I am a collector of old antique Pastime Puzzles, PAR Puzzles, U-Nit, wooden Jigsaw Puzzles - as well as puzzels of newer makers such as Stave Puzzles - Elms Puzzles - Pagemark - Madmar - Rainy Lake Puzzles - If you are selling any of these - please call me. Below you will find jigsaw puzzle values and jigsaw puzzle prices that I am willing to pay for

Mark's Antique WOODEN Jigsaw Puzzle Collection

We will Buy your Old or Newer Hand Cut WOODEN Jigsaw Puzzles
We do NOT sell, collect or have any information about "CARDBOARD" jigsaw puzzles.
Email Address: 77 jigsaw9 @ ctrivervalley.com

Collecting puzzles

Hello, thank you for visiting my antique wooden puzzle collecting web page.

"My children and I are a family of wooden jigsaw puzzle collectors, and actively purchase quality wooden puzzles from people who are selling them. We will buy one puzzle, ten puzzles and complete lots of dozens of puzzles.

I created this page in the hopes of reaching other people interested in old "hand cut" wooden jigsaw puzzles. If you have any of these old puzzles, and are interested in talking to us about the history behind them, feel free to do so. We are happy to meet other jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts, especially wooden puzzle enthusiasts. We also buy these old puzzles for our personal collection. In some cases we do re-sell or trade a few puzzles.

In addition to buying old wooden jigsaw puzzles from people looking to sell them, we are also interested in just getting to know others who share our appreciation for them. I have developed a contact network of some very wonderful people who are quite in tune with the history behind these old wooden jigsaw puzzles. Many of us even visit with each other, and get together from time to time as a group to meet, as well as swap or sell puzzles to each other. A great place for this is the AGPC. ( Association of Game and Puzzle Collectors ) of which we are members.

Should you be looking to sell an old wooden jigsaw puzzle or more, we are ALWAYS looking to buy good puzzles. Primarily "PAR" as well as "Pastime" puzzles that are in good to very good condition. We will always consider other makers too, however PAR, Pastime, U-Nit and puzzles Tuck's Zig Zag puzzles, are our collection's main focus point. We prefer to buy puzzles in Lots... but individual sales are fine too.

What puzzle makers are we interested in collecting? Here is a more comprehensive list with approximate puzzle pricing / value information, and our comments about that particular maker.


Maker / Manufacturer
I Do NOT collect "Cardboard"


Years


Price Range That we will "typically" Pay
PER PUZZLE PIECE
EXAMPLE: 500 piece puzzle x 20¢ each = $100.00 jigsaw puzzle value


Comments

Parker Brothers
Pastime Puzzles
Antique

1908
to
1950s
  • 25¢- If Complete and in excellent condition with original box that is in good condition. Attractive image.
  • 20¢- If Complete and in excellent condition with original box that is in fair condition. OK image.
  • 15¢ - Missing 1 piece, in good condition with original box -- or Complete in good condition, with a box that is in poor condition.
  • 10¢ - Missing 2-3 pieces, -- or in fair condition
  • 2-5¢ - Missing 4+ pieces, -- or in poor condition.

PER PUZZLE PIECE Price
EXAMPLES:
an 800 piece puzzle x 35¢ per piece = $280.00 puzzle value
a 200 piece puzzle x 35¢ per piece = $70.00 puzzle value

Pastime is a good quality puzzle maker. Their puzzles are not that hard to find, as several million puzzles were produced during the 40+ years that they were made.

Picture of Complete puzzle must be provided for verification of puzzle completeness.

PAR Puzzles
Antique

1930s
to
1970s
  • 40¢ - If Complete and in excellent condition with original box that is in good condition. Puzzle must have irregular edges to the puzzle when fully assembled... not a straight square, or rectangle edged puzzle. (See next line).
  • 35¢ - If Complete and in excellent condition with original box that is in good condition. Puzzles that are straight edged Square or rectangular in shape when fully assembled;
  • 30¢- If Complete and in excellent condition with original box that is in fair condition.
  • 20¢ - Missing ONLY 1 piece, in very good condition with original box -- or Complete in good condition, with a box that is in poor condition.
  • 15¢ - Missing 2-3 pieces, -- or in just good condition
  • 10¢ - Missing 4+ pieces, -- or in poor condition.
A premier maker of wooden jigsaw puzzles. No pictures are on the box, and often the titles are misleading as to what the image might be.

MadMar
Antique

1920
to
1967
  • 10¢ - If Complete and in excellent condition with original box.
  • 8¢ - Missing 1-2 pieces, in very good condition with original box
  • 5¢ - Missing Missing 3 -4 pieces, or in fair condition
  • ZERO (0) value if more than 4 pieces are missing or in poor condition.
A pretty good maker of puzzles.

