Vintage bobbleheads fuel upcoming ITPC sale

Inside the Park Collectibles has opened its latest sports memorabilia phone/Internet auction for bidding. Its Holiday Auction ends Dec. 7, and it’s filled with a variety of interesting vintage memorabilia. This auction features 150 quality lots with ITPC’s usual heavy emphasis on display type items.

The auction leads off with a number of rare banks and statues from ITPC’s well-documented Gibbs-Conner estate find. The first item in the auction is an impressive 2-foot-tall porcelain statue of the Cleveland Indians legendary mascot, Chief Wahoo.

“This piece was to be used as a store promotional tool to sell Gibbs-Conner’s planned line of baseball banks and statues,” said ITPC co-partner John Trincellito. “The piece is absolutely magnificent and is one of only a few that are known to exist. We are so excited to be presenting these pieces to our customers. The reception to these works of art has been astounding.”

The auction continues with never-before-offered pieces from this find, such as a Cincinnati Reds mascot cookie jar, mascot banks and ashtrays.

The auction also has a number of lots that will appeal to vintage football collectors. An extremely rare Fred Kail Washington Redskins stadium ashtray and a 1958 Baltimore Colts World Championship dinner plate lead the way. Other football memorabilia highlights include the first Super Bowl program, a lot of six, 1965 Washington Redskins Volpe cups and a unique 1958-59 Baltimore Colts championship ashtray.

“As with all our auctions, we try to cater to the wants and needs of figural collectors,” added Trincellito. “This auction is no exception.”

Some of the figural highlights include an amazing selection of Carter-Hoffman wood-carved mascots figurines, a rare Cleveland Barons mascot bank, vintage sports decanters, baseball and football Hartland statues, Stanford Pottery banks, Rittgers figures and Hall of Fame busts.
The auction also features a number of vintage pennants. One pennant that is sure to draw a lot of interest is a 1955 World Series pennant that pitted the Brooklyn Dodgers against their intercity rivals, the New York Yankees.

“This is the first time we’ve seen this pennant in its original uncut state,” claims Trincellito. “This pennant is most often seen with its double tips trimmed from the felt. This pennant is uncut and in Near-Mint condition. It’s stunning.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be an ITPC auction without its usual array of vintage bobbing head dolls. This auction features a number of rare dolls, including the hard-to-find Black Face Chicago Cubs and Washington Senators, the green-and-gold uniformed K.C. Athletics, the scarce Seattle Rainers and the Boston Patriots Kissing Pair of the early ’60s. There are more than 30 lots of these sensational cultural icons.

The complete auction can be viewed online at: The website offers detailed descriptions, pictures and easy registration and bidding options. As with every ITPC auction, there is no buyer’s premium.

To contact ITPC, collectors can call (516) 747-7932 or e-mail at

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