Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Skiddle Cards!!!

 Sorry this entry is a day late! My anniversary was yesterday and I was focused on that. Also, there's literally no one saying what day I HAVE to publish, so there's that...

Anyway, this week's entry is an item I picked up on Sunday! We stopped into an estate sale that we happened to be driving by, and in a closet by the car port I found this...

Yep, it's Skittle Poker by Aurora! There were a couple of years in the early 1970s where everything was coming up "Skiddle," baby! Don Adams, of Get Smart fame, was the spokesman for a line of games that used on interesting swinging ball device to bowl, play pool, or, in this case, play poker! There were even more skiddle games as well, but I don't recall what they were right off the top of my head- which is how I usually do research on these posts. Nothing's too good for my readers!

Now this box is BIG! It's over two feet wide, and about four inches deep. You won't find any display space hogging games like this at your modern department store, but it was a different time. And that time for this game was 1972!

Opening up the box doesn't show you much. This is just the poker table part, with the plastic ring around it that the skittle shooter sits in. Everything else is under the board.

And here are the parts set up! You only get eight playing cards, which brings me to the fact that this game is complete. 

This is a "player's view" of the game. The idea is simple; you swing the ball attatched to the chain into the stationary ball mounted to the tripod that then knocks the colored ball (green in this case) into a hole on the board. Everything can be aimed and the tripod can be moved around the ring.

So how, exactly, do you play? I'm glad you asked! Here you go!



This last page was in the box, but I'm not sure it actually came with the game. It doesn't seem very useful in this application.

So there you go! Having owned this for just a couple of days, I haven't played yet, butbI will! I hope I remember to tell you guys how it goes!

Until next time, keep searching for treasure!

Monday, May 13, 2024

A Case of Matchboxes

 Hello Attic Folk!

This week we're going to look at something that I've had for quite a while. It's a 24 car hanging (or standing) Matchbox case! Now, as I have said many times, I don't collect Matchbox. However, when you collect Hot Wheels of the same vintage, a Matchbox item is bound to get snagged with the haul. 

So let's take a look, shall we?


Here she is all loaded up with 24 of my best 1960s Matchbox cars! The case is made of that thin vacuformed plastic that was so popular with toy makers in the 1960s and 1970s. It gets brittle over the decades and there are a few small cracks in the shelves, but nothing concerning.

Even though all of these cars are from the 1960s, the case is actually from 1978. I found this out by doing a bare minimum of research, because you guys are worth it! I picked up the case for five dollars at an auction house that was closing down and selling off their odds and ends. 

This is the back of the case. You can see there are two "nail holes" for hanging it on the wall, and a fold out table stand as well. From what I hear, the stand never held up well, and this one seems no different. It will work, but I wouldn't trust it for long!


Most Lesney Matchbox items were made in England, but not this case. It was produced in New Jersey here in the good ol' U.S.A.!

Ah, there's the credit going to England. Very nice!

Now I took the picture of the case with it loaded with cars because it looked better that way. And, in another example of going the extra mile, I looked them all up! If you want to read about them just keep reading. If you don't, the just skip to the end!

I'm not as knowledable about Matchbox as I am Hot Wheels, so I looked up each car. Some were produced for two or three years with no changes, so I just put the first year they were produced on the description.

Here we go, starting from the top-left...

1. Rolls Royce Silver Cloud #44- 1964

2. Mercedes 230 SL #27- 1968

3. Lamborghini Miura #33- 1969

4. Volkswagen Camper #34- 1967

5. Ford Galaxie #55/59- 1967

6. Field Car #18- 1960

7. S&S Cadillac Ambulance #54- 1965

8. Dumper Truck #48- 1967

9. Coach #66- 1966

10. Ford Heavy Wreck Truck #71- 1968

11. 8 Wheel Crane #30- 1965

12. Land Rover Fire Truck #57- 1966

13. Horse Box #17- 1969

14. Refrigerator Truck #44- 1966

15. Cattle Truck #37- 1966

16. Same as above

17. Fodor Concrete Truck #21- 1968

18. Refuse Truck #7- 1966

19. Unimog #19- 1967

20. Grit Spreading Truck #70- 1966

21. Boat and Trailer #9- 1967

22. B.R.M. #52- 1965

23. Dodge Crane Truck #63- 1968

24. Dodge Wreck Truck #13- 1965


So there you have it! My accidental collection of stuff I don't collect, but I guess I kind of do...sort of...

Until next time, keep searching for treasure!

Monday, May 6, 2024

Compu-Ball!!!

...Sort of... But more on that later.

First, I apologize for missing last week! We've been having terrible allergy weather lately and mine turned into an upper respiratory infection. So, I slept right through the deadline! I'm sorry!

Now, this week we have an item that I picked up at a thrift store over ten years ago. It's a "Computer Football" game from 1969! Let's take a look!

This is a BIG game! And pretty heavy. It's made of that space age material called "wood."



Here's the cover without the tape measure...



Inside you find all the bits and pieces. 



The playing surface is actually pretty nice. All the plastic bits are moveable.



This is where the batteries go in the back.

 

The instructions explain the idea behind the game. There aren't actually any processors or integrated circuits here, just hard wired circuits that are either "On" or "Off" depending on the selected switches. Pretty primative, but not really as primative as the first computers.

