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#51 pfrost

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 07:26 AM

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Always the perfect gentleman, as well as being an enormous asset to the hobby, Bob is definitely not a wing snob, "Et tu, - - - - - - -?"

 

Cliff  

Yep...

 

"Bob's your Uncle!"  

 

As my girlfriend's crazy British mom likes to say.   

 

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#52 Jack's Son

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 07:36 AM

At this time, it appears that the auction will clear the reserve and a happy collector will have his centerpiece. Good for all concerned! :)

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 07:45 AM

I never understood reserve price on eBay, why not just start it at the lowest a seller would accept.

 

Either way, it has been fun reading this topic but the wing is out of my league at this moment-the after it sells comments here should be interesting.



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 08:32 AM

I never understood reserve price on eBay, why not just start it at the lowest a seller would accept.

 

Either way, it has been fun reading this topic but the wing is out of my league at this moment-the after it sells comments here should be interesting.

It's psychological. I have attended hundreds of live auctions over the last 30 years and no matter how rare something is and no matter how high everyone knows the object will go when the bidding is over, bidders will wait for the auctioneer to come down to a rock bottom starting price before they start to bid. I was at an auction last month with a rare Henry rifle and everyone in the room knew that rifle was worth $7,000 - $8,000 but they made the auctioneer go clear down to $100 before they would start bidding. He tried to start it at $1,000 but the crowd would have nothing of it. So it started at $100 and finished at $7,600. A lot of people would be put off by a high starting price and not bid at all even though they know it is a realistic price and the piece is worth it. My guess is that most bidders hold out hope that even though the odds are against them, they will walk away with a great piece for a rock bottom price. The reserve price protects the seller just in case a fluke happens and only one or two bidders show up. It's rare but it happens. I walked into a poorly attended vet's estate sale a few years ago and bought the gold and silver version of the Amico Flight Surgeon wings for $40 as well some photographs of the vet wearing the wings. It's very rare, but it happens.



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:30 AM

It's all over! :D

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:33 AM

It's all over! :D

 

Looks like whoever picked it up will be happy.



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:53 AM

 

Looks like whoever picked it up will be happy.

 

 

I agree!



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 11:12 AM

The winner was one of the three original bidders.So no sniper action.



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:42 AM

Ok, I could not resist, I paid the price!   Anyhow, I have been getting some great stuff from Bob in the meantime while he packs everything up for me.   I plan on doing something like I did with my Rickenbacker display(One of my thread).  So far I think my favorite photo is this one with his mother and father when they were dating.  Once I start on this I will probably do a thread on it for fun, like the Rickenbacker.  Maybe I can get back on the Richard Bong frame too!   As I am visiting my boys in NM it may be a while before I get back to TX too work on this though.

 

Mark D

 

P.S. When I do I will try to post some better close ups.  Oh and something else I thought was interesting.  Bob said they used prongs from one of his fathers WW2 era wings to fix his moms wings and the jeweler is one the family has used for decades.   So I will get all of that information as well.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:46 AM

Ok, I could not resist, I paid the price!  
 

 

 

I am BEYOND excited that you got these wings! I know they will be in wonderful hands. This just made my day. Please post any information you get. I would LOVE to see what you end up getting. I just love this picture you posted. Congrats!

 

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:47 AM

Ok, I could not resist, I paid the price!   Anyhow, I have been getting some great stuff from Bob in the meantime while he packs everything up for me.   I plan on doing something like I did with my Rickenbacker display(One of my thread).  So far I think my favorite photo is this one with his mother and father when they were dating.  Once I start on this I will probably do a thread on it for fun, like the Rickenbacker.  Maybe I can get back on the Richard Bong frame too!   As I am visiting my boys in NM it may be a while before I get back to TX too work on this though.

 

Mark D

 

P.S. When I do I will try to post some better close ups.  Oh and something else I thought was interesting.  Bob said they used prongs from one of his fathers WW2 era wings to fix his moms wings and the jeweler is one the family has used for decades.   So I will get all of that information as well.

Congrats mark i have been watching the wings and this post since they beginning they are very cool !!! and a nice piece of history with Provence !! i was just wondering to all while i was on ebay i saw a wasp graduation class wings i was wondering if they where original !! did anybody else see them ?



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:49 AM

Congratulations on your purchase!!!  I look forward to seeing more from these wings in the future !!  :)

 

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 09:20 AM

I think you got a great deal!  I really liked this grouping.  But I like my wings to be salty and to have some history behind them, even if that means repairs, polishing, and/or some ill-advised engraving of the wings.

 

Still, the WASP was a lovely lady, you have access to the family and can likely get some really neat insight on what type of person she was.  



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 09:37 AM

Congratulations, keep us updated on it. I think everyone would enjoy seeing the thread when you get them posted.



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 11:46 AM

Thanks all, I am excited to start on this once I am back!  

 

The seller is offering me some other stuff but WAY high in price so they may end up on big "E" but like this thing I don't think they would meet his reserve without me.  :blink:   

 

Like the Cochran signed thank you letter for $1K.  Ouch!   Now if that was with the certificate and pin it mentions, in a heart beat!  But the Cochran signature is not worth that to me even addressed to my girl.  Gotta drawl the line somewhere.  :(



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 12:05 PM

Mark, you surprised me, but I know whatever you do, it will be top notch! :D

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 02:28 PM

Congrats on the buy.

I agree on the letter! Way overpriced! I bought original WASP application forms and letters signed by Cochran. I paid $200 for my Cochran signed letter telling the future WASP how to enroll in the program.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 06:59 PM

Congrats on the win! Glad they get to be displayed here and looking forward to the thread. Perhaps he will give you copies of anything he is going to donate. I doubt much else will sell high because you have the wings.



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Posted 07 June 2019 - 07:19 PM

Thought I would bring this thread back to the top...

I was searching for WASP Wings and came across this thread. Just wondered how the grouping turned out and would love to see pics!

Thanks!


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