“BATMAN” RARE MOVIE THEATER GIVEAWAY MASK VARIETY WITH IMPRINT.
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Auction #199 - Part II
Item numbers 973 through 2378 in auction 199
5.25x8.5” die-cut thin cardboard mask issued in 1943 to promote the Columbia serial “Batman” that starred Lewis Wilson as Batman and Douglas Croft as Robin. There was a version of this mask without theater imprint on the front that was issued by the Philadelphia Record newspaper but this variety was issued by “State Theater” located at 52nd and Chestnut St., Phila., PA. Text includes “New Serial Starts Mon., 22 - Each Monday After - Plus - Deanna Durbin In ‘Her’s To Hold’.” Reverse has lightly tanned with age with printing in black including great illustrations of Batman and Robin and announces new daily and Sunday comic strips in the Philadelphia Record newspaper. Text includes “Introducing Batman And Robin-Follow Their Amazing, Prodigious Adventures.” In addition to Batman and Robin, Batmobile and Batplane are seen. Mask is unused and the small die-cut holes on right and left margins where string was to be attached have not been punched out. Very minor .5” crease to left ear and a few other scattered creases that are only visible in reflected light. Still Exc. with a N. Mint appearance. This is one of only 2 examples of this variety known to us. In our 43 years, we have only offered 2 other masks, 1 of each of the 2 varieties. This mask is among the rarest and most desirable Batman items. Listed in “The Official Price Guide To Pop Culture Memorabilia – 150 Years Of Character Toys & Collectibles” as having a value of $2,250 in N. Mint condition. Very rare.
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