What Sells On eBay: Trav L Bar, Metallica VHS tapes, Record player, TV bezel, Jarts, Danner boots

Those Metallica tapes look like bootlegs. I’m surprised they took so long to sell.

This consignment challenge coin from the USS ELLIOT is a good example of a diamond in the rough. There are many ship coins out there but this one had a few things going for it. It’s from a Spruance-class destroyer, the “Spru-cans” being a well-loved platform by those who served on them. Though it was only in commission from 1977 – 2003, ELLIOT led an active career and was involved in some interesting small incidents. It was decommissioned shortly after the explosion of Navy interest in challenge coins so not that many original coins exist, and this early 1990’s, plain metal version is not of a type to be reproduced in China. It sold for $58 plus shipping.

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Here’s an example of a desirable real photo postcard, depicting WWI-era US Army solders with their rifles on break at the shooting range, a motley crew of doughboys mostly smiling for the camera. It sold for $25 and was $3 at a gun show.

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This is a quartz movement mantle clock made of indeterminate plastic with a crackle finish and a strange design that I guess some manufacturer in China thought made it look like an antique. It’s the sort of thing you see at Kirkland’s, etc. Out of a box of stuff given to me by a relative, it sold for $29 plus shipping with full disclosure of its lack of age. It was unfortunately the subject of some buyer drama and a negative feedback but it was all resolved in my favor and the negative removed as I discussed on SL a little while back.

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This piece of cloth applique art is called a mola. The mola is a product of the indigenous inhabitants of the San Blas Islands in Panama and has been a popular tourist item for decades. Like much indigenous art, prices are all over the map. I had this up for quite a while for a couple hundred to test the market due to its unique subject but there were no bites. I finally sold it at $44 plus shipping. It’s something I bought while stationed in Panama in the early 1980s.

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