FOUND > Abandoned Evel Knievel 'Leathers' May Get $100,000

Left-Behind at Seamstress’ Shop

The vintage leathers may have been used at 1967 Caesar’s Palace jump.

May 2, 2018
By Ruthie Bowles, Contributing Author for What Sells Best News

PORTLAND, OREGON - Antiques Roadshow reports that vintage Evel Knievel leathers, left behind in a seamstress’ shop, may be worth more than $100,000.

THE DISCOVERY

A guest on the Antiques Roadshow brought in vintage leathers owned by Evel Knievel (1938 – 2007), which may be worth $100,000. According to her story, her mother made the leathers for Knievel, and he brought them back to her for repairs after his Caesar’s Palace jump.

Timothy Gordon, the owner of Timothy Gordon Appraisals, spoke with this Antiques Roadshow guest about her find. He compared the leathers brought in with the leathers in a photo of Knievel just before his famous 1967 Caesars Palace jump.

The story of Evel Knievel's Caesar's Palace Jump at as told by Discovery.

He noted that in the photo, Knievel wore nice new leathers. That particular jump resulted in a crash, and the leathers brought in do show signs of an accident. At the time of the show, Mr. Gordon couldn’t confirm if it was the famous Caesar’s Palace jump (and crash) of 1967.

The Antiques Roadshow guest mentioned that in years past, they received an offer of $10,000 for the leathers, but they erred on the side of caution and refused. She seemed very shocked to hear that Mr. Gordon estimated the leathers would garner $40,000-60,000 at auction.

He ventured so far to say that if they “could confirm that this was used in that Caesar's Palace jump with the video where he tumbles down, the value would increase quite a lot. I think that the value on these would be over $100,000 at auction.”



Coincidentally, Timothy Gordon knew Evel Knievel growing up. Mr. Gordon recalls Knievel telling him that he was going to do something great, although he didn’t know what. At the appraisal, Gordon said, “He bought a pickup truck in Butte, Montana, painted his name on the side, drove to California, but he didn't know what he was going to do.”

Evel Knievel was born in October 1938 in Butte, Montana. He attained celebrity status as a motorcycle stunt driver, attempting more than 75 amazing, and sometimes inconceivable, jumps and stunts throughout his career. Despite his daredevil line of work, Knievel died at the age of 69 from pulmonary disease in 2007.

Besides the money he earned from doing stunt tours and television appearances, Evel Knievel partnered with Ideal Toys to create Evel Knievel toys. They made more than $125 million in toy sales.

Examples of Ideal Evel Knievel Toys, produced and shared by Jenny Caldwell.

Unfortunately, Ideal Toys decided to discontinue the toy line following Knievel’s assault conviction in 1977. Knievel served six months in jail for attacking his former press agent.

WHY IT'S RARE

Evel Knievel captured the nation’s imagination with stunts that no one else could or would do. During and after his career, he had an ardent following of fans. To this day, someone who engages in a daring act might be called an “Evel Knievel”.

As a national icon, Evel Knievel holds a special place in American history. He was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. Finding something that he actually wore is extremely rare.

COMPARABLE SALES

Researching prices, we found several recent sales for Evel Knievel attire, that appear to support the valuation given to the abandoned leathers (prices include Buyer's Premium).

To check for more recent sales, you can research prices free, here.

SALES INFORMATION

We don’t have any information regarding the sale of the Knievel leathers featured in this story, at this time. Stay tuned!

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Before contacting appraisers, research sold prices on your own first. This can give you a general understanding of current market values, and may help you find the best selling venue, if you decide to sell.

ACTIVE AUCTION PRICES

Another way to monitor the real-time price strength of more common Evel Knievel collectibles, is to keep an eye on the highest bid items (below) in the Toy and Showbiz categories on eBay.


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Vintage Schwinn Orange Krate Stingray Original 1968 Beautiful Bright Clean Bike

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$1,211.00 with 29 bids


Vintage Schwinn Lemon Peeler Stingray 1969 Krate Bike Rare Yellow Line Tire &

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$1,136.11 with 22 bids


Schwinn Sting Ray 5 Speed Disk Brake MUST SEE !!!!

