Finding good homes for my collection


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Rick Sommer

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jul 25, 2017
12
3
57
Menlo Park, CA, United States
#1
Dear Fellow Classic and Antique Bicycle Collectors!

I am a bicycle enthusiast who began accumulating classic/antique/vintage bicycles about 40 years ago. Storage has been an issue, and I have not had the time to care for or restore these collectables. I now need to sell them, and I would like advice on how to best get this collection into good hands. I do not have time to sell these individually. With some energy, someone could bring these to life and realize their value, and that's not going to be me. Putting each one on EBay or Craigslist, with a detailed description, is more work than I have time for, and I want all of them to go, and into good hands.

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area; are there any collectors/dealers who would be interested in the entire collection?

These include:
  1. 1961 Schwinn Black Phantom (fair condition)
  2. 1953 Men's Schwinn Century (very good condition original paint)
  3. 1953 Boy's Schwinn Century (very good condition original paint)
  4. Arnold Schwinn and Company New World (fair condition)
  5. Boneshaker -- Replica Penny Farthing, based on 1880s design, reproduced in the 1970s (good condition)
  6. BSA Paratrooper (poor condition)
  7. 1950s Montgomery Ward Hawthorne (fair condition, spring fork)
  8. 1950s Goodyear T. & R. Co. Wings Reliance (fair condition)
  9. 1950s Raleigh Sports 3-speed, generator in front hub (good condition)
  10. 1950s BSA Indian Scout 3-speed (good condition)
  11. Early 1960s? Iberia single speed lightweight (good condition)
  12. 1970s Sears Roebuck Ted Williams 10 speed with Campagnolo parts (good condition)
  13. 1970s Motobecane Team Champion with Campagnolo Record/Super-Record components (fair condition)
  14. Victoria folding bicycle. 1950s? (poor condition)
  15. 1950s? steel framed tricycle (fair condition)
  16. 1950s? aluminum frame tricycle (poor condition)
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
15,798
16,065
Evans, GA
#2
Rick,
You may want to list in the for sale section with some pics and a price. V/r Shawn
 

tripple3

Riding Miles; Collecting Smiles
Sep 25, 2012
6,344
29,112
Beach Cities, CA 92708
#3
This is the place to discuss your collection if I understand your post correctly.
my opinion is that's a tough list to sell.
Figure an Each dollar amount on the wholesale (Cheap) end of the scale equals total $$
Put it in your local Craigslist with list and price.
Just my opinion.
 

partsguy

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Aug 13, 2008
10,294
3,848
The Land of Oz
#4
How do you define, "good hands"?

All of the roadbikes have a very small following, and it would be difficult to sell them together. The Schwinn Phantom, and maybe the Century bikes, have some value by themselves, but no Schwinn collector will want to buy those bikes and have to haul away lots of non-Schwinn lightweights. The market is picky, and you don't want to hear this, but the ONLY WAY you will have a chance of ensuring all these bikes end up in caring hands is to sell individually. It is either that, or selling really cheap in a bulk lot.

I would put the first three bikes on eBay, then hock the rest in a big lot on Craigslist. If time is a big concern, this is the best compromise.
 

ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
519
1,047
Santa Rosa, United States
#8
Dear Fellow Classic and Antique Bicycle Collectors!

I am a bicycle enthusiast who began accumulating classic/antique/vintage bicycles about 40 years ago. Storage has been an issue, and I have not had the time to care for or restore these collectables. I now need to sell them, and I would like advice on how to best get this collection into good hands. I do not have time to sell these individually. With some energy, someone could bring these to life and realize their value, and that's not going to be me. Putting each one on EBay or Craigslist, with a detailed description, is more work than I have time for, and I want all of them to go, and into good hands.

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area; are there any collectors/dealers who would be interested in the entire collection?

