Sellers Make Big Bucks with Vintage Toys

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LENEXA, Kan. -- Collectors all over the metro dusted off their old toys and drove them to the Vintage Toy Roadshow. Many walked away with cash for their old favorites.

Mark Leinberger knows toys. He knows what they're worth and he's paying cash for collectibles. People came from far and wide to get a free appraisal on their childhood treasures.

Gene Laverntz brought in an old Gene Autry guitar he got for Christmas when he was about 12-years-old.

"In that mint condition it will probably sell for about $125," said Leinberger.

That means Leinberger will pay just under $100.

"I thought it would be worth more because of the name and the original box," Leinberger said.

In fact, almost everyone thinks their toys are worth more because a price can't be placed on sentimental value. Leinberger is the middle man. He has access to more than 20,000 collectors who are looking for specifics.

"Typically, what collectors look for are toys they played with as children," he said. "What you would imagine 40 years ago a little eight-year-old boy played with a hot wheel car or a little boy played with a Barbie doll?  Those are what is collectable now because they have those  memories of what they played with as children."

Someone brought in a Shirley Temple doll. Leinberger thinks he can get $400 from a collector.

"I had illusions of grandeur that I'd get 1000 dollars or something," said Worrell.

In the end, Elaine Worrell will take the money and spend it on something practical.

Another seller brought in a battery operated bar tender. Leinbger was interested but the potential seller wasn't sure. He left saving his toy for a better offer.

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