As you may remember, at the end of every year I like to take a look back at all the best collectibles I’ve found on the massive digital fleamarket that is eBay and share them with you folks. As a collector, I can’t tell you how great eBay is for finding things I didn’t even know existed.
That being said, it was a bit of a slow year for me on eBay. I guess I was too busy, or maybe I wasn’t finding as many treasures, but I didn’t actually buy that much stuff. I think I actually only purchased 10 items this year, and this is them. I try to use the actual photos from eBay when I can, and the titles that you see are the actual descriptions from the auctions. These 10 items are in no particular order of favorites.
• THETA NU EPSILON 1901 Gold SKULL Secret fraternity PIN
I got really into gold this year, I’m not sure why as I have always been a silver person. Maybe it was the fact that it was pushing over $1,700 an ounce, which really made me want to start buying gold. I forgot how I found this pin, but I am so into these right now.
They were made to put on lapels or hats from “Secret Societies” at different colleges. I have a few more of these on my list, but I think this is my favorite because of the condition, the fact that it’s 18k gold, the jewels are original, and it’s actually dated on the back from 1901.
• TIN BLACK FACE DEXTERITY GAME W/ADVERTISING…GERMANY
If you know me, then you know I am not a stranger to the collection of the taboo. Honestly, I don’t remember how I found this auction, but I am pretty sure that I looked at the other items from a seller and I saw this item and knew I had to have it. It’s some sort of old German advertising game, where the goal is to get the white balls (teeth) in the man’s mouth.
This is, obviously, from a time before civil rights. It’s a racist caricature, and something to remind us of how life once was. The game is really well made, with a metal frame and the front and back made of glass. I have a feeling it was made for some sort of medicine or elixir.
• CREEPY BODS – “DR. GUTS” – HEADLESS BODIES
This year I finished my complete collection of Creepy Bods. If you’ve ever owned a Mad Ball and wondered where the body went, then here’s your answer.
Well, sort of. They weren’t really licensed by the same people, but more power to the guy who figured out that for some people the heads just weren’t enough. This is Dr. Guts, he is supposed to go with Slobulous. Bootlegtoyz4life!
• CREEPY BODS – “OOZE” – HEADLESS BODIES
Another Creepy Bod to finish my collection of four. This is “Ooze” and he appears to be some sort of carnivorous swamp creature, or perhaps a science experiment gone wrong and run amuck in the sewers.
Special shout out to all the Keep Watch-esque bloody eyeballs that are peppering his bod (his Creepy Bod!). Not sure which Mad Ball this goes with. Maybe he’s just a utility player.
• vintage HUGE SILVER SKELETON RIDING MOTORCYCLE RING s15
I love rings, especially vintage Silver ones. This one is pretty epic. First of all it’s a size 15, which is HUGE, and it’s also a full size Grim Reaper riding a motorcycle. How bad ass is that!?
The coolest thing about this auction is that the seller failed to mention that it was made by “G & S”, which not only dates it (1980s) but gives it more value as there are people who solely collect rings by G & S. They were the ones that sold in the back of comic books and magazines, as well as what you could find at swap meets and flea markets aplenty in the 1980s.
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• FLYING MONSTER SKULL JIGGLER VINTAGE TOY GOOD SIZE PIC
I found this guy from one of my favorite eBay searches. Like I’d let you know what it is! I’m a huge fan of this little dude. It was even more rad in person than the photo lead me to believe.
The red portion are wings, and there are actually little feet under the head of the skull so he can walk around if he ever comes alive in the night thirsting for blood. So rad! Probably made in the 1970s.
• THE MIGHTY KONG….ORIG. BOX…..MARX
This was my “splurge piece” for 2011. Again, I think I accidentally stumbled upon this and got in a bit of a bidding war. My brother bought me a vintage toy book as a kid, and I always remember seeing this toy inside the book and wanting it one day.
Well, I got it, and it’s mint condition and inside the original box! The box itself is a piece of art and is in really amazing condition. Even though I paid a lot for it, its probably a 1/3 of what this thing used to go for, so I am a pretty happy monkey!
• VINTAGE HALLOWEEN FINGER MONSTERS IN ORIGINAL PACKAGE
I am sure anyone who is reading this “remembers these.” Hell, they probably still sell them at stores during Halloween. I just liked this auction cause I am a total sucker for vintage header cards, and I thought this one was awesome!
The little rubber finger dudes aren’t half bad either. Maybe I’ll start wearing them around the office for extra intimidation factor. Also, 29 cents? What a steal.
• Black SKULL Alpha Iota Epsilon Secret Society Badge PIN
Ok, I lied earlier, this is the coolest gold pin I bought all year! Its 10K gold, black enameled, and has real garnet eyes. Its not dated like the other one, but most likely from the turn of the 20th century.
It sorta reminds me of Black Mask from Batman, but maybe even more evil. This really looks like something that would denote a legit secret society, with crazy rituals and all that.
• KAPPA KAPPA KAPPA – Vintage sorority 10k Gold SKULL PIN
My last eBay buy of 2011 was a pin from the mysterious “Kappa Kappa Kappa” fraternity. This would probably me the most confusing pin I bought.
Yea, KKK, but not THAT KKK. 10K gold. No markings. Still rad! It’s interesting that the different society’s would use the same pin body, but with different symbols and stuff. Except for AIE. They’re on their own shit.
So that’s it, those are the best things I bought on eBay this year. You all get anything good?- Twerps!