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$2,800 Zippo? - School Me

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  1. ssjones

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    OK - School me. 48 people bid on this unused Zippo. Over half bid $1,000 or over, and the final bid was $2,800. Very little info was listed about the lighter. What do those folks know that I don't?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Retail-Credit-Reports-Company-Service-Zippo-Lighter-/161262048574?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=PFxJlfv%252FZVyIkuJj3xxl4IRtpnI%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc


    Al

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    I'd like to know as well!
    Dan
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    Posted 5 years ago #
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    Don't know, but the bottom edges of the case look a lot more rounded than normal.

    Tom

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    May be made by white gold and stone is diamond? lol

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    I just received this weekly listing of the top Zippo auctions, over 1000 lighters here but a quick scan revealed nothing of this kind of value. I'd love to know why this one is so valuable.

    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/tobacciana/zippo

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    Because when you light up with this baby, your credit rating is on fire.

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    ^ lol

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    It must be the kind of lighter you would use to light up a $15,000 Sixten Ivarrson.

    Eric
    Posted 5 years ago #
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    What do those folks know that I don't?

    How to waste money?

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    Does it incinerate tax returns as well?

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    On a serious note, no idea.

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    I'm on a mission. I found this collector sight, owned by a Paul Harris and emailed him the ebay ad. I'll post his response. He had a pretty impressive collection of Zippos!

    The lighter is missing the orange sticker on the back, which is apparently valuable to collectors and the numbers stamped on the bottom of the case are not visible in the ad. A puzzler.

    http://www.thepassionatewick.com/

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    For sure, the high price paid for that Zippo has to do with its rarety and has to have some kind of distinctiveness.

    You meant "Zippo" vs "pipe"?

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    Yep, lighter!

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    That's a rare unused zippo from I think the 1930s. There's very few left, and it's even rarer to find one in an unused condition. It's not a modern zippo like they started producing after the war, thats why the case is differently shaped.

    At least that's what it looks like to me.

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    That makes sense Anglesey. Retail Credit Reports changed their name to Equifax in 1975, so that doesn't help (but the company was founded in 1899).

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    Yeah that kinda figures, though I doubt anyone's buying for the brand. A quick google of 1930s zippos confirmed it, circa 1936-40 I reckon.

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    I did receive a rely from Paul Harris, and it is a rare 1930's, unsmoked lighter with the paperwork. Paul said it is worth even more:

    Hi Al
    The fact that it is from 1939 and is unused is amazing in itself.
    The original box and paperwork are in near perfect condition, and this type of box is valued around $1000+
    Then we add the fact that it has a "metallique" with all the original paint and there you go, It has all the most desirable things going for it.
    I would not be surprised to have seen this lighter get as much as $4000, to be honest.
    If you go to my site, you will find information on the "metallique" and the "pre-War lighters.
    Regards Paul

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    Certainly not a waste of monies if you can afford it and it's what you want. Sounds as though, if the market stays strong, that it is a great investment. Always a risk, but I've been told that risk is part of the fun of serious collecting.

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
    Posted 5 years ago #
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    Lots of things about prices blows my mind, like $200 tennis shoes for teens, and they buy them like crazy at the mall. There are also $500 toasters out there, and luckily for me, there are people that buy colorful rocks in metal for thousands, millions sometimes. Heck, most Picassos are $20 worth in paint and canvas, but sell for close to a million.
    Judged next to my wallet, it seems ridiculous, but there is a market out there in things that outsiders cannot understand.

    Michael
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    Edited for content and personal opinion down to just this:

    Too much money and time = ridiculous purchases that render most normal humans into consternation.

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    I bet the guy who bought this has a stellar Equifax score.

    Jordan

    "The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead." - Marjorie Pay Hinckley
    Posted 5 years ago #

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