J.K. Strauss
Antique

1933
to
1974
  • 3¢ - If Complete and in excellent condition with original box.
  • 2¢ - If missing 1-2 pieces and in excellent condition with original box.
  • ZERO (0) value if more than 2 pieces are missing or in poor condition.

Not a particularly good puzzle maker. Typically strip cut, and made from cheap wood with splinters and chips.

I am currently not buying these puzzles, unless they come in a LOT sale that includes much better quality puzzles such as PAR, Pastime, U-Nit, or Falls puzzles.

Charles Russell

1930s
to
1970s
  • 10¢ - If Complete and in excellent condition with original box.
  • 8¢ - Missing 1-2 pieces, in very good condition with original box
  • 5¢ - Missing 3 -4 pieces, or in fair condition
  • ZERO (0) value if more than 4 pieces are missing or in poor condition.
A pretty good private puzzle cutter.

U-Nit
Antique

1950
to
1970
  • 25¢ - If Complete and in excellent condition with original box.
  • 15¢ - Missing 1-2 pieces, in good condition with original box
  • 10¢ - Missing 3-4 pieces, or in fair condition
  • 3¢ - Missing 5 or more pieces, and in poor condition.


PER PUZZLE PIECE Price
EXAMPLES:
an 800 piece puzzle x 25¢ per piece = $200.00 puzzle value
a 200 piece puzzle x 25¢ per piece = $50.00 puzzle value
Similar to a pastime puzzle in quality, however there is a lacking feature of no color line cutting. The figurals are pretty good.

Tuck's Zig-Zag Puzzles

1866
to
Present
(British Made)
  • 15¢ - If Complete and in excellent condition with original box.
  • 10¢ - Missing 1-2 pieces, in very good condition with original box
  • 5¢ - Missing 3+ pieces, or in fair condition
A good British made jigsaw puzzle.


Maker / Manufacturer
I Do NOT collect "Cardboard"


Years


Price Range That we will "typically" Pay
PER PUZZLE PIECE


Comments

Victory GOLD Box Puzzles

1980s
to
1990s
  • 3¢ - If Complete and in excellent condition with original box.
  • 2¢ - If missing 1-2 pieces and in excellent condition with original box.
  • ZERO (0) value if more than 2 pieces are missing or in poor condition.

A low quality strip cut style puzzle

I am currently not buying these puzzles, unless they come in a LOT sale that includes much better quality puzzles such as PAR, Pastime, U-Nit, or Falls puzzles.

Victory "Artistic"
Puzzles
(Popular

1930s
to
1970s
  • 6¢ - If Complete and in excellent condition with original box.
  • 4¢ - If missing 1 piece and in very good condition with original box.
  • 2¢ - If missing 2 pieces and in very good condition with original box.
  • ZERO (0) value if more than 2 pieces are missing or in poor condition.

A low quality puzzle however the presence of Figurals makes them a bit more palatable.

I am currently not buying these puzzles, unless they come in a LOT sale that includes much better quality puzzles such as PAR, Pastime, U-Nit, or Falls puzzles.

Hayter
Victory
(Popular or Topical)

1930s
to
1970s
  • 4¢ - If Complete and in excellent condition with original box.
  • 2¢ - If missing 1-2 pieces and in very good condition with original box.
  • ZERO (0) value if more than 2 pieces are missing or in poor condition.

A low quality puzzle.

I am currently not buying these puzzles, unless they come in a LOT sale that includes much better quality puzzles such as PAR, Pastime, U-Nit, or Falls puzzles.

Falls Puzzles
Antique

1930s
  • 40¢ - If Complete and in good condition with original box.
  • 35¢ - Missing 1-2 pieces, in good condition with original box
  • 25¢ - Missing 3-4 pieces, or in fair condition
  • 15¢ - Missing 5 or more pieces, or in poor condition.

PER PUZZLE PIECE Price
EXAMPLES:
an 800 piece puzzle x 40¢ per piece = $320.00 puzzle value
a 200 piece puzzle x 40¢ per piece = $80.00 puzzle value
These puzzles were very intricately cut, but are highly prone to damage of broken and chipped knobs.

FAO Schwartz 
(Made by JK Strauss)

 1930
to
1950s
  • 6¢ - If Complete and in excellent condition with original box.
  • 3¢ - If missing 1-2 pieces and in very good condition with original box.
  • ZERO (0) value if more than 2 pieces are missing or in poor condition.

Slightly above average for a Strauss Cut puzzle. It is a shame that Strauss did not pay more attention to quality. FAO Schwartz is better than the Strauss Brand puzzle, but still a far cry from being a good puzzle.

