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Title: WECo Color 500s - Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on July 03, 2014, 10:55:55 AM
Recent Ebay sales for color 500s:

Rose Beige: $620 July 1
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121374121733

Mahogany Brown: $525 BIN June 8
http://www.ebay.com/itm/161331795423
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: jsowers on July 03, 2014, 11:58:18 AM
Aqua Blue 500U: $649 June 27
http://www.ebay.com/itm/171365720587 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/171365720587)

This phone had a revealed right front corner crack and an unrevealed huge chunk out of the mushroom cap mounting area.
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on July 03, 2014, 12:09:46 PM
Rose beige 500DR-55
Sold for $302.51 on June 25. Relisted and sold for $250 Buy-it-now on June 27:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/Radio-Phonograph-TV-Phone-/29832/m.html?item=121373634587&ViewItem=&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1&_ssn=jillandconniesjewels&_sop=3
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: jsowers on July 03, 2014, 12:12:04 PM
The second auction revealed a hairline crack in the front of the phone that was re-sold (but no picture of it).

Am I the only one who's struck dumb by the amount these damaged phones are bringing?
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: BDM on July 03, 2014, 03:05:32 PM
Nope, sure not. But what'ya gonna do? Silly in my book also.

Quote from: jsowers on July 03, 2014, 12:12:04 PM
The second auction revealed a hairline crack in the front of the phone that was re-sold (but no picture of it).

Am I the only one who's struck dumb by the amount these damaged phones are bringing?
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: New England Tel. on July 03, 2014, 03:08:42 PM
Just proves what I've always said:

Some people have more dollars than sense!

Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: unbeldi on July 03, 2014, 10:01:10 PM
Recent eBay sales for color 500s:

$224.72 May 14: 1957 aqua blue Western Electric 500D:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/151297402205

$224.72 May 15: 1963 pink Western Electric 500U:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/231226591240



Both of these surprised me for obvious reasons.
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on July 04, 2014, 01:13:58 AM
500D-57 Mediterranean Blue, May, 1954
"Neutral" cords
Black number plate as originally furnished
Sold for $500 Buy-it-now on June 8, 2014
one repaired crack

http://www.ebay.com/itm/231253612234

Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: mentalstampede on July 04, 2014, 09:25:36 AM
Lime Green Stromberg for $236.49???

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1970s-Stromberg-Carlson-BRIGHT-LIME-GREEN-Rotary-Phone-WOW-/331241596266?roken=cUgayN

I was expecting this to go for FAR less. I know it's not technically WE, but that just makes it more absurd.
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: Greg G. on July 04, 2014, 07:50:18 PM
How recent would you like these to be?  I payed around $100.00 (includes $74 purchase price + 18% online buyer premium + shipping) from Proxibid for my 12-55 Mahogany 500 in April 2012.
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on July 13, 2014, 11:46:54 PM
Quote from: Brinybay on July 04, 2014, 07:50:18 PM
How recent would you like these to be?  I payed around $100.00 (includes $74 purchase price + 18% online buyer premium + shipping) from Proxibid for my 12-55 Mahogany 500 in April 2012.

You got a great deal!
No limits on the date sold.
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on July 13, 2014, 11:50:20 PM
Mahogany brown 500DR-54
Sold for $325 buy-it-now on July 8, 2014:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1955-BROWN-Western-Electric-500-desk-telephone-the-real-thing-/281381023827
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on July 21, 2014, 09:33:27 PM
Aqua blue 500 dated 10-57. Is it all original?  Is that a "neutral" (dark gray) mounting cord? This may have been added in the field at the time of the installation.

Sold today for $42 Buy it now.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/131248474431
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: unbeldi on July 21, 2014, 10:57:01 PM
Quote from: poplar1 on July 21, 2014, 09:33:27 PM
Aqua blue 500 dated 10-57. Is it all original?  Is that a "neutral" (dark gray) mounting cord? This may have been added in the field at the time of the installation.

Sold today for $42 Buy it now.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/131248474431
did you believe it was aqua?
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: jsowers on July 22, 2014, 12:53:59 PM
Here's another aqua blue that ended on Sunday, as a BIN for $49.95. It's odd in that the base is dated 7-56, which is before aqua blue was released. It could be an early refurb, but doesn't look painted. The plastics look to be soft plastic (you can even see the housing date stamp in the base shot).

