My Grandfather has recently express interest in selling his Sydney Tram Destination Rolls and 1 x working light box which he purchased from the tramways in the late 50's for 5 shillings. He has 2x Eastern Suburbs, 2x Western Suburbs, 1 x North Sydney and 1x Watsons Bay line. These are full rolls in good condition.
Can someone please give us some advise on what may be the best way to ask for expressions of interest in these or possibly the best way to offer them for sale?
Any help would be appreciated thank you
The trouble with "memorabilia" is that to get a good price the purchaser needs to be able to have a "memory" of the item and the item must conjure some nostalgic memories/warm feelings to the point where the purchaser is compelled to part with real $$$ for it.
Given that there has now been quite a long time period between the old trams operating in Sydney and today, I am guessing that most people interested in such items will be over 60 and probably closer to the age of your grandfather.
Out of that select few, then work out who would have some practical use for the item, who would have the spare $$$ available to buy it, and who would have space to display something as big as a tram desto roll (in their retirement village quarters).
The market suddenly becomes very small - but that is the market for the items you describe.
The rest of the population would spare a passing glance and comment on how interesting the item is but few normal people would even give it a second look let alone want to pay anything for it, believing that anyone who is even remotely interested is a fruitloop, anorak or foaming gunzel.
So my advice, for what it's worth is to sell sell sell NOW while there is still anyone with a vague memory of what you have to sell.
A good example of ridiculous prices being paid for nostalgic items is Australian muscle cars of the 1970s. $ Hundreds of thousands can exchange hands for a GTHO Ford or Holden equivalent but the purchasers are old baby boomers who have retired with the benefit of huge super payouts, a lifetime of unprecedented prosperity and houses purchased in the old days for tens of thousands now worth millions. Ask any young bloke under 40 and these same cars are meaningless to them - They youngsters will crave a mint WRX to restore in years to come because that's what they have a memory of, while the overpriced muscle cars resume their "moderately interesting" status and a sensible price reflecting it.
Ebay tends to capture people with $$$ looking for a bargain or something they can make more $$$ out of - forget the auction houses, you will only be paying them a lions share of the profits.