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$720.00 with 31 bids


Vintage Schwinn 1964 Coppertone Sting Ray Original Beautiful condition

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$681.00 with 15 bids


Vintage Schwinn 1967 Violet Sting Ray Deluxe "Beautiful"

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$665.00 with 36 bids


Vintage Schwinn 1971 Grey Ghost Krate Sting Ray Bike

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$480.00 with 21 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL BATTERY POWERED TOOTHBRUSH, NEW (last run of this item on ebay)

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$450.00 with 1 bids


2 Evel Knievel lot VAN, STUNT STADIUM, Motorcycle, Car 1973 Nice!

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$202.49 with 2 bids


1975 Ideal Evel Knievel Trail Bike in box Un-Used

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$178.51 with 21 bids


Mint Vintage 1972 Evel Knievel Action Figure In Original Package

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$151.00 with 31 bids


1960s THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES HUGE TRUCK AND FIGURES

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$128.00 with 16 bids


Vintage Jerry Mahoney Paul Winchell Ventriloquist Dummy Doll w/Orig Box

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$127.50 with 2 bids


Ventriloquist Figure Dummy Puppet Doll

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$118.87 with 5 bids


60s-70s Tom & Jerry Vinyl Squeeze Toys Figures Hanna Barbera EUROPE MGM

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$103.49 with 3 bids


70s Bucky Mexico Mr Jinks and Pixie & Dixie Dixie Figures Hanna Barbera

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$103.49 with 4 bids


1950s DISNEYLAND ATWOOD JUNGLE CRUISE JUNGLE BOAT RARE BATTERY OP IN THE BOX

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$102.50 with 16 bids


Louis Marx 1964 DAVEY LONE WOLF Nutty Mads Weird Ohs Hawk 5" Teal Green Figure

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$99.00 with 12 bids


Set of 5 Vintage Ventriloquist Dummies/Dolls in Vintage leather Suitcase

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$80.00 with 19 bids


1975 Evel Knievel Diecast Miniature Super Jet Cycle

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$76.00 with 27 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL DARE DEVIL STUNT SET EVIL CLASSIC 70s Toys Reissue Complete & New!!

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$75.99 with 2 bids


60s Moplas ITALY Alfy Gator VInyl Figure Hanna Barbera SCARCE

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$74.99 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Toy Lot

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$71.00 with 15 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Classic Remake 70s Toys Evil Playing Mantis 1998 Set MC

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$70.99 with 3 bids


60s Tom & Jerry Tom Vinyl Squeeze Toy Figure FRANCE MGM Hanna Barbera

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$69.99 with 1 bids


1960s BONANZA TV SHOW METAL LUNCHBOX AND THERMOS SET

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$67.89 with 14 bids


Charlie McCarthy Celebrity Ventriloquist Doll by Goldberger - ORIGINAL BOX

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$55.00 with 1 bids


1955 UNITED STATES PROOF SET w 90% PURE SILVER COINS MINT SEALED

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$54.00 with 5 bids


60s Transogram Flintstones Pebbles & Bamm Bamm Pull Toy Hanna Barbera

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$54.00 with 3 bids


60s RARE Dino GREEN Big Head Hand Puppet Flintstones Hanna Barbera EUROPE

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$49.99 with 1 bids


Daisy Buck Rogers 25 th Century Pop Gun Sign of Use

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$49.97 with 1 bids


Vintage ADDAMS FAMILY LURCH DOLL 

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$49.95 with 1 bids


1975 Evel Knievel Diecast Miniature Super Stock Car Camaro

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$48.50 with 22 bids


1950s DENNIS THE MENACE SHIRT AND PANTS plus MAGAZINE ARTICLE on Dennis clothing

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$45.88 with 3 bids


1940s THRU 64 WALKING LIBERTY , BEN FRANKLIN & KENNEDY 90% SILVER HALF DOLLARS

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$42.00 with 23 bids


1882 S UNCIRCULATED MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR WITH CLOCK & SILVER HALF DOLLARS DIMES

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$39.00 with 11 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL Canyon Sky Cycle Complete With Box, and Intructions

