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Offline WEBellSystemChristian

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WHAT THE?!? Valuable WE507?!?
« on: June 02, 2015, 06:13:09 PM »
I watched this 507 go from $4.99 to $111.11 in the last second of the auction! Was there something I missed?

According to Paul Fs site, the 507 was for long loop use far away from the exchange office. What's so special about it?

www.ebay.com/itm/391157360072
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Re: WHAT THE?!? Valuable WE507?!?
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2015, 06:30:56 PM »
Interesting... Shouldn't this phone being a 1956 have a 95a dial blank, rather than a 95b?

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Re: WHAT THE?!? Valuable WE507?!?
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2015, 06:38:41 PM »
Interesting... Shouldn't this phone being a 1956 have a 95a dial blank, rather than a 95b?

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It's a 1959. The 95B appeared in 1956, so even if it were a '56, it would still probably have a B.
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Re: WHAT THE?!? Valuable WE507?!?
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2015, 07:14:05 PM »
I heard that the 95b dial blank came out during the last half of 1954.  Any dial-less 500 sets dated 7-54 or later would have the 95b dial blank.  That was the way I heard it.

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Re: WHAT THE?!? Valuable WE507?!?
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2015, 08:04:46 PM »
I watched this 507 go from $4.99 to $111.11 in the last second of the auction! Was there something I missed?

It's a relatively scarce variation.  It just happened that two well-known collectors both really wanted it.
 
The difference between it and other 500-series sets can be seen in the internal photos here:
   http://www.paul-f.com/we507.html
 
The auction might have done even better with some good internal photos.
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Re: WHAT THE?!? Valuable WE507?!?
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2015, 07:35:51 PM »
Did I hear right about the 95b dial blank coming out in July of 1954 or was I misinformed?

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Re: WHAT THE?!? Valuable WE507?!?
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2015, 08:54:05 PM »
You were not misinformed, according to Paul's site, which says...
 
"95B Apparatus Blanks came out in 1954 to fit the various models being introduced in the 500-series."
 
http://www.paul-f.com/500blanks.html
 
I have one on a phone dated 12-55.
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Re: WHAT THE?!? Valuable WE507?!?
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2015, 02:14:02 PM »
I watched this 507 go from $4.99 to $111.11 in the last second of the auction! Was there something I missed?

According to Paul Fs site, the 507 was for long loop use far away from the exchange office. What's so special about it?

www.ebay.com/itm/391157360072

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Re: WHAT THE?!? Valuable WE507?!?
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2015, 09:18:06 PM »
Those computer whiz kids sure come up with the darnedest things!