What Is It With These Puerto Rican CSPs?

Ok I need some help with this one. I have a prejudice against new issues when I’m building the Hot Finds Newsletter. Despite that focus on older memorabilia I can’t help but skip over lots of items from Puerto Rico that are getting a tons of bids. So I decided to go back and see what some of those pieces sold for. MAN! I’ve rarely seen an item in the Boy Scout category record more than 50 bids but three of these Csps eclipsed that landmark. Somebody needs to educate the rest of us and tell me what is going on with these items?

 

2009 Puerto Rico Council CSP Commissioners Unique

 

Puerto Rico CSP NYLT Staff 2009

 

2009 CSP NYLT NE-661 Yokahu Puerto Rico

 

Puerto Rico CSP Yagueka Limited Ed Outdoor Experience

 

Puerto Rico CSP Yagueka Camporee- The Best Ever

 

 

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jason;2776 wrote: Ok I need some help with this one. I have a prejudice against new issues when I’m building the Hot Finds Newsletter. Despite that focus on older memorabilia I can’t help but skip over lots of items from Puerto Rico that are getting a tons of bids. So I decided to go back and see what some of those pieces sold for. MAN! I’ve rarely seen an item in the Boy Scout category record more than 50 bids but three of these csps eclipsed that landmark. Somebody needs to educate the rest of us and tell me what is going on with these items?

(1) There is one bidder, “m***m”, who won all five of these lots with high bids placed one to four hours before the end of the auction.

(2) There are other bidders, primarily yokahuvirgil (h***y) but also jhgoldsmith (j***h) and “t***r”, who repeatedly make tiny bid increments until they give up, run out of time, or outbid previous spenders. (In one instance, yokahuvirgil in a ten-minute period placed TWENTY bids, raising the price of the CSP from about $100 to about $200 in roughly $5 steps.) Approximately 200 of the 220 or so bids on the five auctions were made by just these four bidders.

(3) There are not a lot of serious Puerto Rico collectors, but they clearly outnumber the recent contrived rarities that are circulating in the collecting community.

Guys like this are the best argument against eBay’s stated policy (place your max bid at the outset) and in favor of sniping services… The best reason to snipe is to avoid the guy who will chip-chip-chip the high bid well above the point where he’d bid if he only had to name one number and stick to it.

By Tegularius on December 17th, 2009 at 12:49 am

Puerto Rico has always been tougher than average because they don’t sell their regular issue CSP through National Supply. You always have to get them from the council or via trades. Now it looks like they’ve discovered the gold mine of SAPs.

By ISCA87L on December 24th, 2009 at 10:45 am

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