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Spy Toys; A Pictorial History and Price Guide Paperback – October, 1998


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Cramer Burks is an Ohio-based toy collector and expert in the field of spy toy collectibles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Windmill Pr (October 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887790047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887790048
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,844,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Konrei on January 13, 2002
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If you are a guy (or an adventurous girl) and just entering your 40s now, you will love SPY TOYS, written by Cramer Burks, a collector's guide to the move and TV tie-in merchandise of the espionage genre of the 1960s.
I had a lot of these toys. As a matter of fact, as I flipped through the book, I remembered having (or having played with) many more of these wonderful toys than I originally thought. It wasn't until I worked my way through SPY TOYS that I realized how profound the impact of the Secret Agent was on my young years.
Burks lists virtually every Secret Agent related toy in general distribution in the 60s. James Bond 007, of course, is the centerpiece of the book, but Burks also covers THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E, SECRET AGENT, I SPY, HONEY WEST, GET SMART, and others. He misses a few (I remember cheap "Agent 707" knock-offs that were fun additions to our playing James Bond), but not many.
Had I realized how valuable some of these collectibles are, I never would have tossed them away. When moving house (as an adult) I threw away a Sean Connery Bond hand puppet in fine condition which Burks lists at [amt] value. Never mind the price, the nostalgia is worth more. And Burks and I share a passion for the "coolest toy we ever owned," the original Bond briefcase, now valued mint at [amt]. Go find one.
The shortcoming of SPY TOYS is that Burks only lists "Mint" values, and also fails to give the beginning collector even a hint of where to go to find Spy toys in the world. A lesser failing of the book is that most items have very little commentary attached to them, so the "Why" of valuation is generally missing.
One of the most fun things about the book is the reprints of the Montgomery Ward and Sears Christmas catalogue pages, showing prices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allan T. Chou on August 31, 2004
A very disappointing publication. The book offers very little in the way of insight, description, and the impact of these wonderful toys had during the 60's. Coupled with poor black and white pictures which were mis-labled, mis-positioned, or just wrong, the book gives no benefit outside of the casual curiosity seeker. While the title specifically states Spy Toys "A Historical History and Price Guide", there was enough other things such as records, army toys, books, glassware, and current Toys R Us toys which obviously did not belong. For the advid collector or the neophite starting a collection, this book offers little interest, you'll get better information and pictures off the descriptions on E-bay.
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By S. P. McCauley on January 28, 2010
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ENORMOUS fun! This may not be a totally complete listing of all things Bond, and may not have pictures of EVERY item logged, but there's an undeniable thrill to seeing so much, including Man from Uncle, James "Wild Wild" West, and Honey West among many others and items as disparate as Bond promotional tumblers and cover art work for old RCA Selectavision video discs. Hey, as time travel goes, this ticket is cheap.
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SPY TOYS is a must have for anyone who collects, and will really bring back memories for those who don't! One downside, the book could stand to be updated.
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