Archive for the ‘Artifact Landscape: Project Object’ category

Project Object #19: Pine Valley Golf Club New Jersey Logo Wilson 432 Ultra 1 Golf Ball – One Ball

February 13, 2017

This item came from Em’s dad. After a life changing event, his belongings were shoved into his car and transported to his brother’s land. Last spring, we cleaned out the car as it slowly metamorphosed into part of the landscape in the baking Lower Alabama sun. The majority of the stuff we sold at a garage sale in East Brewton, AL in spring 2016 and donated the left overs to three Brewton thrift stores. Prime pieces and unique items were picked to keep or sell on ebay and other venues. This item was one of those pieces. I listed it on ebay in a seven day auction with a starting bid of $4. It sold with 5 bids for $5.57 and shipped to Pennsylvania.

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This is a lone, unpackaged ball brought home from Pine Valley Golf Club, New Jersey as an on shelf souvenir. The ball looks unused with crisp graphics of the Pine Valley logo (see photos).


Project Object #18: Vintage 1995 O.J. Simpson Trial “Guilty or Not” T-Shirt – XL 100% Cotton

February 13, 2017

This item was bequeathed to me by my sister. It was picked from a coastal Texas thrift store and listed on ebay for a very high price, which was never met. After it was given to me, I listed it on ebay at a more marketable price. I listed it in a ten day auction with a starting bid price of $19.99. It sold with three bids for $21.59 and shipped to its new owner in Chicago.

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Growing up in Buffalo, NY in the 1970s, I learned to admire O.J. and his feats on the football field with the Buffalo Bills. This admiration evolved with The Naked Gun. Later in life, as a Houston Rockets fan, reality struck hard as the white bronco preempted the Rockets/Knicks NBA Championship series. A morbid pop culture phenomenon unfolded as media continued its decline into “reality” infotainment and dystopian cult of personality morphed into post modern America….this pre-owned but crisp and clear T-shirt is a reminder of this disturbing historical legacy.

Project Object #17: Yard Sale

July 3, 2016

In May, we held a two weekend yard sale at the East Brewton House. The majority of the items came from Emily’s Dad who has been living in a nursing home for the last year and a half following a life changing event. He no longer needs the majority of his belongings. A lot of them had been sitting in his abandoned car on a relative’s property basking in the hot Alabama sun for a year. We decided to clear out the car and liberate his belongings and sell most of them in a yard sale. The sale was augmented by various items left in the Brewton house, some items procured from Em’s mom, and some miscellany of our own.

We kicked off the yard sale on May 13, 2016. We set the sale up under the covered porch and carport of the Brewton House. Located just off Hwy. 41 (a.k.a. Florida Street) on the southern edge of East Brewton, the house gets a lot of traffic flowing by. With strategically placed signs, a Craiglist posting, and the location on a major thoroughfare, business was good on Friday. The sale continued on Saturday with steady business. We decided to continue the sale on Sunday. With the Bible Belt location, Sunday was a bust. We had one customer. Lesson learned. People don’t yard sale on Sundays in the Lower Alabama Bible Belt.

We had a good amount of product left and bolstered it with some more items accrued over the next week. We decided to run the sale on Friday and Saturday (May 20 and 21). Business was decent and worth our while to rehash the sale for a second weekend. When the dust settled we had made $430 and got rid of the majority of the stuff. The leftovers were doled out to the thrift stores of Brewton.

We met an interesting cross section of Lower Alabama humanity and learned some valuable lessons. These included: the necessity of crowd control; the irony of selling Wranglers at a Levi’s man house; Em’s grandfather (the Levi’s man who owned a Levi’s store in Brewton) started the Quarterback Club at W.S. Neal High and was inducted posthumously into the W.S. Neal Football Hall of Fame for his lifetime of support; and if you use the dickering technique of only having $20, as one gentleman did, make sure your wife doesn’t later decide to buy something else, opens the glove box, and pulls out a large wad of cash. He did get some free embroidery out of the deal.

Price to sell!


Project Object #16: Ross Neehan Foundry #15 Cast Iron Farm Bell

May 21, 2016

This bell was bolted to a post in the yard of the East Brewton, AL house we have been caretaking for the past six months. The house was owned by my wife’s grandfather and step grandmother. My mother-in-law inherited the house when they passed. She is trying to sell the house, and we have been caretaking it as it sits on the market. Getting the bell and its rusted nuts and bolts off the post was a bit of an ordeal but well worth the effort. After sawing the top of the post off, I was able to break off the pieces of the chunk of wood that came with the bolts and finally able to get the nuts off the bolts. I listed the item on the Pensacola Craigslist, the closest to East Brewton, with a $150 asking price. After two weeks on Craigslist, an inquiry was made and the individual offered $120. We took the offer and the bell found a new and loving home.

