Geppi's Entertainment Museum, A Photo Tour

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Interested in collecting marbles? Although marbles can be affordable for all collector budgets, avid collectors know that prices can range into the thousands of dollars.

Marbles date back to the times of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans who played with marbles made of stone or polished nuts.

According to the National Toy Hall of Fame, even Shakespeare mentioned marbles in his play the Twelfth Night.

The earliest marbles were made from stone or clay. Affordable glass marbles were first made in the 19th century when a special pair of scissors that could cut molten glass was invented by a German Glass blower.

Shown below are marbles from toy auctions both online and live auctions around the country.

Note that unscrupulous dealers have been known to reproduce marbles and sell them as old or antique. Do your research and only buy from reputable dealers!

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Onion Skin Blizzard Marble

onionskin blizzard marble
Onion Skin Blizzard Marble. Morphy Auctions.com

This rare 4-panel onionskin type with suspended bits of mica was the top selling marble in the Morphy Auction, March 2009 sale.

  • Size: 2 1/6"
  • Condition: 9.6
  • Auction House: Morphy Auctions
  • Sale Date: March 2009
  • Sold Price: $9,775*

Interested in collecting marbles? Judith Miller in Buy, Keep or Sell? suggests looking for solitaire boards, avoiding marbles such as Cat's Eyes that were mass-produced after the 1960s and look for the original packaging.

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Onion Skin Mica Marble

Onion Skin Mica Marble. MorphyAuctions.com

This rare 4-panel onionskin type with suspended bits of mica was the top selling marble in the Morphy Auction, March 2009 sale.

  • Size: 1 19/32"
  • Condition: 9.7
  • Auction House: Morphy Auctions
  • Sale Date: March 2009
  • Sold Price: $2,632.50 *

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Solid Core Marble

Solid Core Marble. MorphyAuctions.com

White solid core with dark maroon bands. Original surface.

  • Size: 1 9/16"
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Auction House: Morphy Auctions
  • Sale Date: March 2009
  • Sold Price: $263.25 *

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Sulphide Frog Marble

Sulphide Frog Marble. MorphyAuctions.com
  • Size: 1 3/4"
  • Condition: 9.7, original surface
  • Auction House: Morphy Auctions
  • Sale Date: March 2009
  • Pre-auction Estimate: $200 - $300
  • Sold Price: $526.50 *

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Christensen Agate Banded Transparent Marble

Christensen Agate Banded Transparent Marble
Christensen Agate Banded Transparent Marble. MorphyAuctions.com
  • Size: 5/8"
  • Auction House: Morphy Auctions
  • Sale Date: March 2009
  • Pre-auction Estimate: $150.00 - 250.00
  • Sold Price: 760.50*

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Machine-Made Swirl Marbles

Machine-Made Swirl Marbles
Machine-Made Swirl Marbles. MorphyAuctions.com

Lot of 25, possibly made by Akro Agate Company.

  • Size: Largest 5/8"
  • Condition: Near Mint Plus
  • Auction House: Morphy Auctions
  • Sale Date: March 2009
  • Pre-auction Estimate: $50.-$100.
  • Sold Price: $58.50 *

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Christensen Agate Swirl Marble

Christensen Agate Swirl Marble
Christensen Agate Swirl Marble. MorphyAuctions.com
  • Size: 5/8"
  • Auction House: Morphy Auctions
  • Sale Date: March 2009
  • Pre-auction Estimate: $100.-$200.
  • Sold Price: $351.*

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Black and White Navarre Marble

Black and White Navarre Marble
Black and White Navarre Marble. MorphyAuctions.com
  • Size: 1 1/2"
  • Condition: 9.6
  • Auction House: Morphy Auctions
  • Sale Date: March 2009
  • Pre-auction Estimate: $2,000. - 3,000.
  • Sold Price: $1638.00 *

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Boxed Marble Games

Boxed Marble Games
Boxed Marble Games. MorphyAuctions.com

Includes two Solitaire boards and one standard marble game. One of the Solitaire marble boards comes with common, solid opaque marbles and other comes in original box with no marbles.

