Vintage Fisher Price Toys

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Vintage Fisher Price Toys are collectible toys produced by the manufacturer Fisher-Price.

Brief History

The Fisher Price company was established in 1930 by Helen Schelle, Irving Price, and Hermann Fisher. Before setting up the toy firm, Hermann Fisher was previously involved in a games company, Irving Price was with a national chain variety store, while Helen Schelle ran a toy shop in New York. Two of the three surnames of the founders were combined to produce the company name that today stands for toys that are creative, sturdy, action-packed, and reasonably priced.

The early toys made use of steel and the durable Ponderosa pine. The illustrations and artistic details of the toys were supplied by Mrs. Price, the company’s first Art Director. For the first line of toys, she decided on push-and-pull toys inspired by characters from story books.

At the American International Toy Fair of 1931, the founders exhibited sixteen of their pine-wood toys and were well-received by the public. The introduction of plastic to the company in 1951 captured the imagination of the founders and helped Fisher Price attain more success and prominence in the market.

Through plastic, the company was able to produce toys that were even more durable and delightful for children. Mattel, a large US-based toy firm bought the company in the 1990s although it had been acquired by other companies prior to this.

Collecting Vintage Fisher-Price Toys

When new to collecting vintage Fisher-Price toys, get to know what are being offered in the market. One good source for these types of toys is Zindo, an online shop that boasts of a huge listing of collectible Fisher Price products. One also needs to decide beforehand if he or she is going to collect a particular set of toys or various types of Vintage Fisher-Price toys. Doing this would make it easier for an individual to look or search for items to add to his or her collection.

It is also advisable to check out the going rates or prices for these toys by comparing the listings of particular products in online sites such as eBay or going over vintage toy price guides that are available in local libraries. Vintage Fisher Price toys that come in their original packaging are considered to be rare and are highly desirable. These toys are also generally in great condition as the packaging serves as an effective protection against damage and the elements.

Notable Auction Sales

The top four highest price paid for auction sales for Fisher Price toys are as follows:

  1. Push-Cart Pete Wood- This wooden hand-painted toy moves its head as it is pushed was sold for $ 12,500 at an auction in May 2007 by Morphy Auctions.

  2. Push-Cart Pete Wood- The same wooden figure described above was sold for $ 8,000 at an auction held in December 2009 also by Morphy Auctions.

  3. Donald Duck and Donna Duck Pull Toy- The item was in near-mint condition and included a box. Donald plays the xylophone when pulled. The item sold for 5,000 in an auction in October 2009 by Morphy Auctions.

  4. Skipper Sam- The item is all-original with the pull-string and oars present. This wooden toy sold for $ 5,000 in an auction in December 2009 by Morphy Auctions.

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