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Ten Valuable Buck Rogers Radio, Comic & Movie Collectibles

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Valuable Buck Rogers in the 25th Century collectibles include radio premiums, disintegrator pistols, solar scouts patches, movie posters, Strange World Adventures Club pins, Big Little Books, strip cards and Amazing Stories pulp magazines.

The venerable Buck Rogers has been on the interplanetary scene since the late 1920s. Created by Philip Francis Nowlan (1888-1940), Anthony Rogers – the character's original name – first appeared in the novella Armageddon 2419 A.D. in the August 1928 issue of Amazing Stories, which was followed by the sequel The Airlords of Han (March 1929). Rechristened Buck Rogers, the character made his newspaper comic strip debut on January 7, 1929, eventually branching out into radio, movie serials, novels, feature films and television.

Here are ten valuable Buck Rogers radio, comic and movie collectibles that are sure to please Buck Rogers fans and popular culture buffs. Return with us now to those thrilling science fiction days of yesteryear...

Buck Rogers Amazing Stories August 1928 Edition

Philip Francis Nowlan's 29-page novella Armageddon 2419 A.D. introduced Anthony Rogers, the forerunner to Buck Rogers, in the August 1928 issue of Amazing Stories. One example in fine condition brought $917.12 at auction.

Hugo Gernsback's Amazing Stories August 1928 $917.12 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles

Buck Rogers Disintegrator Pistol

Nearly every boy of the Depression-era 1930s wanted an official Buck Rogers Disintegrator Pistol. Made by the Daisy Mfg. Co. in 1935, one example in very fine condition with its all-important original box sold at auction for $539.89.

Buck Rogers Solar System Map Radio Premium

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century ran on radio from 1932-47. Cocomalt, one of the show's sponsors, produced the popular Buck Rogers solar system map mail-in premium in 1933. One surviving example, picturing Buck along with characters Wilma, Killer Kane and Ardala, in very fine condition fetched a top bid of $862.50 at auction.

Buck Rogers 1933 solar system map $862.50 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Storybook

Kellogg's, the breakfast cereal people, issued the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century storybook in 1933 as written/illustrated by Phil Nolan and Dick Calkins. One edition in very fine condition sold at auction for $172.50.

Kellogg's Buck Rogers 1933 storybook $172.50 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles

Buck Rogers Solar Scouts Patch

In 1936 a kid could acquire the coveted Buck Rogers Solar Scouts patch by sending in 15 cents and a box top from Cream of Wheat cereal. Considered to be the rarest of all Buck Rogers premiums, one example in near mint condition brought $4,300 at auction.

Buck Rogers 1936 Solar Scouts patch $4,300 - Morphy Auction

Buck Rogers Cartoon Adventures Strip Cards

Keep an eye out for the 1936 strip card set Cartoon Adventures, which features four subsets: Buck Rogers, Tarzan, Tailspin Tommy and Bronco Bill. The 20-card Buck Rogers subset in overall good/very good condition sold at auction for $4,427.50.

Buck Rogers 1936 strip card subset $4,427.50 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles

Buck Rogers Glow-in-the-Dark Magic Ring of Saturn

Post Toasties issued the Buck Rogers glow-in-the-dark ring of Saturn in 1946. One example in mint condition with its original manual brought $460 at auction.

Buck Rogers 1946 glow-in-the-dark magic ring of Saturn with manual $460 - Morphy Auction

Buck Rogers Strange World Adventures Club Pin

Buster Crabbe had the title role in the 1939 Universal Pictures movie serial Buck Rogers. A rare Buck Rogers Strange World Adventures Club movie serial pin made by Phila. Badge circa 1939 in near mint condition sold at auction for $747.50.

Buster Crabbe Buck Rogers 1939 movie serial pin $747.50 - Morphy Auction

Buck Rogers Movie Serial One Sheet Poster

A one sheet poster (27x41-inches) Chapter 9 "Bodies Without Minds" from the 1939 Buck Rogers movie serial features fantastic artwork. One example in fine/very fine condition brought $717 at auction.

Buck Rogers 1939 movie serial poster $717 - Heritage Auction Galleries

Buck Rogers in The War with the Planet Venus Big Little Book

Whitman produced the popular Big Little Books in the 1930s and '40s. One of their titles, Buck Rogers in The War with the Planet Venus (#1437) from 1938, in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for $131.45.

Buck Rogers 1938 Big Little Book $131.45 - Heritage Auction Galleries

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Style B One Sheet Movie Poster

Gil Gerard has the title role in the big screen version of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, released by Universal in 1979. A style B one sheet poster (27x41-inches) with artwork by Victor Gadino in folded fine condition brought $16 at auction.

Buck Rogers 1979 style B one sheet poster $16 - Heritage Auction Galleries

Yes, that's eleven items – but with Buck Rogers you always get an extra premium...

Buck Rogers Credits & Top Image

  • Auction results and images courtesy Hake's Americana & Collectibles, York, Pennsylvania; Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas; Morphy Auction, Denver, Pennsylvania
  • Top image: Buck Rogers 1939 lobby card for Chapter 12 "War of the Planets" $150 - Heritage Auction Galleries

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