FOUND > Abandoned Evel Knievel 'Leathers' May Get $100,000

Left-Behind at Seamstress’ Shop

The vintage leathers may have been used at 1967 Caesar’s Palace jump.

May 2, 2018
By Ruthie Bowles, Contributing Author for What Sells Best News

PORTLAND, OREGON - Antiques Roadshow reports that vintage Evel Knievel leathers, left behind in a seamstress’ shop, may be worth more than $100,000.

THE DISCOVERY

A guest on the Antiques Roadshow brought in vintage leathers owned by Evel Knievel (1938 – 2007), which may be worth $100,000. According to her story, her mother made the leathers for Knievel, and he brought them back to her for repairs after his Caesar’s Palace jump.

Timothy Gordon, the owner of Timothy Gordon Appraisals, spoke with this Antiques Roadshow guest about her find. He compared the leathers brought in with the leathers in a photo of Knievel just before his famous 1967 Caesars Palace jump.

The story of Evel Knievel's Caesar's Palace Jump at as told by Discovery.

He noted that in the photo, Knievel wore nice new leathers. That particular jump resulted in a crash, and the leathers brought in do show signs of an accident. At the time of the show, Mr. Gordon couldn’t confirm if it was the famous Caesar’s Palace jump (and crash) of 1967.

The Antiques Roadshow guest mentioned that in years past, they received an offer of $10,000 for the leathers, but they erred on the side of caution and refused. She seemed very shocked to hear that Mr. Gordon estimated the leathers would garner $40,000-60,000 at auction.

He ventured so far to say that if they “could confirm that this was used in that Caesar's Palace jump with the video where he tumbles down, the value would increase quite a lot. I think that the value on these would be over $100,000 at auction.”



Coincidentally, Timothy Gordon knew Evel Knievel growing up. Mr. Gordon recalls Knievel telling him that he was going to do something great, although he didn’t know what. At the appraisal, Gordon said, “He bought a pickup truck in Butte, Montana, painted his name on the side, drove to California, but he didn't know what he was going to do.”

Evel Knievel was born in October 1938 in Butte, Montana. He attained celebrity status as a motorcycle stunt driver, attempting more than 75 amazing, and sometimes inconceivable, jumps and stunts throughout his career. Despite his daredevil line of work, Knievel died at the age of 69 from pulmonary disease in 2007.

Besides the money he earned from doing stunt tours and television appearances, Evel Knievel partnered with Ideal Toys to create Evel Knievel toys. They made more than $125 million in toy sales.

Examples of Ideal Evel Knievel Toys, produced and shared by Jenny Caldwell.

Unfortunately, Ideal Toys decided to discontinue the toy line following Knievel’s assault conviction in 1977. Knievel served six months in jail for attacking his former press agent.

WHY IT'S RARE

Evel Knievel captured the nation’s imagination with stunts that no one else could or would do. During and after his career, he had an ardent following of fans. To this day, someone who engages in a daring act might be called an “Evel Knievel”.

As a national icon, Evel Knievel holds a special place in American history. He was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. Finding something that he actually wore is extremely rare.

COMPARABLE SALES

Researching prices, we found several recent sales for Evel Knievel attire, that appear to support the valuation given to the abandoned leathers (prices include Buyer's Premium).

To check for more recent sales, you can research prices free, here.

SALES INFORMATION

We don’t have any information regarding the sale of the Knievel leathers featured in this story, at this time. Stay tuned!

MORE WAYS TO RESEARCH KNIEVEL PRICES

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Before contacting appraisers, research sold prices on your own first. This can give you a general understanding of current market values, and may help you find the best selling venue, if you decide to sell.

ACTIVE AUCTION PRICES

Another way to monitor the real-time price strength of more common Evel Knievel collectibles, is to keep an eye on the highest bid items (below) in the Toy and Showbiz categories on eBay.


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1981 MILTON BRADLEY ULTRA RARE DARK TOWER GAME MINT SEALED FROM EX EMPLOYEE

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$845.49 with 27 bids


1920's Harold Lloyd Litho Tin Toy buttom Whistles Comedian RARE Charlie Chaplin

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$750.00 with 41 bids


1965 James Bond Secret Agent Attache Briefcase

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$258.43 with 3 bids


Remco Beatles Dolls ALL 4 MINT UNUSED perfect 1964 & Complete MUST SEE!!!

