1950s Tonka Suburban Pumper toy fire truck brings $1,932 at Serious Toyz A rare, 1950s-era Tonka “Suburban Pumper” toy fire truck, in near-mint condition and still in the box, hammered for $1,932 in an Internet and catalog auction that ended Jan. 6-7 by Serious Toyz.
in the original box, fetched $538; and a 1930s Marx tin wind-up “Turnover Tank,” near mint in the box, with vivid colors, made $523.
A scarce and large circa-1870s German-made “Bing Steinbaukasten” stone building block set in a box with an artistic rendering on the outside, breezed to $522; a 1950s Japanese-made “SSS Super Fire King Ladder Trailer” friction fire truck in the box demanded $470; and a 1960s Japanese-made battery-operated tin “Patrol Auto Tricycle,” still in the box, realized $451.
A 1967 Matchbox “Mini Gift Set With Catalog” #GG-2, consisting of five Matchbox cars “and a free catalog,” topped out at $459; a 1950s Tootsietoy “Interchangeable Truck Set” #4900 machinery hauler, mint in the box and boasting colorful toy pieces, breezed to $414; and a 1950s set of eight Marx “Prehistoric Monsters and Mammals” figures, mint on the card, brought $370.
A sharp-looking 1957 Matchbox Ford Zodiac #33 orange and silver toy car, with the original box and in great condition, sped off for $339; an actual 1960s coin-operated bathroom condom dispenser (Health Gards, “For Your Protection”), changed hands for $459; and a 1920s German Guntherman tin wind-up figure of a wild, bespectacled cat in formal wear brought $451.
A 1957 Kenner’s “Girder & Panel Building Set” #2, store stock (“Build the Way Real Modern Buildings Are Built”), hammered for $249; a 1965 “The Munsters” coloring book, unused, with a colorful cover showing photos of all the actors from the TV show, hit $306; and a 1960 Matchbox Triumph motorcycle and sidecar #4, in the original box, zoomed away for $302.
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