Playing Catch Up

August 10th, 2015,

I have not posted in quite a while so here are a couple of interesting recent items from the marble collecting world.

In July 2015, a Peltier collector paid $5,600 for a single comic picture marble featuring Smitty, a comic strip character popular in the early- and mid-20th century. If you are wondering why anyone would pay that much for a blue 5/8" marble with a smudged looking transfer of a comic strip character who retired in 1973, you don't know Peltheads. Peltier collectors are ravenous and there just aren't enough Pelts to go around. In this case I suspect they fought so hard for this marble due to its extremely rare blue and red color combo. Personally I have no interest in the comic marbles which is another way of saying I am not a true Pelthead, but I sure wish I had a few to trade.

Also in July, a lucky person purchased 765 Akro Agate Sparkler marbles from an estate sale. Sparklers are scarce and rank among the prettiest and most colorful machine-made marbles of the 20th century. You could call them cats-eyes from another dimension. I can't remember this many being found at once. A few gems from this trove have already trickled onto eBay, leaving collectors salivating for the next batch.

In September, Morphy Auctions will host another auction featuring toys, marbles, and dolls. No online catalog yet, but as always expect to see some amazing marbles.

Morphy Auctions Marbles Auction Coming May 30th

May 24th, 2015,

Morphy Auctions will be featuring a fantastic assortment of marbles for auction on May 30th and 31st, 2015. Transparent Banded SwirlThe lots include many beautiful and unique handmade marbles, such as the 2 3/8" transparent banded swirl pictured here, which has a pre-auction estimate upper range of US$10,000.

Also included in this auction is a rare American sulphide political novelty marble made for the McKinley presidential campaign by theĀ  J.H. Leighton and Co. glass factory using ceramics from the American Marble & Toy Co.

With so many lots in this auction, you might get lucky if you can register now and bid online.

You can also view the digital catalog online but the photos are not as high-resolution as the online catalog. The digital catalog also offers a PDF download option (bottom left icons in the flipbook).

2015 Orange County Marble Show Coming March 21st

March 12th, 2015,

Orange County Marble ShowCalifornia, here it comes, the ninth annual Orange County Marble Show featuring a wealth of antique and contemporary glass art marbles.

Saturday, March 21, is the big day of the show starting at 9 AM through 3 PM. Be there early if you want dibs on the mibs!

This year's venue is the same:

Howard Johnson Hotel
222 W. Houston Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

For room reservations, call (714) 626-7830

The Center Ballroom on the ground floor will be the location of the 43 vendor tables.

Contact Rich Shelby at for more information, and be sure to spread the word and remember this is California's only big marble show. Even if you do not collect vintage marbles, there are many glass artists offering unique, beautiful works of glass art that make exceptional gifts.

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Marble Trivia

100 years ago the most expensive marble was the genuine agate, or 'realer'; it took the most labor to create and also made the best shooter due to its hardness, roundness and weight.