In spite of a Covid world impacting every part of our lives, collectors are still out there and hungry for treasures to feed their collections. Even though dining out is still limited these days, The Treasure Trove offered in the Rich Penn May 14-16 auction will certainly tease the appetite of any collector. A truly multi-course feast of delicious items to satisfy even the most voracious of appetites.

With nearly 2,000 lots, there will be a massive “Buffet” of collecting treasures. Start with about 500 lots of toys. And Buddy L toys provide the main course, including over 250 lots for pressed steel collectors. Many are meticulously restored. The Toy Buffet has over 150 lots of tin windups along with more cast iron toys. The selection will include many from prominent late 19th and early 20th Century toys makers.

Buddy L pieces cover the gamut; trains, tugboats, trestles, trucks in every likeness, even a K-Reproductions Roundhouse. There are enough pieces to start your own Buddy L industrial city set-up.

Wind-up toys bring out more rarities. A General Butler wind-up (Ives), even at 140 years, can still walk! While the General is shuffling about he can be entertained by the 19th Century La Grove, Kemp & Webb, clockwork Black Dandy Jigger. And for the housekeeping, look to the Gunthermann windup “Sweeping Parlor Maid”. Another great and rare toy, c.1920’s German and by Fischer & Co., “Hi-Way Henry” windup, is patiently waiting for the right opportunity for a road trip to a new owner’s home!

This three day event will be packed with an outstanding variety on all three days. All “Fresh to Market” goodies! There’s more than toys...a lot more. As always there’s a great selection of country store and soda fountain items. And for Coca-Cola collectors, there’s a massive collection; soda machines, porcelain, tin and cardboard signs, rare calendars, toys and novelties. A variety of other soda advertising is also included. For collectors of Breweriana, there are early trays, signs and a whimsical variety of the figural “Blatz” guys enjoying manly pastimes.

Cruising from the Saloon to the Auto Shop, there’s more in the Automobilia category; porcelain, metal and light-up signs, clocks, thermometers and miscellanies. And for the collector of smalls, coins are easy to collect and enjoy. No building on to the house or garage required for these! There are several hundred, mostly silver coins, including Morgan dollars, Franklin halves, Washington quarters, and Mercury and Roosevelt dimes. For currency aficionados, a nice consecutive serial number run of Fifty Dollar bills in UC condition. There are other interesting currency lots from Europe, Asia, South America and even Cuba!

If your inclination is to have a vending machine over just paper currency and you like to enjoy a favorite soda, here’s a rare opportunity. Whether it be Coca-Cola, Pepsi, 7Up, RC, Root Beer, Orange Crush or even coffee, milk or juice, there’s a vending machine to satisfy your thirsty taste. Nearly all are in beautiful restored condition. According to Penn, “This is the largest and nicest collection of soda machines we’ve had the opportunity to market in over a decade. There are some fabulous machines here!” The assemblage of vending machines covers just about every category; soda, candy, gum, cigars, cigarettes, matches and even condoms.

Perhaps the most interesting collection offered in Penn’s May auction is the Michael Jackson collection. This group of about 100 lots comes from Jackson’s personally anointed “Maker of Dreams,” Rob Swinson. Swinson was the contract manager for building many of the rides in Jackson’s Neverland Valley. Swinson was a close friend of Jackson’s and wrote a book memorializing his time and work at Neverland. While there Rob became good friends with Michael and was gifted many of the pieces that will be offered at auction. From top to bottom, including fedoras to shoes, fans will have an opportunity to compete for many authenticated stage worn items covering many of Jackson’s most famous concerts and tours.

Penn added, “The Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, currently under updating and renovation, is just a half block from our office and that’s the Auction Site. It’s a great facility and adjoins a Best Western Plus hotel, renovated last year, with parking ramp. Both are connected by an enclosed skywalk. Plus, it’s within walking distance to great restaurants. Just ask for the Rich Penn Auctions special $99 room rate. We think our guests will enjoy this fun auction!” The site is conveniently located in downtown Waterloo, just one block off the freeway.

For those who can’t make it, Penn offers multiple bidding options, including absentee, telephone and live bidding online through LiveAuctioneers. Find the links to the online catalog on Penn’s website. Full color catalogs will be available for $40 and $30 for the special Jackson Catalog, $60 for both. Prices realized will be posted online. Just contact Rich Penn Auctions at 319-291-6688 to order yours. Go to to register or to preview the auction. Absentee and phone bidding are always welcome.

For additional information contact Rich Penn Auctions at 319-291-6688 between 9 AM & 5 PM CST, M-F.