I am currently not buying these puzzles, unless they come in a LOT sale that includes much better quality puzzles such as PAR, Pastime, U-Nit, or Falls puzzles.

Isabel Ayer
Picture puzzle Exchange
Antique

 1908
to
1930s
  • 20¢ - If Complete and in excellent condition with original box.
  • 15¢ - If missing 1 piece and in very good condition with original box.
  • 10¢ - If missing 2 pieces and in very good condition with original box.
  • 5¢ - Missing 3 or more pieces, or in fair condition.
A very good puzzle, usually commissioned to be made by Pastime puzzles, however the puzzles are usually well worn, since they were part of a lending library.

 

Most other Cutters

1880
to
1970

Generally 7¢ per puzzle piece if the puzzle is complete, and if the name of the cutter can be determined, and an original storage box is available in good condition.

Generally 3ยข per puzzle piece if the puzzle is missing 1-2 pieces, and if the name of the cutter can be determined, and an original storage box is available in good condition.


Generally 5¢ per puzzle piece if the puzzle is complete, but the cutter name can not be determined, or no original storage box is available

Generally 2¢ per puzzle piece if the puzzle is missing 1-2 pieces, but the cutter name can not be determined, or no original storage box is available.

Generally the pricing to the left is the standard, however there are some "no name" cutters that did cut puzzles that "may" warrant higher values.

Such an instance can only be determined by seeing a CLEAR picture of the completed jigsaw puzzle, with the cut lines being completely visible. Unless this is provided, the puzzle will be assumed to be a general "no name" cut.

Present Day Puzzle Makers.

  • Stave Puzzles
  • Pagemark
  • Elms Puzzles Inc.
  • Rainy Lake Puzzles
  • Custom Puzzle Craft
  • J. C. Ayer Puzzles
  • Spiritwood Puzzles

1974
to
PRESENT DAY

E-mail me the information listed below, and we can talk about price. These puzzles can be too broad scaled to post any specific pricing here.

PER PUZZLE PIECE Price
EXAMPLES:
an 800 piece puzzle x 35¢ per piece = $280.00 puzzle value
a 200 piece puzzle x 35¢ per piece = $70.00 puzzle value
 

Provide ALL of the following information in your correspondence about wanting to sell puzzles, or have it ready BEFORE you call. If you have more than one puzzle, please prepare this information for every puzzle. Thank you.

  • Puzzle maker's name ( Company name or Person )
  • Puzzle title(s)
  • Number of pieces in the Puzzle(s)
  • Year that the puzzle was cut, if known. ( This should be notated on the Box, Not from the image! -- Image dates are almost always only the Artist's Copyright date. )
  • Condition of the puzzle(s) - ( Paper missing, tears, stains, broken nubs, chewed by dog, silverfish damage, foxing, missing pieces... etc. )
  • Condition of the puzzle box(s) ( Stains, rips, split corners, taped, missing lids, chewed by cat, pen markings...etc. )
  • Any additional markings or items of interest that you think I should know in determining my interest in your puzzles. ( Name or number of puzzle cutter, Inspector, Artists Name, polished by ... etc. )

Email Address: 77 jigsaw8@ctrivervalley.com. , as it is also very likely that we may be interested in buying them.

I will consider buying an antique puzzle that has a missing piece or two. However I emphasize that the overall actual condition of the puzzle must be at a minimum "very good". Antique Jigsaw Puzzles with severe damage, or extensive missing pieces have no value, and are not of interest to me, unless they would be thrown away. I would be happy to accept them as a donation, along with the purchase of any other valuable puzzles.

If you have such old puzzles tucked away in your attic, and you might possibly be looking to sell them please feel free to give me a call.

Additionally, I am looking for puzzles that are in the 100 to 1500+ piece range, as I am hoping to build up a collection that is large enough to create a public display of my puzzles for free exhibit to the general public, at local libraries, and places of interest where the patrons would possibly find these wonderful wooden puzzles interesting to gaze at in wonderment. This may also broaden visitors horizons to know a little more about this long lost art form and very enjoyable pastime.

Email Address: 77 jigsaw8@ctrivervalley.com. Be sure to include the words "Jigsaw Puzzles" In the message title, or I might accidentally delete it with all the JUNK e-mail I receive. I do NOT sell, collect or have any information about "CARDBOARD" jigsaw puzzles.

Thank you again for visiting my unique puzzle web page. Please take a moment to visit my Main Puzzle Web Site (www.mgcpuzzles.com) if you have the time to do so. I am one of only a few remaining modern day makers of custom wooden jigsaw puzzles.

Happy puzzling,

Mark Cappitella

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