A Complete eBay Buyer's Guide to ERTL Die-cast Tractor Toys
Since 1945, The ERTL Company has been making collectible die-cast metal alloy scale models and replicas of farming vehicles and equipment. Learn how to identify and select ERTL die-cast tractor toys, whether for your own nostalgic reasons, as a gift for a kid (or kid at heart) to play with, or to start or grow an ERTL die-cast tractor toy collection. There is a wide variety of reasonably priced ERTL toys for sale on eBay.How are ERTL toys classified?
There are several different criteria ERTL uses to classify its farm toys. ERTL farm toys may be classified by the brand name of the vehicle after which they're modeled, including John Deere, Case IH, New Holland, Allis-Chalmers, Peterbilt, AGCO, Ford, and Dodge. ERTL toys are also available in a wide array of model scales, including 1:64, 1:50, 1:32, and 1:16. You'll find both big farm and riding ERTL farm toys as well as those manufactured as part of a special collection, like the ERTL Prestige Collection that includes the John Deere wheeled harvester and backhoe loader. ERTL toys for sale are also categorized by the age range for which they're intended, as follows: 2-3 years old, 3-4 years old, 5-7 years old, 8-12 years old, and 13 years old and older. Other ways to identify and distinguish ERTL die-cast tractors and other toys are by colour and vehicle year, meaning the year of manufacture of the original vehicle after which ERTL modeled the toy.Features of ERTL toys for sale
When you search eBay for ERTL toys for sale, you'll notice several options to help you make your purchasing decisions. Some ERTL toys come new in an unopened box while others come used in a variety of states and conditions. Some new and used ERTL toys alike come preserved in a case or on a stand. Others are models hand-built from scratch. There are advertising specimens of ERTL toy tractors and other vehicles available for sale. Many ERTL farm toys were mass-produced, but you can also find Limited Edition model ERTL toys as well as those that come with personal number plates.How to evaluate used ERTL toys for sale
In most cases, vintage ERTL tractors and other farm toys that you find on eBay will be used rather than new. In these cases, it's important to check the condition of the toy you are considering before you buy it. Make sure it has no chips or broken or missing parts and no peeling, chipped, or fading paint, scratches, dents, dings, or other defects or disfigurements.