Show Season Cools Off But Auctions Stay Hot

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Harvest is upon us in our neck of the woods. The combines are running full speed, trying to fill the bins and the elevators with this year’s bounty. Before the harvest and fall tillage, we attended the National Graham-Bradley and Sears Sold Farm Tractors Club Show in Gibsonburg, Ohio, hosted by the Sandusky County Restorers of Antique Power (SCRAP). At the annual show, Grahams and Sears-sold equipment were the featured tractors. Kent and Annie Jansen had their oh-so-cool 1909 Sears Motor Buggy at the show. Best of all, Kent gave rides in the buggy.

Kent Jansen gave me a ride in his awesome 1909 Sears Motor Buggy at the Sandusky County Restorers of Antique Power (SCRAP) show.

Kent Jansen gave me a ride in his awesome 1909 Sears Motor Buggy at the Sandusky County Restorers of Antique Power (SCRAP) show.

While this was our last official tractor show, a rain delay did allow us a chance to attend the famous Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive that follows the Spoon River in Illinois’ Fulton County area. The drive offers scenic beauty with vendors set up with items to sell. Keith usually comes home with at least one new item to add to his extensive collection. My favorite finds are usually either historic or art pieces, and a mural in a small town won hands down this year.

Beauty can be found in many ways along the Spoon River Valley Drive. This mural is one example.

Beauty can be found in many ways along the Spoon River Valley Drive. This mural is one example.

Our next adventure will be the National Farm Toy Show. The show has an amazing toy auction every year, and we always check it out. The show takes place the first weekend in November in Dyersville, Iowa. Where is your next stop?

There are plenty of auctions coming up to put on the calendar. 

Wolgemuth Auction—Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

On Nov. 7, 2017, Ford collectors looking for parts tractors may find this auction to be just right. Wolgemuth Auctions is holding the Long Lane Tractor Inventory Reduction Sale that day at 9 a.m. For more information, call 717-656-2947, or email wolgemuth-aut@juno.com, or visit the website.

Mecum Auctions—Davenport, Iowa

Ford collectors will remember the wonderful Steve Parker who had an array of Ford equipment. His 1959 Ford Model 871 gold demonstrator tractor will be sold by Mecum Auctions at its sale in Davenport, Iowa, on Nov. 9–11, 2017.

This is not just an auction, it is an event. Mecum is offering a chance to ride on a 1913 Rumley Model F from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the auction preview on Thursday, Nov. 9. This event is followed by a customer appreciation dinner which will take place following the toy sale earlier in the day.

Tractors will be auctioned on all three days. The auction also will host a Curing Kids Cancer fundraiser. Live RFD-TV coverage of the auction begins on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. For information, visit the Mecum website.

This is one of the items that will be sold at Mecum Auction’s three-day event in Davenport, Iowa. Photo courtesy of Mecum Auctions

This is one of the items that will be sold at Mecum Auction’s three-day event in Davenport, Iowa. Photo courtesy of Mecum Auctions

Aumann Auctions—Jerseyville, Illinois

Antique tractor collectors from central Illinois may very well remember visiting the grounds of the historic Fulkerson Mansion and Farm Museum where Fred and Brenda Nolan held the Jersey County Victorian Festival. This event featured an antique tractor show, a flea market, and a Civil War reenactment. The show was always held on the grounds of the Nolan’s historic home. 

There are several amazing items that will be included in the upcoming Nov. 11, 2017, auction like an 80hp Case steam engine along with an Aultman-Taylor Model 30-60, a Reeves High Wheeler, and a Reeves Water Wagon—to name a few. For details, visit Aumann’s website.

Kraft Auction Service—Valparaiso, Indiana

On Jan. 12–14, 2018, collectors can join in on the Kraft Auction Service’s 41st Anniversary Antique Collectible Auction. This three-day auction will have two rings of 400–500 lots and offer a variety of items from motorcycles to antique tractors to farm toys. For more information, visit Kraft’s website.

Aumann Auctions—Nokomis, Illinois

Aumann Auction’s is holding its Pre ’30 Auction for the second year in a row. This event takes place on April 21, 2018, and offers pre-1930vintage equipment. For upcoming information, visit Aumann’s website.

When the harvest is done and the ground worked down, we will hit the road again. We may see you at one of these fabulous auctions. Till then, take care!

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Cindy Ladage

Keith and Cindy Ladage collect antique tractors, toys, literature and memorabilia. Keith does the hunting and Cindy writes about their finds and those of other collectors along the way.