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1960s Mickey Mantle "All Stars Mr. Baseball Jr." Automatic Batting Machine - Mint in Box
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $940.00
In the 1950s and 1960s Japanese toy companies were renowned for their ability to economically produce high-quality mechanical tin toys for the United States market. The style of the Japanese toy manufacturer's cardboard box package design was and is instantly recognizable, signaling to youngsters (and, today, vintage toy collectors) that a colorful high-quality toy was inside. Occasionally a product was produced which referenced a particular star or commercial property, though economy dictated that no formal permission or endorsement was obtained, and the likeness was therefore intentionally not exact. Such was the case with this Mickey Mantle mechanical tin toy. The baseball figure "bats" balls from the battery driven automatic feeder positioned in front of it. While the figure is supposed to be generic in nature, the pinstripe uniform and number "7" on its back leave little room for doubt as to whom it represents. It's Mantle, though we can assure you that neither "The Mick" nor the Yankees saw a dime from this product. Interestingly, the box is part of the game and features panels that dictate the action; where the ball hit the box determined the result (home run, single, out, etc.). The toy (7.5 inches in height) is in perfect Mint condition and remains housed in its original box (8 x 6 x 5 inches, top separated as per design, overall about Ex). Included is the unopened bag of seven "balls." Manufactured by the "K" Corporation of Japan. Reserve $200. Estimate $300/$500. SOLD FOR $940.00
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