playing with marbles when he was in grade school at Deer Creek,
Oklahoma and was pretty good at it. "Everybody played marbles,
including the girls. Sometimes they were better shots than the boys.
It was one of the most popular games. There wasn't TV then, none of
that. So you got out and played marbles. Back then the marbles cost a
little bit of nothing. You could get 50 for a dime."
days are gone forever. Today, marbles, which have become a popular
collector's item, can demand a high price tag. Some of the rarer ones
sell for thousands of dollars each. Less expensive varieties may run
young man, Lee was repairing grain elevators. His work took him
to many towns and states and this is where he began his collection of
marbles. Nobody else, that he knew of, was collecting marbles.
He just liked them.
has been sharing his collection with the public since 2001
his marble museum, Lee’s Legendary Marbles and Collectibles,
located on U.S. Highway 81
north of Interstate 80.
collection of hand-made marbles come in all colors and sizes and date
from the late 1800s
They have picturesque names like Peppermint Swirl, Clam Broth, Brick,
and Indian Skin. Batterton's favorite is the rare Lutz marbles with
gold-colored powder inside. Glass cases lining two long walls display
the more expensive ones, while, overhead, hundreds of quart jars
filled to their brims with agates add a colorful border. There are
marbles in vases, huge glass containers and trays.
the most unusual ones are the pre-World War I ones containing
uranium. Another display case holds machine-made marbles with names
like Corkscrews, Ketchup and Mustard, and Superman.
hundreds of different kinds of marbles. Many of them came from
Germany. But some of the ones I've got, no one knows where they came
from, who made them. There's still research going on and books being
written about them."
featured are marble games, artwork, and information about the
different kinds of marbles, their value, and where they were made.
Some of the marbles in his “Million Dollar” collection, along
with coins, jewelry, antiques, Nascar, collectibles, and many other
interesting items are for sale. Oh, and be sure to see his
clown collection as well while you are there.