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flying A black wing ? #738472
Thu Nov 07 2019 10:29 AM
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got a email asking what year this flying A black wing is ?
not familiar with this as I've never seen this before
was told this was bought by Mike & Frank on latest Pickers show.
your 2¢ .. ... cool

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Re: flying A black wing ? [Re: advertologist] #738479
Thu Nov 07 2019 11:59 AM
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Re: flying A black wing ? [Re: advertologist] #738532
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Does not look right at all. No detail in the wings. Almost looks as if the wing were painted over black. Porcelain chips are since the black was done though.


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Re: flying A black wing ? [Re: advertologist] #738533
Thu Nov 07 2019 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by advertologist
not familiar with this as I've never seen this before
was told this was bought by Mike & Frank on latest Pickers show.


Randy these have surfaced before, in fact I think I remember seeing one at a show a few years back. I can't remember what show it was and I didn't look at it closely. I believe the one on Pickers (pictured above) was 5' in diameter. Whether or not they are legit, I can't help, but I just wanted to inform you that they have surfaced before. There was also one on eBay about 2 years ago. The guy was claiming it was super-rare and was asking a ridiculous amount (If I remember correctly, I think he wanted in the $14k neighborhood). My opinion, and this is my opinion only (shooting from the hip)… I just think it's some sort of factory mistake that was supposed to go in the dumpster or maybe a Mahumsharata, India mistake POS.

Here's a pic of the one that was on eBay. Now, judging from a standard door, this particular one is probably around 32" which leads me to think that this one is just some fantasy/mistake junk. Again, just my opinion only - not fact. There is another picture of the one that was on eBay with a phone number of the owner, if someone wants to contact him, PM me (I didn't think it was fair to publish his number here).

Your guess is as good as mine until there is some other evidence. Maybe someone else here on OG knows.

-Steve

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Re: flying A black wing ? [Re: advertologist] #738608
Sat Nov 09 2019 08:15 AM
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Whether it's real or not, it looks like JUNK to me, compared with the regular ones with white wings. I wouldn't touch it...

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Re: flying A black wing ? [Re: BrianH] #738622
Sat Nov 09 2019 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by BrianH
Whether it's real or not, it looks like JUNK to me, compared with the regular ones with white wings. I wouldn't touch it...

BrianH



They are rare. I have seen one in person but agree with above post. If I had one I would sell or trade it. White wings with black accents look way better.


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Re: flying A black wing ? [Re: advertologist] #738638
Sat Nov 09 2019 04:42 PM
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Great conversation and interesting observations about the sign!

However...my looming question concerns Mike’s buying it on American Pickers. With so many shadows hanging over its authenticity it really surprised me that it was purchased as absolutely authentic without any questions being raised by him! Pretty expensive roll of the dice on his part!

Re: flying A black wing ? [Re: advertologist] #738646
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I would like to add one thing, that I forgot to mention.... It's not like they forgot to ad the white to the wings before the sign was finished at the factory because (as with most signs) the white was laid down first, which is evident in the chips in the first pic above. Therefore the white in the wings would've been finished already.

I don't ever recall seeing a sign where the same color was laid down twice. And for the most part, I believe colors were usually laid down lightest first to darkest last.

-Steve

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Re: flying A black wing ? [Re: advertologist] #738697
Sun Nov 10 2019 07:40 PM
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photo c. 2003

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Re: flying A black wing ? [Re: advertologist] #738703
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Wouldn't be the first time Mike & Frank got taken!


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Re: flying A black wing ? [Re: advertologist] #738727
Mon Nov 11 2019 11:50 AM
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Nice shot from the Peotone swap meet.....I'm the guy in blue, with his back to the camera. Wow, was that 2003? Could be, I guess, since I had a lot more hair in the photo than now. John

Re: flying A black wing ? [Re: advertologist] #738732
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Hi John, no that was taken at the Metro Petro show in Jersey. It was the year the show was in the big gym at the former location and a lot of the local roads were flooded.


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Re: flying A black wing ? [Re: advertologist] #738734
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I know of one that's been hanging in a Florida collection probably since the early 1990's. I think it's a 5' to 6' sign for I've been trying to buy it forever. To me it looks real and India production wasn't around back then...plus no one made a die-cut reproduction that size back then either. Got to be real.

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The seller of the one in c. 2003 MP photo is a member here, he does not sell reproductions.


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Re: flying A black wing ? [Re: advertologist] #738765
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Thanks for the gentle correction about your photo being from the Metro Petro gas/oil show in New Jersey (not Peotone. IL), my friend. How embarrassing. The guy in the far right looks quite like me, at least from behind. And, what really threw me was the plastic shelving sections being used on the far right vendor's swap table. That is exactly how I set up my vending space. Based on your location comment, I put on my reading glasses and got a magnifying glass out. Of course, you are right. I still admire that guy's fairly decent crop of hair, and rugged good looks...at least from behind! Thanks for the fun, MetroPetro. John

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