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Gregory Hake Auctions, L.L.C. is located in the heart of the United States, St. Peters, Missouri. We conduct auctions online using auction software developed by Auction Mobility. Gregory Hake Auctions is owned by Gregory Hake (TCA Member 86-2355) living in Defiance, Missouri. Gregory Hake has experience selling collectible toy trains since 1989. The collectible toy trains and vintage toys to be sold at auction include Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, Ives, Dorfan, Tonka, Hot Wheels, Aurora, Revell, as well as other scales and toy trains, with both pre-war and post-war items included in the online sales

Born in 1962 and receiving my first train set in 1966, the famed Lionel set No. 2270 Jersey Central Passenger Set. I was hooked on trains. After years of studying Lionel pieces and serious collecting I began offering MINT Lionel trains and boxes in 1984. In 1989 I founded Hake’s Treasure Chest which has become the world’s foremost trusted expert on Lionel Empty Boxes and Original MINT in BOX Trains. I started studying and dealing in collectible toys in 1998 with emphasis in Hot Wheels, Tonka, Smith Miller, Arcade, GI Joe, Baseball Cards, and numerous other collectibles.

I have shared my professional knowledge and expertise and contributed to publications such as “The Lionel Roars”, Classic Toy Trains”, TM Books and Magazine, Greenberg’s Guide to Lionel Trains and to well known auction houses around the country.  I worked as the primary authenticator for the past five years at a very well known Indiana auction house after retiring from a 36 year career at a St. Louis, Missouri utility company.

It is years of experience, reliability and high standards that have led collectors and hobbyist to trust me for expert advise, appraisals, and collectibles. Whether you are a hobbyist or a collector you can be sure that Gregory Hake Auctions will only sell the best pieces.  We will not mislead you to make a sale. Our grading and descriptions will be done with honesty and integrity on all auction lot descriptions. That means you wont find fakes or reproductions in our listings. When you buy from us, you will be buying items that you will treasure for a lifetime.

I embark on this venture with my wife of 33 years, Deborah, who will be working side by side with me at our new auction company. We look forward to serving your needs.