Vintage Santa dolls a sweet memory to baby boomers

A “golden age of toy Santas” came when millions of Baby Boomer children (born 1946-1964) created an immense market for huggable, sturdy Santa toy dolls. About 100 toy companies in the United States and 12 in Canada were busy making them. Thanks to the boon times at the close of World War II, nations world wide capitalized on the soothing innocence of Santa’s image. Read More +

G.I. Joe Convention brings together aficionados of Hasbro’s ‘glorious obsession’

From the moment I stepped out of my car onto the curb that marked the front doors of the Westin Hotel to the second I drove away from the event via Rhode Island Route 146, the 2010 International G.I. Joe Convention in Providence, R.I., provided a unique opportunity to congregate with like-minded G.I. Joe aficionados who share my “glorious obsession.” Read More +

Rare Marilyn Monroe effects in June auction

LOS ANGELES – A trove of Marilyn Monroe’s personal and professional property including rare chest X-ray, the chair used by Marilyn in her final photo shoot, previously unreleased photographs of Monroe on her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio including their visit to troops in Korea Read More +

The Treasure of Toys

Did you ever think your childhood favorites might be your favorite investments today? Take a look at the toys you (or mom) has tucked away as keepsakes, you might be sitting on a treasure or two. Of course these delightful tokens of youth are often priceless in the bank of soulful memories, but as the year’s auctions have shown, there is more than sentimental value in toys.
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Toys of the ’80s highlight latest edition of Toys & Prices

By the time this issue reaches newsstands, “Toys & Prices 2010, 17th Edition” will have been gobbled up by toy enthusiasts either at bookstores or online for nearly a month. (But plenty of copies are still available!) In addition to new toys and updated prices, one of the features that has people talking is the 16-page color section that focuses on toys from the 1980s. Read More +