Mel and I were at Midway Antique Mall stocking our booth with some of our new finds. After we stock we like to cruise the store to see what other dealers have brought in. I was browsing and came across this 1949 RCA Victor “Roy Rogers Happy Trails” record player (model # 9-EY-36, only made for one year) and was so excited when I saw the asking price…….$40 with 15% off! Needless to say I jumped on it.
I LOVE western themed items from the 50′s. Because westerns were so popular with kids from that era it is hard to find items that are not beat to hell because of use. Embellished with Disney Decals on a bakelite cabinet, this style of record player sold for $39 when it’s ordinary brown bakelite cabinet version sold for 19.95. Now that was 1950′s prices. With regular inflation, it would sell now for over $400.
This unit powers on and turns slowly but I will need to have my stereo repair guy take a look at it. As far as case condition I plan to clean it and try to find some touch up paint to cover areas where the Bakelite is showing through. The next thing on my list will be to find some 45′s of Roy Rogers to play on this once it is running good as new.