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Mel Fischer

A new spook stick for the collection

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We received a new new spook stick noisemaker today to complete that part of the collection for us, it is the large orange one in the picture.  I have been looking for this one for a while now.  I am still trying to find out what the one in the second picture was used for, it is the same size as the new large spook stick but does not have the molded in protrusion on the bottom that the spook stick has.

Mel

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Those are cool Mel..didn't realize they had the variations in sizes on the spook sticks...they did use that head on a few other item I believe..including the rare club or bat whatever you want to call it....I have one and its same face with different color variation..not sure if all colors are original..I ten to think someone added some features to one I have..

 

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I forgot about the club when I made the post, we do have one of those and it is the same colors as the orange spook sticks.  Here's a picture of it, it still has the original kazoo with it.  Surprisingly I have seem two of the clubs on eBay recently but they did not have the kazoo on them.

Can you take a picture of yours showing the color variation and post it when you get time?

Mel

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That is interesting...I didn't know they were supposed to have a kazoo...so was it a kind of toy to make sounds with then...I suppose...I was trying to figure out what the deal was with making a bat...?  seemed weird for Halloween theme...but hey...nothing surprises me in this hobby anymore..

 

I will post a picture of mine...

 

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