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January 26, 2016 - Sad Passing: Greg Wellsfry

At one point in time, we envisioned updating the front page of our website weekly - with news and events.  That's never come to pass.  Life is too busy just keeping up with buying and selling and filling orders.  But we'll still try to update this little blurb a little more frequently than we have been.

On a very sad note and with heavy heart, we have difficult news to share: our close friend (and frequent vintage 12" GI Joe collector) Greg Wellsfry passed away on January 14th 2016.  He was 51 and leaves behind a loving wife and 2 college age children.  Greg was a collector of many things - his main love being Mopar muscle cars.  But he also loved vintage 12" GI Joes - especially the Soldiers of the World.  Over the decades, he would collect for a while, sell off, and then be back again to collect them anew.  He even attended the 2nd National GI Joe Collector's Club convention in 1992 in Los Angeles.  Greg had multiple heart attacks last summer and had been working hard on recovery.  He was the sole support of his family.  They are all going through a very difficult time - not only with his loss but with the financial ramifications.  We implore any and all who had pleasant dealings with Greg to stop by his memorial fund page and offer whatever you can to assist the family:

Greg Wellsfry 1964 - 2016

Rest in peace my friend.  I look forward to hearing your infectious laugh again someday.

Duane Smailus Collection - Jan 2016 Update

Another update on the Duane Smailus collection. Duane is one of our favorite customers...and someone we consider a friend even though we wouldn't know him if he passed us in a hallway.  He's been selling his 13 year collection of vintage 1964 -1980s, 12" GI Joe and his foreign cousins (Palitoy, Ceji, Falcon, Geyper Man, Action Joe, etc).  Duane was (and still is in his own way) a serious collector - he amassed one of the premier GI Joe collections in the world.  He's a bit modest and wouldn't advertise it as such - but we suffer no such ailments.  He's a scientist by trade - and it shows in his attention to detail.  You'll see examples of very rare prototypes - as well as hard to find foreign sets.  Since no takers were available to purchase his collection as a whole (and believe us when we tell you that there were probably less than a handful that could have come up with that much money - his collection is that good), Duane began parting out his collection a year or so ago.  He has sold some items (they'll be marked "SOLD"). He's still got a lot of great items.  Even if you're not interested in a purchase, stop by anyway for a look of some rare items:

Duane Collection
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We greatly appreciate your business and hope you enjoy browsing our site.  As always, feel free to contact us with any questions.  Don't forget - we also love working from want feel free to let us know what you are specifically looking for!

Thanks so much!!!

Christmas' Past

Our attempt to add a  "Christmas' Past" section hasn't come to fruition.  But we still invite you to send in vintage pictures of yourself (or others - with their permission, of course!) opening up those toys of yesterday (heck, we'll even take birthday or other events of same!).  We think it's great fun to share our experiences - I believe most collectors are in this, at least partially, to relive their childhood.  Let's all share a bit! :)  With that thought, our first entry is from one of our customers who was so kind to share his Christmas photo - 'Tommy' circa 1966 or so, age 10 or 11...getting ready to begin a fun filled day with the Cartrights of Bonanza fame!  

Thanks for your continued support!!

Laura & Louie

Oct 12, 2006

After being in business for over 20 years now (has it really been that long??!), we finally decided to officially develop and roll out our own website (we have been selling on eBay for over 8 years now but this is our first solo flight!). We know that shopping on the Internet is not always the rewarding experience it SHOULD be.  If you're like us, you're tired of the extremely poor customer service provided by over 90% of eBay 'sellers'.  The horror stories are never ending.  $300 purchases arriving in the mail wrapped in nothing more than butcher paper (with, no wonder, bend folds running through the middle); "mint" items arriving with rust, paint touch ups, etc; all original items arriving with repro boxes and/or parts; $700 ceramics arriving tossed into a box with absolutely nothing more than a thin piece of newspaper floating around the now damaged figures; items not arriving AT ALL...ouch!!  We are constantly striving to provide the opposite of that!  

The site is a "live" document....we intend it to continue to grow.   Please browse around and let us know what you think.  If you're of the mind, feel free to send us a want list.  We really miss the old days of direct interaction with people.  We actually have a phone number you call if you wish!!  Oh, if the desire to purchase something strikes your fancy, feel free to purchase away! 

And feel free to tell a friend!

Best Regards,

Laura & Louie

Here's a small selection of our most recent additions (all immediately available for sale)...

Addams Family 1964 Pin Pinback Button Green Gomez Green Duck Co.

Wham-O Whamo Super Ball 1960's Wannabe Bozo Boomerang Ball x10 Store Display Box

Major Matt Mason 1968 MIB Uni-Tred Space Hauler FACTORY NEW

GI Joe 1964 1967 Acc. Pilot Red White Fighter Pilot Parachute OriginalHigh Grade

Tootsie Toy 1950's Die Cast Fire Chief Car Ladder Badge in Package MIP

Popeye 1950s Phoenix Candy Box Color By Number Olive Oyl ORIGINAL

Mego Comic Action Heroes 1976 Board Game Denys Fisher Artwork Batman Riddler

Batman 1967 JLA Justice League Multiple Toymakers Rubb'r Niks 1966

Batman 1967 JLA Justice League Multiple Toymakers Rubb'r Niks Wonder Woman 1966

Aurora Model MIB 1966 BATMAN BATMOBILE ORIGINAL Complete Unstarted

Batman 1966 Zipper Coin Purse Licensed

Batman 1966 Marble Maze Hasbro Riddler Joker Penguin Batmobile MIB

Batman 1977 Janex Toothbrush Robin Electric Window Box MIB


Batman 1966 Wilton Ideal Playset Mold BATMAN Painted JLA Figure Bruce Wayne

Batman 1966 Coloring Book Robin In The Batcave Watkins-Strathmore Unused

GI Joe 1966 #8103 MIB SOTW French Resistance Fighter Large Window Original #GW6

GI Joe 1966 #8203 MIB SOTW French Small FACTORY SEALED ALL Original #GW3

GI Joe 1966 Figure Set SOTW Original French Resistance Fighter #GW2

GI Joe 1966 #8101 MIB SOTW Japanese Large Box Original #GW1

Disneykins 1961 MIB 101 Dalmatians English Box Plantation

GI Joe 1960s 1964 1969 Figure Redhead Patent No. Nude Figure Original

Barbie #0975 1958 MOC Winter Holiday Outfit NRFC MIB NRFB

Barbie #1105 1970 Skipper MIB TNT Blonde Bend Legs Sausage Curl Gold Blonde NRFB

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