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sammyjr

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    When I was a child my grandfather use to dress up as Santa, walk down the block ringing this huge bell, dropping small wrapped candy canes as he walked. He would come into the house & leave presents around the tree.
  • Location
    Staten Island, New York
  • Biography
    Collects, repairs and makes animated Christmas figures
  • Interests
    Christmas, working with my hands, cooking, garden work, music, family & friends, movies - definately movies of all kinds, travel - DISNEY!
  • Occupation
    Utility worker
  • About my display
    Award winning light and animation display inside and out. I am into animation & have been buying Hamberger, Harold Gale, Creegan & similar displays & re-doing them from top to bottom - motor to body to clothing & put them on display for others to see & enjoy

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  1. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    I have the 2 on the left
  2. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    Just sold about 30 pieces, no more for now
  3. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    It's the boy with roler skates from the Christmas morning set. The jack in the box was just added in. You got that figure from Ebay recently so it was most likely a figure from the Willow run display in NJ
  4. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    He has 2 of them. The husky and a white dog too. I was supposed to buy them last month but I did not like the guys attitude on the phone. He had me on hold for 10 mins while he spoke to people in his store about nonsense. They are really nice though I have seen them in person
  5. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    kitchenfrom build a snowman setjust a few pics of this years display. Will show more later. Am making room for a new Hamberger delivery. For next year's display. Candy cane forest and mini gnomes skiing
  6. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    You have no idea how busy this years display has made me. Have not even started on inside, been outside everyday. Every display outside is all new & different from last years & inside will be the same - all new, mainly of figures that I have newly aquired or have restored this year so its taking a bit more time then I expected. Also am doing a Santa letter response display where kids write letters to Santa, drop them in a huge Santas mailbox that I have & Santa will write them back at some point this season. News papers are already calling but I am pusing them off till the display is done. From what I know about Darrid he is getting better but has a very long road ahead of him. I hope he focuses on getting his health back
  7. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    a few new fluff fluffy fiends of santa just flew in. Finished a ton of figures that will be going into this year's displays. Am only going to post a few total restorations like these and will just show pics of finished displays this year
  8. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    almost done with this workshop set picked these up in PA 2 years ago and they were busted up. Again everything from paint to fiberglass to clothes and motorsfound some time to finally get these 2 back together. New clothes, paint, fiberglass and motors all redone. Should have the rest of this set done this week.. with work, family and everything else it's hard to find the Xtra time to do this
  9. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    found some time to finally get these 2 back together. New clothes, paint, fiberglass and motors all redone. Should have the rest of this set done this week.. with work, family and everything else it's hard to find the Xtra time to do this
  10. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    HUGE SCORE TODAY!!- ALL MINT - ALL WORK -ALL RIGHT!!! THANKX BUDDIE
  11. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    I got these a while ago, some of my rarest Hamberger figures. They are from a Spring set. They were on a teater totter or sea saw. They are non animated but look at the faces on them. They are mint. I was just offered a grand each but will not let them go they are to rare & I will never find them again & have never seen another one,,,,,Just look at those cheeks
  12. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    Fixing arms and legs is a bit easier then doing the face. For the arms. First remove clothing . Use an awl or flathead and pull out the staples that hold the clothes to the body then you can either do a quick fix w a tube from a paper towel roll, gorilla tape or cloth and gorilla glue and staple gun. You can use a fiber fix wrap which is good but bulky. If you want to do it right where it will last forever get some fiberglass cloth and gorilla glue or fiberglass resin, contact me and I will give you my number and walk you through it. It's a lot to type. Do not... NO NOT MAKE A FIX W HOT GLUE ONLY it will not hold for the run. The face is another story but that depends on what is wrong with it. Let me knkw, any help or direction I can give you I will. Sammy BTW nice piece,
  13. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    Finally back at my cousins house. Landed in DFW airport this afternoon, met up with a seller & 2 buyers middle man for over 250 pieces. Unfortunatly we have no space back in NY for this part of the deal but the other 320 will come our way within the next 8 months. I was able to have my Uncle pick up & store a couple of figures in his warehouse for when I buy my home in Texas - a dozen or so Hamberger Halloween figures W props, 2 Hamberger Easter sets w. props, RKI full size Victorian Family Christmas set w back drop & a few other random figures for my collection & my friend that backed me in the deal. Will be home tomorrow & when I go back to Texas to look for a summer home I will take pics of the stuff that I sold & stuff that will be in the second half of the deal . I am done buying for a while {except 1 other figure I will tell you about tomorrow}, now its time for the most important thing... Family time! All these figures are great to have but if they all crumbled to the ground, were taken from me or if I never got another one I would be fine because family is more important then latex figures. Yes I am lucky enough to have a huge collection but I would say the same thing if I had only 2 figures. All of this means nothing with out family to share it with.. Good nite, be back in NY tomorrow afternoon
  14. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    Just some of what found its way to my house today. Some for me and some for a friend. I will take more pictures later. There are more mice, snowmen and other goodiee
  15. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    Bay, Hamberger made more then 1 set using that bear style with different movements. I have the same exact bear with a double arm movement & head movement but he is dressed in a nutcracker outfit of sourts. I have to find a pic to show you. Hope all is well on your end
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