Friday, June 12, 2015
Lees Legendary Marbles in York, Nebraska
It's worth the visit to see Lee Batterton's collection of over one million antique marbles in York Nebraska. You walk in the store to visually see jars of marbles neatly arranged on shelves and large baskets of marbles saying take me home. It's a museum of marbles ranging from rare hand made quality from Germany to machine made.
Lee loved to play marbles as a child because he was pretty good at it. His large hands made him the best shot in his class. The game became popular in 1907 A favorite birthday present was a bag of marbles for a dime. Each marble was hand blown making each marble unique in color and design.
Lee liked to go to Marble Shows to display his rare finds. He began serious collecting when stationed in Germany. His spare bedroom became a storage for the round balls of glass rainbows. He continued his hobby in the states going to auctions and sharing his love of the collection with others.
After forty years of collecting he decided to open up a shop so the public could have a chance to purchase the colorful gems. Some marbles are so rare they date back to the 1700's. Not all marbles are made of glass. Other materials are clay, steel, ivory, wood, china, stone, and the most rare, paper.
Lee's collectibles also include gold coins, trains, dishes, and antiques. It's open to the public daily from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Take I 80 and exit 353 to 3120 Lincoln Ave. York, Nebraska.