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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #45 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
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Dk Gray on Sept 21, 2014 # 141407440950 
26 bids.  $360.57

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

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


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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #46 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
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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #47 on: October 12, 2014, 09:45:27 AM »
Someone made a nice find on that one!
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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #48 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!
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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #49 on: October 12, 2014, 10:11:04 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.

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #50 on: October 12, 2014, 10:13:47 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". ???
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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #51 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.
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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #52 on: October 14, 2014, 03:02:26 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. ; )

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #53 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
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Re: WECo Color 500s - Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #54 on: December 30, 2019, 06:40:00 AM »
This ebay auction, 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



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