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141353287450 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/141353287450)

These BIN auctions are sometimes hard to catch. They come up and then disappear as soon as the phone is bought.
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on July 25, 2014, 11:48:51 PM
Quote from: unbeldi on July 21, 2014, 10:57:01 PM
Quote from: poplar1 on July 21, 2014, 09:33:27 PM
Aqua blue 500 dated 10-57. Is it all original?  Is that a "neutral" (dark gray) mounting cord? This may have been added in the field at the time of the installation.

Sold today for $42 Buy it now.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/131248474431
did you believe it was aqua?

In some photos the mounting cord looked black; in the bleached out photo it looked dark gray.
Update: rec'd the aqua blue phone today, and it is an all dates matching 10-57 set with 13 foot  dark gray D3BG mounting cord dated 1957. I'm guessing the installer didn't have any 13' aqua mounting cords stocked on his truck yet.
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: jsowers on July 26, 2014, 10:27:19 AM
Here's one that ended two days ago and it may be some kind of record. A yellow soft plastic 500U, from 9-58. Some parts were made in 8-58, which made it a birthday phone for me. I bid, but got left in the dust big time. It went for $1005.01. It's the only yellow 500U I've ever seen aside from the Once Upon a Honeymoon short movie, made for the Bell System.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/291193354612 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/291193354612)

It was the seller's grandmother's phone. I'm sure the seller was very happy with the outcome, once they picked her up off the floor.  :)  It sat at $250 for a week until the last few seconds.
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: TelePlay on July 26, 2014, 11:17:02 AM
Quote from: jsowers on July 26, 2014, 10:27:19 AM
It sat at $250 for a week until the last few seconds.

Amazing! The starting bid asked was $250. The first bidder went in at $252.52 about an hour after it was listed. Only five bidders but the last 4 of them came in with one bid within 18 seconds of the auction ending. I'll bet the seller did hit the floor when that happened.
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: unbeldi on July 26, 2014, 11:26:20 AM
Well, I have always had the impression that good Tenite yellow (-56) 500s, 1954-1959, are harder to find intact than blue. To find a 500U in this condition is exceptional. The set doesn't even seem much discolored.
Title: Re: Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on July 30, 2014, 10:39:51 PM
Northern Electric Light Gray 591BW-61
1962
Sold for $44.63 on July 29, 2014 (WA)


Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: unbeldi on July 30, 2014, 10:47:33 PM
Northern Electric  500 aqua blue 1959

http://www.ebay.com/itm/111416197812

sold for $57.97 + 28.70 from Canada  on 2014-07-30

Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on July 31, 2014, 04:40:55 PM
Western Electric light gray 500
500DR-61--network and ringer dated 1-58, transmitter dated 2 19 60
Sold for $69.95 May 15, 2014 (MO)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/251531611120
Title: Re: Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on July 31, 2014, 04:48:56 PM
Western Electric Red 500
500DR-53 dated 1956--note 6 hole caps
Sold for $24.97 on July 9, 2014

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261522577144
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on July 31, 2014, 05:07:17 PM
Western Electric
500DR-53
All original dated 8-56 (other than 505A plug)
Sold for $159.82 on July 10, 2014 (CA)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/161358274613

Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on August 02, 2014, 07:42:46 PM
Mediterranean Blue 500
500DR-57 Dated 7-57
Sold for $400 after 12 bids
http://www.ebay.com/itm/291184101721

It was Auction #124 on this forum:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=12234.30
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on August 04, 2014, 12:47:08 PM
Light Gray WE 500
500DR-61
Base 10-59; housing and handset dated 1-60
Sold for $67 June 29, 2014. 10 bids (CA)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/251567405735
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: AE40FAN on August 05, 2014, 09:37:42 AM
Here's another aqua blue that ended on Sunday, as a BIN for $49.95. It's odd in that the base is dated 7-56, which is before aqua blue was released. It could be an early refurb, but doesn't look painted. The plastics look to be soft plastic (you can even see the housing date stamp in the base shot).

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141353287450

These BIN auctions are sometimes hard to catch. They come up and then disappear as soon as the phone is bought.

I was the winner of this auction.  I've been waiting patiently a long time to score a soft aqua blue that's not faded.  I can finally say I have one!  It's an odd one.  Judging by the dial it was originally a Med Blue.  Plastics are from late 57 and late 58 almost a year apart?  With the exception of the rest on the base and the filth the phone is in great shape.  Last shot shows how good the color of the phone really is...
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: unbeldi on August 05, 2014, 10:07:02 AM
Quote from: AE40FAN on August 05, 2014, 09:37:42 AM
Here's another aqua blue that ended on Sunday, as a BIN for $49.95. It's odd in that the base is dated 7-56, which is before aqua blue was released. It could be an early refurb, but doesn't look painted. The plastics look to be soft plastic (you can even see the housing date stamp in the base shot).

