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11-19-2012 06:07 AM

My small (9000 pop.) town has one general hospital. To help raise money it has a thrift shop run by volunteers. We take almost anything not broken. Last week, a family brought in boxes of stuff left over from the estate sale. Apparently Grandpa or great-grandpa had been a woodworker. There were in one box the following Stanley planes: no 27 with beech frame, no 81 with rosewood sole and excellent plating, no 12 with iron (blade) missing as well as the bolts for the handle, no 12 1/2 with rosewood sole again missing the bolts for the handle and the blade. A picker has already tried to buy the four as a lot for $50 since ‘pieces are missing’. I am afraid I was rather rude in my reply. But we have to value and sell them. Any ideas? They are beyond anything I do and I am not a collector.

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#1 posted 11-19-2012 06:16 AM

Auction them on ebay as individual pieces and you’ll get a fair price.

The # 27 isn’t worth much, but those #12 scraper planes are
nice designs.

You’ll probably get something over $100 for the lot auctioning them
on ebay as single pieces. Selling such things locally is not the
way to get the most of them if you’re looking to raise money.

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#2 posted 11-19-2012 10:28 AM

I recently bought several planes separately on eBay. To find out how much to bid (there are so many auctioned that you can afford to pass one by if the bidding is hot for some reason, say 4 pm Sunday), I used the eBay advanced search to find only “completed listings” and found out much to my satisfaction how much each plane was going for.

I believe sellers do better by auctioning separately, if you have the time to manage it. The tradeoff is your time to manage versus slightly higher selling price.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#3 posted 11-19-2012 01:56 PM

With all the fees that get charged along with time you need to balance time vs. additional value. You may find that the offer of 50.00 wasn’t really all that far off with the parts that are missing. Look up values for same on ebay and set your value at roughly 3/4 the average of same condition. The lower price will help them sell in your more limited market unless you have the time to list and energy to list them properly. Without care in how to list them and even the best time to list them you still not make optimal or even better value especially after fees.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#4 posted 11-19-2012 02:02 PM

If the general consensus is $100 on eBay, price them at $100 in the shop as a group. You can always come down a bit if they don’t move fast.

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#5 posted 11-19-2012 02:42 PM

I tried to buy a #12 1/2 with rosewood sole the other day and the guy wanted $200 for it. I offered $50 and he told me i had a better chance of hanging out with the Pope.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#6 posted 11-19-2012 03:20 PM

I’d post some pictures here and see. I agree with derosa, ebay fee’s kill you. Plus you never know how the auction will go. I’ve bought some nice stuff off ebay for cheap for reasons I still haven’t figured out, and I once had a nice restore #4 go for a total of $8. That was the last plane I posted on ebay.

Finding missing parts can be time consuming and expensive.

The only planes you have thats reasonably valuable is the 12 and the 12 1/2. I paid $75 for my 12 complete. A 12 1/2 is worth a little more, but the bolts and the blade being missing drops the value substantially.

The 27 and 81 are not worth much. They are nice planes, but #27 can be had at flea markets for $5 and 81 for about $20.

I would agree the $50 may be a bit low, but not seeing pictures and making assumptions, not “get rude” low. If you had countered with $75, everybody probably would have won.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 11-19-2012 03:54 PM

I appreciate all the advice. Does anyone know where I might find bolts and blades (sounds like a good tavern name) for the numbers 12 and 12 1/2? What about using new brass for the bolts?

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#8 posted 11-19-2012 04:00 PM

There is a parts reference section here

Its just places I’ve heard of so they are not recommendations although I have used a few with good results.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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