Roy Rogers Collectibles Auction is Set for Sat., Jan. 24 at E.J.’s Auction & Consignment in Glendale
Sun City West resident’s lifetime collection features 500+ one-of-a-kind Roy Rogers toys, clothing, ephemera, jewelry and more
GLENDALE (January 22, 2015) – A Sun City West resident’s lifetime admiration for the “King of Cowboys,” the iconic singer and actor Roy Rogers, will be in the spotlight when his collection of more than 500 Roy Rogers collectibles hits the auction block at 11 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 24. The auction takes place at E.J.’s Auction & Consignment, 5880 W. Bell Road, Ste. B, on the northeast corner of 59th Avenue and Bell Road in Glendale. Doors open on Saturday at 9 a.m.
Jack Foster, 73, started his collection at age six with comic books and progressed to collecting Roy Rogers toys, clothing, ephemera, jewelry and more. “I used to run to the mailbox on our 640-acre ranch in Washington to greet the mailman each month because I couldn’t wait to receive the comic books,” Foster said. “My mother and sister would read them to me at night. And, while trading comic books was common back then, I never would. My mother kept them in a cedar chest until I was older.” Of the 145 Roy Rogers comic books that were published, Foster’s collection includes the first 121 editions, including two rare first editions, and some sporadic comic books after that.
While he never met the legendary cowboy, he has had phone conversations with Rogers’ son, Dusty. “He told me I had the largest Roy Rogers collection west of the Mississippi,” he said.
Erik Hoyer, E.J.’s owner and auctioneer, says his auction house is already receiving interest from bidders across the country and around the world. “People who grew up watching Roy Rogers on television and in the movies have fond memories of Roy and his Palomino horse, Trigger. They romanticized the Old West, and demand for collectibles from that era is still strong,” Hoyer said.
Items expected to cause a bidding frenzy include an autographed 1950s child’s Roy Rogers suede jacket, estimated to be worth between $500 and $1,000; an original range rhythm mint condition guitar and box, with the original postage stamp of 31 cents, estimated to be worth between $250 and $500; an original Roy Rogers leather holster and pony boy, estimated to be worth between $100 and $200; a vintage Roy Rogers and Dale Evans lunch box, estimated to be worth between $75 and $150; and a Roy Rogers tin litho Dodge truck and horse trailer, estimated to be worth between $250 and $500.
Along with the Roy Rogers collection there are more than 100 other toys and collectibles being sold in Jan. 24 auction. EJ’s Auction & Consignment conducts three live simultaneous auctions on Saturdays starting at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.). Patrons visiting EJ’s also can shop for estate furniture, fine art and other high-quality pieces in EJ’s “First Call” retail consignment store, which is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.ejsauction.com or call (623) 878-2003.
Sue Kern-Fleischer, SKF Public Relations, (602) 810-1404
Erik Hoyer, EJ’s Auction & Consignment, (623) 878-2003