Friday, December 20, 2013

Vintage Citizen Men's 21J Automatic Date/Day Wristwatch

We found this little gem and now have it up for sale. Circa 1969 Citizen made in Japan auto winder wrist watch. The watch tells both date and day in the calender section. The watch has been cleaned, polished, new band and is in excellent condition for its age.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Finished Writing IndyCar Book

Had been busy finishing a book project we started back in January. A friend had come to me and wanted help on writing a book. I had never written a book, but have a read a lot of books over the years. And, it was about something I love and that was IndyCars. Having been born in Indianapolis and gone to the track a lot during my life it was a subject that I was at least knowledgeable about.

My friend was a very good friend of local Dayton driver Salt Walther. He and Salt started putting a book together about his life on and off the track and his drug addiction. I learned a lot about Salt and his family during the process. A lot of it was total opposite from all the things I had read written by sportswriters. I had had the pleasure of meeting Salt before he unexpectedly passed away last December.

Since Salt was now not around to complete the book. When I got the information to start editing the book it was like drinking from a fire hose. Lots of stuff with very little organization, no fact checking and no racing historical records. 

It came down to the wire to complete the book by Salt's birthday which was last Friday the 22nd. We were still tweaking it late in to the night before it went up for sale. 

It can be purchased on-line at our new book store The Indy Book Nook for $5.99

Now that I have a book under my belt as an editor I plan to write one from scratch. I am going to take the rest of the year off to determine what topic to write about and then start the new year on it. Happy Thanksgiving ~ Indy

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Christmas Presents from the Past

Don't know what to get that special someone this year for Christmas? How about vintage items instead of Chinese produced items from a Target or Walmart. Vintage can provide memories as well as the ability to put that item somewhere on display to be seen 365 days a year. These items and more can be seen at

1950s wall clock from PAM Clock Company of New York for dad. This one is a very rare one.

1950s/60s Marx Mini Crawler Tractor for Billy. This one is in exceptional condition.

1960s Barbie case for little Sally.

A 1930s Chunky Bakelite Necklace from mom.

Most of these items can be purchased for the same price as a big box item. Giving vintage items as a gift shows thought and will be cherished forever.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bakelite Testing 101 and How to Determine if My Piece is Bakelite


Bakelite was developed by Dr Baekeland in search of a replacement for shellac. What he formulated was a predecessor to today's plastic. Bakelite was used in lots of items during the 1920-40s. Bakelite jewelry is one of our favorites. We have picked and sold quite a few pieces. Value ranges based on transparent, translucent, end of day, carved, size and colors. 

If you search the behemoth eBay you will find a lot of people don't know Bakelite from Shinola.  There are lots of items posted with Celluloid, Bakelite or Lucite in the titles at the same time. Folks it can't be all of these. 

Bakelite is very easy to test using semichrome, plastic polish or even just plain water. We use water soaked Q-tip swaps when picking to test the item. Water doesn't freak out the store clerks. Rub the item vigorously with your Q-tip or cloth with your test solution above. No matter what the color of your item you will see a nicotine colored stain. That is Bakelite.

You would be surprised to how many items we have tested negative. The most expensive piece was a $425 Bangle that was plastic in a shop in South Carolina. We showed the manager and she was going to get in touch with the showcase renter. 

Share your favorite Bakelite item in the comments below. For more information on this and other vintage items visit

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Attention Flea Market and Antique Mall Sellers

Why Flea Market & Antique Malls make it hard to shop

Just went to Kentucky over the weekend to hunt for some new items. Visited many flea markets, antique malls and shops. My overall comments are 60 to 70 percent of the items we saw are garage sale items, not items most collectors or dealers would buy.

First, if you want me to consider your item please put the price tag where I can read it not upside down or under your item.

Second, don't put so much stuff in your booth or showcase that I can't see it for the clutter.

Third, don't price an item 2/3x retail and expect it to sell. Especially if your item has condition issues.  I will buy items that are reasonably priced even if they have condition issues, but when they are priced over highest eBay sold or refer book guide prices, not going to work. Collectors expect pristine condition now days, so any small flaw on the item will not yield top dollar.
TADA X 5 Heavy M G ATOM Astroboy Gun Tin Toy
This little guy has some typical wear marks where it was played with, but the price was right and we bought it.

Finally, if you get down to Franklin, KY stop by the Brickyard Cafe in downtown Franklin for dinner. Excellent food and service.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Awesome 1950s-60s Marx Mini Climbing Tractor Toy


This little gem just showed up and we had to share it with you. It is a mini climbing tractor made by the Louis Marx and Company of New York sometime in the late 1950s to early 60s. The litho paint on it is in superb condition very bright with minimal wear. The only thing it is missing is its original box.

This little guy needs a new home and can purchased at

Louis Marx and Company made some the best toys from 1919 to 1980 when the last United States plant was closed.  Marx was the initial inductee into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame. During the 1920s 100 million Marx yoyo's were sold. Marx tin litho toys included windup toys, trains, cars and even airplanes. The also created play sets during the 1950s and 60s based on popular TV shows. Some Marx toys can reach very high 3 figure price tags.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

IndyPicker finds a Rare Coca Cola Pam Clock from the 1950s

We recently came across a great Coca Cola clock and decided to buy it. After doing further research we could only find 3 times this specific clock design had come up for sale on the web. Most of these period clocks show the red fish tail coke logo. This one has a hand holding a cup that says with the tag lines "Refresh Your Self" Have a Coke. PAM Clock Company of New York made clocks for lots companies to advertise their products. Coca Cola was one of the largest.

1950s PAM Coca Cola Clock
We installed new 15W bulbs and tested it. It works great and looks great. It is looking for a new home and can be purchased here at our

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