The auction wll feature a large group of rare Matchbox cars,
including 2 prototypes, which are among more than 400 diecast lots.
Animated "Black Man" Bank, c.1930, Saalheimer & Strauss, Germany;
7”, lever extends tongue to deposit coin while eyes roll; this is a
nice example from this sought–after series of banks (others include “Bonzo” & several Mickey Mouse variations); trap present, but no key;
a few small areas of paint loss to face, but they do not distract
from the overall appearance; C8.
“Superman” 500 Piece Picture Puzzle “Superman Over the City”, 1940,
Saalfield, 11 x 8.5” box, makes a 16 x 20” color puzzle, appears
unused (we’re told it’s complete) in crisp C9 box; a great pre-war SM
“Shootin’ Shell Fanner and Buckle Gun 2 Gun Holster Set”, 1958,
Mattel, this is the deluxe set w/ a still soft “top grain cowhide
holster” & six lead / brass dummy bullets; a mint “buckle
gun” (releases & fires as you push out your stomach); a mint Fanner
cap pistol & 8 Shootin’ Shell cartridges w/ 18 bullet noses in cloth
bag; this incredible set is complete as issued in crisp C9 box.
“1953 Packard Patrician” (restored), 1950s, Alps Shoji Co., Japan,
16”, tin friction; this piece was consigned by the restorer, who
enlisted his uncle (a custom jeweler) to perfectly reproduce both
headlights, the side chrome strips & the hood ornament out of real
silver, which was then chrome–plated to match the existing parts; the
result is spectacular; considered to represent one of the pinnacles
of Japanese tinplate, this is among the rarest & most desirable tin
vehicles ever made.
Serious Toyz™ will Feature 1249 Quality Lots of Toys & Collectibles at
May 16 -17, 2008 Auction.
Vintage Toy & Collectible Auction will begin May 2 and run until May
16 for Character / Classic Toys and May 17th for Toy Vehicles. The
1249 lot auction will feature a wide-ranging array of items that will
appeal to collectors of all levels.
Highlights of the Serious Toyz Spring sale will include:
• almost 600 Toy Vehicle Lots (more than 400 of them die-cast),
including some of the rarest and most sought–after Matchbox pieces;
• over 120 Super Hero Character lots including Batman items from the
noted brother & sister collecting team of Chaz & Tracey Rose;
• a scarce 1930 Saalheimer & Strauss animated tin “Black Man” bank;
• a beautifully restored example of one of the most desirable of tin
cars: the 16" Alps 1953 Packard Patrician;
• over 40 framed Animation Art lots including serigraphy, numbered
editions, signed issues, and original production cells;
• an early Milton–Bradley Santa Claus Jigsaw Puzzle Set;
• a Minic Timber Lorry (less than 50 examples known, & this one is MIB);
• a Smith–Miller prototype Mack pumper;
• a 1940s hanging glass “Coke” register sign;
• a 1968 Schwinn “Sting-Ray” bicycle;
• more than a dozen tin friction & battery propeller airplanes;
• a number of significant tin character toys;
• a collection of late 1800s & early 1900s board games;
• items from the personal collection of noted expert & price guide
author, Dr. Douglas Sadecky;
• fire trucks & toys from the collection of Jim Piatti, author of "Collecting Firefighting Toys";
• an incredible group of Western character items from the 40+ year
collection of Reuben Stroud;
• several original movie posters and lobby cards;
• boxed, store–stock examples of a number of scarce and desirable cap
• a large group of 1960s G.I. Joes and Captain Action, with many
• a nice selections of Big Little Books, Soakys, MOC Star Wars, and
Online bidders can preview, register, and bid live at
serioustoyz.com. Collectors without computer access are able to
participate by phone, fax, or mail using their beautiful 64-page
printed auction catalog, which is distributed free to nearly 5000 ‘serious’ collectors worldwide. Call-backs and ceiling bids are
available so 'offline' bidders are not at a disadvantage.
Additionally, their unique process for the auction’s end prevents the
use of “sniper” software, ensuring everyone has a fair shot at
getting what they want.
Serious Toyz Auctions always feature low minimum bids (hundreds of
quality lots feature opening bids of only $5.), a low 10% buyers
premium, and no reserve prices. Bidding for this auction will begin
on May 2nd, and will run until Fri., May 16, 2008 for Character /
Classic items (678 lots), and Sat., May 17, 2008 for Toy Vehicle
items (571 lots). Because of the high level of interest in this
auction, Serious Toyz has even added extra telephone lines to
accommodate phone bidders. The Web site also offers bidders the
opportunity to check on and place bids live throughout the auction.
"This auction is a real break-through for us” said Tom Miano, owner
of Serious Toyz. "The exceptional quality and rarity of the items has
already generated a great deal of pre-auction interest from
collectors. There's genuine excitement by both consignors and bidders."
Any item in this auction can be inspected in person by appointment at
their location in Cold Spring, NY. (82 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY
10516… toll-free at 866 OLD TOYZ). Be sure to call ahead to ensure
that the items you wish to see are on hand.
About Serious Toys
Serious Toyz was founded in 1995 by Tom Miano, an ex- advertising
creative director, and has been repeatedly named as “one of the
leading Toy auction houses in the U.S.” by leading industry
publications. They also are a major contributor to “Schroeder’s
Collectible Toys Price Guide” with hundreds of photos and prices
realized used in this important book.
Serious Toyz usually schedules 1 or 2 auctions a year, and will
feature an important “Beatles / Rock-n-Roll auction this fall. You
can get on their mailing list free by calling them (toll free) at 866-
OLD TOYZ (866-653-8699)
82 Main Street
Cold Spring, NY 10516
TOLL FREE (866 OLD TOYZ)
“Bubble Blowing Popeye”, 1950s, LineMar (Marx), 12”; scattered small
painted touch–ups (appears professionally done); lights up & runs,
but not very well; box is C7.5 w/ all packing inserts & direction
sheet; a nice example of this highly sought–after toy.
“Batmobile”, Alps (Shoji Co.), Japan, 1966, 8.5”, tin w/ unique 2
speed friction motor (antenna shifts gears), C8.5 w/ minor paint
touch–ups; a rare batmobile in great shape.