Posted 10 years ago
OK, I've shown a couple signs I felt good about purchasing. Time to put one out there, obtained early on in my decoration project, that I'm not so sure about. 42" Coca-Cola Arciform logo sign, excellent condition, marked "Reg. U.S. Pat. Off" and "AM20". Paid $549 + $30 shipping on a "buy it now" deal. (This was before I had Petretti's 12th, which lists a similar 24" version dating to 60's valued at $400.) The seller claimed the sign had been in the original box but the box had disintegrated from age. Which I thought was a line, until I unpacked the sign and found it still had a solid expandable polystyrene foam piece which formed perfectly within the back side of the sign, making it look brand-spanking-new. The quality of the sign print is a little fuzzy in places, not crisp like other signs. This got me thinking, maybe a second or reproduction? The thing is in fabulous, unused condition. It looks great and I'm happy with it, no matter if I find out that the metal was mined in Siberia then hammered into form and painted by imprisoned Chinese dissidents... well maybe that would bother me. But questions are nagging in the back of my mind. Now there's one EXACTLY like it on eBay, right down to the AM20 mark (see link below). I mean, what are the chances? I welcome your comments and any light you can shed. Thanks.
p.s. The recent eBay item sold for $685, which for some reason makes me feel a little better.