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~1974 Bill Boston frameset - value?

Old 12-21-11, 07:26 PM
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~1974 Bill Boston frameset - value?

I retired this frame many years ago and it is still in very good condition with minor chips and scratches. Bill Boston built beautiful frames but not many. Any idea of the value and best places to sell it?
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One must understand vintage Bicycle Quality, before trying to determine Vintage Bicycle Value. Applying the information in those two articles will help one understand what drives a bicycle's value up and why it is nearly impossible to estimate vintage bicycle value based on minimal information. Also...

You need to supply the folks, here at Bike Forums, with good pictures and more detail in your description. For example, the size of the bike and where it is being sold will have considerable impact on its final value.

Hope this is a help and welcome to the Bike Forums.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
One must understand vintage Bicycle Quality, before trying to determine Vintage Bicycle Value. Applying the information in those two articles will help one understand what drives a bicycle's value up and why it is nearly impossible to estimate vintage bicycle value based on minimal information. Also...

You need to supply the folks, here at Bike Forums, with good pictures and more detail in your description. For example, the size of the bike and where it is being sold will have considerable impact on its final value.

Hope this is a help and welcome to the Bike Forums.
+1

But I would love to see some detailed photos as Bill was highly regarded among 70s framebuilders.....
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+1 to both of the above posts.

+lots on the photos. We likes us our bike porn.

In terms of the best place to sell,, I'm not quite sure of what you mean. If you mean eBay vs. Craig's List vs. anything else, there are plusses and minuses to all, which BF members will cheerfully discuss/argue about 'til the cows come home.

If you mean geographicaly, probably the best place to get maximum dollars is in the biggest metropolitan area nearest where Boston built his frames. (If I ever knew where that was, I've long since forgotten.) His name is known around the country, but it will be best known and desried close to (his) home, and that's where you are most likely to get the "I always wanted one of those when I was younger" factor going for you.
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In my market anyway, framesets sell cheap, really cheap. Great as a buyer, lousy as a seller. Buyers here want complete bikes, ready to ride.

I do sell some framesets here locally. They tend to be from donor bikes. I'll typically get $25 to $75 MAX for them. Now a custom frame like yours will go for a lot more, but still, locally here, it will not bring anything close to full market. That leaves ebay. The challenge with ebay is you will need to have spotless feedback, preferably with some bike sales (buyers don't trust newb sellers) and you have to be willing and capable of packing and shipping, at a reasonable cost. And you will have to prepare a terrific listing, with great, full sized pictures.

Getting market value out of a bike or frame is difficult.
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Thanks for advice, folks. The frame and I are in different states [geographically, i mean] for awhile but I'll post some photos this spring as well as frame specs etc.
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