Treasure chest is full of Cracker Jack toys Prizes packed in popcorn boxes are now listed and described in a book for collectors.


January 21, 1996|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,KNIGHT-RIDDER/TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

I have a small treasure chest filled with Cracker Jack toys from the late 1950s and early '60s. How and where can I find out more about them?

For a book with the history, appeal and prizes of Cracker Jack from the 1920s to the 1980s, try "Cracker Jack Prizes" by Alex Jaramillo. It contains color photos and descriptions, but no prices. It is available in a hardcover edition for $31.50 postpaid from Abbeville Press, 488 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10022.

pTC To buy, sell or auction Cracker Jack collectibles, write Hake's Americana & Collectibles, P.O. Box 1444, Dept. L, York. Pa. 17405; enclose a description of the pieces and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a reply or offer.

Cracker Jack collectors belong to the the Cracker Jack Collectors Association, c/o Ron Toth, 72 Charles St., Rochester, N.H. 03867-3413; enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for club/newsletter information, or phone (603) 335-2062.

I remember a children's 78-rpm record titled "Gossimer Wump" recorded in the early to mid-1950s by Frank Morgan, who played the wizard in the Wizard of Oz. I'd love to know how to get such a record.

Write children's 78-rpm record collector Peter Muldavin, 173 W. 78th St., Apt. 5-F, New York, N.Y. 10024, who buys, sells, trades and makes cassette recordings of kiddie records for $5 per record side, or a minimum of $10, which includes the cassette and shipping charges. Mr. Muldavin is trying to compile a discography of 78-rpm kiddie records. When writing for information, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a reply, or phone him at (212) 362-9606.

I recently acquired a collection of David Winter Cottages. I have no interest in continuing the collection and would therefore like to know how to locate a suitable buyer.

To buy, sell or check out David Winter Cottages, phone Bette Page at the Front Parlor, toll-free, at (800) 346-5996. Or write the David Winter Cottages Collectors Guild, 4456 Campbell Road, Houston, Texas 77280. Enclose a list of the cottages and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a reply, or phone (713) 690-4477 or (713) 690-4490 for information.

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