Saturday, 5 December 2015
THE THREE AMIGOS...
Back around 1970 or '71, I saw a WADE YOGI BEAR
in the window of a shop called STANLEY'S STORES. It still
bore the pre-decimal price of 1/11d, so it's always possible it was
1969, but what's a year or two over a 45 year period? Anyway,
long story short, I bought it, and that's the very one you see
in the above photo. Yup, still got it after all this time.
In fact, I've now got three Yogis, as I bought another two
on eBay a couple of years or so apart. It's usually listed as
'rare', but there's always loads of them on sale anytime I look, so
I'd take that with a pinch of salt. Apparently, its catalogue price
is around £80 (unboxed), but I got my second one for £25.
The third one I did pay £80 for, but it had the box.
A few years ago, I decided I wanted the other two in the
set - HUCK and Mr. JINKS - so I acquired them at a very
nice price. I'm so chuffed with them, I thought I'd share them
with you here. I've shown Yogi on his own before, but this is the
first time with his two pals. These figures first came out in 1962
or '63, so regard any other year of origin you read as widely
inaccurate. (Some sellers date them from the '50s.)
I had my original box for a couple of years after buying
the item, but the corners had split and I'd repaired them with
Sellotape. Huge mistake. The tape gradually yellowed and then
shrank, and when I tried to remove it, I damaged the box and so
discarded it. I recall it from the last year in my old house and the
first year in my new one, which is strange for my memories of
something to be equally divided between homes. You can
imagine how happy I was to eventually replace it.
Anyway, too much verbosity for two photos, so I'll
shut up now. Enjoy the view of Yogi and his chums.
Posted by Kid at Saturday, December 05, 2015