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#683294 - Sun Mar 26 2017 11:02 PM Quaker State "Cold Test Winter" Sign Value?
thebmwjunkie Offline
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Registered: Sun Mar 26 2017
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Hey guys

I'm fairly new to sign collecting, but sell them in my shop regularly. I may pick up a few I found for sale locally, but one I'm not familiar with. I'm on eBay all day everyday, but haven't found any comps, just an unsold one for $700. Any help is much appreciated, look forward to being active here

Quaker state cold test oil for winter driving. About 36" long, seller claims "mint" but I notice some minimal wear. Sign is double sided porcelain. What would it go for to the right buyer in your opinion? Thanks


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#683573 - Thu Mar 30 2017 09:46 PM Re: Quaker State "Cold Test Winter" Sign Value? [Re: thebmwjunkie]
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Any insight? Looking to start a personal collection but want to make sure I'm paying fair prices

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#683581 - Thu Mar 30 2017 11:34 PM Re: Quaker State "Cold Test Winter" Sign Value? [Re: thebmwjunkie]
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the unsold one just listed for the 4th time at 700.,
tells you there too much -
both signs in xlnt. cond. .. ... cool


Edited by advertologist (Thu Mar 30 2017 11:37 PM)
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#683585 - Fri Mar 31 2017 12:48 AM Re: Quaker State "Cold Test Winter" Sign Value? [Re: advertologist]
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Thanks. The one here locally is asking $425 for it. I did however just buy a very beat up Quaker state sign on eBay, huge 72"x36" tin, hoping I can clean it up considerably. Paid $194 shipped for it, we'll see how it cleans up


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#683590 - Fri Mar 31 2017 07:59 AM Re: Quaker State "Cold Test Winter" Sign Value? [Re: thebmwjunkie]
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Looking around the internet a damaged one sold for 350 in 2013, same year a good one sold for 600. BTW, these hung below tombstone signs in hangar frames.

Rather scarce sign, but IMHO the price is out of line for most collectors. For the guy who has to have every QS piece then the price is irrelevant of course.
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#683597 - Fri Mar 31 2017 11:10 AM Re: Quaker State "Cold Test Winter" Sign Value? [Re: carolinaskies]
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Thank you very much for the help, the buyer has a ton of signs but they all seemed to be above current selling prices. I'll pass, and keep looking for some good finds to start my own collection. I never use to hold on to porcelain & tin signs, but they have grown on me recently. I prefer the large signs, especially round porcelain, but my budget doesn't agree!

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#683620 - Fri Mar 31 2017 07:56 PM Re: Quaker State "Cold Test Winter" Sign Value? [Re: thebmwjunkie]
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Seems more than fair to me.425.00? That sign is in very good shape. Honestly, I doubt you could find one as nice for for much less or any less.


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#683626 - Fri Mar 31 2017 11:34 PM Re: Quaker State "Cold Test Winter" Sign Value? [Re: thebmwjunkie]
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The porcelain cold test oil sign for 425 in very good condition is a better buy than the rough tin sign for 194.
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#683628 - Sat Apr 01 2017 12:15 AM Re: Quaker State "Cold Test Winter" Sign Value? [Re: Lastgas15]
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Originally Posted By Lastgas15
The porcelain cold test oil sign for 425 in very good condition is a better buy than the rough tin sign for 194.


From a collector standpoint, definitely. But the tin sign will be for display purposes at my shop. Always need large eye catchers outside, plus I think once thoroughly cleaned it's probably a 300-325 sign at that size. But now you guys have me thinking I should scoop up the cold test sign, given its more rare than the typical tombstone ones

Appreciate all the insight, I am fairly new to this

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#683638 - Sat Apr 01 2017 08:02 AM Re: Quaker State "Cold Test Winter" Sign Value? [Re: thebmwjunkie]
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Loc: illinois
Originally Posted By thebmwjunkie
Originally Posted By Lastgas15
The porcelain cold test oil sign for 425 in very good condition is a better buy than the rough tin sign for 194.


