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    Alka-Seltzer "Speedy" Figure

    Appraised Value:

    $4,000 - $5,000 (1998)

    Updated Value:

    $5,000 - $6,000 (2012)

    Appraised on: June 20, 1998

    Appraised in: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Appraised by: Noel Barrett

    Category: Collectibles

    Episode Info: Milwaukee (#1723)
    Roadshow Favorites (#813)
    Milwaukee (#306)

    Originally Aired: February 22, 1999

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    Form: Advertisement, Comic figure
    Material: Latex, Fiberglass
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $4,000 - $5,000 (1998)
    Updated Value: $5,000 - $6,000 (2012)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:18)

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    Appraised By:

    Noel Barrett
    Toys & Games
    Owner
    Noel Barrett Antiques & Auctions Ltd.

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I was working at a bakery in Los Angeles in 1969, and my supervisor told me to throw all the junk out of the attic that was in the bakery, so I threw all the stuff out in a dumpster with the exception of Speedy. I thought he was kind of cute and thought I'd take him home.

    APPRAISER: So you took him home in 1969 and kept him there.

    GUEST: And when I moved back to Wisconsin, he came along with me.

    APPRAISER: What you have here is an absolutely wonderful advertising figure. I understand you've done a little bit of research trying to figure out the value.

    GUEST: The only Alka-Seltzer figures I saw were about six inches high, and they were about $150. I don't have a clue as to what something this big would be worth.

    APPRAISER: You're right: the little, small figures are the ones you see all the time, and they are worth $300 to $400, $500 depending on the condition. This is a wonderful piece. I've never seen this particular size before, and it is absolutely astounding. I would expect that a collector today would be thrilled to pay $4,000 to $5,000 for this incredible Speedy Alka-Seltzer.

    GUEST: Well, he's as good as gone.

    APPRAISER: What's that?

    GUEST: He's as good as gone.



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