Estes Auctions -- Kenneth McCall Collection
Burbank, Ohio -- October 23, 2004
REPORTED BY RAY CHASE
The Estes auction of October, 2004, was characterized by quantity but not a lot of the quality that had been seen at previous auctions. Just one Atwater Kent breadboard was offered, and it was the only item to draw bidding barely over $1,000.
Nonetheless, there was something for everybody -- lots of good consoles that went for bargain prices, many wood radios of the 1930s, Ham gear, military items, enough battery sets to keep those collectors busy, lots of magazines, and the usual run of tubes.
Many large tube lots and parts box lots the "under the table" commodities were present, but I was not able to list most of them. I left at 4:45 p.m. while those miscellaneous items were still being auctioned. Over 100 lots were brought in by consignors on Friday evening and Saturday morning, including many nice consoles.
The auction hours were the usual: viewing Friday evening 5:00 to about 9:00 and Saturday morning 8:00 to 10:00 when the auction started. Richard Estes sold well over 600 lots. The auction sale total was in excess of $30,000. Please see the print version of A.R.C. for the complete auction listing.
(Ray Chase, 1350 Marlborough Ave., Plainfield, NJ 07060; Estes Auctions, 7404 Ryan Rd., Medina, OH 44256; (888) 769-4992; firstname.lastname@example.org)
A partial view of the cathedrals and tombstones offered at the auction.
Estes' glass display case always has lots of goodies inside and on top. On top can be seen a Burns horn speaker, left, and a Grunow tombstone.
A warning: Auction prices are not current values. Our selection of auction items is not necessarily complete. A listing such as this cannot adequately include the condition of cabinets, chassis, transformers, tubes, the operating status of the set, and the inclusion of incorrect, restored or replica components, etc. Auction prices are the result of the excitement of the auction process, the skill of the auctioneer and the specific interests of the participants. Nevertheless, auction prices serve as useful references and as another element in the value determining process. The possibility of error always exists, and if we are notified, corrections will be reported.