October 2002
Volume 2

AUCTION WATCH ITEM #1:
FINAL BID:
$86.50
ITEM DESCRIPTION: This terra cotta v vase is unmarked, measures just over 8" tall, 7.5" wide and features an eagle grasping a globe beneath a large V. There is a small 1" crack at the base of the top v. There is a small chip on the base in back.

Analysis: We are unsure who the manufacturer is and we are currently researching it. But one thing is for sure. No one in the circle has ever seen one including the heavyweight pottery experts. When buying V vases there are three crucial determinants of price. Rarity, size and condition. In general larger vases bring more at auction because they dominate any display they are in. Rarity is a large factor. Some v vases like metlox are COMMON. Others are seen once in 10 years, others never at all. Finally condition is a huge determinant of final price. A single chip drops the price 25%. Its either damaged or undamaged. There is no distinction. Within damaged, there are of course grades but the highest echelon is a vase with no cracks, chips or crazing abbreviated "no cx3". This vase is large at 8 inches, one of the very very uncommon ones, but has a significant 1" crack and chipped base. We value this vase at 100.00-125.00 in this condition and add about 25% were it not damaged!

Conclusion: A good buy of a rare v vase at slightly below value.



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #2
FINAL BID:
UNBID
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Victory seed display estimated to be 14" high, 5" wide, and says "Vitamins For Victory" with several seed packets displayed. Unclear manufacturer.

Analysis: This great seed display went unbid with an opening bid of 65.00. It has good V garden graphics with several seed packs displayed but lacks keystone components. It has no Uncle Sam or V For Victory, or antiaxis themes and hence doesn't fetch the kind of dollars it could have. Nonetheless we value it at 75.00 to 95.00 and it was a good value that was not realized.

CONCLUSION: we missed a good value at 65.00.



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #3:
FINAL BID:
$4.95
ITEM DESCRIPTION: This wooden postcard was made by the Dixie Novelty Co. in Asheville, NC and measures standard pc size. A large v with Morse code x2 and "of the people, by the people..." quote. It is near mint but postmarked.

ANALYSIS: This great wooden postcard is uncommon and we have seen perhaps 5 total. It is in good condition and is valued at $10.00-$12.00.


CONCLUSION: A very good buy at 4.95.



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #4:
FINAL BID:
$36.78
ITEM DESCRIPTION: A small note box with no manufacturer marks, labeled Great Falls, Montana and has "Leave a note" written on the roof. Item measures 5 7/8" x 6 1/4" x 1 1/8". Is wood with leather door hinges. Figural V with Morse code. Crack on inside back repaired with glue.

ANALYSIS: This great homefront item was probably a local novelty made in Great Falls or nearby. It has great displayability but its size is small and it is damaged. In its current state its values out at 75.00 to 85.00. Without damage it'd fetch an even hundred. Its the first we've seen.

CONCLUSION: A solid buy at well below value.



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #5:
FINAL BID:
$39.00
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Vintage denim bib apron marked "Consolidated Aircraft- For Victory".

ANALYSIS: All war worker stuff is very collectible and amidst a staggering display of wonderful WWII graphics, they serve to ground a display in the reality of what was sacrificed in WWII. Victory was HARD WORK. This great bib apron is the first we've seen in good shape with a great tag and would be a wonderful display item with a set of welders gloves and a bakelite helmet or welders helmet. We value this item at $75.00-85.00.

CONCLUSION: A very solid buy at 39.00.

    



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #6:
FINAL BID:
$20.02
ITEM DESCRIPTION: A vintage chalkware piece measuring 9.5" tall, with lots of glitter featuring an eagle on top of the globe with V. No manufacturer noted.

ANALYSIS: After awhile collecting homefront you realize that paper items and ephemera are very hard to display. The collection becomes two dimensional and frankly, quite boring. This item satisfies the need to make a collection 3-D. These chalkware pieces were available at circuses and carnivals, and in novelty shops and drug stores during the war. You'd also see them in shops on the docks where sailors on leave with a pocket full of cash might stop to buy something for a lady. This is a great, glittery piece with a nice big V and eagle. We value this item at about $75.00 - 90.00 in current shape.

CONCLUSION: A steal at 20 bucks.



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #7:
FINAL BID:
$2945.00
ITEM DESCRIPTION: This amusement game was made in Detroit, MI about 1941. The object is to shoot a penny from the gun into hitler's mouth. If you missed you pushed a rod and still got a piece of gum. It is made of metal, glass and wood and is original and intact. The instruction card and target are original. It reads, "Take a shot at the world's most unpopular man". It is pictured in Tom Gustwiller's book "For Amusement Only" on page 224.

ANALYSIS: We value this rare, big game trophy homefront item at 3g's. That's 3000.00.

CONCLUSION: A solid buy of an uncommon item at value for condition.

   



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #8:
FINAL BID:
$56.96
ITEM DESCRIPTION:This very uncommon hat box with stripes and a nice big V measures 7" tall and has a 14" diameter. It has some minor damage.

ANALYSIS: This is one heavyweight VFV item. It has great size, unusual shape in a showcase, and great colors. They are verrrrry uncommon and we have seen less than 5 total. They display wonderfully and are one of those sought after homefront items. We fell asleep and missed it. Consequently the item went bid at a fraction of its value, about 125.00 in its present condition, 175.00 or so dead mint.

CONCLUSION: DEAL OF THE MONTH at 1/2 to 1/3 its value. And a source of some serious heartburn for myself (#^@$*&%)...




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #9:
FINAL BID: $46.51
ITEM DESCRIPTION:
1942 Chicago Cub Wrigley Field regular season program measuring 6" x 9" and having 12 pages. Minuteman logo

ANALYSIS: A very displayable baseball program in great shape estimated at 55.00 - 65.00. A great cross collectible.

CONCLUSION: solid buy just below value.




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #10:
FINAL BID:
$142.50
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Rhinelander beer sign made of cardboard measuring 10 1/2" x 14" and featuring hitler on a war bond gallows asking "Where's shorty" ie. hirohito.

ANALYSIS: A very nice antiaxis, beer cross collectible. Displays well with good color and graphics and a racial implication (shorty) all add up to a potentially good value. Not real large and is stained with creases. First one we've seen. Valued at about 100.00 - 125.00 in this condition.

CONCLUSION: About 10% overbid.




AUCTION WATCH SUMMARY:

DEAL OF THE MONTH:
The hatbox at under 60 bucks

AUCTION LANDSCAPE STATUS: Buyers market. Better than 50% of items selling for less than value. Time to buy!!!!!
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