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To walk into an antique shop and see a long-lost toy, a plaything once cherished but discarded in the mad rush to “grow up,” with a price tag representing several months’ salary is to realize the tragic truth behind the expression “He who dies with the most toys wins.” Oh, to have that Kung-Fu Grip G.I. Joe back again! But of course, what child thinks of investment value while kicking Hot Wheels across the playground? A kid, perhaps, like Jeff Parsons, who grew up to be president of the International Toy Collectors Association, which brings its Antique Toy Road Show to town this weekend, searching for this area’s undiscovered treasures. Capitalizing on the popularity of the similar PBS TV series Antiques Roadshow, but not affiliated with it, the event features experts who will evaluate your Tonkas and Barbies and collectors to bid on them, promising better deals than you’d get at a consignment shop or antique store. Parsons says that his interest lies in German wind-up toys from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, and if such a device is hiding in your attic, be advised that he recently paid $12,000 for a metal carousel toy. But don’t clean your potential gold mine before bringing it in for evaluation—many a treasure has been turned to trash this way. But even apparent trash has value, because the professional collectors will also buy broken toys in order to get spare parts for their pricier stuff. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 21, to Sunday, May 23, at the Holiday Inn, 8777 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Free. (217) 636-8012. (Dave Nuttycombe)