The classic legal drama Perry Mason ran on CBS from 1957 to 1966 producing 271 hourlong episodes. Based on the character created by Erle Stanley Gardner, the series features Raymond Burr (Perry Mason), William Hopper (Paul Drake), Barbara Hale (Della Street), Ray Collins (Lt. Arthur Tragg) and William Talman (Hamilton Burger). Here are ten valuable Perry Mason TV collectibles that should interest Mason fans and collectors. "Are you aware of the penalty for perjury?"
Perry Mason Character Glass
A character glass featuring the Perry Mason TV logo along with Lady Justice was produced in 1965. One rare example in near mint condition brought $270.57 at auction.
Perry Mason promo glass $270.57 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles
Perry Mason Case of the Missing Suspect Game
Transogram produced the Perry Mason Case of the Missing Suspect Game in 1959. Fine this one in excellent condition and it could be worth $75-100.
Perry Mason Autographed Photos
A 5x7 black-and-white photo signed by Barbara Hale (1922-) and an 8x10 black-and-white photo signed by Raymond Burr (1917-1993) sold at auction for $116.28.
Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale signed photos $116.28 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles
Perry Mason, Time Magazine, October 26, 1959
TV stars Raymond Burr (Perry Mason), Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (77 Sunset Strip), Craig Stevens (Peter Gunn), David Janssen (Richard Diamond, Private Detective) and Philip Carey (Philip Marlowe) grace the cover of the October 26, 1959, issue of Time magazine. This edition sells for $15-20 in excellent condition.
Perry Mason Mystery Magazine #1
Dell produced only two issues of Perry Mason Mystery Magazine in 1964. Issue #1 dated June-August 1964 in graded CGC near mint+ 9.6 condition brought $262.90 at auction. Original price: 12 cents.
Perry Mason Mystery Magazine #1 $262.90 - Heritage Auctions
Perry Mason Raymond Burr Emmy Award
The incomparable Raymond Burr won an Emmy Award in 1959 for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series. The actual statuette sold at auction for $4,780. A VHS recording of the 1959 awards ceremony was included in the lot. Perry Mason rates as one of the best TV lawyer shows in history.
Raymond Burr's 1959 Perry Mason Emmy Award $4,780 - Heritage Auctions
Perry Mason, Chicago American TV Roundup, February 14, 1960
Raymond Burr as Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason appears on the cover of the February 14, 1960, edition of TV Roundup, a television listings magazine put out by the Chicago American. This issue can sell for over $20 in top condition.
Perry Mason, TV Times, May 29, 1960
Raymond Burr graces the cover of the May 29, 1960, edition of TV Times, an Australian television listings magazine. This collectible from Down Under is worth around $30.
Perry Mason Briefcase Prop
Original television props are huge with collectors. An olive-colored briefcase used on the Perry Mason show by an unknown character brought $657.25 at auction. A certificate of authenticity accompanied the piece.
Perry Mason briefcase prop $657.25 - Heritage Auctions
Perry Mason, TV Guide, March 19, 1960
Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale grace the cover of the March 19, 1960, issue of TV Guide. This one can sell in the $50 range in top condition. Hale of course played Mason's secretary Della Street.
TV Guide 3/19/60 $50 - Triangle Publications, Inc.
Perry Mason TV Show Memorabilia Credits
- All auction/sales results courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas; Hake's Americana & Collectibles, York, Pennsylvania; TV Guide Specialists, Macomb, Illinois
- Top image: Raymond Burr as Perry Mason - CBS-TV
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