September 5, 2008 in Features

1950s bank worth a pretty penny now

Glenn Erardi
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This mail-order Jackie Robinson bank is worth more than $150.
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Dear Collector: My Dad died in 2005, and I found this bank in his closet. It seems very interesting. Might it be worth something?

The origin of this early 1950s artifact seems to be as a mail-order item offered in the short-lived eponymous Jackie Robinson comic books published from 1950 to 1952. Today, the conservative value on this bank exceeds $150.

Dear Collector: I imagine you get a lot of teapot questions and hope you can handle one more. From the enclosed photos can you place a date and value on mine?

Recognizable as a circa 1930s McCoy Pottery piece in a pattern called Cherries and Leaves, it’s worth maybe $75.

Dear Collector: My parents, who I guess were hippies in their younger days, picked up this record by Dr. Timothy Leary when it first came out. Does it have any value because Leary was a notable person in the 1960s?

Based on his famous catchphrase, “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out,” was issued by Mercury in 1967. Today it is valued at $25 for a copy in near mint condition; however, this same title released a year earlier by ESP could be worth more than $100.

Dear Collector: We found this stamp inside a second-hand desk we recently purchased. Is it valuable?

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Devil’s Tower selection as the first national monument, this 3-cent stamp dates from 1956 and has an unused value of 25 cents.

Dear Collector: Can you put a name to these initials (F.C. Co.) marked on a platter that has been in my family since the 1940s?

They stand for French China Co., an Ohio firm that used this backstamp between the wars.

Dear Collector: While serving with the Navy in the early 1960s, my father picked up this one-pound banknote when he visited Gibraltar. Is it worth anything?

This Atlantic entrance stronghold to the Mediterranean has been under British control for the past three centuries. While small in size, Gibraltar is large in historical context, featuring in myth and fact for millennia. Your note appears to be in good shape, which would put its value at $10 to $15.

Dear Collector: How much is this “Man From U.N.C.L.E.” game worth?

In 1965, at the height of this television show’s popularity, Milton Bradley produced your card game. It has a current value of $25.

Dear Collector: How old are these Dumbo salt and pepper shakers?

Manufactured by Leeds China concurrent with the 1941 Disney cartoon, your set is listed at $45 to $75.

Dear Collector: I’ve been trying to research this doll forever. Can you help me?

Not by using the two unfocused pictures you sent. Many dolls are marked on back or shoulders. See if yours is, then get back to me.

Prices quoted reflect retail values, and as with many antiques and collectibles, these values vary. Readers are encouraged to submit questions with photos to The Collector™, P.O. Box 229, West Boxford, MA 01885-0229 or ask online at: Please don’t ask help in buying or selling your items. Sorry, photos cannot be returned and will become the property of The Collector™.

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