Steve Butler, Tin Toys — April 1, 2014 at 12:01 am

Shooting First

Shooting First
Shooting First
BY STEVE BUTLER

EVERY NOW AND THEN a toy collector stumbles across something he/she hasn’t seen before. If the item is of some interest, at least two questions tend to arise. What is it? … and … What is it worth? Despite any definitive answers to these questions, an adventurous and/or careless toy hunter may simply take the shot and deal with those answers thereafter. That’s what this narrative is about. A shot taken and the after-the-fact development of the two answers.

The target in this case was a car and trailer in its original box. Boxes tell a story, and the box for this toy is no exception. A large GAMA logo is found in several locations on the box. However, about 80% of the box is devoted to illustrations of the contents along with the captions “Tabbert Caravan” and “Koronet.” The box is made of corrugated cardboard and is predominately green with the illustrations in white. A bit of research turned up other Gama toys packaged in a similar green that were issued in the 1960’s.

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