|Antique Mall Find|
I was soon rewarded on our first stop by the sight of two Breyers on a vendor table. There was the Traditional scale Breyer action stock horse foal and the bay Running Foal. Both had seen better days. The ASF was the matte chestnut Appaloosa released in the early 1990s, and he was quite yellowed and dirty looking. The bay running foal was the usual bay color produced seemingly forever, and he had some nasty scratches on the barrel. I'd put both in the "remake" category. The vendor price tag? $8 bucks each. Mint value on the Appy action stock horse foal is about $13 and bay Running Foal is about the same. I passed.
At the next antique mall, however, I hit the jackpot. There were two Breyers there also. One was in one of my all time favorite molds, the Foundation Stallion, and the other was a Paddock Pal Morgan. I passed up the Morgan. He was in that clinky early 1990s brittle plastic that I can't stand, plus he was beat to heck and back from some child's overactive imagination. The 1988-1991 American Indian Pony, as the matte fleabitten gray horse model is called, is worth $24 mint condition, and a close inspection of this particular model revealed only one tiny factory flaw on the hip. I snatched him up for the bargain price of $6.
This just goes to show you that you need to know the value of Breyer horse models if you plan to collect and find them at yard sales and antique malls. I love the Breyer Animal Collector's Guide for the pictures alone, but it really has helped me just get a good idea of the ballpark price range for most Breyers. I've taken special note of molds that I collect, like the Foundation Stallion, so that I know about what to pay for mint condition models and I can adjust from there.
I'm happy with my purchase, shown here today. All in all, I'd say it was a great day antiquing!