Friday, November 6, 2015

The TRUTH be told... The 1961 Sears All-Star Football Catalog

49er's Sears 1961 All star Catalog
Ok, this is pretty cool.  I don't own this (I saw this too late on Ebay, but wouldn't have bought it for the price it sold for) but, it's content is what the "Cool" part is.  I love finding out about the history of a 49er item (memorabilia) that I've bought.  Some of the important things I like to figure out about each item is;
  1. The Date.
  2. The Manufacture.
  3. Was it sold as part of a set? 
  4. What did it first sell for?
  5. And, any additional detail.
So, when I saw this little catalog, I felt I uncovered the Holy Grail of information about a few of the collector pieces I have in my collection.  

The football Uniform

Inside the 49ers 1961 Sears All Star Catalog - Pages 1-4
As a kid growing up, as soon as I was hooked watching the 49ers every Sunday morning, I wanted to be like my football heroes; John Brodie, Gene Washington, Dave Wilcox, etc..., and I wanted a full uniform like they had.  Every Christmas a 49ers Uniform was on my Christmas list.  I wanted the entire set, the Helmet with the SF logo, the shoulder pads, pants and shoes and of course a Jersey with the number 12.  

I never received a uniform because my mom was the sole provider for 7 kids, but as an adult I now have a full uniform set just like in the ads above, I'll share that in future posts.  But, it's so great to see the uniforms and other clothing from that era.  

I LOVE the sweatshirt shown on the 2nd page in the center section. I especially love the classic "Shootin' 49er" logo they used on those sweatshirts.  I want one of those.

I would also go for the jacket on page 3.  That kid looks like a lineman from the 60's too. 

The 49er Bobber & The Roko Doll

49er's Sears 1961 All star Catalog - Bobbleheads & Roko Doll
I have several Bobblehead figures, but I love how the bobble on the left side sold for what looks to be $1.99, oh bring back those days. 

In seeing this catalog I was shocked to see a few items that they sold at Sears, like the doll on the right side, known as a Roko Doll by Columbia Toy Products. 
1961 Roko (Gund) Doll from Columbia Toy Products

Close Up of the 1961 Roko (Gund) Doll 49ers emblem
First I was shocked by the $3.95 price..."OH I WISH", these dolls in the pristine shape of my guy go into the hundreds.  I have 3 of these, but only this one is in the great shape and with the 49ers "Shootin' 49er" logo like the rest of the 1961 catalog items.  Also, the back of his neck has the date stamp so I knew he was a product from 1961 before I looked at the catalog.

The Fred Kail Statues

49er's Sears 1961 All star Catalog - Fred Kail Statues
One of those items I was shocked to see in the catalog was the Fred Kail statues.  If you're a sports collector you know the story and cost of these statues.  Look at the price these originally sold for...WOW!  Plus, I didn't know they had cutesy names like "Big Joe Jolter" and "Big Bruce Bruiser" for the 10" high figures and "Little" in the name for the 5" high figures.  Pretty cool.  Boy, if I knew back then what I know now, I would have bought Kail Statues as an investment.

I would love to find the original Thermos picnic kit on the left side and the binocular set.  How cool that would be, but I haven't seen anything like it before.

The Weico & Hedy Glassware

49er's Sears 1961 All star Catalog - Weico & Hedy Glassware
The part I was most intrigued with was this page from the catalog.  I have both of these items in my collection.  The Weico 49ers ceramic stadium ashtray is a standard collector piece (I think I have two) and again I love the original price, $3.98

But the true kicker was to see the "Ashtray" and a "Martini Set" for sale in a boys catalog, REALLY!... Classic!  

New Info: I didn't realize that this Hedy set from Daycor, Inc. was a Martini set.  I have a collection started and I'm missing pieces to it.  And from the ad in the catalog, now I realize I'm missing another piece, a metal football shaped swizzle stick/stirrer.
1960's Hedy Glassware collection

1960's Hedy shot glass collection sizes
So the collection of the Daycor, Inc. distributed,  Martini Set designed by Hedy should now consist of;

9 3/4" Carafe
9" Flask with plastic/metal handle
Metal football shaped swizzle stick/stirrer
5" Round Glass Ice Bucket
Large Whiskey Glass - 4"
Medium Whiskey Glass - 3.5"
Small Shot Glass - 3"
Mini Shot Glass - 2 3/8"
5.5" Drinking Glass - Tumbler
4"x4"Ashtray w/ dual football shaped metal cigarette holder
6"x6" Candy dish - Single
6"x12" Candy tray - Double
8"x8" Snack plate - Single
8"x16" Double Snack tray - Double
10 3/4" Large plate - Single
10 3/4"x21 1/4" Double Large tray - Double

Man, I hope this is it.  I'm feeling like a hamster in a spinning wheel, the closer I think I'm getting in completing this collection, the more I find I'm missing more pieces...uggghhhh!  This is a true challenge.

The Sears 1961 All Star Catalog - OPPS!

I am stunned that Sears didn't put one of it's own NFL products into the catalog though.
1961 Sears-Roebuck San Francisco Team NFL Helmet Display
Sears sold these helmet displays (in back of the bobbles, plates & balls) for each NFL team and this is dated and noted to be a Sears-Roebuck product in the back.  I'm sure they caught the problem for the 1962 catalog.   

