Series: Toys and Prices
Paperback: 808 pages
Publisher: Krause Publications; 19 edition (May 22, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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The 19th edition of Toys and Prices by Mark Bellomo is a must have reference book for both novice and advanced collectors. There are over 800 pages of toys and prices from 1950 to into 2007 which are easy to look up and gives the user a good idea as to which toys are more valuable in that category. Prices are given for each toy as either loose NM new mint , or MIP mint in package. I found the book prices to be in line with current sold prices on popular auction sites. For example, I looked up an old 1950's toy cap gun made by Hubley. The book value for this was $115.00 in excellent condition. The one I found at auction sold for $77.00 plus $11.50 for shipping, and it was not in excellent condition. I realize prices are subjective and usually always depends on the number of buyers interested in an item at that time. All photos are in black and white except for 8 pages in the middle of the book which have color photos of a few of the older toys from the 1960's to 1990, such as Hot Wheels, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, and planet of the Apes, and two pages of color photos of lunch boxes. The table of content list all toys starting with action figures, and going all the way to Star Trek, Star Wars, Transformers, and everything in between. My wife even looked up some of her older and newer Barbie dolls. All in all this is a very good price and reference guide, it's well researched and thought out in an easy to read format. You won't want to be without this book. Hope this helped.
It is an excellent book and helps me a lot as a reference.I am a beginner as this theme and content of this book I find very clear.
This is a great reference for toy collectors of all kinds. For the serious collector, it serves as a great jumping off point.This is a book with an encompassing overview of the greatest toys from many different genres. For an extremely detailed look into any specific toy line, you may want to get an item specific book. I mean, only an idiot would grab a general reference book and expect it to go into great detail about a specific toy type. An absolute idiot.But as for this book, home run.
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Mark Bellomo, author of other must-have publications like The Ultimate Guide to GI Joe, Transformers Identification and Price Guide, and Totally Tubular '80s Toys, offers yet another exhaustively researched and fascinating reference guide. Toys and Prices is over 800 pages and is categorized and presented in a very user-friendly and logical manner. While the guide starts with action figures (my passion) and also includes extensive GI Joe and Star Wars sections, the other areas such as Barbie, Fisher-Price, lunch boxes, PEZ, vehicles, and western toys make for interesting reading to a collector or anyone who grew up in any of the represented eras. Toys and Prices is very reasonably priced and will look great on your shelf next to the author's other books as well as your copies of Tomart and Sansweet books.
This review is for the 19th edition, which is the most comprehensive edition to date. This book is particularly useful for collectors seeking up to date identifications for both obscure and popular toys. The pricing is easy to follow and takes into account the most common, real world conditions that collectors encounter: Excellent, Near Mint and Mint in Package. It's practical, down to Earth, and Bellomo's pricing is spot on. It's as thick as doorstop and devoted to cool vintage toys - what more could you want?
It's a little bit difficult to find what you're looking for, but the information is plentiful and accurate. I collect vintage action figures, Transformers, etc., and I've never come across a better price guide that covers such a vast array of toys.
This book is an excellent guide. I have one from several years ago and find that the quality of the information and appropriate changes have been made. Excellent resource.
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