Saturday, March 09, 2013


Today is the day I join The League of Extraordinary Bloggers! I can't say I'm all that extraordinary, but joining the league is simple. To gain membership you must have a blog and you must blog about the current assignment. I've been enjoying the various posts by league members since the group started last year. Extraordinary blogger Brian over at Cool & Collected came up with the league and it continues to grow with each new assignment.

This week's assignment looked way too fun to pass up and so here I am. Hake's Americana & Collectibles have been working for over thirty years helping collectors find items to add to their collections. From character collectibles to historical artifacts, Hake's has sold some of the best! The league asked bloggers to go on an imaginary shopping spree and pick our "must haves" if money was no object. It's kind of like if Hake's had an official board game! Okay, I'll roll the dice and play! I could easily pick one of each since this auction is filled to the brim with coolness, but I won't be greedy with my imaginary money and only pick ten items.

1. V Diana The Alien Enemy Prototype Figure

Back in 1983, I was glued to the tube for the V miniseries. One scene showed some kids playing with Visitor action figures and boy did I want those figures. LJN had plans for a V action figure line, but unfortunately they were never produced. Hake's has up for auction a Diana prototype figure and for sone lucky fan, they'll finally own a V action figure! Be sure to check out the amazing action figure prototypes by Rick Roland being offered by Hake's!  

2. Jack Kirby Fantastic Four #95 Comic Book Cover Original Art

Jack "King" Kirby original cover art to Fantastic Four! I'm a small time comic art collector and have yet to own an original Kirby. This cover would be a nice start on a Kirby art collection. 'Nuff said!

3. Superman Silent Flame Table Lighter by Dunhill

Great Caesar's ghost this early 1940s Superman table lighter is nifty! I can just picture this sitting on Perry White's desk at the Daily Planet. Better yet, I can picture this sitting on my desk here in Neato Coolville!

4. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Boxed Play Outfit
Children of the 1930s had some amazing toys and this Buck Rogers play outfit was one of the best. I've  bought and sold a couple of the Daisy ray guns, but I've never found the helmet, vest or other pieces from this set.

One of my favorite things to collect when I'm out digging in flea markets and antique stores are items from the 1939 New York World's Fair. I've had a fascination with this fair for years! I've never been fortunate to sneak up on one of these tractor trains as nice as Hake's example.  

Since I'm a child of the 70s, I missed out on the 1960s monster model craze. I did have one Aurora monster model as a kid and that was a Godzilla model. I eventually (foolishly) blew it up with firecrackers. Now here's a rare piece that I would never blow up with firecrackers, the third place prize for the 1964 Master Monster Maker contest that was featured in the pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine.  

7. Flash Gordon Movie Club Serial Button

Whoever ends up with this Flash Gordon Buster Crabbe Movie Club button better wear it on their lapel everyday! I know I would!!

8. Batman Utility Belt by Ideal

Holy Ideal! I wonder if this Batman Utility Belt comes with a can of shark repellent!

9. Nodding Head Dinosaurs Premium Prototype Store Sign Original Art

Dinosaurs! Original Art! Premiums! What's not to love about this store sign prototype for Scotch tape?

10. The Great Garloo by Marx

I wish The Great Garloo would have been on toy shelves in the 1970s because he would have made my Christmas wish list for sure! Besides being an awesome toy Mr. Garloo had one of the best toy commercials ever made. Click here to watch it!

Check out some of the other extraordinary bloggers to see what they picked out from their imaginary Hake's shopping spree!

Branded in the 80's wants some Sea Creature Action Figure prototypes and stuff!
AEIOU and Sometimes Why wants some space and monster stuff!
shezcrafti goes totally 80s and wants some rad stuff!
Achievements in Gaming wants to get lost with some Lost in Space stuff!
The Blogger From Planet X wants some 007 space stuff!
Lair of the Dork Horde wants the Phantom's ring and no other stuff!

Click here for the complete League shopping list.

I feel like the "Old Man" from A Christmas Story because I won a major award! That's right, Hake's sponsored this week's League assignment with gift certificates and randomly picked two winners and I won! The other lucky blogger was Calvin's Canadian Cave of Cool! Looks like it was a good day to have "cool" in your blog title. After Hake's current auction, I'll blog about the item I will (hopefully) win with my gift certificate. Big thanks to Hake's and Cool & Collected!

---Update #2---
I didn't win any of the items listed on my top ten list from above but I did win an item that should have been in my top ten. I won the Superman Crusader Ring! How cool is that? You can visit my post about the ring here. Here's a listing of prices realized before buyer's premium from my top ten list.

1. V Diana The Alien Enemy Prototype Figure - $1,705.00
2. Jack Kirby Fantastic Four #95 Comic Book Cover Original Art - $82,744.20
3. Superman Silent Flame Table Lighter by Dunhill - $1,000.00
4. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Boxed Play Outfit - $1,320.00
5. 1939 New York World's Fair Greyhound Tractor Train by Arcade - $440.00
6. Aurora Master Monster Maker Contest Prize - $330.00
7. Flash Gordon Movie Club Serial Button - $1,006.78
8. Batman Utility Belt by Ideal $7,374.42
9. Nodding Head Dinosaurs Premium Prototype Store Sign Original Art - No Bids
10. The Great Garloo by Marx - $330.30
For the complete price realized list click here and to purchase items that didn't sell in the auction click here.


Shawn Robare said...

Hey Todd, love your shopping spree picks! I didn't see that Diana prototype until after I finalized my post, but man what a great item! I guess I'll just be posing my V Trooper "ken" doll in photos without her...

Brian (Cool and Collected) said...

Someone FINALLY put that Kirby art in their cart! Welcome to the League Todd! You made some excellent selections.

veg-o-matic said...

Holy Hannah!
That Batman utility belt brings back the memories--my brother had it when we were kids.
I have that Buck Rogers pistol around her somewhere...

Todd Franklin said...

Shawn - There's always photoshop!

Brian - Thanks for the welcome! Any Kirby original are is a must have!

veg-o-matic - Wow, you have a Bat-Brother! Neat that you have memories of the utility belt.

Brian (Cool and Collected) said...

Hi Todd- Trying to reach you by email with some good news. Check your inbox!

Todd Franklin said...

Wow! I just sent you an email! Thanks!

BondToddBond said...

From Hake's very own "Todd Sheffer" Thanks for posting and good luck bidding! Congrats!

Todd Franklin said...

Thanks Todd and thanks for the fun contest! I'm very happy with my Superman Crusader ring!!