Gary's Vintage Gems from the North

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Columbia Pocket Radio (W. Germany)

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Columbia Pocket Radio (W. Germany)

Discovered here is a rare Columbia six-transistor shirt pocket radio from the late 50s/early 60s. This handsome radio features a two-tone cabinet and a beautiful reverse painted face and bright gold grille. My internet search turned up nothing on this radio, but a notation made inside the radio referenced the Grundig 610. A unique feature of this radio is that the complete schematic is attached inside the back cover. This example is a gem in excellent original condition. The plastic cabinet is chip and crack free and does not even show any scratches thanks to the original leather/felt cover (included). The radio operates on a common 9 volt battery. When tested, this radio played picking up a few stations with some static while tuning, but produced strong clear reception once the station was locked in. The back panel has West Germany imprinted in the bottom right corner. 4-1/2"W.  $350.00. (0520538)

 

Crestline 6T-180 (Japan)

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Crestline 6T-180 (Japan)

Offered here is an early Crestline six-transistor shirt pocket radio from the early 60s. This attractive radio features a large reverse painted plastic face with a white background for easy reading. The plastic cabinet is quite solid and not fragile like many other early Japanese sets. Cick here for more information on this radio. The example offered here has a nice and shiny chip and crack free black cabinet. The silver metal grille does have a few small indentations. Inside, the chassis of this gem is clean and all original. This radio is powered by a common 9 volt battery and when tested was able to pick up most of my local stations with strong volume and nice tone. The original leather case with strap is included to help you protect this radio when you are not showing it off. Only 4-1/4"H.  $125.00. (0520533)

 

Crestline 6T-220 (1960)

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Crestline 6T-220 (1960)

Offered here is a Crestline Model 6T-220 six-transistor pocket radio from 1960. This radio is unique for its distinctive "radar" symbol on the reverse painted tuning window. The model 6T-220 was actually produced under seven nameplates: Hi-Delity, Windsor, Jupiter, Constant, Sabre, Selfix, and this Crestline. It was also produced in black, red, and white colors. Can you collect them all? Click here for more information. The radio listed here is in nice collector condition. The bright red cabinet is chip and crack free with a nice shine, thanks to the original leather case (included). The reverse plastic front does appear to have a minor crack bottom left. Inside, the all original chassis is clean and when a 9 volt battery was attached, it managed to pull a couple of my local stations with good volume.  $75.00. (0520537)

 

Crown TR-670 (1959)

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Crown TR-670 (1959)

Offered for sale is this stylish six-transistor shirt pocket Crown from Asahi Radio Company in Japan. This classy radio was sold in jewelry stores and its beautiful reverse painted face also has a durable yet stunning metal grille. The fold-out prop assures that it stands tall and proud while on display. Click here for more information on this scarce collectible. The example offered here is in excellent cosmetic 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 looks to have been converted to use a common 9 volt battery. When tested, this radio did not respond. Only 4"H.  $145.00. (0520539)

 

Emerson 868 "Miracle Wand" (1957)

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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).  $125.00. (0520540)

 

Panasonic R70 "Panapet" (1970)

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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.  $40.00. (0520531)

 

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

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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.  $45.00. (0520528)

 

Rocket Radio Crystal Set

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Rocket Radio Crystal Set

Remember the crystal sets from the 60's? Here is one that is in unused condition and still in the box. I have tested this and it does still work. With the box included, this makes for an excellent display and conversation piece.   $35.00. (0520544)

 

Seminole TR-221 (Japan)

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Seminole TR-221 (Japan)

Offered here is a handsome Seminole six-transistor shirt pocket made in the late 50s. This radio features a unique reverse painted face with several stars sprinkled around and a smart silver metal grille which complements the black plastic cabinet nicely. Click here for more information on this collectible. The example offered here is a gem in excellent original condition. The plastic cabinet is chip and crack free and only show light signs of wear. It is 4-1/2"W and 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.  $125.00. (0520530)

 

Sharp TR-182 (1958)

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Sharp TR-182 (1958)

Here is an early six-transistor Sharp model TR-182 which started hitting the market in 1958. The same model was also sold under the Continental name brand. It operates on a common 9 volt battery. The example here is a beauty. The back is somewhat loose perhaps due to a hairline at one corner as shown in the last photo. When tested, the radio played a few stations at good volume. Only 4-1/2"W.  $90.00. (0520547)

 

Silvertone 4212 Sub-Miniature Tube Radio (1954)

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Silvertone 4212 Sub-Miniature Tube Radio (1954)

