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#284006 - Tue Nov 08 2011 11:05 PM Re: Is it worth the farm.. [Re: wfort39663]
DuceCpe Offline
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Registered: Fri Feb 09 2001
Loc: Pueblo Colorado usa
Bill and the rest, VERY impressive.. I sure wish Conoco had some Great signs like Texaco! I might have to start looking for some of these. Thanks for posting this information.
Ric
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#284027 - Wed Nov 09 2011 07:38 AM Re: Is it worth the farm.. [Re: wfort39663]
Wes Hague Offline
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Registered: Wed Aug 08 2007
Loc: canada
Hey Bill,,, your Texaco Fuel Chief 1 sign looks familiar to me, ha,ha,ha,,, LOL !!! Great sign..

Guys who think this isn't an awesome sign and don't own one for any money must be jealous,,,If you put that sign in the middle of your collection in that empty hole I would bet $100 that it would be the first sign your eyes would see,,, that yellow stands out like huge !!! That to me is why it brings big bucks, makes me kinda wish I had it back..
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#284035 - Wed Nov 09 2011 08:27 AM Re: Is it worth the farm.. [Re: Wes Hague]
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If I had to sell three top notch signs to buy a Texaco pump plate from the 1960's something is wrong. I understand this sign is rare, but there are much harder to find Texaco signs that do not command near as much money. I guess I will have to reevaluate my collection of signs and determine what a "great sign" really is....
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#284040 - Wed Nov 09 2011 09:03 AM Re: Is it worth the farm.. [Re: advertologist]
Alex Offline
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Registered: Mon Dec 08 2003
Loc: Butte, Montana USA
Here is my thick spray and my 8 X 12.


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#284042 - Wed Nov 09 2011 09:10 AM Re: Is it worth the farm.. [Re: Alex]
Alex Offline
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Registered: Mon Dec 08 2003
Loc: Butte, Montana USA
57tbirdkid: I can understand your sentiment. But, don't confuse old with rare. Wes is correct that it is a rare sign and really stands out. It is the same with the Texaco Auto Diesel sign. While not as expensive as the Fuel Chief, if you ever see one on ebay or at an auction they really take off and they are from the mid 60s. They just weren't around much. Think about this, when you see pictures of Texaco stations, do you ever see Fuel Chief or Auto Diesel pump plates....never. (That may be an overstatement, but I have never seen one.)

The Texaco sign that always amazes me that doesn't sell for more is the one you can see in the background of my 8X12 diesel. The one with the attendent wiping the dipstick and discussing that The Furfural'd Film does it. It is a gorgeous Texaco sign but hardly sells for more than a couple of hundred. Possibly due to the reproductions...Anyway...Texaco Fuel Chief....would love to have one.


Edited by Alex (Wed Nov 09 2011 10:32 AM)
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#284052 - Wed Nov 09 2011 09:59 AM Re: Is it worth the farm.. [Re: Alex]
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This has been a great learning experience! Thanks to all and especially those who took the time to post pictures! Great to be able to see all the different plates! Thanks--KEVIN
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#284055 - Wed Nov 09 2011 10:34 AM Re: Is it worth the farm.. [Re: J.E.Radebaugh]
Alex Offline
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Registered: Mon Dec 08 2003
Loc: Butte, Montana USA
Originally Posted By: J.E.Radebaugh
Alex,

I also have an 8x12 Diesel Chief sign (I don't have a reverse spray diesel sign...not yet..lol). I would say all three are equally scarce or at least in the same ballpark. I just wonder why collectors are drawn more to the Fuel Chief than any other Texaco pump plate, and why some collectors are willing to pay so much for this plate?

I'm not saying I wouldn't love to have this sign in my collection, but I'm not paying that much for a pump plate. I guess I'll have to wait until the value drops a little..lol

Jamie


Jamie: What is the reverse spray? Not sure I am familiar with that...
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#284060 - Wed Nov 09 2011 10:59 AM Re: Is it worth the farm.. [Re: Alex]
wfort39663 Offline
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Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Wes you are right that Fuel Chief 1 sign should look familiar and it was in that empty spot until all of the signs came down and went into storage when I moved out to NM.
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#284061 - Wed Nov 09 2011 11:02 AM Re: Is it worth the farm.. [Re: Alex]
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Alex, I think Jamie is talking about the thick spray-
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#284070 - Wed Nov 09 2011 12:19 PM Re: Is it worth the farm.. [Re: advertologist]
57tbirdkid Offline
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Alex,

