Suzanne, my friend and number one running partner, were discussing antiques on a recent run and she told me that she planned to take a painted blanket chest that she bought in Charleston to Ken Farmer in Radford to see if it may be valuable. If you haven’t heard of Ken Farmer, he owns an auction business and he is a guest appraiser on the Antique Road Show. Suzanne also took my vintage football man recently seen as a part of my vintage football mantel to Radford to see if he may be valuable.
Ken Farmer reported that football man was a 1930’s Japanese celluloid toy. I always thought that my grandfather had this toy as a boy, but apparently he received it as a grown man. Granddaddy graduated from Roanoke College in 1931 and then taught at William Byrd high school and I think coached football. Perhaps a player or a parent gave him this toy.
Ken Farmer said that football man has very little monetary value.
I searched eBay and found that most Japanese celluloid toys go for about $10. A Google search revealed this football man who sold for $77. I’d never sell him, but I wonder how much football man would go for on eBay?
Ken Farmer does free appraisals one time per month in Radford. Suzanne plans to go back. I’m thinking about what I’ll send next time. What would you take if you could visit Ken Farmer?