Ten Valuable Tom Mix Radio, Movie & Circus Collectibles
Tom Mix (1880-1940) was the premier Hollywood western star of his era, earning an incredible $7,500 per week during the height of his popularity in the 1920s. Born Thomas Hezikiah Mix in Mix Run, Pennsylvania, on January 6, 1880, Mix made his film debut in the 1909 short The Cowboy Millionaire. Much was written about Mix during his lifetime – most of it gross exaggeration and the product of overzealous Hollywood and Wild West show press agents. Tom Mix died at age 60 in an automobile accident near Florence, Arizona, on October 12, 1940.
Tom Mix's many movies, personal appearances, circus performances and a popular radio show called Tom Mix Ralston Straight Shooters (1933-1950) generated a ton of memorabilia. Here are ten valuable Tom Mix radio, movie and circus collectibles that are sure to interest Mix fans and popular culture entertainment buffs. Now appearing once again, the incomparable Tom Mix and Tony the Wonder Horse...
Tom Mix Deputy 1933 Radio Premium Ring
Certain Tom Mix radio premiums can be very valuable. One is the rare 12K white gold Tom Mix Deputy ring, which could be acquired by youngsters from the National Chicle Co. in 1933 for 75 coupons. One example in very good condition sold at auction for $1,896.24.
Tom Mix Deputy 1933 radio premium ring $1,896.24 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles
Set of 12 Tom Mix Ralston Straight Shooters Comic Book Premiums
A set of 12 comic books was published exclusively for radio's Tom Mix Ralston Straight Shooters from 1940-42. One set in good-very good condition brought $1,018.66 at auction.
Tom Mix Ralston Straight Shooters comic book premiums $1,018.66 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles
Tom Mix Cowboy Boots
Youngsters of the era could get their very own Tom Mix cowboy boots. One size 5D pair showing wear with its original box from the 1930s sold at auction for $158.12.
Tom Mix Yankiboy Play Clothes Pinback Button
Certain Tom Mix pinback buttons are highly coveted. A scarce yellow version Tom Mix Yankiboy Play Clothes button in near mint condition fetched $201.51 at auction.
Tom Mix Yankiboy Play Clothes button $201.51 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles
Tom Mix 1937 Circus Poster
One of the big attractions during the Great Depression 1930s was the Tom Mix Circus, which often featured Mix himself performing his dazzling cowboy and rodeo skills. A September 22, 1937, promotional poster (28x42-inches) in very fine+ condition sold at auction for $286.80.
Tom Mix 1937 circus poster $286.80 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Tom Mix Radio Premium Marble Bag
An unopened bag of Tom Mix marbles – a 1940s premium from the radio show – brought a reasonable $40 at auction.
Tom Mix 1940s marble bag $40 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Tom Mix 1921 A Ridin' Romeo One Sheet Movie Poster
Tom Mix plays Jim Rose in Fox's A Ridin' Romeo (1921). A beautifully restored one sheet poster (27x41-inches) in very fine- condition on linen sold at auction for $4,182.50.
Tom Mix 1921 A Ridin' Romeo one sheet poster $4,182.50 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Tom Mix 1932 The Rider of Death Valley Swedish Movie Poster
Tom Mix as Tom Rigby and Lois Wilson star in Universal Pictures' The Rider of Death Valley (1932). A Swedish one sheet poster (27x39-inches) in rolled very fine+ condition brought $253 at auction.
Tom Mix 1932 The Rider of Death Valley Swedish poster $253 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Tom Mix 1928 King Cowboy Insert Movie Poster
Tom Mix plays Tex Rogers in Joseph P. Kennedy/FBO's King Cowboy (1928). A super rare insert poster (14x36-inches) in rolled very fine+ condition sold at auction for $2,280.
Tom Mix 1935 The Miracle Rider One Sheet Movie Poster
Tom Mix's final Hollywood effort was Mascot Pictures' The Miracle Rider (1935), an exciting 15-chapter movie serial in which he plays Tom Morgan. A restored one sheet poster (27x41-inches) in fine+ condition on linen hit a top bid of $747.50 at auction.
Tom Mix 1935 The Miracle Rider one sheet poster $747.50 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Tom Mix Credits & Top Image
- Auction results and images courtesy Hake's Americana & Collectibles, York, Pennsylvania, and Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Tom Mix as Tom Destry in Destry Rides Again 1932 title lobby card $690 - Heritage Auction Galleries