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141353287450

These BIN auctions are sometimes hard to catch. They come up and then disappear as soon as the phone is bought.

I was the winner of this auction.  I've been waiting patiently a long time to score a soft aqua blue that's not faded.  I can finally say I have one!  It's an odd one.  Judging by the dial it was originally a Med Blue.  Plastics are from late 57 and late 58 almost a year apart?  With the exception of the rest on the base and the filth the phone is in great shape.  Last shot shows how good the color of the phone really is...
Sorry, I don't quite understand your post.  Are these pictures of the same phone as in the auction?
What's all that crud inside?
Seems rather discolored, the plastics are a mix of different kinds.
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: AE40FAN on August 05, 2014, 10:25:53 AM
Crud is mold.  It's not discolored just bad lighting. Aqua is hard to photograph in night time lighting.  Last shot shows handset/cord as compared to inside of body.  Color matches.  Auction photo is a better way to judge color....I'll take better photos once phone is cleaned up...
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: unbeldi on August 05, 2014, 11:02:10 AM
Quote from: AE40FAN on August 05, 2014, 10:25:53 AM
Crud is mold.  It's not discolored just bad lighting. Aqua is hard to photograph in night time lighting.  Last shot shows handset/cord as compared to inside of body.  Color matches.  Auction photo is a better way to judge color....I'll take better photos once phone is cleaned up...
Sometimes it is really useful to photograph in 'bad' lighting. It reveals material, surface and color differences that the human eye has a hard time with. This is especially true for blue, as the eye cannot focus well in blue light.
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: AE40FAN on August 05, 2014, 11:30:00 AM
Quote from: unbeldi on August 05, 2014, 11:02:10 AM
Quote from: AE40FAN on August 05, 2014, 10:25:53 AM
Crud is mold.  It's not discolored just bad lighting. Aqua is hard to photograph in night time lighting.  Last shot shows handset/cord as compared to inside of body.  Color matches.  Auction photo is a better way to judge color....I'll take better photos once phone is cleaned up...
Sometimes it is really useful to photograph in 'bad' lighting. It reveals material, surface and color differences that the human eye has a hard time with. This is especially true for blue, as the eye cannot focus well in blue light.

Unbeldi...wait for the after clean up reveal before you continue to question.  Thanks:-)
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: AE40FAN on August 05, 2014, 05:40:16 PM
Better photo in daylight.  iPhone 4S camera is horrible in low light.  I'm happy ::)
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: WesternElectricBen on August 05, 2014, 05:57:43 PM
Looks fantastic, Frank. Can you explain the pre 1957 aqua, was it the original color or was it a furbished phone?

Ben
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: AE40FAN on August 05, 2014, 06:13:51 PM
Hey Ben,

It was originally color code -57  Med Blue :-).  Aqua plastics are from late 57 and late 58 almost a year gap between dates.  Not sure if it may have been refurbed 3 times or twice using left over parts from previous year....
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: Jimster on August 07, 2014, 02:53:17 PM
What value is a NOS beige 500?  ???
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on August 10, 2014, 10:28:06 PM
Pink Western Electric 500
500DR-59
Matching dates 11-57; first year for pink.
Appears to be all original other than the 6-conductor mounting cord.

Sold for $75.00 buy it now (with free shipping) on August 10, 2014 (TX)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/201145267164
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on August 10, 2014, 10:34:09 PM
Kellogg DK-591
Sold for $103.99 on August 10, 2014 (12 bids) MI

http://www.ebay.com/itm/UNIQUE-034-AQUAMARINE-034-Model-DK-591-Soft-Plastic-Kellogg-Telephone-/231302475653
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on August 13, 2014, 10:05:36 AM
Mediterranean Blue 500DR-57 11-55
Sold for $360.05 on 2014-08-12---9 bids (NY)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181487823242
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: jsowers on August 14, 2014, 05:42:26 PM
Oxford Gray 500CR-52 12-55
Sold for $129.50 on 8-10-14---6 bids (WI)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/371115127100 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/371115127100)

I'm the one who got this phone. It's a bargain for dark gray in today's climate, I think. The seller said it was olive green, but I could tell the phone matched the cords. It's the first manual color 500 I've ever gotten. It is a bit greenish on the outside, but it's dark gray on the inside and there are no cracks anywhere.