  • Condition: Excellent Plus
  • Auction House: Morphy Auctions
  • Sale Date: March 2009
  • Pre-auction Estimate: $50. - 150.
  • Sold Price: $87.75 *

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Assortment of Oxblood Marbles

Assortment of Oxblood Marbles
Assortment of Oxblood Marbles. MorphyAuctions.com

Lot includes approximately 56 marbles.

  • Size: Largest - 23/16"
  • Condition: Near Mint Plus
  • Auction House: Morphy Auctions
  • Sale Date: March 2009
  • Pre-auction Estimate: $200. - 300.
  • Sold Price: $292.50 *

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End of Day Onion Skin Marble

Morphy Auctions
  • Size: 2 2/5"
  • Condition: Excellent (minor surface scratches)
  • Auction House: Morphy Auctions
  • Sale Date: Sept. 2008
  • Pre-Auction Estimate: $1500-$2000
  • Sold Price: $2070*

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Two-sided Sulphide Marble

Morphy Auctions
  • Condition: 9.5, Original Surface
  • Size: 1 25/32"
  • Auction House: Morphy Auctions
  • Sale Date: Sept. 2008
  • Pre-Auction Estimate: $800-$1200
  • Sold Price: $517.50*

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Ribbon Core Swirl Marble

Morphy Auctions
  • Condition: 9.6
  • Size: 13/16"
  • Auction House: Morphy Auctions
  • Sale Date: Sept. 2008
  • Pre-Auction Estimate: $100-$200
  • Sold Price: $402.50*

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Marble Boxes

Morphy Auctions
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Auction House: Morphy Auctions
  • Sale Date: Sept. 2008
  • Pre-Auction Estimate: $100-$200
  • Sold Price: $287.50*

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Marble King Marbles w/Original Box

Morphy Auctions
  • Condition: Near Mint Plus
  • Auction House: Morphy Auctions
  • Sale Date: Sept. 2008
  • Pre-Auction Estimate: $200-$300
  • Sold Price: $258.75*

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Onionskin Swirl Marble

Morphy Auctions
  • Date: September 2008
  • Size: 2 1/8"
  • Sold Price: $10,350*
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Indian Mag Lite Marble

Morphy Auctions

Condition was king across the board in Morphy's $2.6 million Spring Toy Auction. Along with superb American toys and folk art, the top selling toy was a spectacular circa-1885 William Demuth & Co. smoking Punch cigar advertising figure.

  • Indian Mag Lite Marble
  • Deep cobalt blue with strong outer bands of yellow, blue, white, purple, green and orange.
  • Size: 1 9/16"
  • Condition: Near Perfect
  • Sale Date: April 4-5, 2008
  • Pre-Auction Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
  • Auction Price: $9,200*
The auction house reported the "strongest turnout ever" for antique and vintage marbles. There were thirty people bidding live, twenty bidders online and ten bidders on the phones. Morphy reported that six marbles sold for more than $5,000 each.

Source: Morphy's Auctions

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Exhibit of Early Marbles at GEM

Barbara Crews

Although the purpose of Geppi's Entertainment Museum is educational and values were not mentioned during my tour, this exhibit was mentioned to be worth close to a million dollars.

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Two Blue Marbles

Apple Tree Auction
  • 1 5/8" Cobalt and White Swirl Marble[br] Estimated $300 - $600[br] Sold for $130
  • 3/4" Black and Blue Marble[br] Estimated $20 - $40[br] Sold for $40

Marbles are part of a wide variety (865 Lots) of toys, trains, die cast vehicles and figures was auctioned Live on eBay October 26, 2003. This is from a sampling of items that were auctioned by Apple Tree Auction Center. Prices shown are the completed auctions, along with the price estimates from the auction house.

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Single Pontil Birdcage Marble

© Morphy Auctions
  • Auction House: Morphy Auctions
  • Size: 1 9/16"
  • Condition: 9.7
  • Estimated: $3000 - $5000
  • Auction Price: $7800.
  • May 2012
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