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Mikey is sitting around his apartment one day when the doorbell rings unexpectedly. He gets up and answers the door to find a salesman standing on his stoop with a strange object. “What’s that?” asks Mikey. The salesman replies, “why it’s a new state of the art thermos young man.” “What does it do?” asks Mikey. The salesman tells him that the thermos keeps hot things hot and cold things cold. So of course Mikey buys one.
The next day Mikey takes his state of the art thermos to his job at the flea market with him and one of the other vendors asks him, “Mikey, what you got there?” Mikey looks very proudly and explains to the vendor that it is a state of the art thermos that keeps hot things hot and cold things cold. “Really?” Asks the vendor, “What do you have in it? Mikey says, “Three cups of coffee and a popsicle for later.”
A picture joke has been going around e-mail circles recently of a very heavy-set blond woman in a reclined position with a caption that reads Barbie at Fifty. Another picture on the Internet shows her aging more gracefully with a few wrinkles around her eyes and a mane of gray hair. Even though she turned fifty in February, the iconic doll that has been a favorite of many generations, is still enjoying popularity and will probably survive another fifty years. Barbie has always been a favorite with collectors as well.
A few years ago, the Kovels, Ralph and Terry, who are two of the utmost authorities on antiques and collectibles and who also have a very popular newsletter, suggested that smart collectors should buy the Barbie and Tanner the Dog Play Set as an investment. The also suggested that the buyer keep it in its original container unopened, which is what most toy collectors do anyway and they said it would be worth more in the future. But will we have to wait fifty years for this doll to appreciate in price? Probably not.
In 2006, we wrote about a Barbie doll auction that brought in more than $211,000. That auction included a 1965 Barbie in Midnight Red which sold for more that $18,000 on its own. That was the price paid for a vintage collectible. As we watch Barbie age more over the years and become a true antique, her price is sure to rise at a quicker pace. Prices will always be higher for those that keep the dolls in good condition, still in the package and with all accessories.
Billed as the Largest Toy Show in the United States, the Pittsburgh Toy, Comic and Childhood Collectibles Show will take place on Friday – Sunday, April 24-26, 2009 at the Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Aside from great toys and comics from our past, this show features visiting stars and celebrities including Catherine Bach of the Dukes of Hazard and Mick Foley of WWE Wrestling fame. In addition, the General Lee will be on display.
A bidding war erupted this week at Bonham’s in New York over a rare painting by Polish artist Henryk Siemiraddzki. The painting which is titled The Patrician Siesta was expected to bring in about $100,000 but instead brought in more than $1 million. This is a good thing, since proceeds of the sale of this painting will benefit the Contra Costa Hospice of Concord, California.
Over 1500 lives were lost when the Titanic sunk in the Atlantic Ocean in 1912 and the last living survivor of that disaster is Millvina Dean who is ninety seven years old. According to documents and news accounts, as an infant, she was lifted into a lifeboat in a canvas mailbag, which later was used to carry her family’s belongings back to Southhampton. That same bag along with other memorabilia from that tragic day was recently sold at auction by Henry Aldridge & Son to help raise money to pay for her nursing home.
Unfortunately, the sale fell short of the pre-sale estimates and only brought in $8000 barely
enough to pay for two months at the home. The silver lining in this sad story however, is that a young man who purchased the
canvas bag at auction for about $2000 donated it back to Millvina.
Unfortunately, the sale fell short of the pre-sale estimates and only brought in $8000 barely enough to pay for two months at the home. The silver lining in this sad story however, is that a young man who purchased the canvas bag at auction for about $2000 donated it back to Millvina.
Speaking of Barbies and toys in general, ToyPedia, the largest toy catalogue on the Internet describes a toy as “An object used in play.” A very simplistic definition, but what is not simplistic is the sites ability to catalogue and identify toys. If you ever have a need to try to identify a certain toy, definitely try ToyPedia. Recently the addition of a listing for a 1968 Hot Wheels Custom Camaro was their 10,000th entry. And the good thing is that their entries and directories will keep growing as more and more toys are added into the database.
Most of the toys are listed and categorized by users and many different and diverse companies including Corgi, Jada Toys, Bonham’s and Christies. The ToyPedia database gives you the ability to search by manufacturer, subject or type, which makes it much easier to search. Additionally, you can find new toys, old toys, antique toys and vintage collectible toys and just about any other type of toy which includes rare and unusual toys.