These include:
  1. 1961 Schwinn Black Phantom (fair condition)
  2. 1953 Men's Schwinn Century (very good condition original paint)
  3. 1953 Boy's Schwinn Century (very good condition original paint)
  4. Arnold Schwinn and Company New World (fair condition)
  5. Boneshaker -- Replica Penny Farthing, based on 1880s design, reproduced in the 1970s (good condition)
  6. BSA Paratrooper (poor condition)
  7. 1950s Montgomery Ward Hawthorne (fair condition, spring fork)
  8. 1950s Goodyear T. & R. Co. Wings Reliance (fair condition)
  9. 1950s Raleigh Sports 3-speed, generator in front hub (good condition)
  10. 1950s BSA Indian Scout 3-speed (good condition)
  11. Early 1960s? Iberia single speed lightweight (good condition)
  12. 1970s Sears Roebuck Ted Williams 10 speed with Campagnolo parts (good condition)
  13. 1970s Motobecane Team Champion with Campagnolo Record/Super-Record components (fair condition)
  14. Victoria folding bicycle. 1950s? (poor condition)
  15. 1950s? steel framed tricycle (fair condition)
  16. 1950s? aluminum frame tricycle (poor condition)
I'm up in Santa Rosa...I would be interested in your Schwinns. With one post on the CABE, I don't think you can receive/send private messages yet. Shoot me an email with some pics if you are willing to separate some of the bikes: sstoural AT gmail dot com.
 

petritl

I live for the CABE
Aug 15, 2012
1,092
1,247
48
Washington, IL
#9
I’m not a player for the whole group but would be interested in seeing pictures of #5 and #13
 

Rick Sommer

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jul 25, 2017
12
3
57
Menlo Park, CA, United States
#12
This is the place to discuss your collection if I understand your post correctly.
my opinion is that's a tough list to sell.
Figure an Each dollar amount on the wholesale (Cheap) end of the scale equals total $$
Put it in your local Craigslist with list and price.
Just my opinion.
Thanks for the suggestion -- yes, you understood my question. It looks like my best option is to sell them individually. Work to do now in figuring out the selling price for each one.
 

Rick Sommer

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jul 25, 2017
12
3
57
Menlo Park, CA, United States
#13
I really want to see the 1961 Schwinn Black Phantom! (They stopped making them in '59)
Oops! I used https://bikehistory.org/serial-number.html to look up the date, and they gave back "1961" from the serial number: H146851. I should have known that wasn't right, but I was just mindlessly creating the list. Using a more reliable lookup, it looks like it was built on March 15, 1951.

BTW, there's another typo on my list -- the Indian Scout is not made by BSA -- just another embarrassing typo...
 

Sped Man

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 5, 2012
2,373
1,648
Planet Gallifrey
#14
40 years of collecting and you have 16 bikes? What are you holding out on us? Photos would be nice :)
 

Rick Sommer

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jul 25, 2017
12
3
57
Menlo Park, CA, United States
#15
40 years of collecting and you have 16 bikes? What are you holding out on us? Photos would be nice :)
Sorry to be so secretive! OK, photos attached (although I will take better photos before actually putting them up for sale). Although I started collecting 40 years ago, I haven't really added any to my collection for about 35 years :) They have just been sitting.... I welcome additional advice and/or inquiries....

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Rick Sommer

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jul 25, 2017
12
3
57
Menlo Park, CA, United States
#18
I'm all over that paratrooper :hearteyes: my wallet is burning.

Wanna buy it for my paratrooper who came back from Iraq... Though I may have a hard time sharing it with him.

He said he jumped with Humvees but never a bicycle.
That's great! I haven't set the price yet, but I will let you know when I do.
 

GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
8,451
5,992
Central Arizona
#19
Sure looks like a ballooner. Only ballooner produced in 1961 was a Wasp. Someone must have built this.

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Rick Sommer

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jul 25, 2017
12
3
57
Menlo Park, CA, United States
#20
As noted in an earlier reply, “1961” was an error. This has a serial number from March, 1951– H146851. Sorry for the confusion
 

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