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$217.50 with 50 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL DARE DEVIL STUNT SET

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$130.00 with 1 bids


VINTAGE 1966 GREEN HORNET WALKIE TALKIES in RARE ORIGINAL BOX

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$115.50 with 12 bids


Celebrity Ventriloquist Charlie McCarthy Dummy Doll 30"

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$100.00 with 1 bids


Doc of 7 Dwarfs Wood Jointed Figure

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$99.00 with 1 bids


NEW EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT CYCLE

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$99.00 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel 70s Ideal Stunt Cycle & Launcher Original Action Figure Evil Toys *

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$97.00 with 27 bids


Marx Campus Cuties 2nd Series Saturday Afternoon

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$72.50 with 3 bids


Marx Campus Cuties 2nd Series Saturday Afternoon

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$65.00 with 1 bids


Marx Campus Cuties 2nd Series Belle of the Ball

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$65.00 with 1 bids


Celebrity Ventriloquist Charlie McCarthy Dummy Doll 30". Vintage Original

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$56.00 with 19 bids


Vintage Ideal 1974 Evel Knievel Derry Daring Trick Cycle Figure Doll in Box Lot

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$54.00 with 5 bids


RARE !!! Mattel Dick Tracy 1960's Power-jet Squad gun Shotgun Capgun

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$53.52 with 11 bids


Unique Art MFG. Artie The Clown Tin Wind Up Crazy Car Vintage Toy

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$53.00 with 7 bids


1970s STAR TREK CONVENTION PROGRAM WHITMAN GOLD KEY COMICS ACTION TOY BOOK MORE

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$52.78 with 6 bids


1973 Second Issue Vintage Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle with Box & Instructions Ideal

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$51.00 with 8 bids


VINTAGE MOC 1976 HONG KONG TOY DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE STUNT SCOOTER GYRO MOTORCYCLE

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$49.99 with 1 bids


1968 VINTAGE STAR TREK CONCORDANCE SIGNED + 3rd SEASON SUPPLEMENT VERY NICE SET

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$48.78 with 6 bids


Charlie McCarthy ventriloquist dummy doll Juro 30" c. 1977 original suit

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$46.00 with 20 bids


30" Charlie McCarthy Ventriloquist Doll Dummy in Black Tuxedo w/ Shoes & Tie

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$44.00 with 13 bids


70s STAR TREK EMBOSSED METAL WALL PLAQUE MINT IN BOX SIGNED IMAGE PAPER TOY BOOK

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$42.78 with 4 bids


Vintage 1980's Michael Jackson Action Figure Thriller Outfit In Original Box

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$42.00 with 17 bids


Mattel Agent Zero M Transistor Spy Radio Rifle 1964 Minty Bright Clean

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$41.00 with 14 bids


1930's Jaymar Wood Jointed Little Red Riding Hood Only

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$40.00 with 1 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT SET MINT CONDITION - NEVER PLAYED WITH!

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$39.99 with 1 bids


MARX BEST OF THE WEST ,JAMIE WEST canadien version

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$38.81 with 3 bids


MARX BEST OF THE WEST ,SAM COBRA, QUICK DRAW

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$38.04 with 1 bids


Vtg 1950's FLUB-A-DUB Mechanical Hard Plastic Toy, Howdy Doody Friend, Good Cond

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$36.00 with 5 bids


Vintage Wooden Push Up Toy Deer AniToy in box

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$35.00 with 1 bids


Vintage Wooden Push Up Toy Dog AniToy in box

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$35.00 with 1 bids


1982 Gabriel Pac-Man hand-painted prototype

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$32.00 with 7 bids


MARX BEST OF THE WEST ,JOHNNY WEST, QUICK DRAW

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$31.96 with 4 bids


60s Flintstones Plastic Telephone Hanna Barbera

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$31.00 with 3 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle FUNKO WACKY WOBBLER BOBBLE HEAD Evil Figure Helmet Rare

