Each edition of SOTW will begin with some stats on sales in the past 28 days to give us all a sense of where the hobby is going. In the past four weeks, 159 pre-pro glass auctions closed, 25 closed with no bidder, average price of the glasses that sold was $29.12. Six glasses sold for >$100, none sold for >$1,000.
The holidays are finally behind us and the traditional February/March silly-selling-season has already begun in earnest on eBay. There's been much to look at and log these past few weeks, although most of the glasses on offer have been reasonably common. Still, the Poo-Bah can't complain when the proverbial river of pre-pro glass is running fast, so here's a round-up of the "Best of the Bay" in the past few weeks.
We have a new and clearly devoted collector $cooping gla$$ up wherever and whenever he/she can find it. The eBay history truncates the bidder as a***l, but the full id is loco8ball. flubberdoo is still with us and just as enthu$ia$tic: hopefully both will stick around long enough to become old timers because our ranks seem to be thinning (see below).
Here's an amusing little one-two, not quite a knock-out round featuring a pair of Dreyfus-Jones glasses. It's a run-of-the-mill, text only glass from Kansas City. Not common, but not special enough to make it worth more than $25 in good condition.
|The first example (right) was listed by Joe Walsh (walsh632), who's apparently calling it collecting-quits and has been cashing in his holdings these past few weeks. No doubt you've seen the clutch of glasses he's been listing each week. Two KC enthusiasts got into a bidding war over this particular glass and it ended up selling on January 16 to rseckmo for a stunning $84.40!|
|One day later (January 17), bottlewizard
an identical glass. This is not an altogether uncommon scenario
- a ho-hum glass sells big one day and then anyone who's been watching and
has an identical glass to sell figures they can make out like bandit
with their own version.
Except it RARELY works that way, because with the winner of glass #1 out of the running, the runner-up gets to steal #2. And, indeed, #2 sold for $60 less than #1.
Awwww, so saaaad... poor bw.
|Here's one destined for the Hee-Hee-Hee
page. Melky Miller was featured in two of Jack Sullivan's articles
(see the MM
listing page) so this was a distiller of note, but is a faded barrel
from Accident, Maryland really
worth $300???? NO!! NEVER!! Well, maybe in 2090.
In 2010, it might be worth $30 to a Melky Miller enthusiast with a hole in their collection, but $300?
yardsalezip-dot-com has yet to relist this puppy..... maybe someone had the good sense to take it to the vet and have it put down. Woof! Arf...
|Here's the priciest glass to sell in the past month. It's a label-under-glass and the rare red version of the most common of all lugs, the black Foust. For some bizarre reason, shots from small towns in PA seem to have demented followers who bid anything and everything sky-high (think Benton, Lancaster, Boyertown). Glen Rock, PA is no exception. The red lug typically fetches 2.5x the black and even though chipped, $535 does not seem that excessive. The small-town PA glass now rests comfortably in small-town Arkyville, AR.|
|The Poo-Bah kicked himself for forgetting to set snipes on several intended victims this past month. The ruby-flashed Eye Opener at right was one of them. These gaudy fair glasses are something of an acquired taste and I collect them mainly for curiosity value with a possible article for Bottles & Extras in mind. The Eye was another from Joe Walsh's collection and would have been a great addition to the curio cabinet had I been paying attention. It went for $30.92 to a ruby maven. Tsk tsk.|
So what about a pick for SOTW?
Here's the official SOTW selection, from S S Goldstrom, Distiller & Importer, South Omaha, NEB, U.S.A. :
The usual white-frosted versions of this glass are not that uncommon (there's one on the sales page should you have a need) but the label is fairly elaborate and hence they sell pretty well. This example is black-etched, which makes it a rare beast. The colored glasses also prove to be difficult when it comes to fitting them into the usual white-on-black display cases - stuffing them full of cotton wool (for example) seems to be a favored method of getting them to shine. The Poo Bah recently picked up a mirror-back case from Display Gifts and that seems a good place for the unusual and colored glasses, although not for the regular white-frosted versions. I digress. The black Goldstrom's is new to me and looks to be in nice condition - it sold for $178.50.
|Here's the unofficial, pseudo-official pick. It's not
official because there's no listing page to link to, but I don't think
anyone's going to argue with me that this is probably a Pick of the Year
(I would abbreviate it POTY, but that's a little too close to a
commode, if you get my drift - Ed).
It was stolen off eBay by Arky Joe: you can see the glass on his newly-renovated site at http://www.joespreprohibitionglasses.com/. As he tells it (I edited slightly):
"You remember the people who had the **** and the **** that I picked up? Well, late on a Saturday Night, they listed a mint Phoenix...I was up late, and when I saw it, I about passed out...I e-mailed them right away, and offered them $$$$ for it. They accepted, and pulled the glass in just a couple of hours after it listed, I don't think 4 people had viewed the listing. It's flawless."
Now that's what I call a scoop - congratulations Joe!
That's all folks - happy hunting and keep y'all out of my way on eBay....
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