Project Object #13: Pair of Early 1980s Alabama Crimson Tide “BAMA ROLL TIDE” Matchbook Covers

Posted May 10, 2016 by milosinawava
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This was the second foray into selling matchbook covers. Like the L.A. Rams cover this was also sports related. I listed the pair for $.99 in a ten day ebay auction. They went through a couple rounds of auctions before being picked up for $.99 on April 21, 2016 by the lone bidder. Roll Tide!

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This offer is for a pair of “BAMA ROLL TIDE” matchbook covers from the early 1980s. Bancroft Spec. Corp in Mobile, AL manufactured the items. The matches have been shucked from the covers. Roll Tide!

Project Object #12: Vintage Buffalo Sabres 10th Anniversary 1970-1980 Viceroy Hockey Puck

Posted May 2, 2016 by milosinawava
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I originally listed this item in a 10 day ebay auction for $12.99. It went through several rounds with no takers. I lowered the price to $9.99 and once again listed it in a couple ten day ebay auctions. The puck finally sold for $9.99 on April 14, 2016.

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This Viceroy Hockey Puck commemorates the Buffalo Sabres 10th Anniversary season of 1980-1981. During that season, I bought the puck at a souvenir stand at a Sabres game in the now demolished Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. The Sabres entered the National Hockey League in 1970 with the Vancouver Canucks, raising the number of teams in the NHL to fourteen at the time. 

In the team’s 10th Anniversary season of 1980-1981, the Sabres won the regular season Adams Divison title behind Danny Gare and Gilbert Perreault before exiting the playoffs in a second round loss to the Minnesota North Stars. This puck has some blemishes (consult the pictures above) but its rarity more than makes up for them. The puck was a shelf piece for decades and will continue to make a wonderful piece of Sabres’ history in its new home!

Project Object #11: Original 1987 Hasbro Worlds of Wonder G.I. Joe Lazer Battle Laser Tag Gun

Posted May 2, 2016 by milosinawava
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I originally listed this item in a 10 day ebay auction with a starting bid price of $13.50. There were no takers through a couple of auction go rounds. I dropped the price to $9.99. Still no takers through a couple more auction rounds. I finally decided to drop the starting bid price to $5.99. It sold in a ten day auction for $5.99 on April 14, 2016. Read the questions below the item description to see where the gun’s future lies. Sounds like a cool new home that beats sitting in a storage bin!

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In 1987, G.I. Joe got in on the burgeoning popularity of laser tag. Hasbro contracted Worlds of Wonder to make the G.I. Joe Lazer Battle line.  This gun is from that line. The gun comes alone. The chest target, box, and packaging have been lost to time. The gun works and is powered by a 9-volt battery (not included). It is in great shape and will make a wonderful addition to any laser tag or G.I. Joe collection!

Q: Sorry to bother Is it possible to open the gun to get at the trigger. I need to run wires up into the grip. I will mount this on a Fokker kiddie ride as the machine gun. I need to wire it to the rides system inorder to have the sounds when the trigger is pulled Apr-13-16
A: I think you can access the trigger through the battery compartment door at the bottom of the grip. That may give you enough access to run your wires. There are also screws at various locales on the gun that should allow you to open up the gun and get at its interior if you need more access than the battery compartment door. Sounds like a cool ride!
Q: Could you please tell me the measurement of the gun from front to rear Apr-11-16
A: The gun is 10.5 inches from front to rear. It stands just over 6 inches in height. Thanks for your interest!

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

Posted April 27, 2016 by milosinawava
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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.

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

Posted April 27, 2016 by milosinawava
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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

Posted April 27, 2016 by milosinawava
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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

Posted April 18, 2016 by milosinawava
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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.