The Breyer Spotlight: Your Horse Model Market Resource

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In this issue

1) A Personal note from Bonnie 2) Feature Article 3) A Link to a special report

This has been a busy week for us, working to get everything organized for the new website, putting together the information for the ezine articles and answering emails daily. Wow. I am so very excited that all of you are responding so well to this idea and I thank you for all of your input. It means more to me than you know.

We have so many great things in store in response to your questions and concerns; you just have to check it out. There are new pages going up every week, and new ideas from collectors just like you. That website again is:

Breyer Horse Collectors

Feature Article; Determining Vintage When several people asked me, within only a couple of days, what makes a vintage model, I knew I had to write about it.

I know I have my thoughts, but I wanted to see what others thought as well. So I asked. The responses I received varied to a certain extent but were fairly consistent.

Let me explain why I think the way I do about this subject. For many years my wonderful husband has been involved in Antique Tractor Pulling. For several years I too took part in the festivities and won several blue ribbons on our BF Avery A. We became involved in the work that went on behind the scenes in this hobby, the registration, the weight classes, the styles and what made what what.

In Tractor Pulling there is a definite separation between "vintage" tractors and "antique" tractors. And all though many of the pullers did not necessarily agree with the system; they were stubborn and did not want to move beyond old habits and beliefs, there had to be a separation to make things fair. You couldn’t have a tractor made in the 60’s pulling against a tractor made in the 40’s. They were not made the same and it would not have been fair.

It was decided by the majority that tractors that were 25 to 49 years old were to be called "Vintage". Any model 50 years old or older would be considered Antique. This made it much easier to keep track of everything. Of course the year of designation for each class would advance the next year. After all, time does not stand still. I think that was the biggest drawback for the Old Timers, hey, they didn’t want to be called an Antique either!

Well, after receiving numerous emails on the subject of "vintage Breyer models", the general consensus has been about the same; the term "vintage" relates to a model that is 25 years old or older. Anything newer than that is NOT vintage, at least not yet. And all though Vintage Collectors may not want to admit that they are getting older as well, the year rightfully should advance with time.

It was offered for consideration however; if a Collector is selling a model they use the year or decade the model was produced instead of the term "vintage". This way no one is offended in the terms used. For example; if you have a model that was produced in the 60’s, use that in the description and/or title. Collectors of that time frame will know what they are looking for and be attracted to that.

If you would like to cover a greater audience when you sell, use both the year and the term "vintage", as long as it applies. That is the key. It has to be true and apply to what you are selling.

We do have a "vintage model" page up on the web site. Vintage Breyer Horses Visit to see Vintage Clydesdale and Mustang models.

A Gift for you!

We know from a survey we did recently, that the top question on collector's is determining the fair value of a Breyer's model. To that end, we have put together a report as a thank you for being a subscriber. You can download the report from the below special link. But hurry we won't keep this page around forever.

Special Report from the breyerhorsecollectors team

I hope this eZine issue finds you well and I look forward to hearing from you soon.