Breyer Seabiscuit model horses
Breyer Seabiscuit model horses are models manufactured by the company Breyer, depicting the famous American racehorse Seabiscuit.
The company was established in Chicago in 1950 as the Breyer Molding Company, and were commissioned to create a horse statue to feature on a clock by the retailer F.W Woolworths. The model itself proved highly popular with the public, and the company quickly began to focus on anumal models, renaming itself Breyer Animal Creations.
Since then the company has become internationally known for its range of realistic model horses, and produces more than 5 million models each year. There a number of collectors clubs around the world, and the company runs an annual event for collectors known as Breyerfest in Kentucky.
Seabiscuit was a celebrated American racehorse who rose to national fame during the Great Depression. After an unconventional start, he was branded lazy and knock-kneed by his first trainer and had little success in races. After being sold to the automobile entrepreneur Charles S. Howard for $8000 in 1936, he gained a new trainer Tom Smith and began to reach his potential.
The next few years saw Seabiscuit become a favourite amongst racing fans, and a number of high-profile victories (including one over the then-current champion War Admiral in the 1938 race dubbed the ‘match of the century’) saw him become both the horse of the year and the most popular newsmaker in the United States.
Seabiscuit was retired in 1940, and died in 1947. He has been the subject of two films (in 1949 and 2003), along with the 2001 book ‘Seabiscuit: An American Legend’.
Breyer Seabiscuit models
There were three main Seabiscuit models produced by Breyer, all of which are discontinued. The first produced was the Seabiscuit model 5024, released as part of the Breyer stablemates line and produced from 1976 to 1990.
Second was the Seabiscuit 1188 model, released as part of the Breyer traditional line from 2003 up until 2008.
Third, and perhaps the most rare, is the Seabiscuit 600503 model produced by Breyer and sold through Blockbuster video stores in a deal to promote to release of the Seabiscuit film. This model was only available in 2003, and is the most sought after of the three for collectors.
In NIB (new in box) or mint condition, these models can sell from between $20 - $40.