This is not your grandkids’ website.
There’s a Cecil the Lion Beanie Baby now
Plush toy manufacturer Ty Inc. announced Monday that it’s making a Beanie Baby to commemorate Cecil the Lion, a Southwest African Lion killed last month by American tourist Walter Palmer.
The company says it will donate all profits from the new toy to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of University of Oxford, the organization that had been tracking Cecil since 2008.
WHAT DO BEANIE BABIES HAVE TO DO WITH VINTAGE TOYS? SO GLAD YOU ASKED.
First,there are two basic determining factors that affect the desirability of any collectible….condition and rarity.
How hard is it to find?
What condition is it in?
This applies to any collectible from stamps and coins to antique cars.
About 20 years ago my wife suggested I start collecting something. At a big flea market held bi-annually at our county fairgrounds I came across a dealer who had some old cap pistols on his table. There was a mattel Fanner 50, just like the one my mom bought me for my 10th birthday in 1960. I bought it and I was hooked. The hobby became an obsession. The internet was in its infancy in the early nineties and the joy was in going to auctions, flea markets and estate sales looking for treasures.
There was a paper that was published every two weeks called The Toy Shop, which had ads for people selling toys and looking to buy certain items. I met some of the biggest toy dealers in the country that way.
There was a very large toy show held twice a year in St. Charles, Illinois, just west of Chicago. Dealers came from all over the country back then.
Of the scores of toy shows, flea markets, and antique shows, I can’t remember a time when somebody didn’t come into my booth, pick up a tin toy, cap gun or old pressed steel dump truck and say ‘I had one of these when I was a kid.’
Therein lies the inherent value of old toys. People equate them to a happier past and the good times they had. Somebody would pick up an item and look at the price tag and lament: if they’d only known. The boxes, some now more valuable than the toy that came in them, went out with the wrapping paper the day after Christmas. Alas, the collectibles market has been saturated with the advent of e-bay. I bought and sold thousands of items through that site. Sadly, there’s not much challenge to finding anything you want anymore. You can’t even find a good deal at auctions because you don’t need any knowledge anymore. Everybody has smart phones they frantically tap on, looking up prices of things.
OK, the beanies….
Most dealers I knew were in agreement that Beanie Babies would be a fairly short-lived fad. People used up their savings, took out second mortgages, and went through Junior’s college fund to buy cases of these things, envisioning great wealth. Trouble was, kids didn’t play with them. It was driven by adults speculating that they would go up in value. Like a Ponzi scheme, the ones who got in early made out OK, but after a while they devalued to junk status. Now you can find them at garage sales for .50 or a dollar.
Remember condition and rarity? There is one beanie, the holy grail of beanie collecting: the 1st issue of the Princess Di bear, which came out right after hr death.
You might want to see if you have one of these; in mint condition the value is somewhere between $100-150,000 (if you can find somebody to pay that much).
WHY IS THIS CLOWN BORING US WITH THIS CRAP?
Because I can.
Last weekend, more than a thousand vintage Barbie collectors came to DC for their annual convention
Welcome to Barbie world: More than 1,000 fans turn out for National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention in Washington DC
National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention 2015 taking place in Arlington
Thousands of plastic dolls sold and Barbie Broadway play auditions held
First Barbie doll released in 1959 and she has had 150 career guises
THE FIRST SIX BARBIES WERE ALL HAND-PAINTED, WITH #1 AND 2 IN JAPAN. THESE ARE SOME OF THE VINTAGE DOLLS.
THEY CAME WITH TWO HAIR STYLES, PONYTAIL AND SHORT-HAIRED, REFERRED TO AS A BUBBLE CUT. THE HAIR WAS BLONDE, BRUNETTE, BLACK, OR TITIAN.
IF YOU CAN READ THE PRICE STICKERS, IN A REPRO BOX THEY’RE WORTH $150-200. WITH THE ORIGINAL BOX AND ACCESSORIES, EVEN MORE. ALL THE ORIGINALS CAME WITH THE BLACK AND WHITE SWIMSUITS.
HASBRO INTRODUCED G.I. JOE IN 1959.
HE WAS NOT A DOLL, HE WAS AN ACTION FIGURE!
The original Joes had painted hair. Collectors referred to them as ‘painted heads.’ They came out in 1964.
In 1971, they came out withe these; it was the Adventure Team Joe, and were referred to as ‘fuzz heads’ because of the flocking. The commander figures had talk boxes attached by a string to the plastic dog tag they came with. The basic figure today can be had in decent shape for $30-40. It’s the outfits and accessories that get pricey.
This concludes todays lesson.