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$30.00 with 13 bids


7 VINTAGE 7-11 7 Eleven Slurpee Drink Soda Cups 1975 Marvel Comics Mixed Lot

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$29.99 with 1 bids


Vintage Superman movie viewer sealed in pack

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$29.95 with 1 bids


Bozo The Clown Bucket Bonanza Grand Prize Party Game Larry Harmons As Seen TV

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$26.88 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Vintage 1976 Ideal Stunt Jet Cycle & Evil Action Figure 70s Toys NR

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$26.51 with 9 bids


Vintage Marx 1960s ISA INTERNATIONAL SECRET AGENT 07-11 BRIEFCASE Weapons

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$26.45 with 2 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt crash car 1974 Ideal toys

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$26.00 with 5 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Yellow Launcher Ideal - 1973

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$26.00 with 3 bids


Felix The Cat Soaky Bubble Bath Bottle. BLUE.  Vintage 1960s

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$26.00 with 3 bids


VINTAGE 1933 FILM FUNNIES COMIC CHARACTER VIEWER TOY KOMIC KAMERA BOX ONLY

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$25.99 with 1 bids


Vintage Romper Room Punching Clown Inflatable 33"

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$24.99 with 1 bids


60s VINTAGE UNION PRODUCTS BLOWN PLASTIC SANTA CLAUS LIGHT-UP CHRISTMAS FIGURE

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$24.50 with 7 bids


Vintage 1930's Charlie McCarthy Dummy Ventriloquist Puppet Doll 20" TALL

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$23.80 with 1 bids


Vintage Charlie McCarthy Ventriloquist Dummy Puppet Goldberger Doll 30" 1970's

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$23.70 with 1 bids


VINTAGE 60's Beetle Bailey ZERO BOBBLE BOBBLE-HEAD NODDER ESTATE FIND VERY NICE!

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$23.50 with 2 bids


Vintage Evel Knievel 70s Action Figure & Gyro Stunt Cycle Vehicle Evil Toys NRs!

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$22.50 with 3 bids


Mortimer Snerd Ventriloquist Dummy Doll 30" Check Suit Great Condition No Hat

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$21.99 with 7 bids


1964 Remco Lyndon B. Johnson, Barry Goldwater & Daniel Boone Bobble-head Dolls

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$21.50 with 12 bids


Marx 1926 Hey Hey The Chicken Snatcher Wind Up Walker Toy

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$20.50 with 12 bids


Evel Knievel Evil Vintage Action Figure Doll with Helmet 70s Stunt Toys

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$20.50 with 5 bids


Remco Mighty Mike Big Midget Action Set & BONUS 2 Jeeps in Box

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$20.50 with 5 bids


Evel Knievel Canyon Stunt Cycle & Box Evil Action Figure 1974 Gyro Ideal Toys NR

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$20.50 with 2 bids


UNOPENED Vintage Dennis The Menace Doll With Coloring Book - Mighty Star Inc. 

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$19.99 with 1 bids


VINTAGE ORIGINAL PETER FIGUREN BIBI PRODUCTS LAFFUN HEAD MAN SQUIRTER BLUE HAT

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$19.99 with 1 bids


Vintage 1989 Electronic Batman LCD Video Game Watch w/Alarm Model 27-103 A1018NV

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$19.99 with 1 bids


1942 Smilin’ Jack Better Little Book #1412 Flying High With Downwind

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$19.99 with 1 bids


Vintage 1963 Louis Marx Nutty Mads "RODDY THE HOTROD" Plastic Figurine SERIES 1

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$19.75 with 1 bids


VINTAGE GERMAN FLINTSTONES HAND PUPPETS

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$17.00 with 2 bids


VINTAGE SMOKEY THE FOREST FIRE PREVENTIN' BEAR GAME AND COIN GREAT GRAPHICS

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$16.50 with 2 bids


(3) 1969 - WALT KELLY P&G COMIC STRIP CHARACTERS

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$16.47 with 2 bids


Schaper Mint in Excellent Box Unused Vintage Cootie Game The Best 1960's

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$15.50 with 9 bids


1973 Vintage Evel Knievel Stunt Bike Yellow Launcher

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$15.50 with 3 bids


Vintage Mid Century Laffun Head Bibi Products 1975 Santa Claus Rare

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$15.50 with 2 bids


Evel Knievel Vintage Ideal Metal 3 Wheel Rare Evel 70s Toy Rocket Motorcycle

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$13.50 with 2 bids


Vintage Pride Lines Disney Minnie Mouse Large Composition Figure w/ Diecast Base

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$13.50 with 10 bids


Pinocchio Vintage Wooden Dolls Collectible 20"

