Over 600 lots of fine, vintage toys and collectibles at SeriousToyz' Auction #58, ending Sept. 29-30 A rare, never-used 1966 Batman parachute toy retail display and an equally scarce example of a clear-body toy Hess truck made exclusively for the John Hess family will be sold at auction Sept. 29-30.
News-Antique.com - Sep 20,2016 - CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – A rare, never-used 1966 Batman parachute toy retail display, an equally scarce example of a clear-body toy Hess truck made exclusively for the John Hess family, tin advertising signs, and dozens of quality, mostly Japanese tin vehicles from the mid-20th century, are just a few expected top lots in SeriousToyz'™ Auction #58, a website-only sale that can also accommodate “old-school” collectors who bid by phone from a printed catalog.
Bidding will begin on Friday, September 23rd, and end on September 29th (for character toys and advertising items) and September 30th (for toy vehicles and classic toys). All bidding will be driven through the SeriousToyz website, at www.SeriousToyz.com. Many of the items can be previewed now, online, or by appointment, at the SeriousToyz gallery in Croton-on-Hudson.
“This is the first time that I can remember where we’ve had such an incredible assortment of high-end, one-of-a-kind pieces, in such a broad range of categories,” said Tom Miano, owner of SeriousToyz, adding, “but items will be selling at price points that should appeal to the novice collector as well as the seasoned veteran. Allowing all levels of bidders to participate is one of the hallmarks of a SeriousToyz auction.”
More than 600 lots from over 35 consignors will be sold, featuring additional rare Hess trucks (including chromed special editions); 44 different and pristine examples of 1st and 2nd generation Matchbox vehicles from a find of forgotten store stock; advertising signs and retail displays; tin cartoon character toys, to include many scarce Hanna-Barbera favorites; and Britains civilian farm figure sets, all of them mint-in-the-box.
Also in the sale will be vintage movie and concert posters, including The Who and the Grateful Dead; over 30 Soaky toys; more than 140 Ramp Walkers, to include early wood pieces; mint-in-the-box Corgi toys; Mego figures, including 1st and 2nd generation and carded pieces; space toys, featuring robots, space ships and ray guns; Japanese market character toys; promo toy cars; early Speed Racer cars from both Japan and Argentina; and seven different Dick Tracy toy cars.
The Batman parachute display is the sale’s expected top lot, with an estimate of $3,000-$5,000. It is one of only a few known, and this is the only example in existence that has never been assembled or displayed. This rarest of all Batman pieces had been in the Ray-Line factory (the maker) and was bought by a dealer when the factory closed in the 1970s.
That dealer eventually sold it to the consignor, for just $25, along with some other Ray-Line boxed inventory. The outside of the box reads “Parachute Display” and has the Ray-Line logo. Inside, the retail display has a heavy base, with an electric fan pointing up. If assembled, the toy would be suspended over the fan, so when it’s activated it would appear the parachute is floating down.
There are other scarce Batman items in the auction, including rare Ideal pre-production mold tests of Batman JLA figures; a scarce 1966 Batman Rocket Gun by Baravelli, 22