The Ohio region was a real hotbed of sports figure collectibles in the 1950s. Famous makers Gibbs-Conner and Stanford Pottery had their kilns on full blast to churn out lines of classic porcelain statues and banks. Rempel gave us some worthy rubber squeakers with "Chief Wahoo" and the "Brooklyn Bum" and Ohio Art got into the act with memorable metal baseball banks. Today surviving specimens of these mid-century marvels are hotly sought after on the memorabilia market.
Here we have a lesser seen piece from an Ohio producer, in the form of a 1950 Jan Products coin bank. This ceramic figural represents the Louisville Cardinals college football team. Standing in at 7" tall, this barrel-chested running back shows remarkable condition quality, with a clean glossy surface, bold paint and just small flecks of wear to rate as (NM). The factory name and date are impressed into the base at rear and a "Kentucky State Fair 1962" label has been added to the front of the base. Sooner or later the hobby will catch on to the relative scarcity of the 1950 Jan Products football banks and this bargain level Louisville piece is going to look like a real smart buy.