Color manual 500s aren't too plentiful. The 2L5N number is a little unusual for a manual phone. The last pic is from the auction. The first two were taken on my front steps.
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: WesternElectricBen on August 14, 2014, 06:52:11 PM
Wow, Jonathan, what a fantastic find.. Especially the manual makes this, in my mind, more interesting than a dial set.

Ben
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: JorgeAmely on August 15, 2014, 04:44:28 PM
Jonathan, this is an outstanding catch. I know some people that would call it "the one that got away!".
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: WEBellSystemChristian on August 15, 2014, 08:14:34 PM
Wow, what an amazing find! What really makes that phone special os obviously the matching dial blank. Great catch!
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on August 19, 2014, 06:41:08 PM
Mahogany Brown 500D-54
Dated 6/54
Buy it now price was $639; sold for somewhere between $578 and $591

www.ebay.com/itm/191280795694
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on September 08, 2014, 06:38:16 PM
Mediterranean Blue 500DR-57
Sold for $611.17 Sept. 7, 2014
http://www.ebay.com/itm/221539617970
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on October 02, 2014, 12:36:33 AM
The quantities of color 500s in the "recent auction" topic are not representative of the number manufactured, nor even their frequency on Ebay. Rather, the emphasis so far is on the original 1953 and 1954 colors that were discontinued in 1957: oxford gray (-52), brown (-54), rose beige (-55) and Mediterranean blue (-57), which are the most expensive, and perhaps on the most want lists. Not only white, but also ivory,  green and light beige  have so far not been posted on this topic.
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: Slal on October 02, 2014, 07:39:38 PM
In looking for another color, here are some from September.

Mahogany on Sept 8 2014 # 221538808280

(flat modular cord into network; transmitter end of HS slightly misshapen)
1 bid for $500
---------

Dk Gray on Sept 21, 2014 # 141407440950 
26 bids.  $360.57

----------

Med. Blue on Sept. 24, 2014   # 321526621298
(cracked housing)
7 bids.  $280
----
Med Blue on Sept. 16, 2014 # 201172758484

Sold for $649.99  (BIN price was revised; higher or lower unknown.)

Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on October 11, 2014, 07:49:19 PM
500DR-56 made in 5/55
This one lasted about 15 minutes: $20 Buy-it-now sold today:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/121458508443
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: mentalstampede on October 12, 2014, 09:45:27 AM
Someone made a nice find on that one!
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: WEBellSystemChristian on October 12, 2014, 09:56:01 AM
Niiiiice! Now that's a deal if I've ever seen one!

Ouch, but look at the 'black ring' (probably a burn mark) around the handset!
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: unbeldi on October 12, 2014, 10:11:04 AM
Quote from: WEBellSystemChristian on October 12, 2014, 09:56:01 AM
Niiiiice! Now that's a deal if I've ever seen one!

Ouch, but look at the 'black ring' (probably a burn mark) around the handset!

I couldn't decide if it is a burn mark or spray paint mark.  I cannot conceive how a burn mark would wrap around the corner so precisely. Any prolonged exposure results in plastic melting. It has to be a very short-lived explosive kind of exposure, like an electrical shorting flash.  Burn marks can be very difficult to remove in these plastics, the material may be damaged very deeply into the bulk, so sanding may not be helpful.
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: WEBellSystemChristian on October 12, 2014, 10:13:47 AM
Quote from: unbeldi on October 12, 2014, 10:11:04 AM
Quote from: WEBellSystemChristian on October 12, 2014, 09:56:01 AM
Niiiiice! Now that's a deal if I've ever seen one!

Ouch, but look at the 'black ring' (probably a burn mark) around the handset!

I couldn't decide if it is a burn mark or spray paint mark.  I cannot conceive how a burn mark would wrap around the corner so precisely. Any prolonged exposure results in plastic melting. It has to be a very short-lived explosive kind of exposure, like an electrical shorting flash.  Burn marks can be very difficult to remove in these plastics, the material may be damaged very deeply into the bulk, so sanding may not be helpful.

The seller said that it was probably from "a hearing impaired device". ???
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: unbeldi on October 12, 2014, 10:45:50 AM
Yes,   "BLACK RING AROUND HANDSET PROBABLY FROM A HEARING IMPAIRED DEVICE"
The device was hearing impaired?

