Collector's Call Web Extras: Vintage Schwinn bikes for the kid in you!

Sting-Rays, Phantoms and Whizzers were sweet rides!

It's all about bikes for enthusiast Rodney Griffis, owner of an extensive collection of antique bicycles — all meticulously curated and proudly displayed in his Illinois retail shop, Blue Moon Bikes.

Some of Rodney's prized possessions include a near-mint Schwinn Apple Krate Sting-Ray, a 1947 Whizzer motorbike; and a 1977 bike once owned by supermodel Cindy Crawford. Totaled up, it's all worth about $500,000!

We brought in fellow collector and bicycle-shop owner Jeff Hajduk to appraise Rodney's massive collection.

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1. Image Gallery: Inside the Collection

Rodney's collection is worth half a million bucks and includes enviable rides like Apple Krates, Pea Pickers, motorbikes… and Cindy Crawford's 10-speed?

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2. Bonus Video: Schwinn Black Phantom

The "Cadillac of bicycles," the Schwinn Phantom hit shops and streets in 1949. It was a particular favorite of paperboys. This is a replica, released in 1995 to celebrate the Schwinn centennial. But it's still worth thousands.

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3. Bonus Video: Signed 1963 Schwinn Sting-Ray

Al Fritz, the development engineer for Schwinn who helped create the Sting-Ray, autographed the seat of this 1963 original Apple Krate.

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clarks58 1 month ago
Had the kickback 2 speed Stingray in the 60’s
HopeDuchaine 1 month ago
I used to have a "ROLL FAST" back in the 60's. I loved that bike. I wish that I had it now; I would be riding it today.
Reddog63 1 month ago
What I wouldn't do to have my old Apple Krate Sting-Ray back. Best bike a kid could have in the early 70's, except when it rained. The front disc brake wouldn't work wet
KMT6600 1 month ago
must have been in the 1960's if I'm thinking right I was born in June 1956 .
KMT6600 KMT6600 14 days ago
still have that bike hanging in the garage
where it has hung for that long needs a little cleaning up but sure brings back memores of a happyer and carefree time in my life

KMT6600 1 month ago
I have a purple Schwinn-- Breeze a larger one thou no banana seat just a regular one. But loved it with baskets on the rear wheels to carry my Barbie stuff to my friends house .
15inchBlackandWhite 1 month ago
Darn! I had one of those back in the 70's. Busted it up trying to impersonate Evel Knievel just like every other boy in the neighborhood. To think how much it would be worth today!
harlow1313 1 month ago
For Christmas 1966, I received a Schwinn blue-metal-flake Sting-Ray Fastback. It was the greatest gift I was ever to receive. (My joy was similar to that experienced by Ralphie when he received the Red Rider BB gun.)
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