Sunday, May 17, 2015

THE EXECUTIVE ABC BOOK


In honor of tonight's final episode of Mad Men, let's take a look at this novelty gag booklet from 1962. It's kind of amazing how this book sort of sums up the complete series of Mad Men.













Sunday, May 10, 2015

LET'S CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY WITH AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF ADVERTISING ART


To all the moms of the world past and present...you are all neato cool!!!

Two weeks ago I found this large piece of original artwork in an antique store and brought it home. I'm sure it's a piece of advertising art but I haven't had time to do any research. Probably from the 1950s or 60s.  As we celebrate our moms, I thought today would be the perfect day to showcase this artwork. If anyone has a clue what this could be from please add your thoughts in the comments.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

CELEBRATING EASTER WITH IDEAL'S 1955 EASTER CATALOG


Happy Easter, everyone! Here's an eggcellent goodie for your Easter basket; Ideal's Easter Catalog from 1955. Enjoy!












Wednesday, March 18, 2015

FANTASY FILM BASKETBALL TRADING CARDS


This is the third virtual wax pack in my sports movie trading card series. Football was first, baseball second and now it's time for basketball. So put on those tube socks, make your hair go fro and grab a tub of popcorn for ten Fantasy Film Basketball cards! 

Jimmy Chitwood - Forward - Hickory Huskers - Hoosiers (1986)
Played by Maris Valainis
1952 Wheaties card

Clarence Withers - Guard - Flint Tropics - Semi-Pro (2008)
Played by Andre Benjamin
1976 Topps card

Moses Guthrie - Forward - Pittsburgh Pisces - The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)
Played by Julius Erving 
1979-80 Topps card

Scott Howard - Guard - Beacon Beavers - Teen Wolf (1985)
Played by Michael J. Fox
1985 Star Crunch ‘n Munch All-Stars card

Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher - Forward - Los Angeles Lakers - Fletch (1985)
Played by Chevy Chase
1985 Star Team Supers card

Billy Hoyle - Guard - Los Angeles - White Men Can’t Jump (1992)
Played by Woody Harrelson 
1992-93 Upper Deck card

Antoine Tyler - Guard - Washington Huskies - The 6th Man (1997)
Played by Kadeem Hardison 
1997-98 Topps card

Lewis Scott - Guard - Utah Jazz - Celtic Pride (1996)
Played by Damon Wayans
1996-97 Hoops card

Lola Bunny - Forward - Tune Squad - Space Jam (1996)
Played by Kath Soucie
1996 Topps Chrome card

Snake Plissken - Guard - No Team Affiliation - Escape from L. A. (1996)
Played by Kurt Russell
2013-14 Pinnacle Upstart Jersey card

Monday, March 09, 2015

HAKE'S AMERICANA & COLLECTIBLES AUCTION #214


The first auction of 2015 from Hake's Americana & Collectibles is loaded with some amazing items! Thousands of grade-A choice collectibles from Auction #214 are ready for bids. The auction closes on March 17-19. It was difficult to pick only ten items, but here's my top ten list!



Wow! The original artwork for one of the most famous cereal premiums ever made! Back in the 1940s, Kellogg's added small pinbacks featuring popular comic characters in each box of Pep cereal. Of course the most popular button was Superman and now someone is going to own the original artwork. 




Here's another Superman item and this one is super rare! The ring was a contest prize out of Superman and Action comics back in 1940. Only 1600 lucky kids were awarded Supermen of America rings back then. Today, there's only 22 ring examples known. 



Back in the 1960s, bat-crazed kids got to take a ride with Batman in his Batboat at amusement centers across the country. This brings back memories because an arcade close to where I grew up had the Batmobile from this kiddie ride series. It's great to see this one offered in the auction!




Toy prototypes are special for any kind of toy, but a prototype laser pistol from Tom Corbett Space Cadet is out of this world! Just look how cool this one-of-a-kind piece is.  




Years ago, I started to collect Tarzan books but eventually sold off the collection. Of course, I never had any signed editions, especially one signed by so many amazing people. Besides being signed by Edgar Rice Burroughs, this one is also signed by Boris Karloff! 



This signed Houdini stock certificate will be an impressive conversation piece on someone's wall. Just looking at the scan of this certificate impresses me! 


 

I love old cereal stuff and finding something straight from a Kellogg's salesman is really a special find. This binder is full of box fronts and backs of some of the best boxes Kellogg's offered in the 1960s.

8. 1960 Collegeville Halloween Costume Catalog


It really doesn't matter what's in this Collegeville Halloween costume catalog.  A cover with a witch on a rocket is good enough for me! Everything else inside is just a bonus.  



There's probably not a more hip/mod acton figure villain than the one and only Dr. Evil! This boxed lab set is really a piece of art that should be hung on a museum wall. 

10. S.W.A.T. Display Box with Dozen Toy Rifles


Back when I was five years old I wanted to grow up and either be a paleontologist or a member of the S.W.A.T. team. Hut hut hut hut ---- this was one of my favorite shows. Back then,  I had a S.W.A.T. action figure and now I wished I could have had a S.W.A.T. rifle. Someone will end up with a dozen after this auction closes. The five year old in me will be a little jealous. 

That's my top ten! Go visit Hake's Auction #214 and have a look for yourself at all the other killer stuff! Also, visit Cool & Collected and take a look at Brian's favorites!