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Did someone get carried away in this auction
June 14, 2017
5:12 pm
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I have a small collection of Winchester catalogs–around 60 or so with maybe 10 or more pre-1935.   I spotted this lot of 5 early catalogs in a Dan Morphy auction around the end of May.   I already had 3 of them, but thought if I could get them for a reasonable bid, I could sell off the lessor condition duplicates and keep the two I don’t already have.

I picked up two of the three that I already have on eBay over a two or three year period and found one in a local antique mall.   I never paid over $75 each for any and the one I found locally, I got for $25.  I signed up for the auction and waited for the listing to come up.  I had set my limit at $500 plus premium.    That turned out to be a total waste since other bidders on-line seemed to go nuts.  

Here’s the final auction price not including the whopping 27% buyer’s premium that one has to pay to Morphy and Live auctioneers.


$1500 plus $405 premium is $1905 total.     Of course one is not going to find such a lot overnight on eBay and there are a lot of people selling reprints as originals, but nobody ever seems to list them for over $135-$150–even for the really old ones.

Still,  doesn’t $1905 seem a bit excessive for five catalogs or am I just a perennial optimistic cheapskate? 

June 14, 2017
7:48 pm
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I’ll say! That’s $300 a pop before the buyers premium. I think it would take some time but you could probably get those for around the high end of $100-150 buying one at a time on Ebay. For that much money you could buy a copy of the nice bound set that was reprinted in 1992 that covers the catalogs from the 1860s – 1920s or so. 

Somebody had some fast back and forth bidding or something going on there. 



June 14, 2017
11:30 pm
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Wow!!! i have catalogs 77-80 and i didn’t pay nowhere near that!! Although there is a site that has a few pre 1899 catalogs that are $300/piece…..

June 15, 2017
2:47 am
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I wish I knew, Forward Observer. I guess that’s why I get uneasy about collectibles. I know there’s money to be made, I just don’t want them making it off me!

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