 or emailing

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