Serious Toyz' online sale is under way, ends Oct. 9-10 The Fall '09 Online Vintage Toy & Collectible Auction, being held by Serious Toyz (serioustoyz.com), is already under way and will end Oct. 9-10. Offered are hundreds of treasures, without reserve.
A majority of the Disney items and ‘Toons offerings were provided by the couple, in addition to several other important lots, including the 1950s Linemar (Marx) Friction Four Motor Whirling Propeller Airplane with electric wing and tail lights, which is expected to fetch far in excess of its opening bid of $350. And, Mr. Miano adds, “the quality and depth” of such consignments continues to rise with each ensuing auction.
The Serious Toyz Fall ’09 online auction also features numerous pieces consigned by the famed Philadelphia-based brother-and-sister collecting team of Chas and Tracey Rose. “They have once again stepped up with an amazing array of Batman and other Super Hero collectibles,” Mr. Miano says. “They are among the top Batman collectors in the United States,” Mr. Miano adds. “They have an extraordinary collection” and, he notes, “we are extremely pleased that they allow us to share elements of their vast collection with others.”
The “Vehicles” portion of the online auction features a wide range of items from the personal collection of Dr. Douglas Sadecky, one of the most significant collectors in the country, and a respected price guide author. “Most of the Matchbox and Hot Wheels lots are his,” Mr. Miano explains, “as well as a number of other important tin and pressed steel offerings.” A majority of the Beatles lots also belong to Dr. Sadecky, he says. “We are humbled that (Dr. Sadecky) continues to choose us to offer parts of his incredible collections.”
The ’09 online auction will also feature items from the collections of a half-dozen other major toy collectors, Mr. Miano points out. “This is a very significant group of consignors,” he notes. “This is a great opportunity for collectors to bid on items of virtually all price points, and in a wide range of collectibles.”
The auction also features “more from the fantastic Greyhound Bus collection” of Paul Reif, Mr. Miano says. A range of battery-operated toys is also available (all opening at $10, with no reserves, Mr. Miano points out), in addition to a large number of lots from Jim Piatti. Mr. Piatti is the author of “Collecting Firefighting Toys.”
Other standouts at the ’09 fall auction include a 1964 battery-operated Dux-Astroman Electric Robot with a beginning bid of $750. Mr. Miano is confident the 12-inch German-made robot “should reach $1,500 or more” once the bidding is closed. Another coveted item is a fully equipped 1965 James Bond attaché case. “It’s one of the Holy Grails of Bond collecting,” Mr. Miano states. With an initial bid of $495, the case and its contents should also garner significantly more.
Literally dozens of consignors have contributed lots to the ’09 online auction, Mr. Miano says, many of whom provided just one or two items for auction. However, he states, their contributions are hardly insignificant: “They round out this auction into one of our best ever!”
Mr. Miano stresses that Serious Toyz online auctions have no “sudden-death”