Another big one, this time I did know exactly how big this centerpiece was before I purchased it. When I attended the Philadelphia convention back in 1996, I was desperately hoping to win this centerpiece, but I didn’t. I’ve seen it for sale over the years, but it is almost always missing pieces, in particular the delicate foam piece with the record top that makes up the base. Fast-forward to this past fall when I found one for sale in the eastern part of Pennsylvania. Shipping was high but the seller accepted my offer and now? She’s here.
The motorcycle does still work though it needed fresh batteries. Not a huge surprise. Like most things associated with this convention, Barbie’s scarf is done in the same teal blue that repeats with the pink and yellow colors through-out all of the convention related items.
These are the two pieces that make up the base. The foam is very delicate and kind of crumbling at this point from improper storage, but the record is still holding up well. Side note, the record (which is full-sized and not a 45) that sits on the base might say “leader of the pack” the convention committee used whatever records they could find and then placed this label over the original one. If you flip this record over? It says “The Manhattan Symphony Presents Jazz Classics.”
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