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Collector's value?(8 posts)

Collector's value?speedchump
Apr 4, 2001 8:19 AM
Hello all. A friend of mine is trying to sell some old Campy components. I'm not interested in buying them, but I am curious. Does anyone else think that $300 for a set of early '80's Record cranks is ridiculous? He cites "collector's value". I kind of get the feeling he's on crack. Anyway, just curious.

re: Collector's value?Tom
Apr 4, 2001 8:33 AM
For a boxed unmounted pristine set that price is right in the ballpark. Like any other collectible, condition everything so the mounted and well used crank for twenty years might only fetch $60-80.The other side of the equation is demand and believe it the demand is there.Check out ebay, punch in Campagnolo and have a look or go to Bicycles under Sports and punch in crank or cranksets then look at completed items.
Agree ...Breck
Apr 4, 2001 9:33 AM
There are collectors wanting the old stuff for a ride and then COLLECTORS wanting the un-used in the box pristine, as you call it, shrink wrap item for future re-sale. E-bay's Pink Floyd MFSL gold CD "The Wall" is a prime example.

Am building an old fashioned 50's Filling Station Garage with a like 50's Bike Store on the side and have been looking for items to stock it in about an "8" condition; some repros on the signs where available such as a nice Columbia Bicycles. The "10" condition originals are out of my price range and anything below the "8" is pretty rough.

So far on the bike side have some original Specialized and Soft Ride neons, two nice tricycle bikes, and all my old saved advertising and boxes from the parts.

Where is this garage?Humma Hah
Apr 4, 2001 10:02 AM
I want a visit when you're done! Sounds like a wonderful project.

In Burlington, WV, on US 50, there's an old service station, complete with pumps, old signs, and old merchandise, aimed at the 1920's. It is run by a private collector. Its not a high-zoot operation, more of a junk-heap, actually, but he opened it up for a tour a couple of years back and I was fascinated by it all. He had some old tools for sale, and I bought several for my collection. He also has a working miniature train, the kind you used to ride on in kids amusement parks.
On the drafting board ...Breck
Apr 4, 2001 4:31 PM
In the planning stage, but have the area leveled out. Figure if build it myself can save enuff bucks for some pumps, signs, etc. & pay for the electric motor concrete mixer, some new tools like a sliding arm chop saw(!), etc., to boot.

Pumps most pricey are the visible cylinder "gravity feed" ones; then the early electric with the spinners in them; least the squarish plain Janes more like today's. Bike stuff it is a little more difficult to figure what's neat other than the big Penny Farthings.

Live in a semi-remote area of San Diego County off a dead end dirt road so no one will see the Station. My bud collects early Ford wrenches which still aren't badly priced when you find them, the neatest being the old manifold double box end bent on each end. A guy's thing I guess.

The pumps in Burlington ...Humma Hah
Apr 4, 2001 4:54 PM
... are those ancient gravity-feed types. Very collectable, I think. Used to be there were some abandoned stations out in the desert, along US 66, etc, but I wonder if they've all been stripped by now. A number of older stations were forced out of business by the recent new tank regulations, so the squarish semi-modern pumps should be commonly available, some dating from the late 60's.

I assume you've visited Rusty Spokes in Pacific Beach. Last time I was there they had a Singer penny farthing (wanted $6000 for it), and had some other interesting but also outrageously overpriced old bikes for sale.

Which reminds me, I missed the San Diego Velodrome's swap meet last fall, but I think there's one this spring, as well.
Rusty Spokes ...Breck
Apr 4, 2001 7:16 PM
Thanks. I'll check out Rusty Spokes. Am very leery of old stuff. Lots of repros and amazingly good fake stuff start appearing when the price gets high, Antiques being prime targets. Saw a Penny Farthing in a Temecula store for $600 a few years back. Sounded too cheap. The owner said she got it from her grand dad, etc.

Had a habit of stopping and taking pictures of Wind Mills, old Quonset Huts, abandoned gas stations and the pumps, old signs, etc., in and around San Diego Co. They're mostly all gone. Things typically pop up by word of mouth now ... "Yeah, old man Rutledge has one of those", etc. Then something he forgot to take to the dump becomes a pricey item. Anywho, you learn about history if you keep at it. You gotta have a Crystal Ball if you're doing it for re-sale which I ain't. Hobby it is, but the Filling Station garage will be functional, the Bike Store just neat.

For price comparison ...Humma Hah
Apr 4, 2001 9:56 AM
I know a shop that sells old Campy drivetrain parts online. You could look there to see what folks are charging for them.