Group: Minoru Abe Puzzles

Sliding block and tray packing puzzles designed by Minoru Abe. Puzzles from 1985-2000 are of significantly higher quality and materials.

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Lot 5834 - Runaway

Est. value: $100

Winning bid: $111

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Runaway by Minoru Abe

Designer/Maker: Minoru Abe

Size: 14x10x2cm

Notes: The goal is to move 1234 from the bottom row to the top (the green piece is a spacer). The shortest solution is 47 moves and requires combination moves. Tray is finished wood, and with plastic insert so that the pieces slide smoothly. Includes original box and Japanese information sheet. Likely produced in mid-'90s.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5835 - Egg

Est. value: $100

Winning bid: $415

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Egg by Minoru Abe

Designer/Maker: Minoru Abe

Size: 10x10x2cm

Notes: Arrange the blocks to form an egg (the brown piece is a spacer). The shortest solution is 22 moves. The tray is finished wood, and with plastic insert so that the pieces slide smoothly. Includes original Japanese information sheet. Likely produced in late-'80s.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5836 - Angel & Satan

Est. value: $100

Winning bid: $82

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Angel & Satan by Minoru Abe

Designer/Maker: Minoru Abe

Size: 14x11x2cm

Notes: Swap the positions of the angel and satan (the dark green piece is a spacer). The shortest solution is 74 moves. The tray is finished wood, backed with cork, and with plastic insert so that the pieces slide smoothly. Includes original box and Japanese information sheet. Likely produced in late-'80s.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5837 - Solo

Est. value: $75

Winning bid: $44

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Solo by Minoru Abe

Designer/Maker: Minoru Abe

Size: 15x11x2cm

Notes: Swap the positions of 1-2 and 3-4 (the striped piece is a spacer). The shortest solution is 35 moves. The tray is finished wood, and with plastic insert so that the pieces slide smoothly. Includes original box and Japanese information sheet. Likely produced in late-'80s.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5838 - TRAP

Est. value: $150

Winning bid: $41

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TRAP by Minoru Abe

Designer/Maker: Minoru Abe

Size: 15.5x13x2cm

Notes: Swap the positions of 1-2,T-P, and A-R (the striped piece is a spacer). The shortest solution is believed to be 174 moves and required combinations moves. The tray is finished wood, and with plastic insert so that the pieces slide smoothly. Includes original box and Japanese information sheet. Likely produced in mid-'80s.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5839 - Green Kuroko & Dairu

Est. value: $100

Winning bid: $315

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Green Kuroko & Dairu by Minoru Abe

Designer/Maker: Minoru Abe

Size: 15.5x13.2cm

Notes: Swap the positions of the two crocodiles (the teal piece is a spacer). The shortest solution is 85 moves. The tray is finished wood, and with plastic insert so that the pieces slide smoothly. Includes original box and Japanese information sheet. Likely produced in late-'80s.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5840 - Neo Black & White

Est. value: $100

Winning bid: $137

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Neo Black & White by Minoru Abe

Designer/Maker: Minoru Abe

Size: 16x13x2cm

Notes: Swap the positions of BLACK and WHITE (the brown piece is a spacer). The shortest solution is 190 moves. The tray is highly finished wood, and with plastic insert so that the pieces slide smoothly. Includes original box and Japanese information sheet. Likely produced in mid-'80s.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5841 - Neo Black & White

Est. value: $40

Winning bid: $13

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Neo Black & White by Minoru Abe

Designer/Maker: Minoru Abe

Size: 15x13x2cm

Notes: Swap the positions of BLACK and WHITE (the blue piece is a spacer). The shortest solution is 190 moves. The tray is lightly finished wood (without plastic insert). Includes original box and Japanese information sheet. Produced post-2000.

 

Lot 5842 - Tricky?

Est. value: $25

Winning bid: $17

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Tricky? by Minoru Abe

Designer/Maker: Minoru Abe

Size: 12x8x2cm

Notes: Position the 1234 pieces in order (rectangular piece is a spacer). The shortest solution is believed to be 54 moves and required combinations moves. The tray is lightly finished wood (without plastic insert). Includes original box and Japanese information sheet with four alternative challenges. Produced in 2008.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5843 - Easy? 1989

Est. value: $40

Winning bid: $90

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Easy? 1989 by Minoru Abe

Designer/Maker: Minoru Abe

Size: 10x10x2cm

Notes: Position the 1234 pieces in order and in correct orientation (tan piece is a spacer). The tray is lightly finished wood (without plastic insert). Includes original box and Japanese information sheet with what appears to be the three original challenges (from 1989) and six additional new challenges. Produced post-2000.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5872 - Heart-In

Est. value: $30

Winning bid: $39

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Heart-In by Minoru Abe

Designer: Minoru Abe

Size: 12x8x2cm

Notes: Move the heart to the center of the other four blocks. The shortest solution is 28 moves. Made from raw wood; movement is slightly rough. Includes original box and Japanese information card, describing two additional challenges.

 

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