Sunday, September 7, 2008

eBay Notes

I suspect most of us monitor eBay, but I thought I would highlight a couple of recent listings. Just posted is


with a $7500 minimum bid (Item number: 290258788288; expires 9/13/08). This is the most complete Scott International Volume I Collection I've seen on eBay in the year or so I've been monitoring the collections section seriously. If you are curious to see what an 85% complete International Volume I looks like, it's well worth the time to scroll through the photos. It will be interesting to see if it sells. (UPDATE 9/15/08: The collection didn't sell and has been relisted at $6995. The seller is also soliciting best offers. UPDATE 10/26/2008: I finally remembered to check back on the status. The seller accepted a best offer of $4750.)

Recently, a "Scott International Collection 1840-1940 3 Volumes" (Item number: 260269681312) sold for $1,264.00. The seller didn't do an item count but from the photos I would imagine that the collection could have numbered 20K, athough there did appear to be many extra pages that were added for varieties.

There have also been several Supreme Globals with complete sets of pages on eBay recently--these don't appear that often. An unused set through 1966 sold for $296 (Item number: 200248280784) at the end of August. My memory is that the last time the Master Global base volume was in print from Amos Advantage that it retailed for three hundred and some odd dollars.


maplewoodhistory said...

This lot on ebay is looks quite doable looking at the stamps. There are some that are a little on the pricey side like the penny black, but (to my untrained eye) I don't see any really expensive stamps. It's nice to see that you can really fill a scott international with stamps that shouldn't cost too much. (lots of hinges though!) I should archive the photos of the pages. That could give tips on what stamps go where

Bob said...

I think archiving the images is a smart idea. I use Firefox as my browser and a plug-in called ScrapBook for that very purpose (which I like but it does choke if there are a great many high res images). My typical approach when I see an eBay collection with potential is to compare the online images with my albums. It doesn't take long to form a general impression as to how much duplication there would be. And, as you imply, my set of archived photos from past auctions have helped me on several occasions catch mistakes or provide a heads-up on problematic sequences.