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$38.00 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Scramble Van Box with Parts Lot

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$36.00 with 18 bids


1968 Juro Novelty Co. Mortimer Snerd ventriloquist dummy doll with extra clothes

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$35.00 with 2 bids


1991 SPAIN Wally Gator & Magilla Gorilla Vinyl figures Hanna Barbera PVC

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$34.99 with 1 bids


70s Pebbles & Bamm Bamm Knickerbocker Vinyl Dolls In Box Hanna Barbera

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$32.00 with 4 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Empty Box Only 1973

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$30.00 with 1 bids


Lot Of 6 Vintage Colgate Soakys Smokey The Bear Bugs Bunny Casper Mickey Mouse

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$30.00 with 1 bids


60s ROSEBUD TOYS England Bamm Bamm Flintstones Vinyl FIgure Hanna Barbera

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$29.99 with 1 bids


1933 TWENTY DOLLAR WALKING LIBERTY 24 KARAT GOLD COIN

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$28.00 with 6 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle set

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$27.00 with 4 bids


Antique Vintage 13" Walt Disney Pinocchio Doll w/ Clothes by Knickerbocker Toys

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$26.51 with 12 bids


1960s LARGE TEXACO CHIEF FIRE ENGINE TRUCK 2 FEET LONG NEAR MINT IN BOX VERS #1

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$25.59 with 9 bids


Marx compatible Man from UNCLE Lisa Rogers Agent 46 Barbara Moore 6 inch Special

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$25.45 with 3 bids


Vintage 1944 Dick Tracy Jr. Detective Decoder with original mailing envelope

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$24.99 with 1 bids


Antique Rose O'Neill Kewpie Doll Glass Candy Container Bank Lid Geo Borgfeldt

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$24.99 with 1 bids


Rare 1972 Fat Albert And Cosby Kids STREET GAMES

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$24.99 with 1 bids


Vintage 1950’s Space Patrol Belt Buckle Decoder And Glow Belt Ralston Purina

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$24.99 with 1 bids


Marx compatible Man from Uncle Napoleon Solo Robert Vaughn 6 inch Special Sculpt

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$24.95 with 1 bids


Marx compatible Man from UNCLE Illya Kuryakin David McCallum 6 inch Special Scul

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$24.95 with 1 bids


Ventriloquist Dummy Doll 30" Western Wear

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$23.00 with 1 bids


CHARLIE McCARTHY 30" Ventriloquist Dummy Puppet GOLDBERGER Doll 

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$22.50 with 7 bids


1965 THRU 1969 COLLECTION OF 29 KENNEDY 40% PURE SILVER HALF DOLLARS EXCELLENT

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$22.50 with 3 bids


SET OF TEN 1920s THRU 1957 US TREASURY SILVER CERTIFICATES WITH LARGE DOLLAR

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$21.50 with 6 bids


Antique Charlie McCarthy Ventriloquist Doll 22 inches Composition sold as is

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$21.50 with 9 bids


1980 DUKES OF HAZZARD TV SHOW LUNCHBOX METAL LUNCHBOX

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$21.15 with 7 bids


1998 Johnny Lightning King Of The Stuntmen EVEL KNIEVEL Set Of All 4. -NR!-

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$20.50 with 4 bids


VINTAGE ORIGINAL PETER FIGUREN BIBI PRODUCTS LAFFUN HEAD MAN SQUIRTER BLUE HAT

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$20.00 with 1 bids


Motu Vintage Beach Towell

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$20.00 with 1 bids


Vintage Jimmy Nelson's Danny O'Day Ventriloquist Dummy Doll 24” Works Great!

