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WOW and LI Automotive Museum

March 5 2017 at 6:52 PM
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Bill Bengen  (Login billbengen)

Hi all,

One of my favorite card series is the 1953-54 Topps "World On Wheels". I have know for years that the images of many of the antique autos in this series were photographs made at the Long Island Automotive Museum, which opened in 1948. The Museum even has its own card in the series, #49, the only non-vehicle card in the series, and probably the most difficult to get in high grade (nothing above an 8 has been recorded at PSA). Even though I lived on Long Island for many years, I was not aware of the Museum until after it closed, in 1980. This was a lost opportunity to see, in the flesh, the cars from WOW. I could kick myself.

About a week ago I cam across a listing on ebay for a 40-card set issued by the Long Island Automotive Museum. The cards bear photographic images, primarily in color, of antique autos that had been on display at the Museum. I hadn't known that such a set even existed. I was successful in acquiring the set, and it arrived yesterday. very nice condition, indeed! I spent a pleasant hour matching up images from the LIAM and WOW sets.

I have been able to identify ten cards from both sets which clearly identify the same vehicles. This wasn't that tough, as WOW gives explicit credit to the LIAM for the images! Below are a few examples:

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I just thought it was neat to discover something new related to WOW after more than 60 years.

Best in collecting,

Bill Bengen


    
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Jon Hardgrove
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Re: WOW and LI Automotive Museum

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March 5 2017, 8:01 PM 

Bill - the American Heritage set artwork was also used in Australia, but I don't remember if it was Sanitarium or Scanlans. I think Sanitarium, but not sure. Same postcard size set.

Jon.

 
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Bill Bengen
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American Heritage

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March 5 2017, 9:16 PM 

Hi Jon,

I am a little slow today. I did not understand your reference to American Heritage artwork, please explain.

Thanks, Bill Bengen

 
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Todd Riley
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March 6 2017, 6:55 AM 

Bill,
Jon's reference was to who made your set. It was a boxed set by "American Heritage". Here is the box...

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Bill Bengen
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Aha!

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March 6 2017, 10:40 AM 

Thanks, Todd, for the clarification. There is no reference to American Heritage or Milton Bradley on the cards, so I didn't have a clue. I just assumed that LIAM produced the set for sale in its gift shop. Do you know what year the set was produced?

Best in collecting,

Bill Bengen

 
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Todd Riley
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March 6 2017, 1:27 PM 

Bill,
They made 4 similar sets in 1961. In addition to the Automobiles they also did...

Airplanes..
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Steamships..
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Trains..
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Jon Hardgrove
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March 6 2017, 4:29 PM 

Sorry Bill - I just (wrongly) assumed you had purchased one of the boxed sets off of Ebay. They are one of the more common older USA-produced car sets.

EDIT: If you are looking for more on LIAM, memory (fuzzy) says that many of the cars pictured in the early Automobile Quarterly magazines were from LIAM. If you are unfamiliar with the title, Automobile Quarterly was a hard-cover, slick paper, quality magazine (book, actually) that refused advertising. As such, they were QUITE expensive when issued.

Jon.


    
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Bill
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Thanks!

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March 7 2017, 11:37 AM 

Todd and John, thanks for your help in this matter, I learned something new and interesting.

Best in collecting, Bill Bengen

 
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Anonymous
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March 7 2017, 6:29 PM 

If you are ever in Miami, this guy has a lot of old cars on display, he even bought a cherry AMC Pacer from a guy I went to high school with:

http://www.dezercollection.com/

 
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