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Interesting eBay Auctions

Interesting eBay Auctions

Mar 14, 2012

I am going to start putting interesting eBay auctions I run across (separate from the head scratching thread The Wonders of eBay ) that I think are interesting or worth a look. Feel free to add your own, or add commentary on anything posted here. I am not the seller or affiliated with any of these sellers, by default.
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Nov 21, 2018
Returns probably...

Nov 21, 2018

remy wrote:
Don't know what impression it is myself.

Were the second batch of sets issued as a first printing? (after the manufacturing problems with the first sets)

Price lasts until midnight tonight GMT (and only 8 left in stock as of now).


The second batch of sets (800 copies) were indeed issued as a first printing. No idea if there has been a subsequent reprint, but I doubt it -- it can't be that popular.

This seems like a fair price for it, to be honest. I paid about £120 including shipping to NZ for the LEGO version. That still felt a bit too much for it.
Nov 21, 2018
Thanks for the info Stu.

I purchased one from the first batch (still in shrinkwrap - and assume it has the manufacturing flaws).

Purchased one from the current £79.99 set today - would be nice if it was still a first printing - here's hoping!
Feb 27
(edited)
Seller: shlomitl123 (93)
Ended Mar 19, 2019
Buy-It-Now:
$19.99
Unwin Hyman / Guild red-sun hobbit. The only UH wrapper that has the red sun and no stripe. Was not ever used on any UH books, despite having Unwin Hyman on the spine, but was used on the 1988 Guild variant. All copies are price-clipped (presumably was printed with UHs price before being repurposed as a Guild wrapper).

eBay Item #183690092575
Mar 9
(edited)
https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookD ... p=snippet-_-srp1-_-title1

^ Edit: Fairly obvious fake when looked at without sleep in eyes, and not just thumbnail. Appears there is another Alan Formhals, but this time in Canada... Felt tip pen is the giveaway
Mar 9

Stu wrote:
https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookD ... p=snippet-_-srp1-_-title1


I'm probably going to move this over to the "WTF" thread, as it is a fake. There is an "auction house" in Ontario that has been cranking out obvious fakes of tons of art (Tolkien, Walt Disney and others) and they are starting to really bug me.
Mar 9
It's called the "Wonders" thread, Urulókë...
Mar 10

Urulókë wrote:

Stu wrote:
https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookD ... p=snippet-_-srp1-_-title1


I'm probably going to move this over to the "WTF" thread, as it is a fake. There is an "auction house" in Ontario that has been cranking out obvious fakes of tons of art (Tolkien, Walt Disney and others) and they are starting to really bug me.


I did wonder if it was fake (I only glanced at it briefly to be honest). Yep, move it, I think. There is no way to report fakes on Abe, is there?
Mar 10
I don't think that could be true. Some time ago, when they tried to sell a similar one in another auction, I made the overlap with the original.

Tolkien's original is in red and the one sold in auction is in black.

I did the same with another alleged paper sketch by Tolkien, "Troll's Hill", also the one sold by the same auction house.
The small design in black was for sale and the big one in red is Tolkien's original.

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