Lot # 134: 1959 Shigeo Nagashima (HOF) Champion All Stars Mr. Baseball Jr. Battery Operated Tin Toy

Category: Misc.

Starting Bid: $200.00

Bids: 2 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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This lot is closed. Bidding is not allowed.

Item was in Auction "Auction 65 - Ended 3/18/2023",
which ran from 2/27/2023 5:00 PM to
3/18/2023 11:00 PM

When this tin toy, produced by the Sankei Co., was new, tiny baseballs would be released from a hole in the blue arc in front of the Nagashima figure.  Nagashima would take a swing at each ball, and sometimes hit one.  However, the toy is non-operational at this point.  Therefore, the Nagashima torso is currently fixed in a leaning forward position.  The lot as offered here does not include the seven little baseballs that originally came with the toy.

The base contains images of various Japan Pro Baseball logos and players dressed in team uniforms.  We know that the only year in which all logos and uniform styles appearing on the toy were used was 1959.  Thus, we are assigning the toy a 1959 year of manufacture. 

Interestingly, the same toy was sold in the United States, only with Mickey Mantle as the batter instead of Nagashima.  If you click on the link provided here, you will be able to see the Mantle toy in action.  https://www.youtube.com/shorts/MNR-WCS-qLQ 

Batteries not included.

Size:  Height of entire toy—7 1/2”.  The base is 6” x 4 1/2".

Condition:  Fair.  Non-operational.  Significant rust exists.

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