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Basement flood eats mag collection, need some estimates

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Mike Zenor, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. Gah. Thanks to the ever-competent ComEd, after 3 power outages this week totaling 50 cumulative hours, my sump pump battery died. The basement flood attacked my mag collection, including the complete Rodders Journal vols 1-36.

    Most of the items I can find on eBay to estimate loss for insurance, but there are some rare ones I'd like to get a ball park value estimate on...

    Complete Pete Millar's Drag Cartoons 1964-66 vg condition

    Garage Magazine #1 mint

    Hot Rod DeLuxe #1, #2, #3 mint

    Can anybody cite recent sales of these with value? Please feel free to respond by PM if you prefer.

  2. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,588

    from SUGAR CITY

    Sorry to hear that Mike. I'd be devastated if I lot my mags.....I think more so then if I lost car parts. Best wishes buddy.
  3. Damn Mike, sorry to hear that. I lost my Garage#1 and many others in our 07 flood. I don't think I have a good spare HRD but let me look.
  4. dank mike
    i was thinking about all you guys to the south of me
    7.2 inches of rain in one night is pretty tough
    no info on the mags, but a free bump for you buddy
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  5. When our apartment building burned down 24 years ago I lost a great hotrod magazine collection. The insurance company informed me that they weren't covered. They said a collection had to be appraised and insured separately. I hope that is not the case for you....
  6. Cris
    Joined: Jan 3, 2005
    Posts: 805

    from Vermont

    Mike, sorry to hear about this.
    There's a magazine dealer in Connecticut named Russ Schaller who might be able to help you on the Drag Cartoon ones. I am not sure of his contact info but this is his eBay

    Good luck, regardless.

  7. titus
    Joined: Dec 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,031


    That sucks,

    we got about a 1/2 of water in our basement the other day, speed parts were floating everywhere, not really, luckily we got most of it up stairs before the carpet saturated completely

  8. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,161


    The Hot Rod Deluxe #1, #2, #3 have jumped around quit a bit, so the bay doesn't help now. #1 $45-$75ish #2 $25-$45. #3 is $10-25ish. Nice to really clean, flat copy. The Garage #1 can vary widely: $75-140.
  9. 123
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 280

    from Seattle

    No pics or comparables for you but the last swpmeet I was at there were 2 different vendors that both had a copy of Garage #1 and they both were asking $200.
  10. Freeze dry them will save them.
  11. Wow, so sorry to hear that Mike. I narrowly escaped a similar situation twice this year. It's sure not a good feeling to see water rapidly approaching your lifelong collection!:eek::mad:
  12. twinkletwinkle247
    Joined: Oct 2, 2008
    Posts: 219

    from Boston, MA

    Sorry Mike!! Basements are the Devil! Hope your insurance helps recover them, even though I know they are more valuable to you than a stupid price tag :(
  13. How'd I miss this... Did the Custom Funny Car Magazine from 1966 survive?
  14. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 4,152


    Mark am with ya buddy didn't know Mr Z lost all his mags Shit the flood kill our shop and closed us down for good. we had all our CNC under 2.5 feet of water and well Shit
  15. They don't work well under water... especially shitty water... Sorry to hear about your shop which sucks even more with the loss of income compounding the claim!
  16. kzeliminator
    Joined: Nov 23, 2010
    Posts: 117

    from chicago

    kinda shitty you blame comed, not the weather or the fact you didnt have a battery backup... good luck with your search
  17. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,557

    from Garner, NC

    Sorry Mike, hope it all works out for you, Insurance companies are the devil.

    Your reply is kind of shitty, especially since you missed the part where he DID have a battery backup. :eek:


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