Although Buck Rogers’ swashbuckling adventures might seem almost comical today, the demand for early toys associated with Buck, his companion Wilma Deering and their various sidekicks, is stronger than ever. A collection of Buck Rogers toys amassed over 40 years by a Chicago man, the late Wayne Jagielski, brought in more than $103,500 (all prices quoted include 15% buyer’s premium) at Morphy’s Jan. 29 auction in Denver, Pa. The overall total for the sale of antique and vintage toys was $420,000.
“About 10 family members, including Mr. Jagielski’s wife, children, nephews and in-laws, traveled from Chicago to attend the sale,” said Morphy’s CEO Dan Morphy. “They all felt a very sentimental connection to the toys, which had been displayed in their own room in the family home for many years. The auction represented a very emotional parting for the family – they said they had come to say goodbye to Dad’s things.”