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#1 ravajack

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 04:19 PM

Some rare items in there...

 

 


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 06:13 PM

Looks to me that the gentleman is a bit optimistic in his appraisals, but hey, why not?  :)


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 06:34 PM

Bragging on his cost doesn't help either... I ran a major portion of the video at 2x speed. It was tiresome to watch so I stopped it and moved on...


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 07:17 PM

This video was either posted here or on OWH about three years ago. It was one of several videos by this seller.


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 08:06 PM

Looks to me that the gentleman is a bit optimistic in his appraisals, but hey, why not?  :)

 
Optimistic is an understatement. He didn't seem to know much about slot cars. The Varneys he valued at $400 are on eBay for $300 or best offer. None have sold.
 
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Posted 16 July 2017 - 08:41 PM

Not a lot of the "regular" world have much real knowledge of slot car values. I know nothing of HO, Motorific, or anything much beyond vintage 1/24.

 

I didn't see anything  in the video that would make me want that lot. Might be a few dollars to make, but there is a lot to sell to  make that money.   


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 09:15 PM

My take is the same as TSR's - the guy seems genuinely enthusiastic and enjoys collecting vintage slots.

 

Trying to read anything deeper into it that that would be a mistake IMO :)


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:03 AM

I see he has a couple of those rare Stromberg Barracudas.

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 06:05 AM

Just another scripted reality show. :diablo:


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:18 PM

That video, possibly not intentionally, is misleading. He doesn't have a reality show. He was on an episode of Storagewars according their WEBSITE.
 
I case anyone didn't notice, that link to the Varneys are the actual cars in his video. That's his eBay account.
 
In the video it looks like he lives in a nice house, but judging from his completed eBay auctions he's not making much money as a buyer/seller. It must be a side job for him.
 
Here's a new Varney in the box listed by another eBay seller that didn't sell at $165. The bargainhunter guy is way off on the price of his.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 03:34 PM

Thing is, Varney slot cars were a total sales flop, and there are quite a few around from unsold stocks... hence one can get them for cheap if you wait long enough!  :)

The question is, "Why?"  ^_^

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 04:24 PM

He is a regular on Storage Wars and has a brick and mortar store.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:04 PM

You're right, Tony. I stand corrected. They don't promote their store on their website so I assumed they didn't have one.

 

I've been in several thrift stores when I was buying and selling for a living. The ones I visited never had anything worth a crap. I don't think I ever bought anything from one. I just Googled his address and he's got some good stuff, at least as far as thrift stores go. :good:

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:12 PM

Thing is, Varney slot cars were a total sales flop, and there are quite a few around from unsold stocks... hence one can get them for cheap if you wait long enough!  :)

The question is, "Why?"  ^_^

 

Philippe, I read somewhere that they have twospeed transmissions, and from the bottom view you can see two crown gears. How does that work?

 

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 01:47 PM

Varney was heavy into model railroading, and saw slot cars as an extension of that hobby. They never approached it as slot car racing.

 

If I recall, the dual crown gears were for reversing the direction of the cars. That way you could represent a roadway with cars travelling in opposite directions.


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