DENVER, Pa. – Morphy’s big December Premier Auction is many a toy collector’s favorite way to usher in the holiday season. This year’s event, slated for Dec. 6-8, is brimming with 2,800 lots of toys, banks and other choice pieces that would put a Christmas-morning gleam in any bidder’s eye. The three-day offering also features several top-notch collections, including the late Tom Winge’s cowboy and Western toy collection, Part II of the Jack Matthews toy soldier collection, and Dave DiMartino’s collections of robots, space toys, and vintage advertising figures.
The Thursday, Dec. 6 session will open with 150+ occupational shaving mugs. Estimates range from $500-$3,000. A crane operator mug is expected to fetch $2,000-$3,000.
Approximately 60 lots of upright coin-operated machines will follow. Leading the category is a Gabel’s Double Dewey 5/25-cent machine, which is estimated at $100,000-$125,000. Other upright coin-op highlights include a Mills Lone Star 5-cent machine, est. $90,000-$110,000; and a Caille Bullfrog 5-cent model, $40,000-$60,000.
Next to cross the block will be Dave DiMartino’s figural advertising collection. The figures in this collection – many made in the 1940s/’50s – promote automobiles, clothing, alcoholic beverages, health care products and other goods. Among DiMartino’s favorites are figures pitching Dr. Scholl’s, Bostonian Shoes, Martell Cognac and Keen’s Korn Kure, which is a mechanical window display, est. $1,500-$2,000.