Facebook Feeding Frenzy Over The Weekend

Signs! Kit Boat, banners? Globes? WHAT? WHERE?

Yesterday longtime fellow Woody Boater and pal Jim Grant, sent me a link to a Facebook post regarding some stuff a daughter was trying to get a value on from some of her dads collection. He had passed away and she was clearly trying to do the right thing. But, man oh man. Within seconds, the comments were plastered with 20 offers and well, kinda like a Frenzy. I have been there and its overwhelming, because you all of a sudden wonder what in the heck do I have, and who do I trust? After all most are looking for a deal, and so on.

Feels real, and a wonderful size I think. Not large, but a back lit sign. MY GUESS $1,500 -$2,000

This banner is a tricky one. Its real for sure, but that tag line is from the mid 1980’s and well? MY GUESS  $100-$200

After going back and forth on Messenger, she clearly was trying to figure it out. So, today I am going to ask all of you to help valuate the stuff. And yes we all know it is what it is. I am going to do my best at valuating it all, so I go first and put it out there. I did advise Ebay as a better way BTW.

Gas Top Globe? Real? Or reproduction? Price? REPRO $100, Real $2,000

Same here? Real? Both globes “feel” off, so I am guessing repro. If real. YIKES! MY GUESS repro 200, Real $3500 and up

I did not get a screen grab of the Kit boat sign. Not sure if it is real, looked real, but all this stuff is being redone now. If repro, 300, and if real $1,000 ish? I paid $350 for mine, and still wondering if I got ripped off?

This was the big sale of a Porcelain sign from the Mickleson Collection. $5,600 SOLD, But thats a porclean sign and large.

The other stuff is clearly reproduction ebay type stuff. So my best guess is the big item is the sign. She is trying to be fair, and reasonable. She did get an offer of $1,000 for the Back lit sign. So? Anyway, sorry if you were one of the feeders by exposing this. But, some of this stuff should go to a right home.  And no link, the post has been taken down.

9 replies
  1. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Let’s hope for her sake most of this stuff is real, not repro, but that can be hard to determine.

    I have always said: Anything is only worth what a seller and buyer will agree on.

  2. Matt
    Matt says:

    The two signs are real to everyones best guess, the globes are reproductions. so the real question is. Whats that back lit sign worth. If you look at the typgraphy and printing on the sign, its correct. The confusion is that he has some repro stuff, so that can throw you

  3. Matt
    Matt says:

    Yes jim, just checked with the seller and that was the only image she could find that was close. We all know the real deal here is that one CC sign, which feels very real.. And spectacular..

  4. NR
    NR says:

    This is about the only piece I have that is of much value. Mostly personal value because Chad got two of these, one for each of us, via his brother at an auction and it is local history. It’s about 40″x48″ so its decent size and in good shape.

  5. Matt
    Matt says:

    We can confirm the CC Autho sign is real from our expert, who also has one from a place in Michigan, its the exact same, outside of the slight dent.

  6. Jim g
    Jim g says:

    The best part of the dealer sign is the patina. You can have a perfect sign. But that shows the rough and tumble life its had. Kinda like chris craft itself has had.

    Also I think if its plastic faced. It was intended for indoor display. Or to be hung inside with the front facing the street from behind the glass. This was really popular in the 60’s and 70’s. I remember the British and European car dealers that one dealer pretty much sold all the makes and would have all the different makes they sold hang inside the showroom window facing out.

    The early 60’s was the beginning on the plastic sign era. Were the dealers might have the name of the dealer and maybe the Chris craft script in lighted plastic outside.

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