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#1 Sig

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Posted 07 April 2004 - 08:02 AM

Oh my that is a lot of $


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#2 Ron A

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Posted 07 April 2004 - 12:09 PM

I have had several copies and what I know to be originals thru the years - other than the rust on the staples is there any way to tell the copies from the original. The ones that I think are originals have raised lettering on the front cover and I think the copies do not have raised lettering - comments??? Some say the staples are flat on the originals and round on the copies, however I have seen copies with flat staples...
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Posted 07 April 2004 - 06:05 PM

Notice the auction does NOT state it is an original but rather rare.
Also, the description has been changed, notice the "Description (revised)" message.

I bet he may have listed it as an original, but changed it to rare after a few e-mails for people.
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Posted 07 April 2004 - 06:19 PM

Revising the description after bids have been posted must invalidate the auction?
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Posted 07 April 2004 - 10:09 PM

That is like the one our friend Murray picked up in Pheonix at the show. If I recall correct he gave a "c" note for it and it is in better shape and is original. It was authenticated by Gordon as I remember. Guy had it with a original carry case.
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Posted 08 April 2004 - 08:53 AM

Some of these "Reprints" are quite well done. They've been in circulation for 30-35 years now which often makes them appear much older than they actually are. The Numerich Arms reprints are very good and still available for about $7. Genuine 1923 catalogs do have a high quality embossed name stamping with flat staples but you can be fooled by a quality reprint.

An actual original 1923 catalog is very rare these days and commands a high price. Just about every known piece of Thompson literature has been reproduced so do your homework before buying.

I found the collecting of vintage literature over the years to be as challenging as looking for the guns and accessories. And like others, I've been "burned" a few times.

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Posted 08 April 2004 - 10:22 AM

The Numerch copies that they sell now do not have raised type on the front. Staples are round and in some cases are not even in the fold - I don't think you would fool anyone. They are a copy for someone who can't afford the price of the original.
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Posted 08 April 2004 - 11:05 AM

The ONLY Original Catalogs that I have owned had Green/White Thread Binding. Not stapled. They did have the raised lettering.
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