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I'm going to start transitioning from ig to here.  So tired of that format, but for those that want to see more of my collection find me @theoldhabits    

Not a collector by any means, but I picked this up a little while back from an estate sale. Any idea where I could get more info about it? The back shows an address in Springfield, MA.    

I took this pick July 2001 and a little over a month later I posted it on here.   The first pic, hard to think that was 18years ago...  

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Anyone into old stock PTs?

 

Flat Black (Free 25% more) 3/4 full

Sage Green 1933 3/4 full

Gray Primer 1980 1/2 full

Semi-Gloss Black 1974 1/3 full

 

Purple 1961 full/unsprayed

Country Blue 1924 full/unsprayed

Flat White 1990 full/unsprayed

Soft Peach 1952 full/unsprayed

Terra Cotta 1965 full/unsprayed

Rose 1963 full/unsprayed

Jade 1931 full/unsprayed

Warm Yellow 1941 full/unsprayed

Peach Delight 1952 full/unsprayed

Grape 1949 full/unsprayed

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Hey guys & gals. This past weekend, I returned from the US's largest coin-op machine and advertising trade show & collector's show in Saint Charles Il. While there, I meet a few sellers who had/claim to have access to that which we all on this forum seek and desire: Vintage spray paint and it's related items.

 

Upon my introductions, and presentations of my color post cards, and fold out flyers etc., the respective vendors were all shocked to be in the presence of somebody who actually collected "spray paint". Now these same vendors, all related the story of the mountains of spray paint (the same cans depicted on flyers) which they repeatedly threw away in the past, upon sight.

 

These same "shocked" vendors, had for sale various paint company related clocks, displays and signage as well as other wares on their respective tables as we spoke. But no actual spray paint, which would've been worth more than the items which they dragged across the US to St. Charles.

 

Thus, in order to stem the perpetual desecration and destruction of the few sought -after cans which remain undiscovered out there, I had to educate these vendors as to their worth in a collectors society.

 

While attempting to educate each vendor, there first question almost always is, "how much am I willing to pay for each can"? A fairly easy question to side step, by replying, it depends on the color as well as it's condition. You could name a high price for a nonexistent color, in order to entice them to simply start looking for cans. After all, no person is going to troll through and drag home garbage for a few dollars a can. One must wave the proverbial carrot-on-a-stck before these vendors in order to get them to recalibrate their respective hunting/search habits. Once they call with the details of the lode, it is then which one could negotiate a value for the lot.

 

However, due to recent behavior by some within our community, it is becoming harder to get a lode at "wholesale prices" anymore.

 

What? You're saying? Let me explain. During the aforementioned conversations last week, while speaking to a group of interested potential can/sources recruits, a few were conducting searches on ebay in my presence for cans being sold. And lo and behold they come across the active auction of my recently acquired as well as SNIPED Ferguson Gray big face! And what did they see? The same year(s) big faces presently sought-after with it currently bidding up to $115.00 with numerous bids and three days LEFT on the USED item auction. What does that tell a prospective seller? They go Hmmm... I just may have something worth more here. Let me, hold back/out. Screw selling it "wholesale" to this guy before me. I'll take my chances on Ebay.

 

Which brings me to my final point. People, why would you continue to bid up an item with days left on it? Why not simply click "watch this item" and come back and try to snipe it in the final seconds, like most serious buyers do in the first place? Why continue to throw NUMEROUS as well as INFLATED bids, knowing

 

1. That's not what the final selling price will be.

 

2. You're only showing the sellers as well other potential sellers that they have "gold" in their hands

 

3. People conducting searches will see these inflated prices, due to the time left remaining on the auction.

 

4. Most bidding don't have a realistic chance of winning an auction of a rare can.

 

5. Sellers/finders only know what they see, not know what color is what or worth more etc.

 

Hence, those of you who are working with budget constraints (which most email and state so), need to

rethink/visit your bidding practices on Ebay. For, should you come across your own motherlode. Chances are, that perspective seller will be conducting an Ebay search themselves. And once that happens, chances are your opportunity to get it wholesale will evaporate before you. And you'll have yourself to blame.

