The Washington, DC area is severely lacking in toy and collectible shows, so when the Timonium show takes place, it’s always worth considering. For whatever reason, this show is always around July 4 or Thanksgiving, which makes it hit or miss for me — family obligations tend to get in the way — but this past weekend was free and clear, and I made the trek up to northern Maryland.
There were 100 vendors selling everything from vintage tin toys to modern action figures. There weren’t many items that made my draw drop, but there were plenty of filler items for toy collectors. There seemed to be a whole lot more G.I. joe toys this time around, and plenty of WWF and TMNT figures. Of course, I was looking for vintage super hero items, and found a few items, but not much was there to be found, which is typically the way it goes for me. Still, there’s no better way to spend a day than looking through booths full of vintage toys!
Here’s what I brought home with me from the show.
The first purchase I made was an unexpected carded GI Joe Stalker figure. I snagged the figure at the first table I visited as soon as the doors opened — this figure was priced really well and was not going to last long. Believe it or not, this is the first pre-1985 carded GI Joe figure I have bought since before 1985. I remember buying this exact figure off the rack in the PX on the military base where we were living at the time — this was one of the very first toys I ever remember buying off the shelf, and I loved this figure as a kid! That summer was followed by many more trips to the store, where my brother and I always got another figure or vehicle to add to our toy box.
I also picked up a few old magazines and a Flash Gordon movie book, along with a few more spacemen to add to the collection. The Batman Colorforms set only has a few of the pieces but the box is in okay shape and the folded brochure insert is in there, so it was worth the five bucks I dropped on it.
The Green Hornet board game was a fun find for me. It has a beater box, but it’s a game that I have never owned before. The game board and parts are in great shape, so now the hunt is on for a nice box. I love that art!
I’ve been hunting for old pinbacks and rings lately, so these three Batman flicker rings were a great find, along with the Superman Pep pin.
Overall, it was another great show, and hopefully, I’ll be free on Thanksgiving weekend for the next show!
Wish there were shows like this around where I live. FRUSTRATING!!
Paul Stadinger says
Miss you again, we were at the show this time. We stopped at our friends tables of Gerry Watts and Chris Lamont. It is a two hour and half hour ride from Allentown PA but we have a great time. I have my report up on my site. It is mostly relate plastic toy soldier side of the hobby.
Sorry to miss you again Stad! I’m sure we’ll meet up at a future show.
Cool stuff. Hopefully next time. Nice grab on the Stalker.
The Toy Box says
Good times running into you there. Let me know if any other shows come up in the near future. Definitely want to hit more.