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Serious Toyz™

Contact: Tel [US] TOLL FREE: 866-OLD TOYZ (866-653-8699) (International / Local callers use: 845-265-6543)

Website: www.serioustoyz.com

Email: auctions@serioustoyz.com

Serious Toyz™ announces that their upcoming May 16-17th 2008 spring
sale will include rare and unusual toys and collectibles among the
1249 lots to be offered at auction.

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

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 “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 piece.

Shootin’ Shell Fanner and Buckle Gun 2 Gun Holster Set”, 1958, Mattel

“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

“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.

Spring '08 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 guns;
• a large group of 1960s G.I. Joes and Captain Action, with many scarce pieces;
• a nice selections of Big Little Books, Soakys, MOC Star Wars, and much more.

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)

Contact Info:
Serious Toyz
82 Main Street
Cold Spring, NY 10516
International (845-265-6543)
Email: auctions@serioustoyz.com
Website: www.serioustoyz.com



Bubble Blowing Popeye”, 1950s, LineMar (Marx),

“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

“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.

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