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Partha Battletech Miniatures MISB

Submitted by Mike on September 11, 2012
Sale Price
$202.00

Even now in the computer age, older table top board and miniature games still have a huge following. While most people wouldn't have even known what these "Partha Battletech Miniatures" were - I knew they were worth a lot - $202 to be exact! I know things you don't, which is why it is worth paying our reasonable house-call fee to help you identify hidden treasures for consignment.

 

1924 AA Singer Sewing Machine Model 99

Submitted by Mike on September 11, 2012
Sale Price
$37.00

Let me partially dispel the myth that old Singer's are worth a fortune. While some models that have been unaltered with the addition of a motor do have some value - the one's that I've come across so far like this "1924 AA Singer Sewing Machine Model 99" rarely get over $100. This one did just $37 and went to a lady in China.

 

Original Kenner Star Wars Toy Lot

Submitted by Mike on September 10, 2012
Sale Price
$500.00

Most everyone loves the Star Wars saga and since 1977, the toy makers have been stamping out action figures, models, and anything else they can think of. Even though millions of these toys were made, the 1970s and 80s were a long time ago and original pieces do have some value. This lot had many of the original boxes and collectors love packaging. The eBay auction actually only bid up to about $250 which really disappointed us.

Rexair Rainbow SE Vacuum Cleaner

Submitted by Mike on September 10, 2012
Sale Price
$455.00

While we generally don't take common housewares on consignment, we will work with anything high-end like this "Rexair Rainbow SE Vacuum Cleaner".  These units have a ridiculous profit margin and retail for well over $1,000 - so it was not surprising we got $455 for this one that had only been used a couple times.

 

 

Antique Knob Blob Top Glass Bottles

Submitted by Mike on September 10, 2012
Sale Price
$213.00

Not the most interesting, but this group of "Antique Knob Blob Top Glass Bottles" sold for $213. Old advertising items will always do well on eBay - moreso if the brand is recognizable. Words or markings of any kind help us determine if an item is worth taking on consignment. Really old bottles that have a pink or green tint to them are exceptionally valuable.

 

1978 Atari Video Pinball Arcade Game

Submitted by Mike on September 10, 2012
Sale Price
$200.00

We all love old video games. In some ways, it's a shame that computers and home entertainment consoles have sent pieces like this "1978 Atari Video Pinball Arcade Game" the way of the dinosaur.  We didn't waste our time trying to sell this on eBay, but rather we put an ad on Craigslist. It actually took about 6 months to find a buyer and we only got $200 - but my consignor only paid $25 bucks for it at a thrift store so everyone made out.

 

Military MK1 Missle Rocket Motor Ordinance

Submitted by Mike on September 10, 2012
Sale Price
$200.00

As a consignment store in the Baltimore Washington area, we get it all from mundane to insane. One of the coolest things that has come in so far was this pair of "Military MK1 Missile Rocket Motor Ordinance".  My consignor's father brought them back from the Korean War. He had planned to make them into lamps - now that's what I call a cool re-purpose project! I was relieved to learn that these were actually inert pieces that had been used for practice drills. Still, they were genuine air to ground bombs, complete with guidance fins and everything.

1897 William McKinley Inauguration Republican Convention Ribbon

Submitted by Mike on September 10, 2012
Sale Price
$218.00

Original political and historical pieces like this "1897 William McKinley Inauguration Republican Convention Ribbon" will always do well on eBay. $218 sounds like a lot, but someone got a really fair deal on this. But did you know there are tons of fake reproductions of things like this? Fortunately, most of them are actually stamped as such.

 

Matt Kenseth #17 NASCAR Action Diecast Lot

Submitted by Mike on September 10, 2012
Sale Price
$195.00

Here in America, we love racing and the fans are always buying up pieces like this "Matt Kenseth #17 NASCAR Action Diecast Lot". The problem is, the manufacturers crank out tons of these collectibles and even though they are limited editions, there are more people selling them on eBay than buying them. We did okay on this lot at $195, but the retail cost on all these pieces was probably at least twice that.

 

2006 Trek Madone 5.2 Road Bike

Submitted by Mike on September 10, 2012
Sale Price
$1,825.00

My consignor paid about $2,000 for this "2006 Trek Madone 5.2 Road Bike" when he bought it new. He barely rode it, and since it was still in excellent condition, it sold for $1825 on eBay - almost what he paid for it! In this case, inflation worked in his favor, as the current version (favored by Lance Armstrong) sells for about $3500. I actually had to scrounge a bike box from the dumpster behind a bike shop down the street in order to ship this. The things we do to earn or save a dollar...

 

 

Topps Baseball Card Vending Boxes

Submitted by Mike on September 10, 2012
Sale Price
$82.00

Baseball trading cards have existed since roughly 1869, almost as long as the sport began. While they have always been collectable, sometime around 1986 the manufacturers got greedy and greatly increased the production numbers and since then, their value has drastically declined. Sill, if you can find some old noteworthy cards or even some unsorted sets like these "Topps Baseball Card Vending Boxes" from 1982 - you've got at least an $82 sale.

 

Carver Amplifier M-1.5t

Submitted by Mike on September 10, 2012
Sale Price
$482.00

In most cases, vintage electronics are only good for boat anchors. A problem with selling them on eBay is that they are in fact quite heavy and the cost of shipping such items really cuts into what someone is willing to pay. Yet there is some truth to the saying 'they don't make 'em like they used to' and the audio enthusiast market loves older high end components like this "Carver Amplifier M-1.5t" which sold for $482.