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Please Show Me U.s. Marbles I Should Know


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ITS BEEN A COUPLE MONTHS SINCE I'VE SEEN ANYTHING NEW TO ME, BLUE GALAXY WAS LAST U.S. MARBLE, AND A LIGHTNING STRIKE WAS THE LAST NON U.S., A COUPLE NICE TO KNOW. I LIVE IN OHIO SO ITS EASY FOR ME TO FIND U.S. MADE MARBLES IN THE SPRING AT GARAGE SALES.

I KNOW GUINEAS, STRIPED OPAQUES, LAYERED SAND, COBRAS, FLAMES AND SUBMARINES BY CHRISTENSEN,

BIG NAMES FROM ALL MAKERS LIKE WATERMELON, SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN ETC THAT ARE ON EVERY SITE OUT THERE....

WHAT I WANTED TO SEE WAS WHAT YOU CANT EASILY SEE ONLINE...

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What you cannot easily see on line are the ones rarely found at garage sales. Having said that, there is still a chance, and there are bound to still be some rarities to find "in the wild". What do you personally collect?

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I HAVE LOOKED AT EVERY THREAD ON THIS SITE AS WELL AS, MARBLEALLEN, MARBLARIUM, PELTIERMARBLES.COM, MARQUEE AND BLOCK AUCTIONS, TWO BOOKS, AS WELL AS EBAY EVERY DAY FOR 18 MONTHS... I NEED A NEW FIX OF SOME NEW PICS!!!

I WAS BUYING AND SELLING ALL ANTIQUES FOR PROFIT AND REALIZED I NEEDED TO SPECIALIZE IN ONE AREA TO AVOID

ACCUMULATING THINGS I COULD NOT SELL. DURRING THIS TIME I WOULD NOT SELL ANYTHING UNTIL I IDENTIFIED AND PRICED THEM, MARBLES WERE HARDER TO ID AND I HAD SPENT SO MUCH TIME DOING SO I BECAME OBSESSED TO THE POINT I NEVER SOLD ANY. BUYING 200-400 MARBLES AT A TIME FOR $50.00 TO $150.00 THE RETURN CAN BE FANTASTIC.

I AM A PROFESSIONAL TREASURE HUNTER; I ALSO OWN MY OWN FIBER OPTIC CATV CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS THAT INVOLVES LIMITED PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT WHICH MAKES IT ALL POSSIBLE.

NOW I'M BACK TO SELLING, SO I GUESS I DONT COLLECT ANYMORE, I BUY TO SELL.

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I recommend spending time at marbles shows handling marbles and discussing the many variants of a single type with experienced collectors. Learning to ID marbles from photos is the pathway to mis-identification. I am convinced that the reason Ebay is so full of mis-identified marbles is that inexperience people buy a book (or look online) and try to match what they have with the closest looking marble (usually by color alone) that is worth a lot.

There is no substitute for handling tens of thousands of marbles and looking at their nuances and variations to get a feel for the fine art of identification.

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SOUNDS LIKE MY NEXT STEP, THANK YOU.

I HAVE BEEN TO ALOT OF ARTIFACT SHOWS, GOT TO KNOW THE DEALERS, VARIANTS, HANDLED LOTS OF FLINT AND, LIKE YOU SAID, LEARNED MORE THAN I COULD ANY OTHER WAY.

THANKS FOR CARING ENOUGH ABOUT US "rookies" TO RESPOND, I APPRECIATE IT.

SCOTT

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