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The James M. Baratta Collection -- Auction 64 -- July 30th and 31st

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In Chicago in the 1950’s, Jim as a young boy spent many an hour staring at the toy soldiers on the third floor shelves of Vaughn’s Flower and Seed Store trying to select the one or two $2.00 box of soldiers his parents allotted for his special birthday present. As a teen, having discovered girls, he put away his toys only to later discover that toy soldiers were still being sold and made in the 1970’s and 1980’s, but for much more than two bucks. Now as an attorney living in California, he could afford a wee bit more. And so his love was rekindled and his collections grew, until they spilled from his soldier room at home in San Juan Capistrano to his office cabinets in Irvine. Today having downsized, he offers some of his prized collection to other lovers of history stirred by this hobby that awakens the child in us all.
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