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Sign "can" question
#768258 Thu Sep 09 2021 05:22 PM
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When I see a sign that originally had a can behind it it's often a new can. Does this hurt the value or desirability because it's not the original can? I understand the majority like their signs original but is this an exception?

Additionally, when I see a sign with a new can that I know was originally double sided with a sign on each side is it considerably less desirable when it's now a single sign on the can? I assume people will take each sign and make a can sign. 1 sign becomes 2 signs.
Does it makes sense that most collectors would prefer a single sign to mount flat?

These questions apply to both neon and non neon can signs. Just trying to gather some thoughts about what you all think?

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Re: Sign "can" question
mtrotnic #768260 Thu Sep 09 2021 06:38 PM
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I dont believe a new can affects the value that much. If I were to find a matching pair of neon skins that would have gone together I would keep together. Yes some people will split a sign I know some will split a globe lense and sell the other half.

Re: Sign "can" question
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More desirable to have the original can IMO but it doesn't seem to deter the value from sales I've made in the past. If its a nice double sided sign with a nice original can, I'll leave it be, but I totally get the guys who split the sign, can make sense financially. Hard to impossible to get a buyer to pay 2x for a sign because its double sided. I've had a few higher dollar signs recently that had really bad cans that needed rebuild, I split them because I was making a can(s) anyway and it seemed to work out pretty well for the sales to have it split. Most people want to hang these signs on a wall so the back side would be unseen anyway. The physically bigger the sign, the more sense it makes to split, as few people want to hang a giant sign in the middle of their display area. Conversely, a smaller double sided sign will hang nicely in the middle of a room.

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Re: Sign "can" question
mtrotnic #769028 Sat Sep 25 2021 05:32 PM
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Thanks for the replies guys! Appreciate it.


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