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Offline Kenton K

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Mushroom Lamp Phone Color Rarity
« on: February 23, 2015, 10:54:18 PM »
Hi yall,

As you guys probably know, I won my first mushroom phone recently. Mines appears to be white under the blue paint. I know there are other colors too. I was wondering which colors seem to the be scarcest. I seem to see pink and black the most often, and I've never seen a light beige mushroom. But this is just from my limited view. Is there a general consensus on the scarcity of mushroom phone colors?

Ken
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Offline Dave F

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Re: Mushroom Lamp Phone Color Rarity
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2015, 11:21:58 PM »
See beige Mushroom phone here:

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=2318302490964d95d64e6e22a20decd5&topic=8065.msg88993#msg88993

Rarest Mushroom colors I have seen (but do not have)are Oxford Gray and Mahogany.

DF

Offline JimHyak

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Re: Mushroom Lamp Phone Color Rarity
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2015, 08:28:53 AM »
I have never seen the gray or mahogany, the next rarest I think are dark beige and possibly yellow. I've seen all the others and have most of them, but find it curious that while yellow is a fairly common 500 color, I've yet to see a mushroom in yellow. It would be nice to know the numbers manufactured.
Jim
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Offline WEBellSystemChristian

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Re: Mushroom Lamp Phone Color Rarity
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2015, 10:16:19 AM »
I have never seen the gray or mahogany, the next rarest I think are dark beige and possibly yellow. I've seen all the others and have most of them, but find it curious that while yellow is a fairly common 500 color, I've yet to see a mushroom in yellow. It would be nice to know the numbers manufactured.
I saw a yellow one on ebay awhile ago, and it went for something like $800.

I've never seen or heard of a Rose Beige or Mohogany Brown, but I have heard that an Oxford Grey one sold on ebay for around $2000 several years ago, IIRC.
Christian Petterson

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Re: Mushroom Lamp Phone Color Rarity
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2015, 12:38:53 PM »
I saw a yellow one on ebay awhile ago, and it went for something like $800.

I've never seen or heard of a Rose Beige or Mohogany Brown, but I have heard that an Oxford Grey one sold on ebay for around $2000 several years ago, IIRC.
Yes, I remember that Oxford Gray.  I stopped bidding when it got to $800 !

Another uncommon Mushroom color is light gray.  You can see mine here:

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=3301.msg43719#msg43719

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Offline jsowers

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Re: Mushroom Lamp Phone Color Rarity
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2015, 01:48:10 PM »
I've seen all the others and have most of them, but find it curious that while yellow is a fairly common 500 color, I've yet to see a mushroom in yellow. It would be nice to know the numbers manufactured.

Below is a screen shot of the bidding of the most recent yellow 500U (possibly the only one ever sold) and it went over $1000. Mr. Hyak needs to refresh his memory because he came in second at $995, or at least I think that is he. I came in fourth, and truth be told I forgot about it too until someone else reminded me. Here is the link, for as long as it might be available...
 
http://offer.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewBids&item=291193354612
 
I posted some pictures below that I saved from the auction.
 
I don't remember seeing dark gray, dark beige or brown 500U or 500P models.
 
Mr. Hyak, we would love to see a picture of your 500U collection.
Jonathan

Offline Kenton K

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Re: Mushroom Lamp Phone Color Rarity
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2015, 02:07:24 PM »
Yes please! It would be great if we can compile a whole set of colors.

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Offline WEBellSystemChristian

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Re: Mushroom Lamp Phone Color Rarity
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2015, 02:31:11 PM »
OOH OOH OOH!!!

If we decide to do a compilation of all mushroom colors, hold off on pink, since I wanna finally show off my beautiful '59 pink P/U! 8)
Christian Petterson

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Offline jsowers

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Re: Mushroom Lamp Phone Color Rarity
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2015, 04:30:43 PM »
Christian, you should start a thread asking everyone to post their mushroom phones and start it with your pink one. And just for the record, it's either a P or a U, but not a P/U. As in 500P (no dimmer switch) or 500U (has dimmer switch). That P/U model designation did double duty on the base. I look forward to seeing your pink 500U.
Jonathan

Offline WEBellSystemChristian

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Re: Mushroom Lamp Phone Color Rarity
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2015, 06:07:38 PM »
Jonathan;

I just made a topic in Collector's Corner about my Mushroom, and suggested that others post pictures of their mushrooms.
Christian Petterson

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Offline JimHyak

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Re: Mushroom Lamp Phone Color Rarity
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2015, 01:17:18 AM »
I guess coming in second was too much for my memory to bear. My collection is mostly in boxes until later this year when the new daylight basement is done. I had to trade my wife a new sewing room and fabric vault for a phone workshop. I started the drawings a year ago, it took until late October to get permits. Next week the floor gets poured. I promise to post some pics of the 500s including the mushrooms, hopefully by July
Jim
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