Still it so fun looking into the past Niner collectables.  
Go Niners ! ! !

Thursday, July 30, 2015

EXTREMELY RARE: Early 1960's 49'ers rotating Falstaff Beer Advertising Sign

Back in an earlier 49ers blog post dated, July 4, 2012, I talked about several 49er lamps I had.  One of which was a rotating sign which I was sure was some type of advertising sign but wasn’t sure which product it was used for.  I figured it was from the 1950’s or 60’s.  But after further 49er helmet history research, the 49er players wore a silver helmet in 1960-62 seasons. The helmet in the ad graphic has a relatively modern early 60’s style ear protection section as opposed to the bigger 1950’s style ear protection section.  

So, I decided to place some miniature 49er pennants on the rotating staff and figured that was cool…

Over the years I continued looking for various rotating NFL teams advertising signs and had a suspicion it was a cool beer sign or something to do with cigarettes.  I never found any NFL team advertising signs that were similar. Finally, my diligence finally paid off when I came across a generic rotating Falstaff Beer sign.  The front lamp area was blank white with the light on, so I figured it had been stripped of any team logo or slogan graphics, because it had glue evidence of something that had been attached on the front display.  I bought the generic one with hopes I could piece a complete, nice looking 49’ers Logo, Falstaff Beer sign together. 

I then bought the generic sign for about $50 bucks.  I put the generic sign in storage and nearly 2 years later I took out the two signs and placed all the best pieces together and FINALLY got a completed, truly authentic and pristine early 1960’s 49’ers Falstaff Beer advertising rotating sign.
Slogan/Mascot (Back) side
Logo (Front) side

The heavy main triangular base measures 8"x 10"  with graphics saying "Go, Go, Go, 49'ers!" and a 49ers player in a silver helmet.  It has a thumb-wheel switch that turns on the light in the base and a center metal post which slowly spins around. 

The main top display was a large rotating plastic Falstaff Beer coin measuring 12” in diameter and is 1” thick, with a thin floating translucent plastic frame around the large plastic coin. The front side of the gold coin has the main Falstaff Beer Logo in black and yellow. The flip-side of the gold coin has the mascot Falstaff man, with “old Pro” below his profile, and the slogan above him that reads “That’s my Beer”.  

The graphic in front features a 49er player wearing the silver colored 1960’s style helmet, and it looks very close to one of the 49er greats, Hugh McElhenny.  It would make sense that it would be him because he was a very popular 49er player in the early 1960’s.

Ultimately, I’m so stoked I found the generic sign and got the chance to make this AWESOME piece of vintage and classic advertising and 49er memorabilia.  

 I Love it!

Rotating Sign - Notice the coin look
Notice the 1" thickness

The sign will now proudly be displayed in my home office for all to take in it’s classic timeless beauty.  Plus, I wanted to share it here as well. 

Go, Go, Go, 49’ers!

Friday, April 10, 2015

* * * * The Niners Den Is Closed ! ! ! * * * *

The 1000 Sq. Ft. Bar/Den dedicated to the 49ers
located in Los Angeles county

It's official, the 1000 Sq. Ft. Bar/Den fully dedicated to the 49ers and their history is now completely closed and packed up into 36 or so large plastic bins and placed into storage.  (Has been since August, but couldn't come to grips with it until today).  

So, All the 150+ hanging pennants...
 ...and the non-hanging pennants...

All of the Museum framed pieces...
or other hanging things...


All the shelves with figures, balls, helmets, and odd ball stuff...


All the Hedy Collection Glassware and glasses from behind the bar...


All the various pin and button collections...

All the old and hard to get hanging posters... the posters that were plentiful

 All of the glass display cases that held chachkas and other odd ball things...

  ...1000's of things...

It's sad, yet I was able to add some of my collection into the 49ers Levi Stadium Museum, for all to see.
Me & Julie at the 49ers Levi Stadium Museum alongside our pennant display.
Regardless if it's all packed away in bins, or up in San Jose on display, I will always have the memories of what each item has meant and will mean in the future.  
And, as always...
Go Niners ! ! !

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My VIP Visit to the 49ers Levi Stadium Museum

I just posted on my Facebook page some photos and descriptions of my recent trip to San Francisco to the private VIP party for the Grand Opening of the 49ers Levi Stadium Museum.  I supplied the museum with my 1940's-50's pennants and they're now up on their own wall in the museum.  
Julie and I standing by my pennants on display.
I was also able to meet some of the former 49er greats that were at the VIP opening.

Facebook Link to the 49ers Museum VIP Event Post

View the pics and comments on my Facebook page.

I had a blast meeting former 49ers players.
So excited that I was able to meet my Football Hero, John Brodie.  COOL ! ! !
John Brodie and Me looking over his display

Not every day you can up against SBXVI & XIX linebacker Dan Bunz...He suggested it.
(Sorry about the video camera angle, my wife was handling the camera, she was trying on such a last minute notice, but you can see what's going on)

Some of the players I met.
Hall Of Famer - Fred Dean 
Bob St. Clair 
Dan Bunz
Trying on Dan Bunz SBXVI & SBXIX Rings - SWEET!
Tony Parrish
Keena Turner
Guy McIntyre
Ricky Watters
Legendary 49ers Announcer - Joe Starkey 
Hall Of Famer - Y.A. Tittle