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$13.50 with 1 bids


Evel Knivel Action Figure

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$12.50 with 4 bids


Remco 1960's TV Show My Three Sons Triplets Dolls Mint in the Box

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$12.50 with 3 bids


1975 OFFICIAL STAR TREK STAMP ALBUM PACKS VIEW-MASTER IRON-ON GREAT LOT

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$11.50 with 4 bids


1960s EMENEE 20" HOOTENANNY UKE GUITAR UKELELE LOT#80

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$10.99 with 3 bids


Plastic figures-Marx Nutty Mads-pink All Heart Hogan 5-1/4" Policeman w/prisoner

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$10.50 with 5 bids


1930's LARGE POPEYE WOODEN FIGURE

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$10.50 with 2 bids


2 Vintage 1964 GI Joe + extra hands and right baby foot

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$10.50 with 2 bids


1920's Ignatz Mouse String Toy Krazy Kat's Sidekick Jaymar or Chein Comic Strip

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$10.00 with 1 bids


VTG RUBBER JIGGLER FLYING SUPERHERO FIGURE MADE IN HONG KONG LIGHTENING BOLTS

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$9.99 with 1 bids


VTG RUBBER JIGGLER CAVEMAN FIGURE MADE IN HONG KONG

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$9.99 with 1 bids


Vintage Pride Lines Disney Mickey Mouse Composition Figure Sitting EX No Reserve

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$9.99 with 1 bids


Vintage Pride Lines Disney Minnie Mouse Composition Figure w/ Disneyland Balloon

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$9.99 with 1 bids


German Comical Porcelain Nodders Orphan Annie, Skeezx, Kayo, Sandy, Gump (6)

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$9.99 with 1 bids


1980's Sesame Street Muppet Dog Barkley Original Clay Sculpture

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$9.99 with 2 bids


VINTAGE PINOCCHIO KNICKERBOCKER DOLL FOR PARTS

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$9.99 with 1 bids


(Lot #1743) Lot of 5 Vintage Soaky Bottles Flintstones Yogi Bear Tweety

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$9.99 with 1 bids


1920s 1930s LOT of 3 Gasoline Alley Bisque Figures, German Nodders, Notters NICE

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$9.99 with 1 bids


Bright Clean Excellent condition 1956 Kit Carson Binoculars Bill Williams Cowboy

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$9.95 with 1 bids


Beany & Cecil Vinyl Lunchbox 1960's Clean

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$9.95 with 1 bids


Vintage Red Hair Otis O' Brian Ventriloquist puppet 1972 Uneeda Doll

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$9.95 with 1 bids


WORKING Vintage Casper The Friendly Ghost Talking Doll Pull String 1960's Mattel

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$9.95 with 1 bids


vtg~KING & COUNTRY~WORLD OF DICKENS~LEAD TOYS~PUPPETEER FIGURE +BRITISH FIGURINE

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$9.95 with 1 bids


Pinocchio Wooden Doll FIGURE 16” INCHES Jointed Wood

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$9.00 with 1 bids


1968 VINTAGE LOT OF 4 STAR TREK STUDIO SHOT 5X7 COLOR PHOTOGRAPH 3-D TYPE KV

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$8.50 with 3 bids


Vintage Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Figure Parts Lot

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$8.50 with 5 bids


LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE VINTAGE BACKPACK BOOK BAG

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$8.10 with 1 bids


Plasticville Frosty Bar, vintage/antique toy, with box

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$8.00 with 1 bids


Vintage POPEYE DIE-CAST CAP PISTOL + 24 Caps On ORIGINAL CARD (Unused)

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$8.00 with 1 bids