• 24 Sep
    2013

From Japan to the World: Battle of the Planets Collectibles

For many children growing up during the late 1970s and early 1980s, an animated TV series named “Battle of the Planets” had them running home from school so they wouldn’t miss a single action-packed moment. A fondly remembered cult classic, the science-fiction themed program—which debuted in September 1978 and ran for several years in syndication—showcased […]

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  • 31 May
    2013

Space, the Final Collecting Frontier: ‘Star Trek’ Toys and Memorabilia

The second half of the 1960s was a memorable time for American television programming. Audiences were introduced to numerous shows that would become revered classics, including “I Spy,” “Days of Our Lives,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Batman,” “Dark Shadows,” “Mission Impossible,” “Columbo,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Sesame Street.” Also premiering during this period was another program […]

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  • 24 May
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Arcade Cast Iron Farm Toy, Uncle Sam & Hitler Button

QUESTION: I own an cast iron, Arcade blue corn planter toy. I acquired it as part of a boxed lot at an auction. What is its value? – J, West Bend, Wis. ANSWER: Edward H. and Charles Morgan founded the Novelty Iron Works in Freeport, Illinois, in 1868. In 1885, Albert Baumgarten, Edward H. Morgan, […]

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  • 1 Apr
    2013

Toy Museum Opens Mechanical Toy Exhibit in April

(This article first appeared in DOLLS magazine) A special exhibit of moving toys of the past century  will be on display at Toy Worlds Museum Basle in Basel, Switzerland, April 20 through Oct. 6. “To Wind Up and Charge” features displays of early wind-up toys to more recent battery-operated offerings. The still-functioning toys on display […]

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  • 1 Apr
    2013

Advertising & Country Store Collectibles to pace Huge Showtime Auction

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – More than 2,400 lots from three major collections of country store, pedal cars, toys and firefighting memorabilia will be offered at auction on the weekend of April 12-14 by Showtime Auction Services, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor/Saline Road in Ann Arbor. Internet bidding will be facilitated by […]

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  • 16 Mar
    2013

Collecting Die Cast Cars in French Blue, 1937 to 1997

By Doug Breithaupt French cars are not often represented in miniature compared to those of other nations. Even more of a rarity is those done in French racing blue. The scales range from 1:57 to 1:64 for these examples. The biggest surprise, three of the dozen above are from Hot Wheels, surpassed only by four […]

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  • 14 Mar
    2013

Serious Toyz Auction Features 1,300 Quality Lots in Wide Range of Categories

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Serious Toyz will seek to cement its reputation one of the leading vintage toy and collectible auction houses in the United States with a colossus 1,300-lot auction featuring high-grade antique and vintage items in dozens of collecting categories. The auction will begin in mid-March and end on April 5 and 6. Among […]

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  • 11 Mar
    2013

Toys, Glass, Petroliana Fetch Top Dollar in Auction

RAYMOND, Ill. — A standard-glaze portrait vase bearing the likeness of a cocker spaniel sold for $2,640 on the last day of a three-day auction held Feb. 15 thorough 17 hosted by Matthews Auctions. The 13-inch vase, signed “M. Timberlake,” was in good condition, with no chips, cracks or repairs. It was the top achiever […]

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  • 1 Aug
    2009

‘Hey, Taxi!’ Cab Service on a Small Scale

The taxi cab is a common sight on the streets of any city. For small-scale die-cast collectors, the humble cab has been made available over the years in many forms. At any given time, most die-cast manufacturers have at least one cab in their regular line-up. The examples shown here are by no means all […]

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  • 23 Jun
    2009

Wacky Racers Offer a Crazily Customized Die-Cast Collection Category

Having a 4-year-old in the house is a great way to keep young. My son, Bentley, like most children his age, is fond of cartoons. Recently, we were setting up his race track play mat and I asked what kind of race cars he would choose from his collection for the race. Usually he selects […]

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