Check out this auction in Oklahoma. www.chuppsauction.com estate of Eddie & Beatrice
Hessom. I have been there ,unbelievable.
I can only hope that one day my estate sale is equally daunting. That is a remarkable hoard.
Don't pay more than 4 cents/pound for most of it.
Having collected and restored brass era cars for nearly 60 years, I have collected many rare and interesting period lamps, carbs, wheels, motors, and other pre '15 parts. No where near what is shown for this auction.
I have taken notice of the lowered market for parts from model a and back in the last few years. I look at our classifieds here and often see parts that were quickly snapped up a few years back now just go begging. There was a 1909 touring project on our classifieds a few weeks ago and at a very very reasonable price it did not sell. It was then broken up for parts not sure how that worked out.
Having attended Hershey, Chickasha, Bakersfield and many other swap meets around the country, for over 30 years I have also noticed the "earlier" parts bringing reduced prices if sold at all.
My thought is when its time to sell my hoard
will there be any buyers or value to the collection of parts?
I have 1 set of professionally restored Solar magnifier carbide headlamps that I turned down $10,000 for a few years back now I would be lucky to fetch $2500. It seems less and less collectors are buying projects to restore. I expect this collection of model a parts will average scrap value, a sad statement of the restoration hobby today.
What a load! Now, maybe I can convince my wife that I'm not a 'packrat', after all. I wonder how mny days or weeks, it took the auction company to inventory this stuff, and will it be sold by the lot or what?
Mike Walker and Steve Jelf, here's your chance.
Lots of A and not much T, but there are probably some nice treasures in that pile. With such a huge collection, I expect they'll be selling stuff in large lots. I was planning on going to an auction near here that day, so now I have to pick one.
Yesterday I went to an auction an hour away, sold 75% of to the scrapper, lots of tractor parts. The Fordson roller went for a very low price of 800.00, and the parts went for close to 2 times that to the scrapper. Unbelievable what he paid, or that he could make any money on it. In talking with others our guess is he made a ton so far this year and needed a write off before the end of the year. The only T parts was 4 frames with three having axles under them nothing hard to find( the 4th had A running gear). The auctioneer choice'd them, at $45.00 I was out, the winning bid did not go to the scrapper but someone just as dumb, winning bid $175.00. He took all four. Having waited 6 hours, my rims came up next and was done a few minutes later. 10 minutes later they were on the trailer and the bill paid and on the way home.
There is such a thing as too much stuff.
YES Trent - looking thru those pictures I have to say YES...
Even if I am a Yankee and collect "stuff" there surely is a limit.
If you have the land to put it on; a agreeable wife; and can get things for little or nothing; I would say the sky's the limit.
And a H U G E Barn to keep it covered!
I know a guy who had a NOS Mustang fancy wood steering wheel still in the box. He had gotten it for free. Many times he was offered a good price for it during the Mustang craze years. He would never sell it because he reasoned that anybody trying to buy it was going to sell it for more. Therefore, no matter what the offer, it wasn't enough. Now the Mustang craze has long since died out and I suspect he still has the wheel which his heirs will sell to the first guy to come by. I suspect the same will happen to guys who hoard other stuff thinking it will just continue to increase in value.
It amazes me that they plan to sell this all in one day. In some ways it's good that some one put together a collection like this and saved it for future generations but I'm willing to bet he went to every auction in the country and out bid people who would have been pretty happy to have taken the vehicle home and restored it, enjoyed it, preserved it in better condition as these now are and handed it down to another generation.
We've had a lot of auctions where the stuff had rusted down to nothing, cars that were in falling down sheds being eaten by mice and time that were good, running cars when they were put in there. I'm not sure if it's a compulsion to preserve things as much with some collectors as it is greed, a chance to show the other bidders you have more money than they do and a mean spirit that keeps other people from owning something similar to what you have.
I hope the auction goes well, I'd like to be there, too bad it wasn't advertised in advance more than a few days.
Right on, Uncle Stan. Over the years I've seen countless cars deteriorate because their owner was too greedy to take a fair price for them. The cars just sit in the weather and go to pot. They would have been good candidates for restoration 30 or 40 years ago, but now they're not worth messing with. It's a shame.
Wow. That's all I can say.
Guys, if you have this much stuff, and you truly love your wife and/or kids, sell it before you go, so they don't have to deal with it!
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Good Lord! That's nuts! And cars have sat so long the dirt & dust has piled up to cover the bottom of tire rims!!