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Complete Mike Makras Chess Set (Estimate)
By keithp
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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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Jan 28, 2017
I have a complete WAR CHESS SET number 36/1000, dated 6/7/81. Has never been used, excellent condition! Make offer!
Dec 11, 2017
Hey Larry, I am interested in your chess set. send me an email at (rob at mufuga dot com) and we can chat about it.
Dec 13, 2017
Larry has not logged in to this forum, since January of this year, so will probably not see your post, you may need to look elsewhere for this item.
Dec 13, 2017
I sent Larry a quick email to see if he is still interested, but there's no guarantee that he still has it (or will respond to my email).
Jun 8, 2018
Are you still interested
Jun 8, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
Great. Thank you.
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.

I have strong email spam filter. Please put Tolkien or JRRT in subject line and I'll know it is you.
Thank you.
Jun 10, 2018
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, 2018
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.
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