It does look like some band was wrapped around the receiver. The corner is more darkened than the flat surfaces, and so are the areas that have more pronounced curvature, meaning that the band had better surface contact there which is consistent with a rubber band.  Rubber does leave brown marks over long time. For example, when you look at the surroundings of the rubber grommets of the dial adapter gaskets on plastic 302s, the plastic is very often dark-tinted like this.
Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: Slal on October 14, 2014, 03:02:26 PM
Quote from: poplar1 on October 11, 2014, 07:49:19 PM
500DR-56 made in 5/55
This one lasted about 15 minutes: $20 Buy-it-now sold today:

Get to fill in missing value for yellow in database.  Happy me.  (although $20 kind of skews things)

Proves bargains still out there if "right place at right time."

Wish I were that lucky. ; )

--Bruce


Title: Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
Post by: poplar1 on October 17, 2014, 05:49:43 PM
Brown 501 sold for $370.65 on Oct. 16, 12 bids (Oklahoma).
Base was originally a 500 dated 10/52. Transmitter 2-56, receiver 12-55, so set was probably converted to a 501 with new brown plastics in 1956.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261621713995
Title: Re: WECo Color 500s - Recent Auction Prices
Post by: david@london on December 30, 2019, 06:40:00 AM
This ebay auction (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Western-Electric-500-U-034-Mushroom-034-phone-1960-BEAUTIFUL-and-WORKS-/274135545295?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=2vVPBuCz%252FS%252F07zJ9RqA2pjikfNo%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc), for a yellow 500 P/U dated 3/60 on the base, starting at $300 or BIN at $455, was ended early on 9th Dec '19.
Seller stated that there was an error in the listing, presumably after receiving a side offer.

Listing description:

Western Electric / Bell system 500 U "Mushroom" phone from 1960

Beautiful nearly perfect in yellow, this phone was the first of its kind to offer a lighted see thru dial with a switch so you could have the light on always or just when you picked up......THESE ARE QUITE RARE.....

This one is from March of 1960. They were only made for a handful of years

Bid with confidence on this one ....it is just beautiful and WORKING!!!

The phone number indicates this came from North Seattle originally

Ships to lower 49 only...sold as is....no returns

Expertly wrapped



Title: Re: WECo Color 500s - Recent Auction Prices
Post by: david@london on November 23, 2020, 06:07:03 PM
This mint condition NOS
pink  (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NOS-1958-WESTERN-ELECTRIC-C-D-500-ROSE-PINK-ROTARY-DIAL-TELEPHONE-w-ORIGINAL-BOX-/254775612333?nma=true&si=AqSoXmg6zd7fdJBTvkPaGlEJkVE%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557)

WE500 just sold for a pretty impressive sum.
Seller also has on offer an NOS
aqua  (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NOS-1958-WESTERN-ELECTRIC-C-D-500-AQUA-BLUE-ROTARY-DIAL-TELEPHONE-w-ORIGINAL-BOX/254778182344?hash=item3b51f68ac8:g:OC8AAOSwhX1fsB8m)   set, ending tomorrow.


Title: Re: WECo Color 500s - Recent Auction Prices
Post by: Doug Rose on November 23, 2020, 09:19:47 PM
Beautiful soft plastic 500 sets, new in the box. Such an unbelievable find!
Title: Re: WECo Color 500s - Recent Auction Prices
Post by: HarrySmith on November 23, 2020, 09:42:57 PM
Very Nice! I am sure the blue one will go higher than the pink did.
Title: Re: WECo Color 500s - Recent Auction Prices
Post by: david@london on November 25, 2020, 08:51:02 AM
I must say I was expecting that too, Harry. In fact it finished at $255....
Title: Re: WECo Color 500s - Recent Auction Prices
Post by: markosjal on May 25, 2021, 05:37:22 AM
I recently sold an aqua blue 1958 at $240 dollars. It was in excellent condition. I think i paid $25 for it. It had no yellowing whatsoever, factory shine too. Buyer was very happy.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Restored-Antique-Western-Electric-500-1958-Aqua-Blue-/265125847336?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286
Title: Re: WECo Color 500s - Recent Auction Prices
Post by: HowardPgh on May 25, 2021, 02:35:30 PM
RE: reply #48 the yellow phone with the "burn" mark on the handset.
That stain probably came from a hearing amplifier that strapped around the earpiece. My dad had one, the mark is most likely from the elastic band that held the amp on.