Rare 1950s Gibbs-Connor Brooklyn Dodgers Trolley Bank Prototype - The Holy Grail of Brooklyn Dodgers Collectibles!

Sold For: $2,160

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1736

Item Year: 1955

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Offered here is one of the rarest Brooklyn Dodgers pieces in the hobby: a prototype bank produced in the 1950s by the Gibbs-Connor Company. The colorful porcelain bank features the "Brooklyn Bum" driving a trolley car, with a script "B" displayed on each side of the car. The car's destination, "Ebbets Field," is lettered along the base of the front. As most collectors are aware, the Gibbs-Connor Company, which was based in Cleveland, Ohio, was a small manufacture of porcelain products, best known today for its production of a few Cleveland Indians banks featuring the likeness of Chief Wahoo. However, in 2012, an amazing find of Gibbs-Connor prototype banks, cookie jars, ashtrays, and other oddball pieces was discovered by the relatives of a former employee of the company. This bank originates from that find and is one of only two Brooklyn Dodgers banks found in the collection. (It must be noted that a small number of Brooklyn Dodgers cookie jars, which are nearly identical in design to this bank, were also included in the find.) As such, it remains one of the "Holy Grails" of Brooklyn Dodgers collectibles. The bank (approximately 6 x 6 x 11 inches) remains in spectacular MINT condition and would be among the highlights of any advanced Brooklyn Dodgers, bank, or baseball-figural collection. As a point of reference, the only other known Brooklyn Dodgers trolley bank appeared at auction in 2008, where it realized a final sales price of $4,987. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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