Saturday, August 23, 2014
Matinee Idol: Pink vs. Black
My memory is that I first heard about this model at BreyerFest 1999 (July 30, 31, and August 1), and promptly mail-ordered one. West Coast Model Jamboree took place that year from August 25 to 29th. The Jamboree was Sheryl Leisure's heroic effort to bring a BreyerFest-like event to the West Coast. The special run, described as a Silver Grullo Pinto, was being offered at an advance-discount total price of $47.95 for pick-up at show. My copy of the Jamboree bulletin claims that straight mail orders were not being accepted. My own records for my horse reveal what I did: mailed Sheryl a check on July 6 (!) and took delivery, via my dealer friend Nancy Fowkes of Spotted Horse Ranch, on August 30, for a pick-up fee. So much for my memory. I must have gotten an ad in the mail in June, and first seen the ISH at BFest.
It is impossible to deny that pink came first. My earliest printed references, the 1999 Jamboree ads (and the card that came with my horse), show pink. Keri Okie's great standard Stone Horse Reference book, published in 2006, merely states "Known variation" for the model number 9967. Eight hundred horses were made for the Jamboree.
Go online to stonehorseref.com and the model number changes to SR1999, but: surprise! the release number swells to 900. And here we have a clue. Could it be that the popularity of this run was so great that 800 was not enough, and someone at Stone hastily painted another 100? this time with black hind hooves? in time to fill the orders received before the Jamboree, viz., my own?
This theory is borne out by checking Model Horse $ales Pages for a random sampling of Matinee Idols. There are 8 currently for sale, but only 2 are the black hoof version. Four to one: just what you'd expect in a random sample reflecting eight to one! A sampling of current eBay reveals five to one. Ahah. I thought claims of "rare" and "only a few" black hoofs were typical sales patter; but it looks like they just might be true.