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1932 Winchester 52
January 31, 2021
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Here’s a less than pristine (shall we say) 52 that may sell reasonably–a reserve of only $500 & no bids yet.  I’ll pay $100 for the sling to anybody that buys it.

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/890436572

January 31, 2021
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My BIL

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No hand-me-downs for Larry?  

My BIL and I were not speaking at the time of his death. His choice, over my Living Trust, and the fact that all my guns are going to my Stepson who was his Nephew. He ceased talking to both of us for 2 years. That’s the way he was. We didn’t even know he died until it appeared on Facebook. None of the family made contact with us. I do not know the disposition of his vast collection. He had it all, and died with with them. Big LarryFrownFrown

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Family estrangement is very sad.  I’ve seen it in several generations in mine.  

I’m surprised at the relatively low prices all those 52 sold for, on average.  Yes, the fees and shipping will kill you.  But on the surface, a nice pre-A or A with an early long scope for $1000-1400 seems low. https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1036/6869/winchester-model-52a-bolt-action-rifle-with-scope I mean come on, these scopes are selling on ebay for $500-800.  

Several 2 gun lots went for $1700 or so, so less than $850 per gun.  People are paying that for a Winchester 75 with a good scope, or a 75 Sporting without.  I think inflation and cult items are passing up some former blue-chip collectibles.  But selling 30 52s in one auction is going to tap out all the collectors of any model.  If sold one at a time, they’d do a little better.  BTW, the one I started this post with was about half the price of the low end I’m mentioning here.  

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AZshot said
But selling 30 52s in one auction is going to tap out all the collectors of any model.  If sold one at a time, they’d do a little better.    

Yes, if I’d been the owner of any of them, I wouldn’t have wanted mine thrown into the pot with all the others.  But if you add fees & SALES TAX to that $850, the final price would be very close to what they usually bring on GB, so it sure wasn’t a fire-sale.  And as Larry said, these were garden-variety, plain-Jane, guns, nothing to get excited about.

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