Auctions, Banks, Mechanical Toys, Tin Toys — January 21, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Comic characters and robots in Morphy’s Feb. 15 Toy Auction

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions’ first major toy sale of 2014, slated for Saturday, February 15, will feature more than 856 lots and dozens of collecting categories. The event will start at 9 a.m. Eastern Time, and all forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through Morphy Live, LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable.

The fun begins with a sci-fi offering of more than 250 robot and space-toy lots. Some of the highlights include Lot 5, a boxed X9 Space Robot Car, estimate $3,000-$4,500; Lot 47, a painted tin, crank-wind Astro Scout, $5,000-$7,000; and Lot 48, a scarce, boxed Television Robot, $15,000-$25,000. Lot 97, an X27 Explorer is expected to make $4,000-$6,000, as is Lot 162, a Change Man Robot. Lot 98, an unusual Pinocchio Spaziale, or “Space Pinocchio,” could reach $6,000-$9,000.

Next in line will be 250+ character and other tin toys. Many favorites from comic books and newspaper comic pages of the past will cross the auction block, including Lot 378, a Nifty Felix the Cat platform toy, $1,200-$1,800; Lot 394, a boxed Marx Popeye Baggage Express, $800-$1,200; and Lot 402, an ever-popular Hoge Popeye in Rowboat, $600-$1,200. Three items with a connection to the Man of Steel are: Lot 247, a Bandai friction Flying Spaceman Superman Cycle, $12,000-$18,000; Lot 419, a Superman Action Target Game, $800-$1,200; and Lot 421, a Superman Sirocco statue, $1,200-$1,800. A wonderful Steiff Mickey Mouse doll, entered as Lot 482, could charm a bid of $600-$1,200.

The sale continues with more than 100 mechanical and still banks, predominantly of cast iron. Key examples include Lot 550, a desirable Artillery Target Bank in near-mint condition, $18,000-$25,000; and several banks in near-mint-plus condition: Lot 552, a Patronize the Blind Man & Dog, $15,000-$25,000; Lot 556, an Artillery Bank, $8,000-$12,000; and Lot 563, a Pelican Bank, $8,000-$12,000. Lot 561, a near-mint Kyser & Rex Mammy with Spoon, tan-dress variation, could bring $18,000-$25,000; while Lot 576, a near-mint-plus Hen & Chick carries an $8,000-$12,000 estimate. Leading the group is Lot 553, a rare and coveted J. & E. Stevens Clown, Harlequin & Columbine bank, which is expected to venture well into six-figure territory, based on its estimate of $125,000-$175,000.

The banks will be followed by 100+ cast-iron toys and doorstops. Automotive toys will figure prominently, with such highlights as Lot 615, a Hubley Armored Motorcycle, $400-$800; and three Arcade toys: Lot 629, Tractor & Trailer, $800-$1,200; Lot 633, Industrial Derrick, $1,500-$2,500; and Lot 634, Tank, $400-$800. Lot 657, a Lammerts Moving Van, could deliver a winning bid of $1,000-$3,000; while Lot 666, a Dent American Oil Truck, might fetch $2,000-$4,000. Among the figural cast-iron doorstops, Lot 638, a design known as “Black Sambo,” has crossover appeal with collectors of black Americana. Its estimate is set at $1,800-$2,500.

A very nice selection of more than 50 die-cast toys includes a number of British-made Corgi favorites. They include: Lot 680, Transporter, $200-$400; Lot 681, Crane Truck, $200-$400; Lot 686, Beatles Submarine, $200-$400; and Lot 700, Corgi’s #21 Gift Set, $800-$1,200.

More than 30 lots of pressed-steel automotive toys include several classics from Buddy L, including Lot 740, an International Baggage Truck, $12,000-$16,000; and Lot 751, a Railway Express Truck, $800-$1,200. Lot 747, a store display for Banner pressed-steel trucks, carries a $1,000-$1,500 estimate.

The auction is rounded out by 100+ general toy lots. Highlights include Lot 773, a Gilbert James Bond display, $1,200-$1,800; Lot 775, a Japanese tin Harley-Davidson motorcycle, $1,200-$1,800; Lot 787, a Dooling Bros. gas-powered car, $600-$1,200; and Lot 847, an American Flyer Trolley Car. Those who favor European toys will find a plentiful assortment from which to choose, including Lot 790, a French JEP tin seaplane, $800-$1,200; Lot 802, a Carette tin boat, $1,200-$1,800; and Lot 811, a Lehmann Echo motorcycle, $1,000-$1,500.

For additional information on any item in Morphy’s Feb. 15, 2014 Toy Auction, call 717-335-3435 or email serena@morphyauctions.com. The sale will start at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. All forms of bidding will be available. Preview the online catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live online as the auction is taking place through Morphy Live (www.morphyauctions.com), Invaluable.com or LiveAuctioneers.com.

Visit Morphy Auctions online at www.morphyauctions.com.

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