Anchor Friends in Europe have available a relatively active market in Anchor stones and sets. One can find a good selection of Anchor at most of the larger toy fairs; the auction house of Martin Wendl (Rudolstadt) holds auctions four times a year and there are always some Anchor sets available. Finally, the CVA's own magazine has a Buy & Sell column, which is hard for Americans to take advantage of. So I have decided to see if I can develop an American Anchor market. This American market stands ready to buy as well as sell! As a general rule, I will pay 70% of the anticipated selling price. I hope to have some more sets soon. I am on the track of some more sets. But remember both condition and completeness count. Missing or broken stones, missing or incomplete plans, incorrect boxes, etc. all will reduce the purchase price. Sellers should keep in mind that I (and my Anchor collection) have to stand behind the sale. I can only e-mail you an estimated price based on what you tell me. Payment will be made only after receipt by me and inspection. Good packing for shipment is important. Breakage is at the seller's cost. Since I deal that way when I sell, I also deal that way when I buy. If you have any Anchor items to sell, please e-mail me. Since this market is an experiment, I do not guarantee to have any specific set available -- all items are subject to prior sale -- nor do I guarantee to continue on this market. Sales have been somewhat surprisingly spritely. Clearly there is going to be a shortage of the sets above # 10A. For sets 6 - 12, I recommend that you purchase the new sets. They are first quality.
I will also accept sets on consignment. Consignment is free if you mail them to the buyer and accept all responsibility for the quality; a 15% fee if I inspect them here, make all corrections so they are 100% OK and take responsibility for shipping to the customer (both cost and damage). All "free consignment" sets will be son indicated in the listings.
I have been giving away stones to those who need them to complete sets. In general, the stones needed were very common and the amount of money involved was quite small. But after spending over $5,000 in the last few months for stones, and giving a small percentage away, I have decided that I am going to start charging for stones. The general overall average price will be $1 per stone (plus $5 for packing and mailing). Arches and beams are more. Some stones are very rare, so don't think that I will sell my 409Gs or 462Gs for a dollar each (or at any price, for that matter). Just e-mail me your needs and I will see what I can offer. Plan books are also a problem. I have decided to establish the hard and firm rule that I will only provide color copies (scan and color print) if I have no more than three copies of any plan book.
General notes: Beams # 22 and longer may have been broken and glued, but will be quite usable. All Anchor builders know that wooden beams are best used in all locations that support a lot of weight. I am trying to obtain some quality European beech wooden beams. (While I currently have enough for my own use, I do not have enough to offer any to others.) If you know someone with a wood shop, ask him to produce some beams. The beams are all 12.5 × 25 mm (NOT 1/2 × 1 inch), and lengths of 100, 125, 150 175, 200 and 225 are standard, though some builders have a goodly supply of beams up to (and even over) 400 mm. The company also made other beams, as well as some 6.25 mm thick. The building and layer plans will be original, but the packing plan, if not on the inner cover label, will be a color copy. The box and box tops are in short supply and I do not have enough original Richter boxes. In that Anchor people are builders, they don't value the boxes highly. I do have trays which hold two "standard" 8 × 12 sets. They are convenient for storing stones and sets. The following sets are currently available. Please note that prices include ground shipping within the USA.
Class 3+ original box and cover
|6A||113||Class 3+ original box and cover||$130|
|8A||118||Class 3+ original box and cover||$140|
|28A||346||Class 1 - 2 (original box and cover)||$550|
|30A||246||Class 1 - 2 (original box and cover)||$650|
I do apologize for the short list. The other sets sold quickly. If you have any questions, or want some loose stones, or have sets to sell, please e-mail me.