Super Rare Top Signs vs. Regular Top Sign

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2 years 11 months ago #1215 by NAV
Three top signs currently listing on ebay are listed as SUPER RARE, but what makes them SUPER RARE?

Ebay item 281808076779 is a 452/500 sign with a person's name on one side and Amount Purchased on the back side. Price 1295.00
Ebay item 281808070492 is a 452/500 sign with a person's name on one side and Get a Receipt on the back side. Price 1295.00
Ebay item 281766670288 is a 1000 series sign with a persons name on one side and Amount Purchased on the back side. Price 995.00

These signs are currently for sale with no bids. If memory serves me correctly they have been listed before. I wonder what makes them so rare, or super rare? Perhaps someone can post some insight into this matter?

Recently, Ebay item 2662069585272 a 452/500 sign with a persons name on one side and Amount Purchased on the back side sold for $152.50. This red brass sign actually sold, so that tells me the actual value of this sign is $152.50 since that is the dollar figure the listing brought. Now, I realize it was not listed as Super Rare, but I don't see any difference between the sold sign and the Super Rare signs up for sale. Is there a difference?

Not long ago I listed Ebay item 321871537109 an Antique Original Small NCR 400 Series Brass Cash Register Top Sign in A-1 Condition for $400.00 that did not sell. This sign had the name Nichol-Givens on one side, and a one line Amount Purchased on the back side. This sign was polished red brass, and in my opinion, a small 400 sign should be worth more in value than a 452/500 or late model 1000 series sign. Reason this sign did not sell is the current cash register market does not value this as a $400.00 sign. Perhaps if I had listed it as a Super Rare sign the value might have increased. However, I did not want to MISLEAD a potential buyer.

It is my opinion, that the signs being marketed as SUPER RARE are being done so in an attempt to mislead potential buyers into thinking these signs are something special. Goes back to the saying let the BUYER BE WARE. Is it proper to mislead potential buyers for the purpose of deceiving them? Shouldn't cash register collector's have at least a little bit of integrity? My advise to new collector's who see the words Rare or Super Rare is to hold on to your wallets so you don't get taken for a ride.



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2 years 11 months ago #1216 by jdietrich
Replied by jdietrich on topic Super Rare Top Signs vs. Regular Top Sign
It's the names. :dry: :silly:

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2 years 11 months ago #1217 by NAV
I fully understand that neat names command top dollar, however, what is neat about these names?

D.A. Woods/Amount Purchase? L.J. Hogan/Get a Receipt? John Bohlen & Co./Amount Purchased? All listed as SUPER RARE.

Listed as just an original top sign was J.L. Mitchel & Co./Amount Purchased which sold for $152.50.

My sign was also listed as original Nichols & Gives/Amount Purchased at $400.00 and of course didn't sell.

Again, my question is why are these top signs marketed as "SUPER RARE" really super rare, and if so, what makes these ordinary generic signs 'SUPER RARE'. Another question, would anyone in their right mind who reads this sight step up and buy one of these "Super Rare" top signs? Go to ebay and search out "SUPER RARE TOP SIGNS". Maybe I am missing something.

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2 years 11 months ago #1221 by Dick Witcher
Replied by Dick Witcher on topic Super Rare Top Signs vs. Regular Top Sign
I saw a 313 bronze top sign sell for over $2000 about 10 years ago. It was unique. It said "The New Mexico News Courier". First it was during a period where register had more value. Second it appealed to State collectors & newspaper people. I was all hung up on top signs & lid plaques with names on them but found that when I started to try to sell them to the average public, no one wanted them. I've had a few exceptions like I had one that "John Petty". I told the woman that was looking at it that he was the great grandfather of Richard Petty the race car driver. She bought it. I then told her I just made that up but she wanted it anyway. The name is important only if it relates to that person.
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2 years 11 months ago #1227 by jdietrich
Replied by jdietrich on topic Super Rare Top Signs vs. Regular Top Sign
Two things, I was joking, hence the emoticons after the statement, and people are confusing rarity with value, they are not the same. :ohmy: :angry:

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2 years 11 months ago #1231 by NAV
I was hoping people would look up the "Super Rare" top sign listings and noticed who was selling these "Super Rare" top sign. In my opinion, the seller is the master of cash register Spin & Deception, and a major reason why the hobby has been on the decline in reason years..

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2 years 11 months ago #1232 by jdietrich
Replied by jdietrich on topic Super Rare Top Signs vs. Regular Top Sign
He is taking best offer, so someone can get it for less.

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