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$20.00 with 1 bids


Vintage 1980 Nasta The Incredible Hulk Vu-Writer Pen View Action Pictures NOS

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$19.99 with 1 bids


Vintage 8" Dakin Smokey The Bear Poseable Figure w/Shovel & Hang Tag* 1970

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$19.99 with 1 bids


70s Fred and Barney Flintstones Knickerbocker Vinyl Dolls In Box Hanna Barbera

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$19.99 with 1 bids


Vintage Willie Talki ventriloquist doll

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$19.95 with 1 bids


2008 UNITED STATES MINT PROOF SET w SEVEN 90% PURE SILVER COINS & 4 DOLLAR COINS

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$19.50 with 10 bids


Vintage Ideal Team America Marauder Super Stunt Chopper Figure evel knievel

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$18.50 with 5 bids


1975 Ideal 7" Evel Knievel Action Figure Explorer Set in Package

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$18.35 with 2 bids


Antique 1930's Wooden Ignatz Chein Jaymar Toy Mouse Krazy Kat Made in USA

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$18.00 with 6 bids


1940s WASHINGTON QUARTER AND MERCURY HEAD DIME COLLECTION 90% SILVER w KENNEDY

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$16.50 with 7 bids


Danny o'day ventriloquist dummy

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$16.00 with 9 bids


marx toys nutty mads

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$15.80 with 1 bids


Vintage Ventriloquist Doll Emmet Kelly Talking Clown Dummy 23” Hobo

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$15.50 with 2 bids


Rare 1960 Fred Flintstone Hanna Barbera Composition Antique Store Display

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$15.50 with 3 bids


evel knievel 2005 figure,used

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$15.00 with 1 bids


Vintage Superman Rain Cape Made of Firestone Velon by Ajust-A-Dyper (ca.1970)

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$15.00 with 1 bids


Vintage Marx Nutty Mads Mad Weird Ohs Green Bowling Bowler Plastic

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$14.99 with 1 bids


1962 US MINT PROOF SET WITH 90% SILVER COINS

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$14.50 with 3 bids


VINTAGE 50'S BOZO THE CLOWN LOT - SOAKY, HAND PUPPETS, PLUSH DOLL

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$13.50 with 5 bids


Vintage Jimmy Nelson's Danny O Day Ventriloquist Dummy Doll

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$13.50 with 4 bids


1968 OLYMPICS MEXICO 25 PESOS 72% PURE SILVER HUGE COINS SET OF 9 OUNCES

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$13.50 with 2 bids


Vintage Charlie Mccarthy Doll-Most Famous Celebrity Radio personality

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$13.15 with 8 bids


1922 LIBERTY PEACE DOLLAR 90% PURE SILVER VERY GOOD CONDITION VERSION #1

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$12.62 with 3 bids


1922 LIBERTY PEACE DOLLAR 90% PURE SILVER VERY GOOD CONDITION VERSION #2

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$12.62 with 3 bids


1987 UNITED STATES 1 OUNCE .999 PURE SILVER WALKING LIBERTY DOLLAR MINT UNUSED

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$12.50 with 4 bids


1960s TEXACO CHILDRENS FIRE HAT EXCELLENT CONDITION

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$11.50 with 4 bids


1940s AND 50s WASHINGTON QUARTER COLLECTION 90% PURE SILVER LOT #1

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$11.50 with 3 bids


1961 US MINT PROOF SET WITH 90% SILVER COINS

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$11.03 with 2 bids


1934 THRU 1963 US TREASURY & SILVER CERTIFICATES 5 DOLLAR BILL $2 DOLLAR AND $1

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$10.99 with 3 bids


1964 THE BEATLES GEORGE HARRISON SOFT BODY REMCO FIGURE

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$10.99 with 3 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL 1972 Ideal Action Figure Doll - 7"

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$10.99 with 3 bids


Vintage 1960’s Ideal Toy Corp James Bond 12.5” Doll 007 Gilbert

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$10.50 with 2 bids


1921 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR BEAUTIFUL UNCIRCULATED CONDITION

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$10.49 with 2 bids


1940s AND 50s WASHINGTON QUARTER COLLECTION 90% PURE SILVER LOT #2

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$10.49 with 2 bids


1940s AND 50s WASHINGTON QUARTER COLLECTION 90% PURE SILVER LOT #3

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$10.49 with 2 bids


1950s RARE DICK CLARK AMERICAN BAND STAND PIN BACK BADGE

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$9.99 with 1 bids


1943 MERCURY HEAD DIME AND QUARTER BRACELET AND RING SET

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$9.99 with 1 bids