Selling these toys will be child’s play...

Roger Wilson's toy collection
Roger Wilson's toy collection

A colourful haul of children’s toys that make up one man’s lifetime collection is to go under the hammer at a special sale in Sheffield.

More than 300 Dinky toys, over 150 Minics, plus robots, Japanese tinplate, pre- and post-war English tinplate toys and Hornby 0 Gauge are all among the huge collection of ‘juvenalia’ put together by collector Roger Wilson.

Roger Wilson in the good old days of his toy collecting, with his Dennis the Menace van

Roger Wilson in the good old days of his toy collecting, with his Dennis the Menace van

Roger, from Hull, died in March aged 67, having spent his life collecting and dealing in toys.

In the 1980s he ran a shop, Wonderland Toys, that put Hull on the map for toy collectors in the pioneering days of the hobby, and in the 1990s he moved into mail order.

His distinctive 1960s Morris Minor Van, sign-written with Dennis The Menace, became a common sight in East Yorkshire. Now his accumulation of beloved pieces is to be auctioned off at Sheffield Auction Gallery’s Fine Toy Sale on Thursday, September 25.

“It is a great honour and privilege to catalogue and bring to the market Roger’s collection,” said senior valuer and auctioneer John Morgan, who had known Roger since the 1980s.

“Roger focused his collecting themes in some specific directions and to see his Minics especially, all set out, is a rare experience.”

Gallery spokeswoman Liz Dashper said there is already ‘significant interest around the sale’.

And, in a first for Sheffield Auction Gallery, the lots are being displayed for pre-viewing in London on September 13, at the Sandown International Toy Fair.

“With the sale itself running both live in the auction room and in real time on the internet, enabling bidders to take part from anywhere in the world, it is sure to be a great day in the saleroom,” Liz added.