I put batteries in it, but couldn't get lights. That being said, I'm not sure my batteries were good. There's really not much that can go wrong.



Here are the actual game rules. Although they seem complicated, I'm pretty sure that once you start playing it gets easier.



Computer Games made other games as well, or at least they had a catalog for them. I've only seen Football, and then only one other example at an estate sale.




If my game doesn't work, I'm out of luck. No one ever sent in the registration card!




 So there you have it! As primitive as it may be, it's better than electric football with it's players vibrating in silly circles all over the field! I guess I'll have to get fresh batteries and give it another whirl!

Until next time, keep searching for treasure!


Monday, April 22, 2024

Reheated Wheels!

 This week I'm going to show off some Hot Wheel restorations that I've done over the years! Now, this is actually a hotly debated topic in the Hot Wheels world, but I think a beater car deserves a second chance. So, let's take a look!

First, let's look at the typical condition of a car I deem ready for restoration...

These are Custom Firebirds. One has a broken grill and one has a missing hood and windshield. By the way, the one on the right was made in the U.S., and the one on the left was made in Hong Kong. That matters.


This is a Custom Cougar that was in worse shape than the Firebirds.  New paint she's pretty again! 



Remember those Firebirds? Here they are! Both of them! I combined the grill off of one with the other parts of the other. Now the trick was that since they were made in different factories, the parts didn't fit. So, I cut the nose off both and patched them together with metal epoxy!



See? The nose is grafted on! New paint and she's ready to roll!

Next we have a Deora that used to be purple...





And a Corvett that used to be yellow! 


This Lola G-70 was always blue...Well, what paint was left anyway. New paint and repop stickers make her stand out!




And finally, in honor of my childhood car, a purple Beatnik Bandid!




This one got new wheels and a new bubble as well as new paint!

I restore these simply for the enjoyment of it. It doesn't make them more valuable, in fact in some cases it can lower their value (I try never to do that, of course). It takes at least a couple of days to drill a car apart, clean it, strip the paint with fingernail polish remover, polish the body with mag wheel polish, spray a new color with an air brush, and reassemble.

And that's if you don't have to order anything.

So, it can be looked upon as a pain, but I love doing it. I don't display them with my original cars, but they have their own shelves. So, it's all about the fun.

And isn't that what it's all about?

Until next time, keep searching for treasure!




Monday, April 15, 2024

A Box O' Magic Kingdom!

This week I'm featuring a fun little item that I picked up a while back. A "Walt Disney's Wonderful Worlds" metal lunchbox from Alladin (the company, not the movie). Lets's take a look, shall we?



First, we have Mickey, Pluto and...uh...Hewy? Dewy? Heck, one of the nephews taking a spin on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (which seems to have been possessed by the spirit of Casey Jr....creeeeeepy!) It's nice artwork and one of the main reasons I bought the box. There's also an impossible to get in real life view of Cindy's castle in the background!



Ok, this part confuses me a little. All of the panels show the Magic Kingdom except this one. I remember the World on Ice Shows, but isn't this a little off theme? And it's the second most important panel on the box! I suspect "the suits" had something to do with this.



Ah, now we're back where we're supposed to be! And while I've never seen Goofy anywhere near The Jungle Cruise, at least we're back in the park!



Another great Magic Kingdom attraction! (although not as great as the Disneyland version) My first thought was "I didn't know Donald was a pirate!" But then I noticed which side of the bars he's on. Way to round 'em up, Donald!



And, of course, my favorite panel of all. I think the graphics for this one are spot on, with Mickey actually looking scared of the rather creepy looking ghosts. I also like the extreme upward angle on the Mansion. Good stuff!



Then we have a panel dedicated to Tomorrowland. Actually, it's pretty fun, with the gang riding Space Mountain, but the dang handle is in the way! Personally, I would have put the silly ice show under there instead. 



And, finally, the kind of beat up insides, which does NOT feature the thermos. Kind of like backstage, I guess. Move along, nothing to see here...


 And that's about it. Now this isn't an item that I would have used myself as a kid. It's from 1980, which means I would have been a junior in high school. Still, I like it a lot since my first trip to Florida's Magic Kingdom was in 1981! It was my second trip to a Disney property (the first being my trip to Disneyland in 1973) and The Magic Kingdom was all that was there! Epcot opened in October 1982...and I caught it in 1990...

So, there are some good memories here, and some fun graphics, so all is right with the world, I suppose. 

Until next time, keep searching for treasure!


Monday, April 8, 2024

Micro Loco Time!

 One reason I do this blog is to catalog items that I have collected over the years. You see, I know I'm not going to be around forever, and I want my daughter to have some record of what things are and why they are important. This, hopefully, will prevent her from just giving away items that may not look significant, but actually have quite a bit of actual or sentimental value. 

Case in point: we went to an estate sale a while back and I picked up the following item...





I knew this tiny train was Z scale. The last picture is it next to a typical HO scale engine. I also was pretty sure that the price they had on it (10 bucks) was way too low. I went ahead and bought it (I liked it even if it turned out that it wasn't worth much) and then did an Ebay search of sold items. What did I find? This...


Now I'm posting this not to brag (ok, maybe a little) but to point out that even estate sale companies can miss the value of certain items. Therefore, if you have any valuable things that you have collected, make sure that you document them in some way! My way? This blog. Plus, it's fun!

So, until next time, keep searching for (and documenting) treasures!