Gary's Vintage Gems from the North
"Selling radios at the Radio Attic since February 2005"

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
313-310-4660  
 

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Emerson 868 "Miracle Wand" (1957)

Emerson 868 "Miracle Wand" (1957)

Offered here is an early Emerson transistor portable radio Model 868 from 1957. The Miracle Wand is actually a rotating antenna which allows the listener to change the orientation of the radio without moving the radio itself, often necessary to zero in to a different radio station. Emerson provided terminals for two large 9 volt (Eveready #276) batteries, but informed the listener on the interior label that the radio will work with just one battery instead of two. Click here for more information on this historic radio. This example is in nice cosmetic condition with normal wear. Inside, the chassis is clean and original, and surprisingly, it does indeed play very well with one battery. The CD marks are found on the station dial. 10"W a 10"H (including the antenna).  $95.00. (0520540)

 

Panasonic R70 "Panapet" (1970)

Panasonic R70 "Panapet" (1970)

Here is a popular novelty radio from Panasonic that was all the rage in the 70s. This AM radio is a ball-shaped radio that hangs from a chain. There are two chrome plated dials on the surface to control the tuning and volume, with the tuning display itself set into the ball. Initially released as an AM only radio, customers could choose from red, yellow, white, blue and green colors. This example is orange in color and is in nice condition. It includes the often missing chain and operates fine on a 9 volt battery.  $30.00. (0520531)

 

Panasonic R72 "Toot-a-Loop" (1972)

Panasonic R72 "Toot-a-Loop" (1972)

Here is another popular novelty radio produced by Panasonic in the early 70s. This one was called the Toot-a-Loop. This radio was designed to be wrapped around the wrist. It is shaped like a donut with the hole off center. If twisted, the two halfs of the radio pivot and from an "S" shape. One side of the radio has a grille for the speaker. There is also a jack for an earplug. The R72 has to be twisted into the "S" position in order to be tuned, but the volume control on the outer side can be adjusted regardless whether the radio is twisted, open, or closed. The Toot-a-Loop was offered in red, orange, yellow, blue, and white. This example is a nice red color and is in fine condition. It operates on a common 9 volt battery and plays loud and clear.  $35.00. (0520528)

 

Peerless 700 (NIB)

Peerless 700 (NIB)

Here is a Peerless model 700 seven-transistor shirt pocket radio and box in unused condition. The black plastic cabinet shows no signs of use as this has resided inside the case and box its entire life. Even the gold painted highlights are flawless! This was designed to operate on a common 9 volt battery, and when tested it did play strong with some static from lack of use. As a bonus, this offering includes the original box, guide, and earphone, plus a vintage 9 volt battery. The box itself is in undamaged condition. Radio is 4-1/4"H.  $39.00. (0520554)

 

RCA 1-TP-2E (1960)

RCA 1-TP-2E (1960)

Here is an early shirt pocket gem from RCA, it is a six-transistor 1-TP-2E and I believe it is the first shirt pocket sized transistor from RCA and made in 1960. As radiomuseum.com describes it: "the RCA Victor 1-TP-2E Transistor Radio has a high Impac cabinet white color with gold color metal speaker grill, earphone jack. Made in USA with full size leather case. Uses a 4.05 volts mercury battery. The name 'Pockette' was mentioned in an original RCA print ad from 1960: "The smallest BIG radio ever made!" This radio is by far the richest looking pocket radio that RCA made with its bright metal speaker grille and red "Nipper" medallion in the front. This all original example is in excellent cosmetic condition. The coin slot is perfect. This uses a 4 volt battery and when power was applied, it picked up only one station in my area. As a bonus, this includes the original leather case also in excellent condition.  $125.00. (0520553)

 

Silvertone 2207 (1961)

Silvertone 2207 (1961)

Offered here is an early shirt pocket six-transistor radio from Silvertone. It is the Ice Blue color Model 2207 from 1961, made for Sears Roebuck and Company. This is a very distinctive design with its clean front and large black speaker grille. It is quite compact, measuring only 3-/4" tall. This radio is a favorite with collectors due to its petite size, nice colors, and sharp looks. The example listed here is a real gem and it is possible that it was never used. The insides are just as clean as the outsides. Also included in this listing are the rare accessories pictured: earphone, owners manual, and hang tag all in the original box. When 9 volts of power was applied, the radio produced static but no stations.  $65.00. (0520549)

 

Silvertone 3205 (NIB)

Silvertone 3205 (NIB)

Offered here is a Silvertone model 3205 six-transistor radio from 1962 in unused condition. Silvertone sold their radios in Sears stores, and this model was one of the smaller and compact styles which appealed to both men and women. The gem offered here is in new and unused original condition with no repairs or alterations made. There are no chips or cracks or paint loss to the exterior. Inside, it is as clean as the outside. These were designed to operate on a round 9 volt battery, Assume that it does not play. As a bonus, this offering includes the rare accessories including: the original gift box, original Sears Silvertone 9 volt round battery (dead), earphone, manual, and wrist strap. The box itself is in undamaged condition and includes the Styrofoam insert. Radio is only 3-1/4"H.  $85.00. (0520555)

 

Spica ST-600 (1958)

Spica ST-600 (1958)

