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From: Denver, CO USA
Registered: May 2003

posted 12-09-2023 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randyc   Click Here to Email randyc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This Lucite was made to commemorate the use of Goodyear tires on the Apollo 14 MET. The Lucite is approximately 4 inches round, has a tire 'floating' above the Lunar surface and the words 'First Tire on the Moon 1971' above the tire. It is in very good condition with no cracks or chips.

One of these Lucites sold in an auction in 2021 for $850. I'm asking $800 plus shipping within the United States.


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From: Bogangar NSW Australia
Registered: May 2018

posted 12-09-2023 10:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ianhetho   Click Here to Email Ianhetho     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of these lucites also sold last week on eBay for $121.10 with 18 bids.

I feel you may be a little ambitious in its value. They usually go for around $200-$300.


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posted 12-09-2023 11:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randyc   Click Here to Email randyc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The example I mentioned was Lot #392 in the July 24, 2021 American Space Museum Auction, so they do sell for more than $200-$300.

These Lucites do not come up for sale very often. I did a search for examples to use to establish a price and only found three in the last few years, including the one in the above mentioned auction.

If someone is willing to wait a few years or longer for one to be available they certainly have that option and may be able to buy it for less. Or they may have to pay more. For example I passed on buying an Apollo 8 Kapton Lucite because I thought I could buy it for less and it took almost 10 years before another one was available, and I ended up paying more.

That being said I may consider a lower offer or, if the offers are too low, consign it to an auction.


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posted 12-10-2023 06:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chuckster01   Click Here to Email Chuckster01     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a word on auction sale prices.

It has been my experience that identical items can sell for vastly different amounts at auction (this includes eBay). The price is dictated by the number of people interested and bidding on a single item.

Sometimes the item will sell well below the auction estimate (the average sale price) and sometime that same item will sell for many time the auction estimate in a different auction.

Every auction I have conducted has at least one lot that people go crazy on and it sells WAY OVER the normal sale price.

The end story is a fair price is what someone is willing to pay.


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posted 12-10-2023 07:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randyc   Click Here to Email randyc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some additional points to consider when buying an item in an auction vs directly from the seller at a set price:

1. If it's an auction such as eBay you may think you won the item only to find that you were outbid in the very last second. That recently happened to me on an item I really wanted and thought I had won, then saw that someone had placed a bid at almost the exact instant the auction closed.

2. You have to pay a buyer's premium of 20-28%, depending on the auction house, above the price that the item sold for.

3. Some auction houses also charge sales tax, which, depending on the sales price, can add hundreds or thousands of dollars to the final price.

4. Many (all?) auction houses will charge more for packing and shipping than an individual. Some auction houses also require the buyer to arrange for third party shipping and those shippers, even UPS, cost more than an individual will charge, sometimes much more.

5. When you're bidding against other collectors, as Chuck pointed out, sometimes the price will go above what similar items have sold for in the past because the bidders get into a 'bidding war.'

As I've mentioned above over the past 15 years that I've been collecting space flown artifacts I've passed on items that I thought I could get at a lower price but either have had to wait many years before another one became available or, in some cases, the item has never become available. Because I've missed out on several items that I really wanted hoping that I can find them for less I no longer wait until I can buy them for less. That doesn't mean I will pay an astronomical (pun intended) price for them but it does mean that I'm willing to pay a reasonable price above what the item has sold for in the past. But that's me.


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posted 12-11-2023 01:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What has served me well over my decades of collecting "The time to buy it is when you see it." You never overpay for something you really want.

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