AMES, Iowa -- An Ames man will be auctioning off his toy tractor collection that he has been working on for 75 years.
David Baker grew up on a farm in Hardin County. He wanted to become a farmer, but that didn’t work out.
"Well I thought of it a lot, yes, but things just didn't work out so I made the toys take the place," said Baker.
He worked as a lineman for Alliant Energy for 33 years. He collected tractors of every color and brand. He also collected farm implements, like balers, planters, wagons, and combines and corn pickers.
"Really I like them all but I grew up with John Deere and Oliver and like working around I drove a lot of internationals," said Baker. "I'm not that prejudiced, I like them all."
He used to live in Stanhope, where there used to be a farm toy show and that was how he got hooked.
The collection is estimated at over 1,500 pieces will be auctioned on Saturday at the Courtyard by Marriott in Ankeny.