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I've received a bit of HO gauge stuff in with a lot of O gauge junk and I know nothing about HO. I have a grandson however, in the third grade who is getting into HO. These are aluminum and are molded with American Model Toy on the bottom. I find no mention of American Model Toy in an internet search. Anything you can tell me will help me to decide whether to give them to him now to undoubtedly destroy, or do I hold them for him to get older if they are worth anything? Thanks in advance for your assistance.
 

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I've received a bit of HO gauge stuff in with a lot of O gauge junk and I know nothing about HO. I have a grandson however, in the third grade who is getting into HO. These are aluminum and are molded with American Model Toy on the bottom. I find no mention of American Model Toy in an internet search. Anything you can tell me will help me to decide whether to give them to him now to undoubtedly destroy, or do I hold them for him to get older if they are worth anything? Thanks in advance for your assistance.
just a quick ebay search brought up a lot of 3 of these cars for 99.00 so keep em' if u want, but i would give em' to him but make sure he does not completely kill them:D
 

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That's interesting....I found a ton of info in my internet search, including this:

AMT came out with their streamline coaches soon after Lionel came out with their new ATSF and NYC F3's in 1948. Lionel didn't come out with streamline coaches until 1952 so people bought the AMT coaches to go with their F3's. What makes the AMT ATSF coaches special is they have smooth chrome roofs verses the ribbed roofs on the Lionel cars. They are almost mirror like and reflect layout lighting well for some spectacular night time running. The AMT roofs look so appealing, Lionel made their 1991 Superchief cars with smooth chrome roofs much like the AMT cars. Other appealing features of the AMT cars are the shape of the observation tail and baggage car doors. The AMT cars are moderately priced and make a great addition to a postwar Lionel collection.
A quote from Classic Toy Trains community forum.....

So they may be a little more valued than other cars, so use your good judgement in giving them to your grandson, but he should be able to understand not to destroy them if he's in the third grade/9 years old....
 

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Poor search

I think I left out "Toy" in my search. I too, have found some entries so I am sorry to be so ignorant. Still, I have learned very little apart from the copied paragraph and the eBay postings. I guess I am looking for info like I find on O gauge wherein collectors can tell you age, place of manufacture, day of week made, etc, based on how many rivets are real and how many molded.
 

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Some info in here, https://hoseeker.net/lit.html

You won't find a value but this site has tons of HO info.
I would wait a little so he won't destroy them.
You might even find these if one of the old catalogs listed.
I didn't look.

Click on American Model Toys
 

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I too would wait. I think he is too young for something that could be valuable.

Start him on a Tyco set from eBay. They weren't detailed but they ran. And ran and ran and ran. I never had a problem with a Tyco locomotive in the 70's.
 

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On Ebay, passenger cars sold for $24-36 each with a box in decent shape.
To see this,punch in American Model Toy in HO model trains and click on the sold button to the left and you'll see what they sold for.
In the regular listings, the prices don't matter unless they are in the ballpark because people can ask whatever they want to. That's why it's important to click the sold button to see what they actually sold for.
 

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I too would wait. I think he is too young for something that could be valuable.

Start him on a Tyco set from eBay. They weren't detailed but they ran. And ran and ran and ran. I never had a problem with a Tyco locomotive in the 70's.
Kids mature at different ages. My son (now almost 17) has been running and handling HO scale stuff since he was 6. It depends on the child and how well he takes care of his things.
 
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