Offered here is a Silvertone model 4212 hybrid AM radio from Sears Roebuck & Co. This rare vintage sub-miniature tube radio holds the distinction of being the only one that has two miniature tubes and two sub-miniature tubes. It was designed to run on a 45 volt battery and a 1.5 volt battery and has four tubes: 1V6, 1T4, 1U5, and 1AG4. Click here for more information on this rare radio. This example is in near new condition with only some patina on the brights of the knobs keeping it from being mint. I truly believe that this radio was never used, because the battery straps do not have any shape to them, they lay perfectly flat. This radio is untested due to the power requirements. Included is the leather carrying case.  $250.00. (0520542)

 

Sony TFM-121 AM/FM Portable

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Sony TFM-121 AM/FM Portable

Offered here is an early Sony twelve-transistor AM/FM portable radio from 1959. This radio was expensive in its day ($119 back in 1959). It is the second FM transistor radio that Sony produced. This classic features a beautiful reverse painted dial and smart looking metal mesh grille. It has two telescoping antennas that hide in the handle when folded down. At the bottom right, there is a tone switch. Click here to learn more about this model. This gem is in excellent collector condition. It is all original and the cabinet is blemish free. Both antennas are straight and complete. When four "C" batteries were inserted, the radio played as you would hope on both bands. The volume is strong and the sensitivity of both bands is impressive. Not all early radios pull FM stations well, but this one does.  $199.00. (0520541)

 

Sony TR-610 (1958)

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Sony TR-610 (1958)

Here is an early six-transistor shirt pocket radio from Sony. The TR-610 is the iconic radio which triggered many other producers to copy their design. This compact radio operates on a common 9 volt battery. Click here for more information on this radio. The example offered here has a bright red cabinet that is blemish free. There is light patina to the gold metal trim. Inside, this radio is clean and original and when tested played fine across the AM band with strong volume. Only 4-1/4"H.  $175.00. (0520543)

 

Spica ST-600 (1958)

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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.  $125.00. (0520532)

 

Toshiba IC-700 AM/FM/SW (1973)

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Toshiba IC-700 AM/FM/SW (1973)

Here is a great AM/FM/SW nine-transistor radio from Toshiba. This radio utilizes integrated circuits to enhance its performance. This heavy and solid radio has a tone control on top along with the volume control. It features a lighted dial and precise slide-rule tuning. The example here is in excellent cosmetic and operating condition. It uses four "AA" batteries and when they were inserted, the radio is a delight to operate. It receives tons of stations with plenty of volume. The telescoping antenna is long and straight. 7-1/2"W.  $225.00. (0520548)

 

Trancel T-11 (1960)

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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.  $40.00. (0520546)

 

Trancel TR-80 (Japan, 1960)

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Trancel TR-80 (Japan, 1960)

You are viewing a nice Trancel TR-80 eight-transistor radio from Japan. This is the beefed-up version of the earlier six-transistor TR-60. Each model features a large reverse-painted face and and centered chevron with a smart looking metal mesh grille. Another nice feature is the built-in stand which props the radio up nicely for display. Click here for more information on this model. The example offered here is all original and has a shiny black cabinet that is without blemishes thanks to the original leather case (included) and extreme care of the previous owner. When tested with a common 9 volt battery, I was able to hear a couple stations. 4-1/2"H.  $75.00. (0520535)

 

Trans Comet 459 (Japan, 1959)

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Trans Comet 459 (Japan, 1959)

Discovered here is a rare Trans Comet two-transistor shirt pocket radio. This is a beautiful little radio with a handsome white and gold reverse painted face and pale yellow plastic cabinet. The grille consists of several vertical slats covering a mesh speaker cloth. My research on this radio turned up no findings on the Internet. This unique find is in near mint condition with no blemishes. A real gem. The back fits nice and tight and there are no hairlines. When a 9 volt was inserted, the radio played well pulling stations across the band with ample volume. The volume control seems to work as an on/off switch, having little if any effect on changing the volume. The radio is quite compact at just under 4"H x 2-1/2"W.  $275.00. (0520529)

 

Zenith Royal 10 (1970)

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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)

 

Zenith Royal 500D (1958)

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Zenith Royal 500D (1958)

Offered here is an eight-transistor Zenith Royal 500 model D transistor radio. The model D was the first of the Owl designs to claim the Long Distance distinction. The latest of the model D's like this one have the "500D" on the gold faceplate between the knobs and indicates that a new "expanded range" speaker is inside. These 500D's have gained the reputation with collectors of being excellent DX'ers. Click here to read more information on this model. The nice example offered here is in beautiful collector condition. The bright white cabinet is blemish free and the metal trim is just as nice. All lettering on the back is clear and sharp. Inside, the 8AT40Z2 chassis is clean and has been professionally restored to original operating condition. When I installed four "AA" batteries, the radio jumped to life and was a pleasure to "play with." If you are looking for an excellent looking and operating Zenith transistor, this gem would not disappoint.  $295.00. (0520534)

 

Zephyr GR-3T6 (1958)

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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.  $225.00. (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.
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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.

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