Old Toy Soldier Auctions issues a call to muster for June 2-3 sale of major collections On June 2-3, Old Toy Soldier Auctions will present a 1,200-lot sale featuring outstanding Britains and other soldiers from the Bob Bailey and late K. Warren Mitchell collections.
figures includes Ivanhoe, Sir Brian De Bois Gilbert, and four others from the 12th-century Saxon warrior’s inner circle. Haradin said he has only ever seen one other set and that the set to be auctioned is the first he has encountered that actually includes the Ivanhoe figure. Estimate: $2,000-$2,500.
Another lot that is expected to draw widespread interest is the exceptionally rare Cherilea Baseball set that includes the entire team plus umpire, housed in the original box. Ironically, the set was produced in England, where bats are meant for cricket, not baseball. Haradin explained that after World War II, many English companies were producing goods for the stronger American market. The Cherilea set could drive in a winning bid of $1,500-$2,000.
An ever-popular Buck Rogers set includes the spaceman’s sidekicks and additional characters: Wilma, Ardala, Dr. Huer, the evil “Killer” Kane and robot Mekano Man. The appearance of a Buck Rogers set at auction always ignites a bidding war between Britains collectors and space toy enthusiasts. The six-piece ensemble is expected to reach $2,500-$3,500 on June 2.
A great surprise lies in wait for collectors who like to show off their figures in settings – four Johillco for British Midwest Importers display sets. They depict, respectively: Cowboy Town, Indian Camp, Beachhead, and Crusaders with Castle. Each set comes with its correct figures – ranging from nine figures with the Old West Cowboy Town to 14 each for Beachhead and Crusaders – and is estimated at $800-$1,200.
“We’ve had a lot of calls about the Johillco sets based solely on our preview brochure,” said Haradin. “These particular display sets are very rarely seen. Previously, I had only seen one such set. Collectors love when rarities come out of the woodwork and they’re able to vie for them in a public forum.”
King & Country is a brand whose star keeps rising with collectors. In particular, buyers seem to favor glossy, pre-1990 examples. Fourteen sets of glossy figures will be sold on day one, with many additional King & Country lots earmarked for day two.
Collectors of German figures won’t want to miss the Heyde Fall of Troy set (partial), with the Temple of Troy building and some of the key figures intact. Estimate $2,000-$3,000. Also by Heyde, a circa-1905 80mm large-scale US Gun Team at the Halt includes two horses pulling a limbered wagon with cannon, and is led by an officer on his mount. Considered one of the larger sets in that scale, it is entered with a $3,500-$4,500 estimate.
The opening session is rounded out with 20 mounted Lucotte French court figures, from a high-end range by Mignot CBG, est. $200-$400 each; 20 very fine Courtenay medieval knight figures, both mounted and unmounted, est. $100-$600; and a nice sampling of Lou Steinberg dime store figures.
Sunday’s 500+ lots present a virtual panorama of contemporary toy soldiers. Highlights include a terrific lineup of 60 Mignot Napoleonic sets and a sampling of highly sought-after productions by Imperial, a New Zealand company