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roger
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No Room Left

Postby roger » Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:37 am

I have long admired the British pier machines from the late 19th century.
The Matthewson machines were of special interest to me but I never came across one
in the U.S. after I started accumulating machines (1950). When prices esculated to unbelievable levels my GREED
"did me in" quoating Eliza Doolittle. I started selling off some of my machines...BIG MISTAKE. They tripled or more
after that.
Several months ago, a large collector in the U.S. passed away. Included in his collection were two (YES 2) Matthewson
machines mounted on mermaid bases which sat in his study.

They are probably worth the price of a middle class home with a ROLLS thrown in. I chuckle every time I think
about this situation...can you imagine two of these monsters in your living room ????

Not even room for your mother-law ROGER

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moonriver
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Re: No Room Left

Postby moonriver » Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:46 am

Personally, I don't think the words 'roger' , 'mother in law' and 'your' should ever be used in the same sentence.

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Re: No Room Left

Postby roger » Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:17 pm

SORRY..............Not even room for your FATHER-law........................................ROGER

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moonriver
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Re: No Room Left

Postby moonriver » Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:59 pm

I think that's probably worse !!ESCAPE!!

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clubconsoles
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Re: No Room Left

Postby clubconsoles » Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:46 pm

I don't get all excited by the values of these machines. Some of my most treasured machines cost less than a £1000.
My Mills Lion Head is good example.
I would hate to be in a position where I sold my collection purely on consideration of price they may fetch.
Obviously, it's a factor, but not the overriding one.
I will sell when I'm ready, price is not the driving factor.
I think it's a shame if you have resentment of selling machines/ collection.
They are, after all, only worth what someone is willing to pay at the time.

roger
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Re: No Room Left

Postby roger » Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:10 am

I have been asked why I disposed of some of my machines and later regretted such action.

We have a TV show in the U.S. called "The Pickers"...... dealers travel around the country, on camera, buying collectibles. Sometimes, the negotiations reach an impasse on a rare item which is not readily replaceable. At that point , one of the pickers will ask the seller to name a "I Don't Want To Sell Price".

There are very few collectors who won't part with a treasured item for a ridiculous "insane" price.
ROGER

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brigham
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Re: No Room Left

Postby brigham » Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:50 am

There's a similar, greed-based TV show here in GB.
I have many interests, not just slot machines, and every time some interesting but not-worth-much item gets inflated out of all recognition, I get ready for the next burglary.

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Re: No Room Left

Postby treefrog » Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:00 am

It probably is true most would let a precious item go for the right money, but I admire those who have the ability to turn down any price, especially something of great family value. Sometimes money is not everything even if you don’t have any. |/XX\|

I like the picker type shows, so American Pickers and Salvage Hunters in the UK - fun programs. You get to see some of the amazing things people accumulate. Also they don't always get things cheap and pay big money, but both have a clientele which they know well. There is a new show based in Ireland called Irish Pickers - awful program, with young clueless dealers and stupid prices... It is the place to sell things...

You are right though, some of these places they visit make themselves prime targets.

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Re: No Room Left

Postby roger » Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:31 pm

Members should also check out "Pawn Stars"...It films actutal negotiations in a pawn store
in Las Vegas Nevada, U.S.A.............ROGER

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Re: No Room Left

Postby ddstoys » Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:56 pm

Yeah letting items go is always hard but sometimes has to be done, Im not in it for the money so if something is sold there’s usually a very good reason.

I turned down an offer of $20,000 (2/3 of my yearly wage ) For my Williams ten strike would have cut my mortgage in half but I’d never find another one so it’s still in my collection


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