One of Alan "Mr. Mint" Rosen’s big-time collections is about to be sold…and it has nothing to do with sports memorabilia.
Vintage sports cards may be his bread and butter, but when he’s not been making deals and flipping collections, Alan "Mr. Mint" Rosen has been collecting things himself.
An extensive space toy collection accumulated by Rosen will be sold in a phone and online auction held by Smith House Toy & Auction Company beginning May 1 and closing May 15.
It’s the first of two sales of the Rosen collection; the second will be held in the fall and will contain hundreds of Rosen’s rare robots.
Known for his desire to own only those pieces in the best condition, Rosen has been an avid collector and dealer in sports cards and memorabilia, Howdy Doody toys, Star Wars collectibles, Hess trucks and Lincoln pennies. Seven years ago, Rosen turned his attention to robots and space toys.
“When I was a kid, I used to take the heads off my robots and put cherry bombs in them,” the New Jersey collector laughs. But when he began buying them as an adult, they couldn’t show any signs of abuse, and that included their packaging. “When the collecting bug gets me, I want every object ever made. I wound up with 690 robots, of which 610 were boxed.” Many of his toys come with their original box inserts, some with the instruction sheets.
In all, Rosen will sell more than 1,000 robots and space toys in the two Smith House auctions. He will keep one toy: a Robby Robot. “I keep one of everything I collect. I have just one Lincoln penny now and one Hess truck.”
The May auction will feature many space vehicles rarely seen even by advanced collectors. Among the most unusual is the Robot War Boat, a missile-launching nautical craft piloted by a mechanical man. The toy, made by the Japanese company Aoshin, is expected to bring a winning bid between $8,000 and $12,000.
A bright silver Ford convertible with an otherworldly aura has a robot driver and robot passenger. The toy is expected to pick up $6,000 to $9,000. Another scarce vehicle, the Cragstan Spacemobile and Pilot, with its original box, will bring an estimated $5,000 to $7,000.
Smith House Auction 74 will open for bidding on May 1 and close May 15.