From a collector standpoint, definitely. But the tin sign will be for display purposes at my shop. Always need large eye catchers outside, plus I think once thoroughly cleaned it's probably a 300-325 sign at that size. But now you guys have me thinking I should scoop up the cold test sign, given its more rare than the typical tombstone ones

Appreciate all the insight, I am fairly new to this

The best advice I was given when I was new to the hobby was to always buy the single best item that I could afford.
The porcelain sign you asked the value on rates higher in both condition and desirability.
Rough signs have increased in value in recent years. Only time will tell if that trend continues. Good clean porcelain has increased steadily in value, and continues to do so.
Also, don't confuse rarity with desirability.
There may be more upside in the tin sign short term. 20 years from now? Probably not.
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#683644 - Sat Apr 01 2017 10:39 AM Re: Quaker State "Cold Test Winter" Sign Value? [Re: Lastgas15]
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Originally Posted By Lastgas15
Originally Posted By thebmwjunkie
Originally Posted By Lastgas15
The porcelain cold test oil sign for 425 in very good condition is a better buy than the rough tin sign for 194.


From a collector standpoint, definitely. But the tin sign will be for display purposes at my shop. Always need large eye catchers outside, plus I think once thoroughly cleaned it's probably a 300-325 sign at that size. But now you guys have me thinking I should scoop up the cold test sign, given its more rare than the typical tombstone ones

Appreciate all the insight, I am fairly new to this

The best advice I was given when I was new to the hobby was to always buy the single best item that I could afford.
The porcelain sign you asked the value on rates higher in both condition and desirability.
Rough signs have increased in value in recent years. Only time will tell if that trend continues. Good clean porcelain has increased steadily in value, and continues to do so.
Also, don't confuse rarity with desirability.
There may be more upside in the tin sign short term. 20 years from now? Probably not.


Really appreciate the advice, looking forward to starting a nice collection for myself. The rough tin one isn't something I would want for myself, but I do enjoy keeping it in circulation and hopefully bettering the condition. I will definitely be on the lookout for good starter signs, in the best condition I can afford. All signs are pretty rare in my area, I hardly ever come across them for sale. Glad I found this site, theres some great pieces available here

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#683731 - Sun Apr 02 2017 03:25 PM Re: Quaker State "Cold Test Winter" Sign Value? [Re: thebmwjunkie]
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Registered: Sun Mar 26 2017
Loc: MA
Thanks again everyone for the help, going to view the sign tomorrow. Will post photos once I have it


Edited by thebmwjunkie (Sun Apr 02 2017 08:46 PM)

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#683750 - Sun Apr 02 2017 08:47 PM Re: Quaker State "Cold Test Winter" Sign Value? [Re: thebmwjunkie]
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Muffler signs are collected. That one I think is 80's early 90s. Definitely not 325, around $60-80 given condition would be averge. Cherry condition $100.

There are some pretty cool muffler signs out there, Walker is a good name that's been collected for a long time. The complete display stands w/mufflers can run $300-600. One of the coolest I've had was a 3 sided display with a seal and then a rod through it holding a muffler that would spin around.
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#683804 - Mon Apr 03 2017 12:15 PM Re: Quaker State "Cold Test Winter" Sign Value? [Re: carolinaskies]
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Registered: Sun Mar 26 2017
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Originally Posted By carolinaskies
Muffler signs are collected. That one I think is 80's early 90s. Definitely not 325, around $60-80 given condition would be averge. Cherry condition $100.

There are some pretty cool muffler signs out there, Walker is a good name that's been collected for a long time. The complete display stands w/mufflers can run $300-600. One of the coolest I've had was a 3 sided display with a seal and then a rod through it holding a muffler that would spin around.


Thank you very much for your insight, I figured it was nothing too special but I can never pass up a deal. It has a "58" printed on it but I didn't think that could be the date given the style. Hopefully I can get the 60-80, as it's not my style at all

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