Baby Catch-A-Ball

Name: Baby Catch-A-Ball

Made by and When: Topper Toys, 1969

Material: Rigid vinyl

Marks: Deluxe Topper 1968 (on the head)

Height: 18 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black short curly rooted hair, brown stationary eyes with upper eyelashes, sly smile with tongue stuck out to the side of the mouth

Clothes: Pastel colored striped dress is aqua in the back, white panties, white vinyl shoes

Other: This battery-operated doll catches a ball and throws it back with the help of two metal bracelets that activate the catching and throwing functions. A description of the function from the Big Red Toy Box website describes the function below.

“The two* balls that she came with have a metallic coating.  Each of her bracelets are part of an open circuit to her arm cocking and releasing mechanism, which is actuated by a battery operated motor. The circuit is closed when the ball connects with both bracelets [simutaneously]. When this happens, the motor starts to turn, her arms lower, and the ball (hopefully) rolls into her cupped hands. Then, after a moment, her arms pop up, throwing the ball to you!” [http://www.bigredtoybox.com/cgi-bin/toynfo.pl?babycatchindex]

*The doll in this installation came with one ball, but as noted on the instruction sheet, consumers could order replacement balls for .75 each.

Black Baby Catch-A-Ball is uncommonly featured on the box graphics with a Black child. Most Black doll box graphics during this period of manufacture illustrated the White doll with or without a White child and a label to indicate the box contained the Black doll.

Baby Catch-a-Ball requires two “D” size batteries.

See the doll catch and throw the ball here.

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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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