Archive for April 2016

Project Object #10: Vintage 1979 Tomy Hit and Missile Handheld Electronic Game – Fixer Upper Project

April 27, 2016

I originally listed this item in a 10 day ebay auction for $3.99. It went through multiple 10 day rotations with no bites in its non-functioning state. In the quest to downsize and the hope it would go to a loving home, I decided to list it in a ten day auction for $.99. It sold for $.99.

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Tomy released Hit and Missile in 1979 in its international line of electro/mechanical handheld games. Sibling games included Terra-Hit (UK), Missile Strike (UK), and Space Attack (Japan).

This Hit and Missile does not presently function, but a more electro-mechanically minded person than I may be able to work some magic to get this game functioning once again. The game easily pulls apart to reveal its electro-mechanical guts (see photos). This item would make a great renovation project or exploratory exercise to reveal the early days of handheld electronic games.

When functioning, Hit and Missile is powered by two C batteries (not included). This item comes alone with no box. The game’s instructions are printed on a label on the backside of the game (see photos). Even in its non-functioning state, this item would make a great shelf piece or low-priced addition to a gaming collection.

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Project Object #9: Vintage Los Angeles Rams 1980 Season NFL Football Schedule Matchbook

April 27, 2016

Through my teenage years, I was an avid collector. Beer cans, beer bottles, baseball cards, football cards, hockey cards, memorabilia, buttons, etc. Among my collecting pursuits were matchbook covers. My collection of covers, matches and all, sat stored in a large shoebox for the last two decades. This project motivated me to organize the covers and begin shucking the matches and flattening the covers. I began experimenting with slowly selling these covers with this item. I listed it in a 10 day ebay auction for $.99. It sold for  $.99 on April 11, 2016.

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This L.A. Rams matchbook schedule is for the 1980 NFL season, which was the Rams first season playing in Anaheim Stadium. The Rams helmet is featured on the front and back of the matchbook. The inside of the matchbook features an advertisement for Sports Stop in San Francisco on the top and the Rams 1980 schedule on the bottom. Universal Match of St. Louis, Missouri manufactured the matchbook. The matches have been shucked from the cover.

The Rams finished the regular season 11-5 in 1980. They finished second in the NFC West behind the 12-4 Atlanta Falcons but made the playoffs as a NFC wildcard team. The Rams lost in the wildcard game 34-13 to the Dallas Cowboys. Celebrate the return of the Rams to L.A. in 2016 with this vintage piece of Rams history!

Project Object #8: Vintage Tokyo Yomiuri Giants 2000 Team Guide Featuring Hideki Matsui On Cover

April 27, 2016

I bought this item in Ebetsu, Hokkaido, Japan at the Oasa High School Festival in 2006 when I was working as a JET Programme ALT. For the festival, students transformed the school gym into a fair. Some booths set up by homerooms featured games, and some booths were set up as flea markets. This item was one of the treasures I plucked from the flea market booths. I listed it as a 10 day auction on ebay with a starting price of $7.99. The item sold for $7.99 on March 19, 2016.

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This 120 page booklet is the team guide for the 2000 Tokyo Yomiuri Giants. The guide was bought in Japan and is written in Japanese. The cover features Giants sluggers Hideki Matsui (a.k.a Gojira) and Yoshinobu Takahashi. In 2003, Matsui left Japanese baseball to play in the USA with the New York Yankees. Matsui was the MVP of the 2009 World Series when the Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4 games to 2. The 2000 Yomiuri Giants team also featured numerous other players who would go on to play in the majors, including Koji Uehara and Hideki Okajima, who are also featured in this booklet.

This guide contains a wealth of information and stats, advertisements, the team song, player and coach photos and stats, and wonderful full page, full color action photos of individual players, beginning with Matsui. The 120 page guide measures approximately 6 inches x 8.5 inches x .25 inches. The cover has some minor stains and creasing (see photos). Otherwise, the guide is in great shape. This guide is a vibrant and unique display of the trans-Pacific nature of baseball history!

Project Object #7: Vintage Michael Dukakis 1988 Presidential Campaign Safety Pin Pinback Button

April 18, 2016

This item sold on March 19, 2016 in a 10 day ebay auction. The starting price was $1.99. The pin sold in a two person bidding war for $15.38.

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In 1988, Michael Dukakis was the governor of Massachusetts. Dukakis ran as the Democratic candidate in the 1988 Presidential election against the Republican George Bush. This button is from that contentious campaign. It is approximately 2.25 inches in diameter and features a functioning safety pin style pinback. Bush won the election, and Dukakis went back to being the governor of Massachusetts. He held that office until 1991.

Project Object #6: Vintage 1970s Buffalo Sabres Canvas Children’s School Bag or Art Bag

April 18, 2016

This item sold on March 17, 2016 in a 10 day ebay auction. The starting price was $7.50. The bag sold in a small bidding war for $16.49.

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This Vintage 1970s Buffalo Sabres Canvas Children’s School Bag or Art Bag measures 13 in. x 11 in. x 3.5 in. The bag features two pockets and a sturdy shoulder strap. It is perfect for a young Sabres fan to carry to school with books, art supplies, etc. My siblings and I used it for that purpose back in the 1970s and early 1980s.  It could also function as a stylish disc golf bag for a Sabres fanatic.

The bag is stained with some blue and red ink (see photos) from its history of usage and would be a great candidate for a cool tie-dye job. The Sabres logo emblazoned on the bag is largely untarnished. The snap button on the bag needs repair, and the left side of the front pocket has a small tear that could be easily repaired (see photo). The bag has been stored away for decades. With a little TLC, it will be ready to once again pull duty for a 21st century Sabres fan on the go!

Project Object #5: Vintage Buffalo Sabres 10th Anniversary “The Best Is Yet To Come” Brass Coin

April 14, 2016

This item sold on February 29, 2016 in a 10 day ebay auction. It sold with one bid at its starting bid price of $10.99.

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This brass coin commemorates the Buffalo Sabres 10th Anniversary season of 1980-1981. During that season, I bought the coin at a souvenir stand at a Sabres game in the now demolished Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. The brass coin was made in 1980 by the Buffalo based company Klassy Brass Ltd.  The year and company name are stamped on the backside of the coin.  At purchase, the coin came enshrined in a 2 inch by 2 inch plastic case made by M. Meghrig and Sons. The company’s name is etched on the left side of the 1/8 of an inch thick plastic case. The coin has remained enshrined in its plastic case since its purchase in 1980. The brass coin is in great shape and has held its color wonderfully!


The top of the coin has a small hole punched in it to allow the coin to be worn as a medallion if one wished to take it out of its plastic case. The front of the coin features the years “1970” and “1980” at the top. The Sabres logo and team name of “Buffalo Sabres” adorn the center of the coin. The motto “The Best Is Yet To Come” wraps the bottom of the coin. This rare brass coin was a shelf piece for decades and will continue to make a wonderful piece of Sabres’ history in its new home!

Project Object #4: Vintage Handheld Tandy Electronic Baseball – Two Players Model # 60-2157

April 14, 2016

This item sold in a 10 day ebay auction with a starting bid of $7.99. It got one bid and sold for $7.99 on February 23, 2016.

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Tandy 2-Player Electronic Baseball Game dating from 1981. Model #60-2157. Instructions to the game are contained on a label on the game’s backside. This game comes by itself. I do not have the box or paper instructions. The game is powered by 4-AA batteries (not included). The battery door is missing, but the batteries do stay wedged in there nicely without it. The game is in complete working condition including the sound effects and opening salvo of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.” A worthy addition to the collection of a gamer or a baseball fanatic!