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found this photo on flickr a couple of months ago; knew the guy was in town, so I sent him a message but he didn't get back to me

 

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so I finally meet him while I'm painting a free wall, and I wanted to make a trade or two since I have quite a few sherwin krylons already

he said "I'm trying to save them for when they're worth money" or something

 

when I do find kids with vintage paint, they think because a few cans sold for a lot on eBay they shouldn't trade with me and that's fucked

(not that I want any of those cans that bad, but this other kid has some 68 baby blue paper labels)

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This kid wants to trade me his Baby Blue 68 Krylon Paper Label

says he really needs some herb

I don't know if that's a rare can,

and I'm not really jumping on it because I'm accustomed to all my cans being awesome surprises

but if anyone needs this can, get ahold of my asap

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Holding cans waiting for values to rise is pretty ridiculous. Thats like all the fools who collected comics and baseball cards in 90's (I being one of them) they were mass produced and marketed to be collectible. Hold onto the paper label 68 baby blues. Hold onto mint SWP flat balls, not missing tops and rusted cans. Those are user cans. If anyone thinks they are gonna get rich off of paint you have another thing coming. They are in it for the wrong reason. Preserve the history of what we do, and make it possible to pass this onto future generations.....

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Hey guys & gals. This past weekend, I returned from the US's largest coin-op machine and advertising trade show & collector's show in Saint Charles Il. While there, I meet a few sellers who had/claim to have access to that which we all on this forum seek and desire: Vintage spray paint and it's related items.

 

Upon my introductions, and presentations of my color post cards, and fold out flyers etc., the respective vendors were all shocked to be in the presence of somebody who actually collected "spray paint". Now these same vendors, all related the story of the mountains of spray paint (the same cans depicted on flyers) which they repeatedly threw away in the past, upon sight.

 

These same "shocked" vendors, had for sale various paint company related clocks, displays and signage as well as other wares on their respective tables as we spoke. But no actual spray paint, which would've been worth more than the items which they dragged across the US to St. Charles.

 

Thus, in order to stem the perpetual desecration and destruction of the few sought -after cans which remain undiscovered out there, I had to educate these vendors as to their worth in a collectors society.

 

While attempting to educate each vendor, there first question almost always is, "how much am I willing to pay for each can"? A fairly easy question to side step, by replying, it depends on the color as well as it's condition. You could name a high price for a nonexistent color, in order to entice them to simply start looking for cans. After all, no person is going to troll through and drag home garbage for a few dollars a can. One must wave the proverbial carrot-on-a-stck before these vendors in order to get them to recalibrate their respective hunting/search habits. Once they call with the details of the lode, it is then which one could negotiate a value for the lot.

 

However, due to recent behavior by some within our community, it is becoming harder to get a lode at "wholesale prices" anymore.

 

What? You're saying? Let me explain. During the aforementioned conversations last week, while speaking to a group of interested potential can/sources recruits, a few were conducting searches on ebay in my presence for cans being sold. And lo and behold they come across the active auction of my recently acquired as well as SNIPED Ferguson Gray big face! And what did they see? The same year(s) big faces presently sought-after with it currently bidding up to $115.00 with numerous bids and three days LEFT on the USED item auction. What does that tell a prospective seller? They go Hmmm... I just may have something worth more here. Let me, hold back/out. Screw selling it "wholesale" to this guy before me. I'll take my chances on Ebay.

 

Which brings me to my final point. People, why would you continue to bid up an item with days left on it? Why not simply click "watch this item" and come back and try to snipe it in the final seconds, like most serious buyers do in the first place? Why continue to throw NUMEROUS as well as INFLATED bids, knowing

 

1. That's not what the final selling price will be.

 

2. You're only showing the sellers as well other potential sellers that they have "gold" in their hands

 

3. People conducting searches will see these inflated prices, due to the time left remaining on the auction.

 

4. Most bidding don't have a realistic chance of winning an auction of a rare can.

 

5. Sellers/finders only know what they see, not know what color is what or worth more etc.

 

Hence, those of you who are working with budget constraints (which most email and state so), need to

rethink/visit your bidding practices on Ebay. For, should you come across your own motherlode. Chances are, that perspective seller will be conducting an Ebay search themselves. And once that happens, chances are your opportunity to get it wholesale will evaporate before you. And you'll have yourself to blame.

 

 

^^^^^^^^

 

This is more or less ridiculous. If the vendors had the wherewithal to check "current" can auctions, then I have to believe they have the ability and knowledge to do a completed listings search for the same cans. Of all people you should be giving yourself the same damn advice since your ebay auctions hype the HELL out of the cans you're selling. Why are you giving out advice on how to bid..? Anyone who knows ebay and who sells for a living, be it lamps, auto parts, movies etc, knows about completed listings search possibilities. Therefor, before I get as long winded as you, I have to respectfully ask that you take your own advice before trying to offer it up to the rest of us. I respect your hunting and desire to find cans, but it's not like you're doing it for just historic preservation reasons, part of your angle is obviously money. Why not start your can auctions at .99 cents.? Starting cans at $50, $150 etc does the same type of damage and catches the same attention for non can collectors/sellers as you're mentioning happens when people bid too early. So, I ask not what I can do for you, but rather what you can stop asking of us. My final word, blahgitty blah.

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