Saltzy23 0 Posted July 29, 2010 Share #1 Posted July 29, 2010 Hey guys. I'm new here. I have to be honest. I cannot believe that there is a message board dedicated to the NYC subway. Anyway, I'm pretty sure I found the right place to help me out. Both my father and I are huge baseball fans. About a week or so ago MLB had its Official MLB All Star Game auction. One item caught my dad and my eye. It was a Flatbush Ave. 'street sign' that supposedly hung near where Ebbets Field used to be. The link, description and the picture for the item are below: http://www.huntauctions.com/LIVE/imageviewer.cfm?auction_num=27&lot_num=454&lot_qual= "Description: Vintage Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn street sign. Original cast iron street sign from the famed Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn where Ebbets Field once stood. Sign is double sided and has the majority of its original yellow painted lettering intact with some areas of light rusting at the edges. 25" long: VG-EX" Well. My dad as a former huge Brooklyn Dodger fan decided he needed to have it. Based on the fact that this was the Official MLB auction we took the descripton at face value. He wound up buying it and paying WAY WAY WAY more than he wanted to. Anyway I decided to do some homework(admittedly this should have been done beforehand, but it didn't occur to us). The first thing that gave us pause was the fact that Ebbets Field wasn't even on Flatbush Ave. After that it didn't take very long for someone to point out to us that this was not in fact a street sign at all. It was a die cast destination sign for a NYC subway. Obviously we were not pleased to hear this. Long story short we contacted the auction house and raised holy hell. We have been told that if we do not want it, we can cancel. I am hoping you guys can tell me if this thing is worth anywhere CLOSE to what the final bid was, along with any info you may have. I have found as much as I think I am going to on my own. Again, I know it is a die cast metal destination sign. I know they were used from 1915-1960's on Low V trains on the IRT lines. That's about all I could find. I have no idea how rare it is, or how frequently these things come up for sale, and most importantly, how much it's worth/usually sells for. As of right now we are almost certainly not gonna take it, but I was hoping for some feedback from the obvious pros before we decide one way or the other. I thank you in advance for any help you maybe able to offer. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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