Tried like the good Doctor A to keep out of what can and can't be posted on this forum. My penny worth is this. I will speak and post about auctions past, auctions future and yes auctions present. IT IS CALLED FREE SPEECH.
Toywheezer - Sorry you are getting crap emails from members who think you are involved with RJ's offer, why they should think that I haven't a clue? From a marketing standpoint this promotion has become a disaster - surely you would obtain all supplies first even if it took months to compensate for production or cashflow problems. No members would have known about his forthcoming generosity, they would have been sent out together, or perhaps outside of America first so we all received within a certain time frame. This isn't rocket science just common sense.
Hi Festival - double checked this more than once - it isn't a condition of this promotion to buy a box - just a marketing feeler suggestion to support his chosen charity and perhaps offset his negative cash flow in the short term.
I repeat to the best of my knowledge no Robots have been received in the UK (THE HOME OF ALPHADROME). I supplied my address just like MRN and didn't receive a courtesy of reply. With respect this is a tax deductable marketing exercise , nothing more nothing less - there is no altruism here boys and gals just business. I never expected anything FOC just a level playing field, ie not a selective distribution in America!
Interesting points have been raised about composition in display. Ray guns etc can be difficult to display in a uniform fashion because unlike eg model cars they are not necessarily symmetrical - a Hubley Disintegrator simply has to be displayed left to right. I seem to remember here something about lines of symmetry. Andymans composition is superb in part due to the small numbers involved. The permutations involved on a large display like yours Doc are simply mine blowing and to my eyes you have succeeded brilliantly. Individual name plates would solve your empty space concerns and they serve to focus the eye within a large display. Personal point here but I find numbered line drawing display notices irritating because by turning my head constantly away from the display to read what an object is called spoils my fun and concentration. Best sources of brass name plates are know are from film cell dealers. Here in the UK they cost less than £4.00 for 10 engraved plates. Revolving book cases are great. I personally fancy sliding screens aka James Bond but then I am a big kid at heart but then again aren't we all?!
A great subjective question Dr. A perhaps requiring an essay to answer fully! YOU ARE THE MAN FOR THIS JOB!
I would say this - your YELLOW SPACE PATROL Raygun is perhaps a TOY 'C' type! ;) If only 1 of 3 prototypes (pre-production) are known to exist (another one usually surfaces) it is rarer than either types 'A' or 'B'. This isn't just a collectors variation or a persay rare toy but part of the history of your toy. This will appeal both to investor collectors, enthusiast collectors (presume mainly us on this board) and historians. If you really dig everything about your toy subject it transends mere ownership, you need the history too. This is the WOW factor in abundance. IMHO
Great find Brian. :D Am I correct in assuming that this is a prototype from the US TV series? If so WOW! Space Patrol is such a generic name amongst 'ray gun collectors'. There was also German and Japanese versions and a different UK TV series. Santa brought me a great condition Hubley Atomic Disintegrator! These really are heavy beasts.
Spot on Russell. Its sad of course but true that the real loser in all this is Paul. If there are other people out there like ourselves who refuse to pay the Christies cut he misses out on our contribution in the bidding round and he misses out again when other bidders reduce their maximums because of the buyers premium.
Mike you are absolutely right! Christies and Sothebys don't have a reputation to lose. Just can't get my head round a 20% buyer premium. NO BUYERS = NO SALE! If I remember correctly it was a cartel of Christies, Sothebys and Philips who decided one day to introduce this. <_<
Great catalogue, probably a great auction but I wouldn't bid on anything with a 20% buyers premium + VAT mark up on the final hammer price. This was the prize for being the winning bidder. Of course the seller has a similar hit! Do Christies really make 40% on each lot in a major auction or has Paul managed a discount? Other outlets I know go out of their way to entice you to buy ( even free caffine + sandwiches).