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EBay: Would you pay $2600.50 for this?

It's a beauty no doubt, a cutout Oregon Highway 58 shield complete with Button Copy or Cats-Eyes numerals. It's embossed and was on a recent auction on ebay. Ok so maybe $100 or $200 even $250. But it went for $2600.50!!!! Yes, Two thousand, six hundred dollars and fifty cents! You can re-read that now...............

Ok, I own a few signs, and sign collecting is a part of this hobby. But I've yet to pay over $65 for one, and even then I had buyer's remorse. But $2600.50! Heck, I'm saving to buy new living room furniture next year, and this sign alone is greater than I am planning on spending. Maybe putting a sign or two on ebay will help pay for it.

Yeah for some you could say it's an investment, but who is gonna pretty much pay even more than $2600.50 for it when the poor guy passes away or decides to sell.

That's just a little too much for me.

What do you think? Would you pay that much for a sign? And what do you think the fair market value is for the sign above?

Comments

Doug said…
While $2600 is a lot to pay for a sign, I feel it is better preserved in this order than rusting away in a scrap heap. Reminds me of a few discussions the crew over at the IRC #roadgeek chat (at irc.zuh.net for those who are interested in dropping by some evening) have talked about in the past, in terms of procuring old signs. While I would not pay more than about $50 for a sign, I have been told that one way of getting an old sign for your collection is from the local DOT after the local DOT does a sign replacement. Some offices may be willing to legally hand over the sign to you if you ask nice enough. When I lived in Buffalo a few years ago, the City of Tonawanda's DPW replaced a vintage I-290 New York shield (example at http://www.interstate-guide.com/ishields/images/i-290_ny_02.jpg ) with the monstrosity of http://www.gribblenation.net/nypics/regional/erie/northtowns/i290md2.jpg. I do regret not contacting Tonawanda about getting the old school sign, and it's quite possible that it made its way elsewhere after 3 years. Still, I can think of better uses of spending $2600, regardless of whether they are fun expenditures or the necessary bills.

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