We're still not officially in the Dog Days of Summer but it certainly does feel like it. The average daily temps are in the high nineties, the humidity is around 500%, and the pace of life is sllloooooow. Especially on eBay.
We have a couple of new regulars (ztrayn and teeooo) keeping the pressure on glass prices high, but not high enough to stop glasshopper8 from sneaking off with a couple of common glasses at super-bargain-basement prices. Take his $1.99 Sunny Brook, for example - a new record low for this glass. Did you take the $1.30 insurance option on it Joe?!
But despite the slow pace of bidding and selling, there have been a few notables to keep life on The Bay interesting. Here's one - a souvenir glass from Barney's Market Club in Chicago. I doubt that it's pre-pro but doesn't the bald guy on the glass seem familiar?
Then there were a couple of high-flyers. The first is a plain ol' text glass with a three-digit provenance. The glass reads "The House of Quality..., Promptness....and Full Measure...BRICKMAN & CO., Pensacola, Fla. & Montgomery, Ala." Fla and Ala on the same glass - doesn't get much better than that. oldwhiskey was left eating Old Crow on this one, as was old-bama. skotzy walked off with it for a cool $140.03. This a FL relative of yours, shotsky?
Then there was a pure-bred Jersey with calf in the shape of the Texas heiffer shown below. This one turned out to be a bargain. An identical steer fetched $181 eighteen months ago, but teeooo walked this one home to CT for only $78.09:
So what about the SOTW ?
Believe it not, it's going to a) be awarded to our good and delightfully insane collecting colleague lakerdude33 and b) feature a common-as-they-come Kellerstrass.
Say yes my friends. In part to acknowledge the continuing efforts of Dick Bales to make us appreciate "The Common Stuff" in his series of articles on the glasses we are so familiar with they often get overlooked when the snipes get set. His comments made me pull all my Hayner's, O! So Good's, Security's, Fulton's and Kellerstrasses out of the closet and assemble them together so that I could compare them side by side. And guess what I found? There are some truly RARE variants out there -- and this week's/month's SOTW is one of them:
So what makes it rare? It's a St. Louis version of the more common Kansas City glass, but that in itself is not what makes it worth mentioning here. It's the bottom line - literally - that's interesting and makes it special, because it's the first time I've ever seen one with this style of text - some form of italics.
Congratulations to the winner!
So Dick's right - the Common Stuff is worth keeping an eye on. And the fact that they're common means that you can pick up a beautifully-detailed picture glass for only $1.99 plus $2.00 shipping (and insurance), as proven by The Scary Guy - er I mean glasshopper8.
Note that you can browse many previous choices for SOTW in the Archives.
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