Collectors Gazette

Bayko, bears & bagatelles


John Good win’s last sale encompasse­d a wealth of collectabl­es, from the commonplac­e to the downright obscure.

There was just one Bayko lot: a red boxed version, with white and red right angled bricks, showed that it dated from the late 1930s. Although the box was battered, it was interestin­g in that the set contained the brown bases, which were a prewar feature. At £30 it was a bargain for someone.

Bagatelles, those sloping board games with a wooden push stick and large ball bearings, have a certain following; after all, these were the precursors of automated pinball machines. A Chad Valley bagatelle in green fetched £15 whilst an older model, the Corinthian, also in wood, sold for just £10.

As for bears, there were several lots of assorted bruins, ranging from £5 to £35: the latter bought a basket of eight or so, with a Hermann teddy bear notable amongst the lot.

A super group of earlier Scalextric included track buildings, a Goodwood chicane, racing motorcycle combinatio­ns as well as boxed models of the Lister Jaguar, Vanwall, Porsche and Mercedes, amongst others: this selection went for £380.

Railwayana fans were also catered for: although some cast iron GWR track shoes found no takers (was weight a problem?), No Trespassin­g signs sold well and there were scores of railway books that were knocked down in lots of ten or more for just a few pounds. Many limited edition framed railway prints sold (£25-45) and there were dozens of lots devoted to OO scale layouts.

In terms of diecast, a Corgi Ecurie Ecosse car transporte­r with trio of racing cars sold for £80 and a Dinky USS

Enterprise, together with an Eagle Transporte­r, both boxed, raised £170. A SpotOn Jones Crane truck was another highlight: a scarce model, it sold for £160. ■

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