Big Internet and catalog auction online now at SoldUSA As many as 2,000 quality lots of militaria, guns, ammo and hunting and fishing collectibles are being offered in an online auction that ends Nov. 20 by SoldUSA.com. The auction went online Oct. 1st.
News-Antique.com - Oct 19,2010 - (MATTHEWS, N.C.) – As many as 2,000 quality lots of militaria, guns, ammo and hunting and fishing collectibles are being offered in an online auction that ends Nov. 20 by SoldUSA.com, the premier Internet collectibles auction site. The figure may even exceed 2,000 lots, as additional items were being added practically on a daily basis right up until press time.
“It’s incredible the phone calls we get and the merchandise that comes through our doors,” said David Reichle of SoldUSA.com. “The level of consignments has never been higher. I realize part of that has to do with the economy. People who wouldn’t ordinarily part with their collections might suddenly need quick cash. But that creates great opportunities for collectors.”
David, along with his wife Joyce, are the new owners of SoldUSA.com. Joyce is the president and David, whose interest in collectibles dates back 40 years (mainly militaria, vintage toys and hunting and fishing items) is vice president. The couple took control of the firm Aug. 1. “I’m excited about taking the business to a whole new level, and very soon,” Mr. Reichle said.
He listed design changes to the website as a priority, to make bidding and viewing items even easier than it is now. SoldUSA.com boasts 30,000 registered users, with the figure growing almost daily, so servicing that base must be a top priority. “That, and continuing our tremendous success at attracting top-quality, fresh-to-the-market consignments,” he added. “That is key too.”
Mr. Reichle said prior to acquiring SoldUSA.com, he had a spotless record selling items on eBay, with 2,800 stars and no negative ratings over a ten-year period. He and Joyce have been with SoldUSA.com for the past several years, as employees, but when the opportunity arose to acquire the firm, they jumped at the chance. “It was a no-brainer,” David said. “We love it here.”
The sale now underway went online Oct. 1. It is top-heavy with militaria: around 500 lots of mostly World Wars I and II and Civil War items. In addition, there are 500 lots of ammo, 100 lots of guns and hundreds of lots of what Mr. Reichle described as “wild and wonderful items in an array of categories.” He mentioned a field doctor’s headlight from the 1800s as an example.
One lot certain to generate strong bidder interest is a Model 1835 Harper’s Ferry .69 caliber smoothbore flintlock musket converted to percussion, as evidenced by the 2nd type bolster alteration bearing “H & P” (Hewes & Phillips, Newark) stamped into the side. The musket, made in 1836, is in very good plus condition and comes with a leather US M1 grand style rifle sling.
Fans of Winchester displays will be impressed with the rare “Planting Game Feed Pays” point-of-purchase partial die-cut, made sometime between 1932 and 1935. The graphic was painted by Philip R. Godwin and features two men with a hunting dog. The two sections offered both have their easel backs, one including assembly instructions. It’s a piece that displays well.