Sneaky? Americans? My goodness, we wrote the book! Remember, our national creed was proclaimed by that famous carnival man, PT Barnum: "There's a sucker born every minute." Amen, PT.
The case presented here is a little different. This seller is the same who sold a Bryans's "Hidden Treasure" about a month ago for $1,950 on a "Buy it Now" option. At the time, I was surprised (to say the least) at the price that this game fetched, even if only from one bidder. Now, the seller has a second "Hidden Treasure" up (picture shown) and he's found a bidder coughing up an opening bid of $2,950. Goodness!
I've had a conversation with the seller and I'm convinced he's legitimate. He purchased these two games fairly recently here in the US. One of them was offered on Melvyn Wright's site for over a year with no takers due to the unrealistically high asking price. He purchased the other from a well known US collector.
What this tells me is I have no feel for the state of the US market for British games. I would have bet good money that the first game would never have sold for what it did, and now the second machine is going for 50% more. I'm astonished!
But I'm also elated. Due to the phenomenal increase in the value of English coin-op games in the United States, I hereby put my total collection up for sale! Now! It's over 85 machines and the price starts a 1.5 million US dollars. Suckers...I mean "astute purveyors of British treasures, hidden or otherwise," send me your bids!
Your American Carnival