Offered here is a cute ivory Spica ST-600 six-transistor small portable radio with its leather case. This attractive radio features a bright gold metal face and grille and a large tuning dial with a Mercedes Benz emblem. Click here for more information. The beauty offered here has a nice chip and crack free ivory cabinet without any scratches, just some light wear. A real gem. I inserted four standard "AA" batteries and it played nice and loud and was surprisingly sensitive. Included is the original leather case and strap in excellent condition. Destined to become a favorite of yours, this little Spica will grace any collection. Only 5"W x 3-1/4"H.  $95.00. (0520532)

 

Trancel T-11 (1960)

Trancel T-11 (1960)

Here is a sharp looking six-transistor pocket radio from Trancel. The T-11 operates on a common 9 volt battery. Its beautiful gold face and grille make for a real handsome radio. The example offered here is a gem. It has an ivory cabinet. Inside, the radio is all original and clean. When a 9 volt battery was inserted, the radio played loud and clear across the band. Compact at only 4-1/2"W.  $30.00. (0520546)

 

Universal PTR-62B Boxed Set (New)

Universal PTR-62B Boxed Set (New)

Here is a Universal AM portable six-transistor radio that is new in the box. This gem measures 4-1/2" tall and is beautiful with the blue cabinet and bright gold grille. The plastic cabinet shows no signs of use and the gold grille is perfect as this has resided inside its leather case and inside the box its entire life. This is powered by a common 9 volt battery, and when tested it really played strong. As a bonus, this offering includes the original box with inserts, beautiful leather case, paperwork, earphone, vintage Candle battery and battery eliminator all in unused condition. The box itself is undamaged and clean.  $95.00. (0520550)

 

Zenith Royal 10 (1970)

Zenith Royal 10 (1970)

Here is a Zenith Royal 10 shirt pocket radio from 1970. This eight-transistor radio has an original chassis 8XT52Z9 and operates on two "AA" batteries. It is clean inside and out and plays like new with strong volume and sensitive station selection across the band. 4-1/2"H.  $45.00. (0520545)

 

Zephyr GR-3T6 (1958)

Zephyr GR-3T6 (1958)

Seldom offered for sale is this unique six-transistor shirt pocket Zephyr made in Japan. This radio has a durable yet stylish design which features a reverse painted face. Click here for more information on this scarce collectable. This gem is in excellent original condition. The plastic cabinet is blemish-free as the original leather case (included) has done its job protecting this gem. This early shirt pocket design operates on a common 9 volt battery. When tested, this radio played fine responding with strong volume while pulling stations all across the AM band without static. Only 4"H.  $175.00. (0520536)
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About Gary's Vintage Gems from the North
About me: I have been interested in transistor radios for as long as I can remember, but a collector of them for over 20 years now. During that time, I have become knowledgeable and learned how to judge quality and what it takes for a radio to become a desirable collectible.

My Mission: It is my mission to offer top quality collectible transistor radios that are clean, functional, and highly desirable. I take measures to assure each one reaches a high level of cleanliness and performance before it is listed. I will try to give you a clear idea of what you are buying so that you can judge the value before you make that purchase. But if in doubt, please feel free to ask any questions before buying.

Living up to my mission statement is how I have been able to sell over 500 transistor radios in almost ten years on the attic. My clients are generally those who desire high quality and know that by dealing with me, they won't receive surprises or waste money by dealing with novice sellers on auctions.
TERMS

Payments:  Using PayPal will assure that your radio will be shipped within 24 hours.  If you prefer, I will also accept money orders or personal checks, but your personal check must clear before I ship.

Shipping:  I use the utmost care in preparing your gem for its trip from the north to you, but the cost of shipping is in addition to the price shown.  I have found that USPS Priority Mail is the most economical way to ship your new radio to you, but I am glad to use a different carrier when requested.

Questions?  In addition to the pictures, I will try to give each radio a clear description detailing the make, model, year, size, cosmetic and playing condition, battery requirements, and any accessories that are included.  If you still have questions, feel free to ask them before purchasing and I will do my best to answer them.

Returns:  If all efforts fail and a return is requested, I will be glad to refund the full purchase price of the radio once it is safely returned at the buyers expense.

... Gary's Testimonials ...
  • I just received the Raytheon 8TP-1 in great (working) condition. This is surely the best of the early transistor radios and I am very happy to own such a nice example. Dieter in Canada
  • What a stellar site! If you want the best in professionalism and merchandise, Gary's Transistor Radio Attic is the place to go. Don't hesitate! Michael in Spokane
  • I got the two radios, and they are beautiful! George in Maryland
  • Just wanted to let you know that I received the 2 radios this noon. They are really great looking radios. Bob in California
  • Thanks Gary the radio arrives last thursday in good shape, it now playing on my desk. I hope you have more radios for me. Luis From Mexico.
  • The Universal PTR62B and Trancel T-11 arrived on Friday! They are great sets! I liked the Universal more than I thought I would, and the Trancel is super! Thank You!! RC in FL
  • Will definitely tell people about the attic. thanks, Joe in New England
  • In this moment the radio Sony 620 arrived!! Very beautiful. Thank you and best regards. Vincenzo in Italy
  • The 2 radios look very good and they play well. I will display them on my shelf in my music room with the others. Norman

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