Posted 11 months ago
A few weeks ago, I received an email from a man in Nebraska. He found my name by doing an online search. He told me that when he was in his teens in 1975, his grandmother gave him this 1898 Coca-Cola calendar and he kept it in an envelope since then, never having it displayed.
He's not a collector so he wanted someone who is a collector, to enjoy it. He originally dictated the price that he wanted to sell it for. I counter-offered and we agreed. On Thursday, I paid for it via PayPal and yesterday, he mailed it via FedEx and it just arrived this morning.
Amazingly, it's in much better condition than his photos showed. While there are condition issues (no, it's not minty-minty) like a few creases, tears held together by old tape on the back, and a small piece missing, the color is vibrant. Plus this cardboard calendar is beautifully embossed.
As luck or bad luck would have it, the day after I received the email from this man, my wife found out that she was losing her job. So...if immediate financial needs come up....if she doesn't secure a new job soon, this may not be in our possession for very long. But for now, I'm just staring at it all day...like a kid who received a new bike!
BTW, if you have Petretti's 12th edition Coca-Cola Price Guide handy, this is shown on page 47, book-valued at $25,000.