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Greetings! New to this site so go easy on me! I found this site while researching a small (15.5" x 10.5") metal one sided sign that I picked up at an estate sale today and I was hoping to get an education on it. It says "2-34" in the lower left hand corner - I am assuming that indicates a February 1934 date? It appears to be in very good condition. I noticed in my research that signs such as this one are "graded" somehow on a 10 point scale? Is that necessary to do when selling these signs? There is a blank space above "Agent" - is where the business owner would have put their name? In looking on eBay and other sites I don't see this sign coming up very often? Is this an appropriate place to inquire about value? If not, please direct me - don't want to rock the boat. So many questions! I tried to attach photos of the front and back - hopefully it worked. Thanks for your patience and assistance. God bless! Mark

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You are correct on the date. This is a tanker truck door sign.

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I'd say you will be bombarded about it It is nice condition I would love to have it on my TEXACO Tanker truck I'm building

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Originally Posted by Mark M
There is a blank space above "Agent" - is where the business owner would have put their name? inquire about value? Mark

the blank space isn't where a business owner would have added a name, sign would have dealers name in the porcelain when made,

value - in the 1000. neighborhood .. ... cool

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And, Randy, it's likely there was a 20% (approximately) buyer's premium added to that price. So, the buyer in the auction you've shown would have paid $1,200 or so for the sign. Plus, that auction was over a year ago. Have we had any movement in sign prices since then? Likely upward. As most everyone in the "hobby" knows, it's really hard to price signs these days (or should I say from day-to-day). If possible, one has to hope to find one in a very recent, well-advertised auction, and go from there. John

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Originally Posted by Jolly-John
there was a 20% (approximately) buyer's premium added to the price. auction was over a year ago. Have we had any movement in sign prices since then? Likely upward. As most everyone in the "hobby" knows, it's really hard to price signs these days (or should I say from day-to-day). If possible, one has to hope to find one in a very recent, well-advertised auction, and go from there.

John, buyers premium is already added into final price as you will see below,

sign in action over a year ago was in pristine condition, sign of subject isn't .. ... cool

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Thank you for your informative, cordial comments regarding my post, Randy. As usual, you were way ahead of me! Best regards, John

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Originally Posted by Jolly-John
Thank you for your informative, cordial comments regarding my post, Randy. As usual, you were way ahead of me! Best regards, John

And the seller usually pays 10-20% to the auction house as well. So he only got $800-900


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I'm back with another question. Can anyone verify if this is an authentic 1934 sign? I've heard that it may be a reproduction because the date is not in the correct format and it is on the left side of the sign when it should be on the right? I sure don't want to misrepresent the sign when I go to sell it. The people I bought it from used to have a Texaco station back when this sign would have been used. Thanks in advance - again! Mark


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