Some great sales there, Steven. When I saw Midge eyeing the banana box, I knew what was coming next.
Still working my way up to the present, here are some sales from late November:
Somehow I have run across not just one but two of these small Greek reproduction coins over the last year. It depicts a coin from the city-state of Gela, Sicily, in the Macedonian Empire during and after the reign of Alexander the Great. One side depicts the god Gelas, a bull with a man’s head. The other side depicts a charioteer commanding a biga chariot with two horses being crowned by the god Nike flying above. I don’t know where these coins came from or what the attraction is but despite the word COPY in large letters on the reverse (the “Y” is lightly struck so before I figured out what these were, with my first coin I was Googling “Greek coin marked COP”…) they seem to be in demand. This one was $1 at the flea market and sold for $13 plus shipping within a week.
This is the first book of a two-volume set for the 1981-82 cruise of the USS AMERICA, a conventionally powered aircraft carrier commissioned in 1965. She was scuttled off Cape Hatteras in 2005 after being used in tests, the largest warship ever sunk. This item was another testament to the risks of sniping the goods of marginal eBay sellers. I paid $16 for both volumes of the set – condition “used” with a few blurry pictures and no other description – but when it arrived I found that Volume II was too moldy to sell. I spent a few minutes cleaning up Volume I to at least acceptable and it sold fairly quickly for $45 plus shipping with full disclosure. At least I made money but not in the usual 3 digit range for aircraft carrier cruise books I was hoping for.
This old brass automobile bulb horn was found in my dad’s estate; probably a flea market find for not too much money, knowing him. A little research into the minutia of bulb horn values (the Indians have been reproducing these for many years in various configurations) led to the realization that its double loop and screened bell put it a cut above the usual. It sold for $140 plus $60 shipping to Switzerland.
This lot of 20 clad (copper sandwich) 1976 Kennedy Half Dollars sold for $22.89 with free shipping. I got them back in the ’70’s and ’80’s when they could be picked out of my pocket change on occasion.
I have virtually nothing in this Nestler Slide Rule with case, getting it in a large $5 lot a while back. There is a small but rabid (is it because they are engineers?) community of collectors and many varieties and sizes of slide rules. More rabbit holes to go down in researching an appropriate price. It sold for $33 plus shipping.
This vintage, old school Smith & Wesson brand brown leather police revolver holster was $5 at the flea market. I found an old gun leather catalog online that cross referenced the stold me what models it was made for. It sold for $60 plus $23 shipping to Sweden.