Some wallets were emptied at the recent Hake's auction. Hake's does a great job of only listing the rarest and the best pop culture collectibles, and the prices their auctions realize is a testament to that. Here are a few of the results that caught my eye. This Adventures of Superman syndication promotional kit sold for $4,283.30, well over the $400-700 estimate. This … [Read more...] about Some Eye-popping Results at Hakes Auction #220
Yesterday, I made the trek up to Timonium, MD for the bi-annual toy show put on by Dave Hart Shows. This is really the only real "toy show" in the DC-metro area, even though this is more a Baltimore show than DC, but we'll take what we can get. This show had over 80 vendors with well-stocked tables and wide aisles that made for easy browsing. The prices were great and … [Read more...] about Vintage Heroes found at the Timonium Toy Show
Lanard might not be the first toy company you think of when it comes to collectible toys, but their new King Kong action figures might change your mind. My favorite part of this video is when they say the toys are made for kids and collectors alike -- these toys are fun and durable, while also looking great on the shelf. So many of the action figures sold today break the second … [Read more...] about The Making of Lanard’s King Kong toys
Remco produced Hamilton's Invaders toys and play sets in 1964, trying to cash in on the popularity of the giant insect genre of movies of the time. The large insect toys had pull-string motors that propelled them towards the poor blue plastic soldiers ineffectively armed with bazookas and machine guns. These toys are insanely rare, and finding them in the original packaging … [Read more...] about Hake’s Auction is Infested with Hamilton’s Invaders!
The Big Flea rolls through town every two or three months, and after my last experience, I didn't think I would be going again for a while, but I'm glad it was a slow weekend, and I decided to visit the show again on Saturday. There weren't a lot of vintage pop culture toys to be found, but I was able to scrounge up a few fun items. I already have a few of those Batman … [Read more...] about Aliens spotted at the DC Big Flea
Okay, so maybe I resolved to stop buying new toys for the new year, but come on, you know my weakness for Batman! I have stoically avoided these Lego Batman Movie mini figures until today -- that didn't take long. So after 25 blind bags, this is what I got. Not a bad bunch at all -- I love the Batman variants! I could have bought a complete set on eBay for $89, but that … [Read more...] about Resolutions were made to be broken
Bill Leff has been collecting toys for nearly 30 years and his collection will blow your mind! If you can make it through the obnoxious Banana Splits intro sequence, you will see some amazing toys. This is the kind of collection that may look like a pretty nice collection at first, but when your eyes adjust to what you are seeing, you realize just how incredible it really is. … [Read more...] about Bill’s House of Toys
Last Friday, I found myself in York, Pennsylvania and thought I would call upon an old friend who works at Hake's, to see about taking a tour of the greatest place on Earth. Hake's is headquartered in a nondescript office park of low, single-story buildings, much like those you find in suburbs across the country, but don't let its humble exterior fool you, because the second … [Read more...] about A visit to Hake’s Americana & Collectibles