I am not confused in the difference between old and rare. The dipstick sign as you state is a nice sign but does not commmand a strong price which is a good example in this situation. My concern is there are much earlier and harder to find Texaco signs that do not command this price. For example, i do not like to go off auction prices but the easy pour flange matthews sold in 2008 went for $2,200 .....now in 2008 a fuel chief 1 sign sold for $2800. Which sign do you see more often? I no longer collect Texaco items, but I feel the easy pour sign is a much harder to find sign yet brought $600 less. I guess the values lean more towards market demand versus how rare the sign is. I no longer want to stir the pot because this is my personal opinion. I am sure there are many people that would fork over the cash for this pump plate in a heart beat.
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#284095 - Wed Nov 09 2011 03:40 PM Re: Is it worth the farm.. [Re: 57tbirdkid]
Alex Offline
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Registered: Mon Dec 08 2003
Loc: Butte, Montana USA
57 TBird: I don't think you are stirring the pot at all. You asked/raised legitamite questions and stated your opinion most respectfully. And you are right, you can't always use auction prices as an apples to apples comparison. Personally, if I had the choice between the two, I would probably go with the Fuel Chief. (And then go in debt trying to buy the other one too..LOL)

That might be a fun poll of the week to start. Show two or three signs of comparable value and say, "Given the choice of one, which would you take?" Could do it with globes too.
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#284117 - Wed Nov 09 2011 04:50 PM Re: Is it worth the farm.. [Re: Wes Hague]
J.E.Radebaugh Offline
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Registered: Fri Jan 04 2002
Loc: Gracey, Kentucky
Originally Posted By: Wes Hague
Hey Bill,,, your Texaco Fuel Chief 1 sign looks familiar to me, ha,ha,ha,,, LOL !!! Great sign..

Guys who think this isn't an awesome sign and don't own one for any money must be jealous,,,If you put that sign in the middle of your collection in that empty hole I would bet $100 that it would be the first sign your eyes would see,,, that yellow stands out like huge !!! That to me is why it brings big bucks, makes me kinda wish I had it back..


I'm not jealous (after all it's just a sign), the fact of the matter is that I'm 31 years old and I hope to be collecting Texaco signs for a long time (God willing). When a high dollar sign comes up I have to ask myself "where do I see this sign in 20 years"? There's no doubt that this is a "great sign", but I personally feel it's not worth the amount that they're selling for, and the value of this sign will drop (eventually..lol)

I know I'm never going to get rich by collecting Texaco signs. Actually in my opinion I'll probably will loose a lot of money when the time comes to sell this stuff. I guess what I'm saying that it's best for me to wait and pick one up when the value drops and minimize the amount I lose.

BTW..I love all of the pictures this thread generated.

Jamie


Edited by J.E.Radebaugh (Wed Nov 09 2011 04:51 PM)
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#284122 - Wed Nov 09 2011 05:14 PM Re: Is it worth the farm.. [Re: J.E.Radebaugh]
Alex Offline
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Registered: Mon Dec 08 2003
Loc: Butte, Montana USA
Hang in there, Jamie. One may fall into your lap when you least expect it. I am with you, I wouldn't pay that much for one, but I am not going to criticize someone who is willing to either. LOL God Bless 'em. My thick spray and 8X12 fell into my lap...so who knows.
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#284128 - Wed Nov 09 2011 05:51 PM Re: Is it worth the farm.. [Re: Alex]
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Registered: Sun Apr 03 2011
Loc: DeKalb, IL
What great comments and photos everyone has shared. I agree it's a great sign in excellent condition. My opinion is that the rarity of the sign combined with its condition are the two main factors driving the price (as is with any other great sign of this calibier). Considering the reserve price was not met means a couple of things. 1) the seller was just testing the market 2) the pot of gold is worth $3,000+ to the right person, right now! I liked the commemt Jamie stated "where do I see this sign in 20 years." Take a look at your collection, think about what you paid for something 5, 10, 15, 20 years ago and ask yourself "what is the market value now?. More questions to ponder..."did I pay retail (or more) back in the day just because I wanted it in my collection". Some food for thought......


Edited by flash_1967 (Wed Nov 09 2011 06:47 PM)
Edit Reason: price correction
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#284140 - Wed Nov 09 2011 06:43 PM Re: Is it worth the farm.. [Re: Chevrolet SS]
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Four different bidders over $3000 and it still didn't meet reserve.
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