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Another Shmoo just listed on eBay
« on: June 15, 2015, 10:24:17 PM »
Just listed in a BIN auction for $1,399.95 which is above the $1,280.99 selling price of the Shmoo in Auction Contest #176.

It's being sold by the same seller who sold the phone in Auction Contest #178.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Western-Electric-Bell-SHMOO-Rotary-Telephone-/191603319927
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Re: Another Shmoo just listed on eBay
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2015, 10:49:37 PM »
I bet it's that Shmoo that was listed in the auction, but the new owner is looking to turn a profit.
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Re: Another Shmoo just listed on eBay
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2015, 10:58:59 PM »
Maybe not. Seller and Buyer eBay handles don't match and the bottoms are different.
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Re: Another Shmoo just listed on eBay
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2015, 01:25:56 PM »
The dial center on this one is missing.  Wasn't the dial center present on the one in Contest 176?

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Re: Another Shmoo just listed on eBay
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2015, 02:14:25 PM »
The dial center on this one is missing.  Wasn't the dial center present on the one in Contest 176?

No dial center in either one. I attached an auction pic from the Contest 176 Shmoo. Thanks, John, for your research on this one.
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Re: Another Shmoo just listed on eBay
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2015, 08:04:29 PM »
No dial center in either one.

When I created this topic, I had a line in saying while the price was higher on this one but it is missing the dial center and if it is easy to find one. I went back into Contest #176 to see what a dial center looked like and, yes, it was also missing, so I deleted the point.

Doing a google search now, I found three Shmoos with dial centers, both on paul-f's site    ( http://www.paul-f.com/weproto.html - about 1/3 of the way down the page )  and one was a number card.

Does anyone have a photo of the missing dial center, or what the number card holder looked like?

And, these are all of the photos from the BIN eBay listing, for posterity.
« Last Edit: June 16, 2015, 08:27:32 PM by TelePlay »
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Re: Another Shmoo just listed on eBay
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2015, 10:45:26 PM »

Does anyone have a photo of the missing dial center, or what the number card holder looked like?


John,
 
The sets on my site and in most of the Bell System literature have one piece fingerwheels.
 
The fingerwheels on these sets are sized between the diameter of fingerwheels on the production Princess (8 dial) and Trimline (10 dial).  It seems unlikely they would have made two different styles of fingerwheel.
 
I suspect that only the number card is missing, allowing us to see the mounting hardware.
 
Here are some close ups of another set from a previous auction that was also missing the number card.
 
BTW, you can get directly to the Shmoo photo using either of these links:
   http://www.paul-f.com/weproto.html#Shmoo
   http://www.paul-f.com/weproto.html#F53273
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Re: Another Shmoo just listed on eBay
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2015, 10:39:00 PM »
It's back and at just a bit more than half price. Listed in the first post some time ago at $1,400,

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=14517.msg150936#msg150936

it is now listed to $800 and again with a Make an Offer option.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Western-Electric-Bell-SHMOO-Rotary-Telephone-Rare-/191704974580?hash=item2ca281c4f4

The two Shmoo phones in auction contest sold for $1,300 and $500.
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Re: Another Shmoo just listed on eBay
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2015, 06:12:18 PM »
It sold for a Best Offer price.  He didn't get $800 out of it, but he got something for it.

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Re: Another Shmoo just listed on eBay
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2015, 07:16:19 PM »
Thanks for the update, andre-janew. That's good news for the seller. I'd say he took something over $500 but less than the $800 asked and it didn't take long for someone to grab a bargain.

Anyone on the forum buy it? Would be nice to know where it went.
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Re: Another Shmoo just listed on eBay
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2015, 08:34:59 PM »
It sold for some amount between $649.95 (selling price for a Baldor motor on Sept. 11 by the same seller) and $799.95.

Note that apparently the same (or is it different) Shmoo phone was sold by the same seller for $600.50 on July 8:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Western-Electric-Bell-SHMOO-Rotary-Telephone-/201379364607
« Last Edit: October 01, 2015, 08:46:15 PM by TelePlay »
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