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Re: Show off your Weekly Finds.
« Reply #6495 on: May 08, 2018, 01:15:53 PM »
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Frankenstein Trophy Topper from a 1960's Model-Building Contest.  Bright Silver-Colored (Chrome?) plating.  Appears Gold in warm, yellow lights.  The solid metal Topper is quite heavy for its size.  Frank is 4½" tall on a ½" high Peanut Butter Cup.

Never did understand why they stood him on top of a Peanut Butter Cup.  (Sponsored by Reese's?)
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I believe it IS a peanut butter cup, used as an investment in the molding process. My Dad was a vintage dentist, and the technique used in the mf’r here is called lost wax casting. A dental, statue making, etc.,  technique. They used a wax figure- a scaled down Aurora Frankenstein, and when they made the mold, a wax cast of the Frankenstein figure was perched on a Reese’s cup, used as an “investment”. The wax and chocolate were heated out of the mold. Ingenious, really. A pot metal figure was then cleaned up and plated. The gold plating appears to be well wore off on the example shown. I believe a bolt came out of center bottom of the PB cup base, originally.
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Re: Show off your Weekly Finds.
« Reply #6496 on: May 08, 2018, 02:24:37 PM »
[quote author=Monsters For Sale link=topic=205.msg547786#msg547786 date
Frankenstein Trophy Topper from a 1960's Model-Building Contest.  Bright Silver-Colored (Chrome?) plating.  Appears Gold in warm, yellow lights.  The solid metal Topper is quite heavy for its size.  Frank is 4½" tall on a ½" high Peanut Butter Cup.

Never did understand why they stood him on top of a Peanut Butter Cup.  (Sponsored by Reese's?)

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I believe it IS a peanut butter cup, used as an investment in the molding process. My Dad was a vintage dentist, and the technique used in the mf’r here is called lost wax casting. A dental, statue making, etc.,  technique. They used a wax figure- a scaled down Aurora Frankenstein, and when they made the mold, a wax cast of the Frankenstein figure was perched on a Reese’s cup, used as an “investment”. The wax and chocolate were heated out of the mold. Ingenious, really. A pot metal figure was then cleaned up and plated. The gold plating appears to be well wore off on the example shown. I believe a bolt came out of center bottom of the PB cup base, originally.

I'm familiar with lost wax casting.  Just wondered about something that looked so much like a peanut butter cup.

The bolt is still there.  It is poked down into a hole in the cork.  It would have been used to fasten it to the trophy base.

Don't know if mine was ever used on a trophy or not.  The person I bought it from got it in a yard sale in Alabama or some close state.  The person running the yard sale was a regular buyer of abandoned storage lots.  So this ones's history is lost in time.

Wish I could get a scan of one of the printed metal plates that went on the front of the trophies.  It is pretty easy to get a similar substitute bases.
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Re: Show off your Weekly Finds.
« Reply #6497 on: May 16, 2018, 10:18:42 PM »
I went back today and found my Grail. #1. Only $20. They had it in a box behind the counter with Mad #24 for $70 and Vampirella #13 and #14 for $15 each. A little voice kept telling me to keep going back...

Pics tomorrow.

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« Reply #6498 on: May 17, 2018, 12:17:58 AM »
I went back today and found my Grail. #1. Only $20.

Damn! You should pay more than that for a coverless #1!  :laugh:

I think Mad #24 was the first issue in magazine size.
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« Reply #6499 on: May 17, 2018, 02:20:18 AM »
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Re: Show off your Weekly Finds.
« Reply #6500 on: May 17, 2018, 08:20:07 AM »


As promised, here is a quick pic. I woke up today wondering if it was just a dream.

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« Reply #6501 on: May 17, 2018, 09:14:38 AM »


As promised, here is a quick pic. I woke up today wondering if it was just a dream.

Now I KNOW you could double your money on that one!
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Re: Show off your Weekly Finds.
« Reply #6502 on: May 17, 2018, 09:24:16 AM »
Now I KNOW you could double your money on that one!

I'll leave that for my kids to sell off when I'm gone.

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Re: Show off your Weekly Finds.
« Reply #6503 on: May 17, 2018, 09:52:21 AM »
I'll leave that for my kids to sell off when I'm gone.

Is that an easy peel off price sticker, or a no way in hell peel off sticker?
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Re: Show off your Weekly Finds.
« Reply #6504 on: May 17, 2018, 11:13:24 AM »
Is that an easy peel off price sticker, or a no way in hell peel off sticker?

All of his mags are bagged and boarded.  It must be on the outside of the plastic.  (It simply MUST be.)
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« Reply #6505 on: May 17, 2018, 12:59:30 PM »
All I can say is LUCKY DUCK

WOW!

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Re: Show off your Weekly Finds.
« Reply #6506 on: May 17, 2018, 03:28:53 PM »
All of his mags are bagged and boarded.

I didn't notice that. Hopefully on the bag, then.
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Re: Show off your Weekly Finds.
« Reply #6507 on: May 17, 2018, 07:25:54 PM »


As promised, here is a quick pic. I woke up today wondering if it was just a dream.

Congrats! That is what makes collecting fun! Finds like this keep the blood pumping.
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Re: Show off your Weekly Finds.
« Reply #6508 on: May 18, 2018, 11:11:09 AM »


As promised, here is a quick pic. I woke up today wondering if it was just a dream.


Awesome!
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Re: Show off your Weekly Finds.
« Reply #6509 on: May 26, 2018, 09:16:27 PM »
Yes, it was an easy peel sticker on a bagged and boarded mag.  I put issue 1 and 2 in a shadowbox and mounted them on the wall.