Value


Value is the most common question anyone asks.  A good guideline would be "two stones for a dollar".  Of course there are many exceptions, but it is a good place to start.  One can expect to pay twice that price in a Madison Avenue antique shop in New York City.  Bargains can still be found, but far more sets are overpriced than underpriced.  I cannot tell you how often people ask about a GK-NF set # 4, of 47 stones, being offered for US$200.  The set # 6, with 105 stones and all three books, is worth only about $100!  The new sets sell for about $150 a set ($140 plus shipping from Land's End).  So one may find the older sets cheaper, but to do so you will have to haunt the flea markets.  Overall I consider the $150 price a good buy and the Land's End set a good place to start.  (Unfortunately, the name  in the catalog is misspelled as "Ankler" and there is no hint that the series goes on to larger sets by means of supplement sets.)  For questions about specific values, please fell free to contact me.  (I am far more likely to be a buyer than a seller.  I will only sell Anchor stones to "good homes".)  A long (but not complete) listing of the estimated retail price of Anchor sets is found in Schroeder's Collectable Toys Price Guide.  Since I provided the informaion for this listing, e-mailing me to see if I differ with that book is not likely to result in much new information.  But keep in mind that the company used the same identification numbers over and over, so one should look for the accompanying telegraph words or passwords.

If you are interested in buying one of the sets of the renewed production, you will find the first set in the Land's End Holiday Catalog for December (item # 4125-2G1X).  For the record, I have no connection with this new venture.  If you want to find out about distribution in the USA, you will need to e-mail Jos Ars (in the Netherlands) or check the text under Rudolstadt, just above the picture, for the information I have been able to glean on this subject.

For those who are really interested in Anchor stones, I have written a book about them. (I just got tired of either looking up the same information again and again, or trusting my memory on specific details such as dates and names.)  It is expensive, $70 (or 100 DM) ppd, because I print it myself on my PC and color ink is expensive.  The book undoubtedly contains far more information about Anchor stones and sets, the Richter company, etc. than you'll ever want to read.  This book is a lot of work to print (I print about a dozen at a time, in either English or German), so please don't think I am urging you to buy one.

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