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#666292 - Wed Sep 14 2016 10:53 AM So many signs from India
LynnB Offline
New Member

Registered: Tue Sep 13 2016
Loc: Guthrie, OK
I am new to the forum. I am getting ready to build a workshop that will hopefully look like a 1940's Sinclair station. I don't want to go nuts on the signage, but would like just a few AUTHENTIC period pieces. I have a really nice (nice to someone who can restore them... relative word, I know) set of Alemite cabinets and work bench that came from a Sinclair station in Springfield MO.

So, I am looking at signs etc. on ebay. Notice a huge cache from sellers either from India, or having them shipped from India. Having a hard time believing there is such a glut of real, signs, almost all with bullet holes and rust, in India.

Asked an ebay seller about this one: Sinclair sign on ebay

Seller is -trashcollector2016.

When I asked him if it was authentic, his only response was; "if i get it certified will you buy it from me?"

That is a huge red flag for me. I must ASSUME there are crooked guys out there that will "certify" whatever you want for a fee?

Am I correct? I am new to signage, and gas stuff, but seasoned in the muscle car scene, where the MAJORITY of "original real deal" cars are made up with fake trim tags, faked engine stamps and even fake docs, like window stickers, dealer purchase docs etc.

#666294 - Wed Sep 14 2016 10:57 AM Re: So many signs from India [Re: LynnB]
Steven C. Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Fri Jun 01 2012
Be afraid!! Be very afraid!
Just kidding of course. But yes, you have to be careful. If I'm not sure, I don't buy anything without first vetting it here on Oldgas.


Edited by Steve C. (Wed Sep 14 2016 10:57 AM)
Steve Coppens
Always interested in Sunoco items!
Really want a Sunoco National pump ad glass!!

#666320 - Wed Sep 14 2016 04:01 PM Re: So many signs from India [Re: LynnB]
SandPCollector Online   content
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Fri Aug 29 2014
Loc: Plano TX
Lynn, Welcome to Oldgas. As Steve said be VERY wary about signs coming out of India. The list of eBay sellers on the link is ever growing, so do not assume it is complete. Check the sellers completed listings, if the seller has sold multiples of the same sign that screams repop. Good luck in your quest!
Regards, Jim

I collect gas pump salt and pepper shakers
and the plastic coin banks both made by AVSCO.

#666321 - Wed Sep 14 2016 04:21 PM Re: So many signs from India [Re: LynnB]
DWSheffer Online   content
Veteran Member

Registered: Thu Sep 20 2007
Loc: Michigan
I personally would avoid ANYTHING out of India.....furthermore, why fund these jokers taking our hobby down the tubes with their reproductions?
Darin Sheffer
Always looking for Mobil items I don't already have!

#666336 - Wed Sep 14 2016 07:14 PM Re: So many signs from India [Re: DWSheffer]
JimT Online   content
Veteran Member

Registered: Fri Dec 06 2002
Loc: Cleveland,Ohio U.S.A.
The Sinclair sign you asked Trashcollector about is trash.

#667130 - Fri Sep 23 2016 08:49 AM Re: So many signs from India [Re: LynnB]
AntiqueAd Offline
Active Member

Registered: Thu Sep 22 2016
Like Steve Said, gotta run it by other members or buy from someone you can really trust either dealer or auctioneer


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