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New York Rangers Bank
Chicago Blackhawks Blinker ---- (Players body)
Detroit Redwings Blinker --------- (Players body)

Montreal Canadiens Blinker------ (Players body)
New York Rangers Blinker ------- (Players body)
Toronto Maple leafs Blinker ----- (Goalie body)
Portland Buckaroos -- PCHL (1928-31), NWHL (1933-36), PCHL (1936-41),
----------------------------- WHL (1960-74), WIHL (1974-75)
Baltimore Clippers---- EAHL (1945-49), EHL (1954-56), AHL (1962-76),
----------------------------- SHL (1976-77), EHL (1979-81)
Generic mini's (5) ---- (various colors combinations - I have seen 5 different)


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NY Rangers Bank, 9 1/2 inches tall, 3" diameter base has a 1 1/2" diameter black rubber stopper . Back has a 1 3/8" x 1/4" slot for coins. The NY logo on chest is a decal and "RANGERS" on base appears to be stenciled like the Mini dolls. It has a red & gold sticker that reads "Langfelder, Homma & Carrol Inc. New York City Made In Japan". Head is made of porcelain, body is composition (Paper Mache).


ranger bank  bottom

                               ranger bank bottom (notice the rubber stopper & sticker)



As of Jan 04, I now feel that there are 6 dolls in the "BLINKER" series; 1 for each of the "original 6" teams. I am aware of 5 of the 6 teams. I purchased my NY Rangers & and Detroit Redwings Blinker dolls in Jan. 2004. As you can see in all the pictures below, that there was a player and a goalie figure. I have no idea if there is a goalie for each team. I was told by the person that I bought my first dolls that the dolls were part of a promotion by the Laura Secord Chocolate Company from Canada back in the 60's.  Another reason that they were probably from the mid 60’s is that the Toronto Maple Leafs chest shown on the doll below; was changed in 1967.  This information was given to me by a friend in Toronto (B. Burrell) Feb. 2011.

       The dolls are made of composition and have a white sticker on the bottom that has "JAPAN" stamped on it. They are 7 1/4" tall. Head is 2 1/2" in diameter and 3" tall. Each doll has a 7/16" diameter eye glued in position that blinks when moved. The dolls have decals on their backs & on one on the shoulders. The Detroit Blinker that I have, has a "A" on the chest. The chest decals used on the dolls are the same type that is used on the Regular, High Skate & Gold base dolls. They are approximately 13/16" tall. The blinkers use a "straight coil" type spring for the head.



(notice the "A" on the Detroit jersey & chest decals)



(notice the number "16" or "10" DECALS on the jersey)


blinker bottom

(notice the "JAPAN" on the paper label)



CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS "BLINKER" I was told by a fellow collector, that the same doll is on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. After contacting the H.O.F., I was supplied with a picture, shown below, by Stephen Ward who was their Co-ordinator of new business and E-Business (8/01). He said the doll was in the Household Family Zone display called the "Attic". It showed a typical Canadian family around the television set watching "Hockey Night in Canada" on a Saturday night during the 1950's. There is actual footage of 50's NHL games ; with Foster Hewitt doing the play by play, and advertisements on the television.


HOF picture

Picture of a Chicago Blackhawks doll on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto , Canada



toronto blinker


Toronto Maple leafs Blinker
Source = Ebay auction #347746268 (June 2000)


montreal blinker


Montreal Canadiens Blinker
Source = Joe C. from Ontario, Canada (Nov. 2009)


bucks & clippers


Portland Buckaroos And the Baltimore Clippers
6 inches tall --------------- 6 1/4 inches tall

The "Portland" on the base is hand painted in gold paint. The Baltimore Clipper's doll has "Baltimore" decals on both sides & a "Clippers" decal only on the front of the base. The Portland doll has a square black sticker on the base, which reads "JAPAN". This is the only hockey doll that I have seen that has 2 SEPARATE LEGS! The Baltimore doll has a MAGNET in the bottom of the base and an oval gold sticker that reads "MADE IN JAPAN" . The Portland Bucks played in the Western Hockey League in 1960-74 & the Baltimore Clippers played in the American Hockey League in 1962-76. From my latest research, I feel that the Baltimore Clippers doll came out between 1970-76. I believe that they came out after the standard mold designs that appeared between 1961-69. If you look at the "SKIPPER" logo used on the original boxes (see picture below), that logo was the same as their jersey logo from 1962-76. Also, according to Pete Kerzel of Baltimore, MD. , he remembers the Clippers dolls being sold at the Baltimore Civic Center in the $2.50 - $3.00 range in the mid 1970's. (Sept/04)




Mel Pearson of the Baltimore Clippers (#7) in 1962-63
Source = Ebay auction #270013885760 (Aug 2006)



Baltimore Clippers doll with box.
(The "SKIPPER" logo was first used during the 1962-63 season)


baltimor clippers bottom

Baltimore Clippers bottom
(notice the 5/8" dia. magnet & oval "Made in Japan" sticker)


portland bucks bottom

Portland Bucks bottom
(notice unique "JAPAN" sticker)




Generic mini's (4 1/2" tall).


Click, = Bobby Orr in action to see a snap shot of one my mini bobbing head dolls in a game against the hockey great Bobby Orr!