The TV western Bat Masterson aired over NBC from 1958 to 1961 producing 108 half-hour episodes. Gene Barry (1919-2009) stars as William Barclay "Bat" Masterson, with Bill Baldwin serving as the show's narrator. Here are ten valuable Bat Masterson TV show collectibles that are sure to interest early video fans and collectors...
Bat Masterson Gun and Holster Set
Carnell Mfg. of Brooklyn, New York, produced the unique Bat Masterson gun and holster set with matching vest and cane in 1958. One complete example still in its original box sold at auction for $316.25.
Bat Masterson gun and holster set $316.25 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles
Bat Masterson Play Suit
Ben Cooper, a big name in kids Halloween costumes, made the Bat Masterson play suit circa the early 1960s. Find one still in its original box and it could be worth $100-150 to a collector.
Bat Masterson Whitman Hardcover Book
Whitman Publishing produced a Bat Masterson authorized TV edition hardcover book in 1960. Examples in excellent condition sell for $10-15.
Bat Masterson Game
Lowell Toys produced the official Bat Masterson Game in 1958. One surviving example in fine condition brought $100 at auction.
Bat Masterson Game by Lowell Toy $100 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles
Bat Masterson Colorforms Jigsaw Puzzles
Colorforms made a pair of Bat Masterson jigsaw puzzles in 1960. They are valued at $35-50 in excellent condition.
Bat Masterson Dell Four Color #1013 Comic Book
Dell Publishing produced the official Bat Masterson TV comic book line from 1959-62. The first issue in the series is Dell Four Color #1013 dated August-October 1959. One edition in graded CGC near mint 9.4 condition sold at auction for $334.60. Original price: ten cents!
Bat Masterson Dell #1013 comic $334.60 - Heritage Auctions
Bat Masterson Hartland Statue
Hartland Plastics Inc. of Hartland, Wisconsin, produced the fantastic TV western gunfighter series during the late 1950s and early 1960s. A Gene Barry Bat Masterson figure in top condition could sell for over $200. If the original box is present, add more value.
Bat Masterson Hartland figure $200+ - Morphy Auctions
Bat Masterson, TV Guide, May 21, 1960
Gene Barry as the dapper Bat Masterson graces the cover of the May 21, 1960, issue of TV Guide. This issue in excellent condition is valued at $25-35. Collectors place a premium on newsstand editions without address labels.
Bat Masterson TV Promotional Photos
NBC-TV/Ziv TV produced 8x10 and 5x7 black-and-white promotional photos for Bat Masterson for use by the media of the day. The original stills carry a value of $10-15 each.
Bat Masterson Dell #8 Comic Book
A Bat Masterson Dell #8 comic book dated August-October 1961 in graded CGC near mint+ 9.6 condition brought a top bid of $89.63 at auction. Gene Barry and his horse Stardust are pictured on the cover. Original price: 15 cents.
Gene Barry's Bat Masterson TV Show Collectibles Credits
- All auction/sales results courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas; Hake's Americana & Collectibles, York, Pennsylvania; Morphy Auctions, Denver, Pennsylvania; TV Guide Specialists, Macomb, Illinois
Copyright © 2012 William J. Felchner