Pedal cars, toys, much more will cross the block Mar. 30-Apr. 1 at Showtime Auction Services The 35-year collection of Al and Peg Araiza, collectors in many categories, and the lifetime pedal car and toy collection of Ed and Christy Ramsey, will be sold Mar. 30-Apr. 1 by Showtime Auction Svcs
News-Antique.com - Jan 30,2012 - (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) – The 35-year collection of Al and Peg Araiza, collectors in many categories, will headline a massive, three-day auction slated for Mar. 30-Apr. 1 by Showtime Auction Services, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor. Also offered will be the outstanding lifetime pedal car and toy collection of Ed and Christy Ramsey.
The first day of the auction – Friday, Mar. 30 – will be for a live audience only (no phone or Internet bidding). The hours will be noon to 6 p.m. (EST), with a preview from 8 a.m.-noon. The next two days – Mar. 31-Apr. 1 -- will have online bidding (through LiveAuctioneers.com, iCollector.com and the Showtime website: www.bid.showtimeauctions.com. The hours will be 9-6 (EST).
Over 2,000 lots of investment-grade antiques and collectibles from over 100 consignors will change hands. In addition to pedal cars and toys, the auction will feature banks, pottery, Wave Crest, trade signs, advertising signs, folk art, soda fountain, Coca-Cola, Western, Native American, country store, paintings, farm signs, match safes, tip trays, whiskey and breweriana.
Also sold will be drug store items, barber shop, general store, saloon, coin-op, gambling, Part 3 of a truly great cigar and tobacco tins collection and more. But the Ramsey collection of pedal cars and toys is expected to generate a high level bidder of interest. Included are about 50 rare pedal cars (most of them original and unrestored) and some of the best pressed steel toys ever offered at auction.
Pressed steel toys will include highly collectible Buddy L examples, such as a very rare Buddy L tanker (BL12), green, with pumping mechanism, open cab and spotlight, 25 inches long. Also sold will be a tan Gendron “Stutz” pull toy car (circa 1926), 28 ½ inches long, the best Stutz known to exist.
Pressed steel cars by American National will include a tan and gold Packard in excellent condition (but missing the hood ornament), 28 ½ inches long; and a Fire Chief pull toy car, all complete, convertible red with yellow trim, 28 ½ inches long. The auction will also feature a full-size antique car: a 1954 Corvette, all original (including the paint), with 9,800 original miles.
Additional pressed steel vehicles will include a Toledo Buick, green with orange trim, complete and all original, 28 ½ inches long; a rare Keystone Mfg. Co. (Boston, Mass.) No. 84 Ride ‘Em Greyhound coast-to-coast bus, the only one known and with the original box, in mint condition; and a Sturdi-Toy coal truck, orange, all original and with compartments in the bed.
Pressed steel toy airplanes will also come up for bid. Examples include a Keystone Air Mail Ride ‘Em airplane, grey and red, all original and in good condition, with a slide door that opens, 25 inches long with a wingspan of 24 inches; and a Steelcraft Tri-Motor U.S. Mail plane, orange and black, all original and in fine condition, 23 inches long and with a 23-inch wingspan.