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Complete Mike Makras Chess Set (Estimate)
By keithp

Complete Mike Makras Chess Set (Estimate)

May 6, 2012

I own the entire Mike Makras chess set. I was wondering if anyone had an estimate as to what this is worth. All piece are in mint-condition.

Also have:
Bilbo and Frodo bookends
The Hobbit-hole planter
10 inch Gandolf
(2 different) 10 inch Smaug



If anyone has any information on this set, please let me know.
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Jun 8
I am interested. But Sounds like they are packed. Based on pieces I've bought many have minor chips and some flaking paint because the clay base is bit unstable to vibration or shock. One out on eBay looks like it has been repainted. There can be some variation with the set based on his artistic prerogative.
There was one on eBay in v good condition and was $4000,
125 a piece. Most fancier Middle-earth related chess sets cost 400 to 1200. Some less common pewter ones go for 1200 to 2000.
So, I am interested and would like to know more. Do you have the certificate Makras? How is it packed?
Would do you think?
Jun 9
Yes we have the certificate, ours is # 36 of 1,000. I seriously doubt he got to #1,000. If you are interested send me your email. This set has never been used and is in excellent shape. The price is negotiable, we have been told it is valued at $4,000 or more.

Thanks for your interest!

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Jun 9
Great. Thank you.
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My goal is to start a Museum, Library, and Memorial Arboretum in Honor of J.R.R.Tolkien. All the items I've collected will go for the museum. I do not resell. If I cannot open a museum the collection will go to an archive hopefully at a university.

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Thank you.
Bruce
Jun 10
The unfortunate aspect of your set is the variant K & Q. The later catalog has Saruman and Shelob. The advantage is the Trolls.
Jun 10
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The King is Saruman, he's on the wrong side. Shelob appears to be the figure in the right bottom corner in the dark set. Gollum is a rook in the 1981 catalog; the Kns are a Smaug and a balrog.
Jun 11
In your set it is not clear which chess pieces those chair elves are supposed to be. The catalog has 2 tall elves as pawns but no seated elves. Any other paper work with the set?
Jun 11
From a 1981 catalog page the Chess pieces are listed as:
Rooks: Hobbit Hole, Treebeard, Orthnic (sic), Gollum
Kn: Frodo, Smaug (sic), it's Bilbo in photo, Balrog, Smaug
B: Gandalf, Elrond, Nazgul, Great Goblin
Q: Galadriel, Shelob
K: Aragorn, Saruman
P:Kili, Fili, Dori, Oin, Ori, Dwalin, Thorin, Bilbo (pawn scale), Goblins (mixed), Orcs (mixed)
Jun 11
Are you still interested in my Chess set?
Jun 11
Sorry I had them set up wrong.
Jun 11
Yes, but offline or via email?
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