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Old 02-27-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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How much for this ?

I have a one of a kind item to sell and don't know where to start the price. The item is a Reward Poster from 1962 for a mail truck robbery that took place in Plymouth MA that netted the thieves 1.5 million dollars in small bills and the money was never found.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plymouth_Mail_Robbery

It is in good condition and is framed nicely. I cannot find anything like it online for sale or online in general. I know the reward was only offered for a very short time and I don't know how many survived. I am thinking at least a couple hundred dollars. I see replica's of other posters going for anywhere from $10 to $35 dollars but nothing original. There have been many stories on this robbery in MA and it was included in a history book about the Cape.

I am thinking maybe to call an auction place on the Cape or in Boston since the money was being delivered to Boston ??





Anyone have a clue ? If I don't sell, I may take it with me when I move but I consider it local history and would love to sell it to someone who lives in MA and likes stuff like this.

Thanks !
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:59 PM   #2
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I have a one of a kind item to sell and don't know where to start the price. The item is a Reward Poster from 1962 for a mail truck robbery that took place in Plymouth MA that netted the thieves 1.5 million dollars in small bills and the money was never found.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plymouth_Mail_Robbery

It is in good condition and is framed nicely. I cannot find anything like it online for sale or online in general. I know the reward was only offered for a very short time and I don't know how many survived. I am thinking at least a couple hundred dollars. I see replica's of other posters going for anywhere from $10 to $35 dollars but nothing original. There have been many stories on this robbery in MA and it was included in a history book about the Cape.

I am thinking maybe to call an auction place on the Cape or in Boston since the money was being delivered to Boston ??





Anyone have a clue ? If I don't sell, I may take it with me when I move but I consider it local history and would love to sell it to someone who lives in MA and likes stuff like this.

Thanks !


I don't know but I would imagine it would need to be sold somewhere local. I can't see anything like the being worth much to anyone not knowing the story well. At the least, maybe a museum there would want it?
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:03 PM   #3
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I think a historian from Mass or Boston would be interested. Your issue will not be the price, but more so finding the right buyer. I really think someone would want it, but it will be hard to find that person.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:05 PM   #4
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I have a one of a kind item to sell and don't know where to start the price. The item is a Reward Poster from 1962 for a mail truck robbery that took place in Plymouth MA that netted the thieves 1.5 million dollars in small bills and the money was never found.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plymouth_Mail_Robbery

It is in good condition and is framed nicely. I cannot find anything like it online for sale or online in general. I know the reward was only offered for a very short time and I don't know how many survived. I am thinking at least a couple hundred dollars. I see replica's of other posters going for anywhere from $10 to $35 dollars but nothing original. There have been many stories on this robbery in MA and it was included in a history book about the Cape.

I am thinking maybe to call an auction place on the Cape or in Boston since the money was being delivered to Boston ??





Anyone have a clue ? If I don't sell, I may take it with me when I move but I consider it local history and would love to sell it to someone who lives in MA and likes stuff like this.

Thanks !
It is an interesting piece. I would think that another factor regarding value would be whether or not it is mounted on acid free paper.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:55 PM   #5
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1962 doesn't sound so old. Not sure it would get $200.
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Unless you find someone who is interested in that specific crime it's probably worthless.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:02 PM   #7
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I think I'd find some type of local museum to donate it to if they are interested. I have a few LBI historical pieces from years ago that I'll probably donate to the museum there.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:15 PM   #8
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It is an interesting piece. I would think that another factor regarding value would be whether or not it is mounted on acid free paper.
It is on acid free matboard. The only thing holding it in there is clear photo corners. No tape or anything sticky touching the poster. The poster is not touching the glass either.

I know it's not that old but's 50 years old already. I know someone else will think it's cool like I did when I found it in my house 10 years ago.
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I think I'd find some type of local museum to donate it to if they are interested. I have a few LBI historical pieces from years ago that I'll probably donate to the museum there.
This is kind of what I was thinking. Local Historical Society, maybe.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:39 PM   #10
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Not exactly the same, but I found a site with wanted posters from the Old West. Looks like this site is selling them 2 for $25 except for Jesse James ones specifically. My guess that yours might be worth $10-$20 or so to a local collector. Just a wild guess, though.

http://www.thelastbestwest.com/authe...ed_posters.htm

I'm editing to say I think I misread that site and they are replicas.
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I'd leave it in the house for the next owner.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:00 AM   #12
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Channeling "Pawn Stars":

Do you know it's original? How do you know?

Sorry, I just don't see much of an interest in it.
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Don't get your hopes up. It's in pretty rough condition and it's not that old. Wanted posters for unsolved crimes are generally much less valuable than those for specific people. It has a pretty limited geographical appeal, too.

Remember, the "value" isn't in the item itself, but in the market. You might get lucky and find someone who really wants this particular poster and is willing to pay a couple of hundred bucks for it, but most likely the frame is worth more than the poster.
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