Thursday, May 14, 2009

Breyer box manuals

Remember that box of "Model Horse Stuff" I referenced in the post about old NAN cards? Well, I have been slowly sorting through it, and it has turned out to be quite a treasure trove of model horse minutiae--old sales lists, dealer catalogs, photo show results, and Breyer box manuals... Oh, the Breyer box manuals! I think I must have saved the manual from every single new model I ever owned. The pictures below shows just a tiny fraction of the total.My oldest manual dates back to 1973 and is in tatters. I do not have a manual from 1974, but every year from 1975 through 2001 is represented. I think I must have at least a dozen manuals for each year in the '80's. Apparently that decade marked the highpoint of my OF obsession.

Lots of the manuals are in mint condition, but I am now more interested in the ones that are not. I often used the manuals as a pictoral wish list. That is the case with this 1975 manual. The circled models are the ones I wnted the most. I did eventually end up with a bay Running Mare and a Black Appaloosa Running Stallion, but I never did get that Dark Bay Pacer.Other times, the circles corresponded to models I already had, such as this 1977 manual. The Chestnut Clydesdale foal was my first Breyer ever. Any guesses as to what I named him?In addition to the manuals I also have a near complete collection of Your Horse Source catalogs. Your Horse Source was my very favorite mail order Breyer dealer. I use to save up my babysitting money to purchase their special runs. Here is a page from a 1987 catalog. Check out the prices! I wish I could still be that happy with a $10.25 model...I would really hate to throw this stuff away, but I just can't think of any (rational) reason to hang on to so many duplicate items. If you have any interest in 1980's or'90's box manuals, please let me know. I would love to send them your way so you can start your own box of "Model Horse Stuff"!

4 comments:

  1. It would make my day if somebody sent you a dark bay pacer! I am officially going to be on the watch for him from here on out! :-D

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  2. No, no, no! I have enough old Breyers of that vintage. I do not need a Dark Bay Pacer! :)

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  3. Alright, alright! But if I find one for $5 at a show...

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  4. Toss some my way! I am collecting them so the 4H kids can see them. If you want to give some away give me a holler. creamdraft@gmail.com or let me know where I can send you my address.

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