Morphy’s Aug. 9-10 Toys & Collectibles Auction a bonanza of rare robots, marbles, high-grade comics, monster model kits

Morphy’s Aug. 9-10 Toys & Collectibles Auction a bonanza of rare robots, marbles, high-grade comics, monster model kits

Circa-1960 Masudaya Machine Man Robot with original graphic box and inserts. One of very few examples. One of the most famous Gang of Five robot series. Very good to excellent condition. Estimate $60,000-$90,000

Incredible United Airlines Boeing 377 Stratocruiser Illuminating Cutaway model. Original shipping crate with United Airlines labels. Originally displayed at United’s corporate headquarters. Estimate $20,000-$30,000

S.Y. Extremely rare (Japan) Battery-operated Electroman Robot. Bump-and-go action. A European collection is new to the market. Estimate $50,000-$100,000

Highlights: Electroman robot ($50K-$100K), boxed Machine Man robot, ($60K-$90K), ‘Seek Him Frisk’ mechanical bank ($40K-$80K)

Collectors have been scouring the Earth for Machine Man robots for decades, so it’s a very big deal when there’s a new discovery like the one in our auction.”

— Tommy Sage Jr, Head of Morphy Auctions’ Toy & Doll Division

DENVER, PENNSYLVANIA, USA, August 2, 2022 / — Many a great toy and bank collection is highlighted by rarities acquired from Morphy’s, which still holds the world record for the highest-grossing one-day toy auction of all time. Many would recall the record-setting event: Morphy’s 2007 sale of the legendary Stephen and Marilyn Steckbeck bank collection, which drew national TV crews to the Pennsylvania gallery and knocked down an astonishing $7.7 million.

Morphy Auctions has been bringing exceptional toys to market since then with prices that appeal to both novice collectors as well as advanced collectors. The fun will continue on August 9-10, 2022, as Morphy’s hosts an exciting Toys & General Collectibles auction featuring the types of antique and vintage toys and banks that are most desired by today’s collectors. All remote bidding methods are accepted, including absentee and via phone.

A look at the sale shows 200+ mechanical and stationary banks, 100 playsets, 100 robotics and space toys, 50 pressed-steel trucks and trains, 50 Japanese die-cast characters toys, a curated selection of marbles, 20 comic books of high quality, and a collection travel agency-type metal airplanes.

This category includes outstanding examples from Simeone’s collection. It was displayed in Italy several years ago and illustrated in a companion volume. “We’re very pleased to be able to include some of the best robots in our August sale,” said Tommy Sage Jr, Head of Morphy Auctions’ Toy & Doll Division. “Among the top lots from that collection are a Robby Space Patrol, estimated at $3,000-$5,000, and a Masudaya Gang of Five Radicon Robot with its original box, which has a $6,000-$9,000 estimate.”

Another consignor has a SY Japan battery operated Electroman Robot. This robot, which opens and closes with a mouth that can open and closes, and has a red-gel light-up chest that shows pistons and turning wheels, is expected attract a winning offer of $50,000 to $100,000.

A fitting companion to the aforementioned Radicon Robot is another member of Masudaya’s dynamic Gang of Five: Machine Man. It is one of eight copies of the original 1960 small production run. It is in excellent condition and comes with its original pictorial box. “It came straight out of a house in Pennsylvania,” Sage said. “Collectors have been scouring the Earth for Machine Man robots for decades, so it’s a very big deal when there’s a new discovery like this one.” Estimate: $60,000-$90,000

A highly sought-after Italian-made robot-form gumball maker from 1950s Italy continues the extraterrestrial line-up. Rarely found, these machines sell for between $3,000 and $6,000. They are sought-after by robot enthusiasts as well as collectors of chewing gum-related products.

An extensive and exquisite collection of toys with space guns deserves special attention. These toys were colorful and varied in design. Manufacturers around the world used a wide range of styles to interpret them, although most were from the 1950s-1970s. This collection includes a Pyrotomic Disintegrator space pistol that is valued at between $2,000 and $4,000

An extremely nice collection of 1970s/’80s Japanese comic character toys, the majority with their original native-language boxes, will be available. While most of these toys are die-cast, a few are made from tin and some are even tin windups. “These toys were mostly made by Popy and their Japanese competitors, although some were made in Singapore or Macau specifically for the Japanese market,” Sage said. “They were never marketed in the United States or elsewhere, so if they ended up here, they had to have been brought here directly from Japan.”

One of the sale’s featured highlights is the 100-lot Donald J Clayton playset collection. Marx produced many sets, such as the 1960 Johnny Ringo Western Frontier set that was valued at $4,000 to $6,000. “It’s one of the most sought-after playsets. I don’t think very many were made,” Sage said. A set based upon the 1960s TV crimefighter TV show The Untouchables is another rarity. It is estimated to cost between $1,200 and $1,800. Each set will be offered without reserve.

Another collection that Sage highly recommends is the Aurora model kits. A huge unbuilt Frankenstein, priced at $1,200 to $1,500, a sealed Vampire that costs $800 to $1,200 and a Mummy that costs $250 to $500 are just a few of the most sought-after kits. Each of the four sealed models will represent a member of The Beatles and will be sold together as a group lot, with a $1,000-$1,500 price tag.

More than 200 mechanical banks will cross the auction block, led by a very scarce circa-1881 HL Judd Co (Connecticut) “Seek Him Frisk.” When a coin is inserted into the tree stump of this beautiful, action-filled bank, the dog bolts after the cat, which evades the canine by swiftly climbing up the tree to safety. Estimate $40,000-$80,000. Other cast-iron favorites include a circa-1880 Kyser & Rex Roller Skating bank, $15,000-$20,000, and a circa-1886 J&E Stevens Monkey and Coconut bank whose condition Sage describes as being “dead mint – the best I’ve ever seen.” The pre-sale estimate is $10,000-$15,000. Cast-iron mechanicals are not the only items in this auction. The selection also includes cast-iron still banks and lithographed tin and German-spelter banks. The auction assortment is so broad, collectors stand a very good chance of discovering the banks they’ve been seeking to fill vacant slots in their collections, Sage said.

Small but mighty, antique and vintage marbles are always strong performers at Morphy’s sales. There are some beautiful finds at the August event, including a 4-lobe end of the day marble that costs $1,000 to $2,000 and a rare 4-lobe 4-panel end of the day marble that costs $1,500 to $2,000.

This amazing collection includes 15-20 travel agency planes. It includes a large United Airlines long-range Boeing 377 Stratocruiser model for desk display. A Boeing 247 table light is $2,000-$4,000.

Comic book highlights include Marvel’s February 1974 Amazing Spider-Man #129, $9,000-$12,000; and a coveted October/November 1952 first issue of Mad magazine, which was published in a comic-book format, $9,000-$14,000.

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