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*** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2016 ***

Started by AE_Collector, January 10, 2016, 12:18:15 PM

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*** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2016 ***  VOTE FOR THREE

zapper's Western Electric NOS in box black 500 dated 1952 $91 on eBay
7 (17.9%)
LarryInMichigan's Rose Beige Kellogg K-500 for $34.99 shipping included
7 (17.9%)
WEBellSystemChristian's 1959 Jade Green AE90 for $7.50 plus $5.50 shipping on eBay
5 (12.8%)
Autonut's 1971 Prototype Contempra Speakerphone for $2.50 from a Thrift Shop
12 (30.8%)
WEBellSystemChristian's 1955 Ivory WE 500 with original straight handset cord on eBay for $25 plus shipping
4 (10.3%)
paul-f's WECo "development" Preset Dial Telephone dated 5-66 & s/n 110 $10.15 incl Shipping
12 (30.8%)
Gary Millam's WE Dark Grey 500 on eBay for a BIN price of $49.00 with free shipping
9 (23.1%)
WEBellSystemChristian's 1956 Oxford Gray 554 found on ebay for $99 plus $19.99 shipping
8 (20.5%)
Roody's undamaged Jade Green AE 50 with gold trim for $10 at a flea market
19 (48.7%)
Kenton K's WE Green 1554 for $40 including shipping on eBay
4 (10.3%)
WEBellSystemChristian's 1955 Red WE 500 for $20.50 plus $9.74 shipping on eBay
4 (10.3%)
TelePlay's Chrome AE "Cut Away" finger wheel c/w a North Galion for $25 plus $13.85 shipping on eBay
5 (12.8%)

Total Members Voted: 39


Are we allowed to comment, or not while voting?  One of them is familiar & has story behind it.   :)



Good question! Never thought about that before. Presumably it wouldn't affect voting which is almost over.

But, maybe comments about a particular phone would be better in the original topic about the phone. The link to the Find of the Month nomination is above  should be n the post above. Then from there a link should take you to the original topic about the phone. Or I can move it later if that is where it seems like it should be.



We've never had a discussion in the FOTY. All such discussion at this point would be campaigning for a phone which would be a bit unfair for one or two phones to the others that did not get that support.

All discussion of the phone should have taken place in the topic created by the owner when found and a link to that topic is placed at the bottom of each years post for each phone, if one exists. Anything and everything that could or should be said about the phone is it is own topic.

Some discussion of a phone takes place within the Find Of The Month nomination once and a while and we have always discouraged that to keep the Find of the Month limited to the few or many nominations. Discussion in the Find of the Month topic takes that topic off course, hijacks the topic, and thus sometimes a moderator find the need to split out that discussion to a new topic just about that phone. A discussion and multiple images of the nominated phone would be in it own topic. If 6 phones are nominated in any one month, there should be 8 replies, one for each phone plus the rules header and the winner announcement, and maybe a congrats from a few members to the winner as they see fit after the win.

Ideally, each phone would have one image in the monthly nomination and that image would come from the discussion of the topic started about the phone in Auction Talk, Collector's Corner or General Discussion (typically these 3 are the home to all phones discussions but not always).

Once we get to find of the year, everything that is known about the phone should be in it own, single topic and the links to that topic and the Find of the Month nomination which may have minimal discussion of the phone are in each of the 12 Monthly FOTY nominations posted as 12 replies. At that point all that is needed is for members to vote for some of the 12.

12 phones are in the running for Find of the Year meaning there 14 replies, one for each of the 12 phone plus the rules header and the winner announcement, and maybe a thank you from the winner and a congrats from a few other members as they see fit after the win.


That's it for the "Find of the YEAR" competition for 2016!

As always, there were plenty of great contestants since each one of them had already won a Find of the Month competition through the year. Everyone had significant numbers of votes showing that they were all valid "Finds" to many members here. This year we didn't have to go to a Run Off vote as the winner was fairly evident very soon after the voting began. Thanks to All the contestants and to everyone who voted.

Congratulations to Roody and his Jade Green AE 50 not with Chrome Trim but with the Gold Matte Trim that he snagged for the unbelievable price of $10 at a flea market.

Below is your "Find of the YEAR" trophy that John "TelePlay" slaved away at for most of the year in his very extensive metal, wood, plastic & electrical work shops located behind the hidden door in the back of the pantry cupboard just off of his kitchen! Thanks John!

Here is the "Find of the Month - Winners List" for all contests to date:



Congrads to Roody -- amazing find!  Beats anything I have or ever will have!

Would also like to compliment to Gary Millam who must be very observant.  Think I saw that same gray 500 being advertised as green, but dismissed it as poor photography.  :o

Best wishes!