Pensacola Craigslist description:

This #15 cast iron farm bell was manufactured by the Ross Neehan Foundry Co. of Chattanooga, TN. The date of the bell is unknown. The bottom of the bell is 14.5″ in diameter, and the height of the bell itself is 9.5″. The bell’s yoke is 17″ wide at its crank and 9″ wide at its top. The bell’s clapper is 10″ long with a 2.5″ diameter clapper ball.

The bell comes with its original upright. The upright is 18″ tall. It is 4.5″ wide at its bottom, 15″ wide at its top, and 19″ wide at its widest point. The upright has three bolt holes in it. The original three 7″ long bolts are rusted and should likely be replaced. However, the original bolts and their nuts will come with the bell for reference or use. The bell is fully functional, finely aged, and sounds great!

Project Object #15: Barqs Root Beer 1992 Soviet Stuff Set: USSR Pins, Ribbon, Stamp, Gorbachev Tatoo

May 21, 2016

I originally listed this item in a 10 day ebay auction with a starting price of $7.50. It went through several rounds with no takers. I lowered the price to $4.99. It went through several more rounds before selling on May 12, 2016 with one bid of $4.99.

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This set of “Soviet Stuff” is from a Barqs Root Beer promotional campaign in 1992. As the Soviet Union crumbled, Barqs seized on the empire’s downfall to sell their root beer in the U.S.  The promotion was billed as a Soviet Union Going Out of Business Sale. Working with contacts in the Russian Mafia, Barqs officials traveled to Russia and bought warehouse loads of unwanted Soviet schwag as the communist bureaucracy crumbled. For  proofs of purchase and 50 cents shipping and handling, Barqs drinkers could cash in on the demise of the “Evil Empire” and get a box of Soviet memorabilia to celebrate the end of the Cold War.

This set of “Soviet Stuff ” is complete and has sat in its plastic box since it was received in 1992. The set contains two Soviet pins, a ribbon, a postage stamp, a Mikhail Gorbachev birthmark tatoo, and the Barqs certificate of authenticity for the “Soviet Stuff” contained within. Resist the beginning of a new Cold War and remember the ending of the first with these mind blowing pieces of cola and communist history!

Project Object #14: Vintage Early 1980s Laich Full Size Baltimore Orioles Souvenir Plastic Helmet

May 21, 2016

I originally listed this item in a 10 day ebay auction with a starting price of $7.99. No takers through several rounds. I eventually dropped the starting price to $4.99. After a couple more rounds, it sold on April 28, 2016 with a lone bid of $4.99. This helmet pulled a lot of  non-game duty on my head in the early 1980s when I played on the Double A and Triple A Orioles of Christy Mathewson Little League in Williamsville, NY. Normally a Yankees fan, I also developed an allegiance for the Orioles during this time. A Maryland resident bought the helmet off ebay. Go Orioles!

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This full-size Baltimore Orioles souvenir plastic baseball helmet dates from the early 1980s. Made by Laich Industries: Sports Products Corporation of Cleveland, Ohio, the helmet features a fully functioning adjustable headband able to accommodate most head sizes. Over the years, Orioles hats and helmets have featured different color combos and logos. This black, white, and orange color combo and this particular version of the Cartoon Oriole graced the team’s hats and helmets from 1979-1988.

In 1989, the team dropped the Cartoon Oriole and the black, white, and orange color combo in favor of the Ornithologically Correct Oriole featured on black hats and helmets. The team retired the version of the Cartoon Oriole featured on this helmet. In 2012, the franchise revived the Cartoon Oriole and the black, white, and orange color scheme for the team’s hats and helmets. However, the newest version of the Cartoon Oriole wears a larger baseball cap that is also emblazoned with “O’s.” This helmet does not include those new elements and makes it a great piece of Orioles history.

The helmet features character building scuffs obtained from rooting for the Orioles during the early 1980s (see photos). With this vintage throwback, you too can be transported back to this early era of Cal Ripken Jr.’s legendary run with the Orioles!

Project Object #13: Pair of Early 1980s Alabama Crimson Tide “BAMA ROLL TIDE” Matchbook Covers

May 10, 2016

This was the second foray into selling matchbook covers. Like the L.A. Rams cover this was also sports related. I listed the pair for $.99 in a ten day ebay auction. They went through a couple rounds of auctions before being picked up for $.99 on April 21, 2016 by the lone bidder. Roll Tide!

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This offer is for a pair of “BAMA ROLL TIDE” matchbook covers from the early 1980s. Bancroft Spec. Corp in Mobile, AL manufactured the items. The matches have been shucked from the covers. Roll Tide!