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    Wow - Team Champion frame goes for large sum

    I was really willing to pay for this frame as these are quite rare and it was my size but wow! It went way over my limit. Rootboy I think that Team Champion of yours is a keeper!

    Ebay auction for Team Champion frame

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    I think I know the seller.......

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    I wanted to bid, but I just had a bad feeling about the seller. I asked a question and he was pretty curt with me.
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    Wow! It is nice to see Moto's getting some respect, but I suspect it is more of a couple bidders who had to have it.

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    I think you mean "pretty Kurt" with you.....

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    It seems like everyone of us was following that one.

    I have to wonder what it might have fetched on a Saturday night, after the bars close!
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    with a minute left it was a little over $500, i was shocked! then i refreshed a few seconds before the end of the auction, i nearly pooped myself. i wanted that frame too

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    Quote Originally Posted by shnibop View Post
    with a minute left it was a little over $500, i was shocked! then i refreshed a few seconds before the end of the auction, i nearly pooped myself. i wanted that frame too
    To be honest, I wasn't shocked. There are precious few of those floating about.
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    I think I recognize the garage door

    That's some seriously good money - not that the frame doesn't look great, with just the right amount of patina. But it's big, and of course, French

    (ducks and runs away....)

    I wonder if that serial number had anything to do with it (my, that's a lot of 3s)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fender1 View Post
    I think you mean "pretty Kurt" with you.....
    I resemble that remark

    Come to think of it, ever since someone tried hanging me on eBay over one of my clarifications (regarding a Huret nut which wasn't used on the later Duopar I was selling), I started giving very limited answers in the fashion described by BlueDevil. It may simply be a seller protecting himself from smart-arse eBayers.

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    I hope the LeChampions don't go nuts like that. I'm kind of attached to mine.
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    That seller sells rusty bikes.
    Mmmm, bicycles.

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    I think his handle is RustyGunnar13

    Quote Originally Posted by -holiday76 View Post
    That seller sells rusty bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueDevil63 View Post
    I was really willing to pay for this frame as these are quite rare and it was my size but wow! It went way over my limit. Rootboy I think that Team Champion of yours is a keeper!

    Ebay auction for Team Champion frame
    Yes, they are not common, but that's just plain nutty. When I first saw that, I chose not to even officially 'watch' it as it is so, uh, patiné.... Note that all of the bidders are essentially noobs, from my perspective, anyways. Nothing like the power of Molteni(ish) Orange, I guess. C'est la vie chez eBay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 753proguy View Post
    Nothing like the power of Molteni(ish) Orange, I guess.
    Boy, if that's all it was I'll be able to finance my degree program with these:





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    Quote Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
    Boy, if that's all it was I'll be able to finance my degree program with these:





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    great, now i need a change of underwear...

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    ^ Alex, you should really look into that pooping at the computer issue....

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    Nice looking yard you have there. How do you mow around the bicycles?
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    I MIGHT have offered $300 for that. It's pretty...but there are a lot of frames I'd want before that one @ $1,300. That's the beauty of eBay...everyone gets to value things as they chose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueDevil63 View Post
    I was really willing to pay for this frame as these are quite rare and it was my size but wow! It went way over my limit. Rootboy I think that Team Champion of yours is a keeper!
    I guess so BD63. Auchencrow was nice enough to alert me to the auction, otherwise I would have missed it. I have to agree with everyone here except, excuse me my good friend....Auchencrow ... I think this is a true anomaly. I know these frames are scarce, but still. I suppose it could be chalked up to two bidders going to war yet again. I have mixed feelings seeing this go so high. I have one, of course, and love it, but that frame just isn't worth that much. Ah well. There's just no accounting for what will happen on ebay.

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    Rootboy...if you don't mind unsolicited advice, I've been where you are right now. Sell it. There are always other bikes out there that you will love (for less money). Unless this was the ONE AND ONLY bike you most dreamed about, strike while the iron is hot. Toss yours up for $800 with a link to that auction, take the money and run. I did that with my Raleigh Pro and don't regret it at all.

    I've never regretted selling a bike...there are always other bikes. If it even enters your head that you MIGHT want to sell it, SELL IT! If it's a true must have keeper, you'll never even think about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
    I MIGHT have offered $300 for that. It's pretty...but there are a lot of frames I'd want before that one @ $1,300. That's the beauty of eBay...everyone gets to value things as they chose.
    I'm confused here: It's OK for you to value someones item at less than 25% of it's worth.... But when people suggest that your friends bikes aren't worth 10k, it's rude and insulting?

    Fender, nice sale on that. Congratulations.

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    Ebay is funny that way. Next week someone could sell the same frame and get half that, or less. I've experienced both sides as a seller, albeit on much lower value items. As a buyer, there's really nothing I want badly enough to make this kind of thing happen.

    My assumption is that 1300 is more than my 1978 Team Champion is worth, and by a large margin. And mine is a complete bike, in better condition. But it's not orange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger M View Post
    I'm confused here: It's OK for you to value someones item at less than 25% of it's worth.... But when people suggest that your friends bikes aren't worth 10k, it's rude and insulting?

    Fender, nice sale on that. Congratulations.
    What didn't you understand Roger? I didn't suggest it was worth $300...I suggested that was what it was worth to ME. Get the difference? I have NO CLUE what that Motobecane's market value is because it's not the kind of bike I'm into (French or 70s). 31 flavors. My general impression of Motobecanes was that it was a soft market. Someone bought it for $1300...that was its value on that transaction and my comment came AFTER IT WAS SOLD and didn't interfere with a member's sale. Most everyone else, including the OP, seems to think selling price was out of line with typical market price. I'd chalk it partially up to Kurt's marketing, photos and reputation personally. Currently the bike isn't even owned by a member.

    I'm truly puzzled at your logic, but am just chalking it up to your issue

    A more cynical man than me would just assume that you disagreed with me before and decided to snipe about it in a different thread a week later...just in a way that made no sense and wasn't analogous. Fortunately I'm not a cynical man

    PS - it was Kurt's sale.
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