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This is a 3 book set including the Aurora guide, 2021 price guide and AFX International Markets 1974-1983
Complete Color Guide to Aurora HO Slot Cars (Spiral bound) by Bob Beers
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The amount of information - both text and visual - in Bob Beer's Aurora H.O. Guide is simply staggering. Accompanied by full-color photos throughout, Aurora's entire H.O. product line and related items are showcased here very effectively. This is undoubtedly one of the best - if not the best - of the Aurora-oriented collector books available at the moment. Beer's passion for his subject and attention to detail make this a "must-have" for any H.O. collector. The book has a checklist so it can be used as an inventory list and for insurance purposes. There are 160 pages, all color, which include Playcraft, vibrators, tjets, O gauge, 1/32 Aurora, Cigarbox, Speedline, Ford/Aurora history, Xlerators, AFX, prototypes and promotionals, track and accessories, sets, and catalogs. This is clearly a MUST HAVE guide to Aurora HO slot cars.
2021 Price guide:
Great reference to have around! Now with Almost 3000 Aurora Model Motoring Related Items Listed! UPDATED TO 100 PAGES!
CHEAP & NEEDED INSURANCE VALUE CHECKLIST, HELPS TO DESCRIBE & TRACK YOUR VALUABLES!
Now Including Prototype Aurora Slot Cars, O-Guage Slot Cars, Most All Thunderjet & AFX Race Track Sets, Tack Accessories & Speedline & Cigar Box vehicles too!
Currently included are 1800 body 'versions' of Playcraft, Vibrator, Thunderjet, AFX, G-Plus, Speedsteer & others. PRICED in SEVERAL WAYS: Mint Unused to a Clean Used Body and also priced Body with typical Issues. Included are the years of approximate production, typical chassis that Should be underneath, as well as typical issues that need to be looked at when determining the value of an individual body. ie; broken or stressed wheel posts, cut wheel wells, missing wheelie bars, etc. The guide is based on a Database of 1000's of items & is then presented sorted, by Model first & Color second. Exact model production years will be refined in future releases of the guide, Some are already correct. The Guide Reads Well, and is Fun to follow through variations, models produced and chassis releases.
Each body is detailed the following information:
Brand - the original product manufacturer
Part # - number assigned to car body by manufacturer
Model - description of the physical attributes of a body
Color - molded color or base coat paint color
Rare - Assigned value of availability of car
0-1 very rare to rare
2-3 very desirable-to-desirable
4-5 common to very common
Key Feature -- detail that defines that Specific Body Release
w/issues -- $USD value assigned to car body with defects
Typical Issues -- common reported problems with that particular release
Clean -- $USD value assigned to body without 'defects'
MINT -- $USD value assigned to absolutely unused body
Guide Page -- reference to page number of Bob Beers 'The Complete Color Guide to Aurora H.O. Slot Cars'
Typical Chassis -- chassis normally released with the car body
Release Years -- production years of car body
Aurora AFX International Markets 1974-1983 by Albert Driessen
Aurora made AFX (Aurora Factory Experimental) slot cars from 1971 until their bankruptcy in 1983. These cars were also sold internationally. One of Aurora's former Managing Directors provides collectors with previously unpublished material regarding the AFX toys sold in international markets in this guide.
- Driessen Albert (Managing Director)
- Marketing International Markets (celebrity sponsors, blister cards, marketing, etc.)
- Head Offices (accessories)
- Product Lines (specific models & sets)
- Aurora Canada
- Production Process
- Grant Halverson
- Unreleased Items
- What Very Few People Know