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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steven Smolian" <[log in to unmask]>
> The billboard page for my new, www.recordappraiser.com page is up.
> It's scope will broaden as I get time  to write additional parts of it.
> In prep is a segment that will cite the appropriate IRS publications and 
> brief paragraphs about various confusing aspects of the process.
> I plan to discuss when a formal appraisal is required and explain the 
> oft-confusing self-created works.
> I'm interested in knowing what you guys feel belongs there- what other 
> confusing aspects of the process should I address?
> Constructive suggestions welcomed.
>
Well...I have been collecting 78rpm phonorecords (and buying them as well) 
since
about 1974 or so...and read all the "official price guides" as they 
appeared...and
given the benefit of that half-vast experience in the field, I STILL can't 
make any
statements about the "cash value" of these artifacts that I would consider 
at all
accurate..?! I have bought "job lots" of them for anything from $50 on up 
(no
rarities,I might note) ranging from 200 up to 2500 records, for anything 
from
$50 to $100. Yet I see auction lists expecting minimum bids of $2 or $3,
and think back fondly to receiving auction lists with minimums of just
over a buck each...!

I have no idea what it has cost me to accumulate my 55,000(+/-) 78's, but
I would guess less that 10 grand total...?!

You're a braver man than *I* am...?!

Steven C. Barr