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Old 12-31-2017, 11:18 AM
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Default Auctions in the 1970s - And we think we have it rough? :)

One of the large brown boxes of hobby publications I am going through is full of auction correspondence from the early to mid 1970s. As the title says, and we think we have it rough? There are some recognizable names here and a few board members. There must be at least a hundred or more bid lists like these. I usually block out exact addresses and one of these was poorly photoshopped to fit the screen (sorry Bob)... Also, it should be noted that the first scan is merely showing an auction. It doesn't necessarily correspond to any of the bids, it is for show only.








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$4.40 bid placed by Lionel for the E103 Williams Wagner (VG). Awesome!

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Great stuff. I feel like I'm looking at something from the Dark Ages.

It must have taken so much more effort to shill an auction back in the '70s.
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Was there a Buyer's premium back then? Did they charge insane S/H rates?

Probably not.
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It must have taken so much more effort to shill an auction back in the '70s.
After learning, as a result of a series of furious postal exchanges, that his bid on the E103 Wagner had been topped by ten cents, Lionel had to scurry off to the local Western Union to send off his winning telegram bid of $4.60. This made Lionel grumble, as obviously the whole collecting world was going to hell in a hand basket.

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Good stuff Leon, it was a lot of fun to be collecting in the late 60s and early 70s.
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Leon, fantastic! Thanks for posting 'em
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Was there a Buyer's premium back then? Did they charge insane S/H rates?

Probably not.
No buyer's premium, but your consignors were likely paying 30 - 40%
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I love how Carter would take the time to type up his bids all nice and the other's chicken scratch had to be deciphered by the auctioneers.

That's awesome.

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Great read, thanks for posting Leon.

I'm curious if the photos mentioned originating from Yankee stadium are connected with the large format The Babe Bows Out photo that REA sold a few years back?
The auction is dated Jan of 1974... with the REA write-up stating the photo was purchased by their consignor at a local sale of Yankee Stadium items that occurred at a small little league field in Queens in 1975 during the stadium's renovations.
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