SeriousToyz Internet and catalog auction will start mid-March, end Apr. 5-6 Serious Toyz™ (serioustoyz.com) will seek to cement its reputation with Auction #55, a 1,300-lot colossus that will feature high-grade antique and vintage items in dozens of collecting categories.
heroes will feature early Disney, Betty Boop, Little Orphan Annie, Popeye, The Green Hornet and Batman. Western characters will include Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers and a Hartland figure collection of almost 30 pieces (mostly boxed), including gunfighters and a rare case of boxed ‘Mini’ figures. Space and sci-fi will include Universal monster toys, Lost in Space, Star Trek, Buck Rogers, Tom Corbett and early Star Wars. A last-minute addition to the auction is Remco’s incredibly rare “Hamilton Invaders” Playset, complete and near-mint, in the original box.
Vintage rock ‘n’ roll posters from the ‘60s and ‘70s have never before been featured in a SeriousToyz auction, but they have broken into the category in a big way. Leading the group of more than a dozen pieces is a rare Jimi Hendrix poster from a Jan. 15, 1969 concert with dazzling graphics; plus tour and record store posters for The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Supremes, plus others. Other music-related lots will feature dozens of lots from Elvis Presley and The Beatles (including a second state stereo “Butcher” cover); plus The Monkees, the Mamas and the Papas and others.
Roughly half of the auction is devoted to toy vehicles of all descriptions, including many desirable pieces in tin, pressed steel, cast iron and more.
Pressed steel will be spearheaded by a spectacular selection of examples, including rare early toys from Keystone, Steelcraft, Turner, Sturdi-Toy and many others (including a rare 1929 Buddy L traveling overhead crane). Most everything is in beautiful, all-original condition, with a number in their original boxes. Many of these pieces, along with dozens of others in various categories, were consigned from the personal collection of the noted author and expert, Dr. Douglas Sadecky.
Dozens of tin vehicles will come up for bid, to include cars, trucks and motorcycles from makers like Strauss, Bandai, Marx, Jibby, Courtland and Schuco.
Cast-iron vehicles will feature a gorgeous 1895 Wilkins floor train, the largest one they made, and a large 1920 Arcade “Fageol” bus.
Slot cars will also be represented in a big way, with more than 70 Aurora “Vibrator” and “Thunder Jet” vehicles. Everything is near-mint or better, with more than a dozen store-stock pieces. There are even a number of beautiful promo cars, including a scarce 1971 Dodge Charger slot car set in the box.
Toy ships are led by a rare 1886 litho paper-over-wood battleship, “Columbia”, made by Reed. There is also a long-time collection of toy outboard motors, most in original boxes.
Serious Toyz™ auctions always offer a wealth of vintage die-cast vehicles. This sale has literally hundreds of mint-in-the-box and factory-sealed pieces from Corgi, Matchbox, Dinky, Tootsietoy, Hubley, Hot Wheels, Johnny Lightning, Cigar Box and more.
Toy airplane collectors’ hearts will soar when they see the full offering of vintage planes, most in beautiful condition. There are a number of rare and desirable pieces, including travel agency and manufacturer’s models, plus tin, pressed steel, cast iron and more.