Everything seems to check out, it's hard to see the decals because it's white on yellow but they're all there (along with the B cutout on the seatstay ends and the fork). No tubing sticker but I'm guessing Tange.
Anyway, my only trepidation comes from the fact that the NJS symbol is partially filled in with paint, I can see the outside circle and the first bit of where it curves up but not the actual letters.
Now, we can sit and argue about whether NJS actually means anything or if they're just overvalued hipstermagnets until the cows come home but, for now, let's just assume that I'm expecting to get an NJS frame out of this deal and will be sad if it turns out otherwise.
So, what are the chances it's something else? Does Bridgestone make non NJS track frames? Is there any other symbol that looks like a circle that might be stamped on a track BB? The serial is visible so can I look it up with that?
Last edited by nick1click; 10-02-12 at 09:39 PM.
From what you've described, i'm skeptical that it's njs. It wouldnt make sense for them to allow a glob of paint to conceal the stamp. Since it's stamped onto the bb shell itself, you can always (carefully) remove the paint to see.
That's what I'm worried about. Do you know any other way I could check (before I do the trade) that doesn't damage the frame? I wish I took a picture of the BB... but basically I saw this much of the logo (the whole circle and the beginning of the "J"): http://imgur.com/3TOb7
Update: Asked the guy to send me a pic of the BB, unfortunately he didn't seem to have a camera but rather a potato - so this is what I got (was super dark so I lightened it as best as I could): http://i.imgur.com/HiqaH.jpg
You can make out the code/serial number and (maybe, sort of) the outline of the NJS stamp on the top left (it's more pronounced in real life). The paint is dirty but pristine - no chips anywhere which could suggest a repaint except the decals on the headtube, seat stay, and downtube seem legit.
Thanks again, that's exactly the information I need to know. For now I'm going to bring those pics for comparison and am operating under the assumption that if the stamp is in the correct place it's worth $500-$600 and if it's not it's worth around $400 (it is in better condition than the ebay one you sent, at least).