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Auction of John Drury's Collection of Erector Sets, Mysto Magic Sets & A C Gilbert Toys

Posted Saturday, September 10 by CAG

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will auction off the John Drury collection of A.C. Gilbert Erector sets, Mysto Magic sets, and other Gilbert toys on October 9, 2005.

Many of the items are rare and all are from the collection of John Drury, one of the most respected and beloved television anchormen in Chicago journalism.
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Highlights from the auction include an A.C. Gilbert Erector Set, 1930, set number 10, estimated to bring $8,000-12,000; an A.C. Gilbert Erector Set, 1932, set number 10, all original parts, estimated to bring $20,000-40,000; an A.C. Gilbert Erector Set,1926, set number 10, $10,000-15,000. Additional highlights include a 1950s Gilbert Mysto Magic Set number 20, a 1952 Gilbert Mysto Magic Exhibition Set number 6, and a 1929 Mysto Magic Exhibition set number 2007. For more information visit their web site Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

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The auction catalogue will be available for purchase for $25.00. A
percentage of proceeds will go to the Brain Research Foundation. Please call 312-280-1212 for more information.

There will be a special preview party hosted by Brain Research
Foundation on October 5, 2005 from 6-8pm at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. The party allows guests to preview the upcoming auction and to help raise money for ALS research. For ticket information, please call Brain Research Foundation at 773-834-6750.

After 50 years in broadcasting, John retired from his position
as television news anchor on the ABC affiliate, WLS-TV, Channel 7, Chicago. He had previously anchored at WGN-TV and CBS 2 News, John looked forward to spending time in his "Erector Room".

In May of 2004, John was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis) commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. John decided that if he could not see or enjoy his collection, he should sell it at auction. It may be the largest and most valuable collection of Erector sets, Mysto Magic sets and other Gilbert toys ever to be sold at an auction.

John has asked that we all help put an end to this disease by contacting the Brain Research Foundation at the University of Chicago. The phone number is (773) 834-6750.

When I asked Bill Bean, who consulted on the CBS movie "The Man Who Saved Christmas" the story of A.C. Gilbert, if he would be attending the auction, he replied "Oh yeah...I'll be there." Bill is also one of the most avid collectors of Erector Sets in the country.

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how much is a number 9.5 erector set worth its complete and in good condition

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