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    Re: What have been your biggest ebay surprises?

    In 2009, bought an album of mostly common V nickels for a couple bucks. Got a free penny album included for free. Was looking through the penny album, and found .... a 1909 S VDB mis-identified in the 1909 S slot.

    Learned a lot about this particular coin, as it was in a very old album, and most of the coins still had tape residue on it. So took it to an expert, who showed me how to clean it with acetone and Q-tips. Sent the VDB for authentication at PCGS, returned as "authentic", no grade. The residue from the old tape affected the overall quality, and PCGS wasn't willing to put a grade on it. Still, sold for nearly $700! For a freebie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clovis97
    I am a big fan of Mellencamp. What exactly is a video album? A VHS tape?
    Yes, VHS tape with the music videos of all the songs that were on the album. Out of print VHS tapes were great for making money before DVDs and streaming video came out.

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    Re: What have been your biggest ebay surprises?

    Great finds everyone! My first great find was found at a garage sale. It was an old western bell telephone. I could tell from its styling in was from the 1940s. It was bakelite and it was a beautiful turquoise blue. I immediately knew the phone was special, but I'm not a collector of phones. I looked at the price tag and it was one dollar. I took it home and put it on auction right away, within 15 minutes of the auctions start I had an offer on the phone. This person offered me 400.00 to end the auction. I declined. A half hour later I had another offer, this time someone was offering me 1000.00 for my phone. Can anyone guess what I did? Did I sell the phone at 1000.00 or did I let the auction run its course?

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    Re: What have been your biggest ebay surprises?

    Quote Originally Posted by olivia11dancer
    Great finds everyone! My first great find was found at a garage sale. It was an old western bell telephone. I could tell from its styling in was from the 1940s. It was bakelite and it was a beautiful turquoise blue. I immediately knew the phone was special, but I'm not a collector of phones. I looked at the price tag and it was one dollar. I took it home and put it on auction right away, within 15 minutes of the auctions start I had an offer on the phone. This person offered me 400.00 to end the auction. I declined. A half hour later I had another offer, this time someone was offering me 1000.00 for my phone. Can anyone guess what I did? Did I sell the phone at 1000.00 or did I let the auction run its course?
    Rolled the dice

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    Re: What have been your biggest ebay surprises?

    Dang, you told me this story, but I can't remember how much you sold it for.

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    Re: What have been your biggest ebay surprises?

    I let the auction finish. The phone sold for over 1600.00 Moral of the story..if people start making offers on something you've listed. They are trying to buy it cheap. Let the auction run its course.

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    Re: What have been your biggest ebay surprises?

    I don't suppose you have a picture of that phone still do you? I know it was a long time ago.

    Just in case I come across one

  8. #23
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    Jan 2011
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    Re: What have been your biggest ebay surprises?

    No, it was 7 years ago..and that computer is long gone. Sorry They do make replica's of the phone I will see if I can find a photo of one and send it to you.

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    Re: What have been your biggest ebay surprises?

    Quote Originally Posted by GibH
    Quote Originally Posted by clovis97
    I am a big fan of Mellencamp. What exactly is a video album? A VHS tape?
    Yes, VHS tape with the music videos of all the songs that were on the album. Out of print VHS tapes were great for making money before DVDs and streaming video came out.
    My best friend has a copy of that tape. His copy is ex-library...he went to every library sale at our local library, twice a year, looking to buy that tape. It is a very hard to find tape. It was highly sought after on a Mellencamp fan site many years ago.

    If you are into Mellencamp, that really is a great tape of his work. It features that classic Mellencamp sound and still has the original band members that made that music so great. Larry Crane, Toby Myers, Kenny Aronoff, etc.

    Can anyone say "thread drift"?

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    Re: What have been your biggest ebay surprises?

    Quote Originally Posted by olivia11dancer
    I let the auction finish. The phone sold for over 1600.00 Moral of the story..if people start making offers on something you've listed. They are trying to buy it cheap. Let the auction run its course.
    Wow!!!!

    Great score!!! Great story!!! Great advice!!!!

  11. #26
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    Jan 2011
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    Re: What have been your biggest ebay surprises?

    Thanks..my phone was my biggest profit to date, but it certainly wasn't the biggest or the best item I've sold on ebay. My best story involves a 1968 Allis Chalmers D21 tractor (not a toy) sold on ebay.

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    Re: What have been your biggest ebay surprises?

    Quote Originally Posted by olivia11dancer
    My best story involves a 1968 Allis Chalmers D21 tractor (not a toy) sold on ebay.
    Since I am a fan of AC tractors, care to share the story about this?

    D21's are hot right now...and have been for quite some time.

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    Re: What have been your biggest ebay surprises?

    i am looking for a pair of chrome ape handle gars from a 70s bycycle for my son he has a orange county chopper schwinn he wants to put ape hangers on it

  14. #29
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    Re: What have been your biggest ebay surprises?

    Sure..it's a great story with a wonderful ending. A friend of mine was getting a divorce. He called me one day asking if I would list his tractor on ebay. His tractor was a 1968 AC- D21 and he had purchased it from his father when he first started farming. His dad had taken care great of that tractor and so did the current owner. It was still all original. He talked with other farmers that frequented local farm auctions trying to get a estimated value for his tractor. He was told it was worth 5000.00 if it sold locally. That's when he decided to give ebay a try. He really didn't want to sell his tractor, but he felt he didn't have a choice due to the divorce and because of that, he put a 10,000.00 reserve on it. We sat here and watched the bidding all week on that tractor..It was especially fun during the final few hours of the auction. I remember he would just want to keep looking a the photos of this tractor. He was very attached to it..I suppose it brought back many fond memories. I felt bad for him. His tractor sold for 12,800.00 and went to a AC tractor museum in the Carolina's. He was no longer sad about selling his tractor..he thought it was wonderful that his tractor was going to a place where she will never have to work again and she will be admired by all. I'm sure some day he will visit his tractor.

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    Re: What have been your biggest ebay surprises?

    Wow, that is cool!!! A nice, quality D21 should bring $12,000 anytime. A super nice, truly restored example with low hours can fetch $20,000.

 

 
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