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    Default At last I am sumgai!

    You read about it all the time. Some guy finds a very nice or rare pen for a few dollars at a flea market or garage sale and buys it just before you arrive. Usually sumgai is somebody else. Except this time it was my turn.

    A couple of weeks ago I went to an antique fair that is celebrated yearly in the southern part of the island. While looking at some old things stuffed in a curio I saw a gold colored pen stuck in a corner. I asked the owner to see it and, upon inspection, I realized I had a Parker 51 Signet on my hands. "How much?" I calmly asked the gentleman. "Ten dollars" he answered, and before I could say anything he added, "After all I have to recoup my investment". While thinking, "How much did this guy pay for the pen that he can make a profit selling for this price?" I took out my wallet and paid the ten dollars.

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    My ten dollar investment.

    A quick flush was all that was needed to get this beauty working again. The pen has a very tasteful inscription that tells me this pen belonged to a doctor during the late 50's or early 60's. How many prescriptions did he fill with this pen?

    I left the fair extremely happy thinking "At last I am sumgai!". Or maybe the real sumgai was the seller? Well anyway I thought I should share my story and ask you all:

    Have you ever been sumgai? Tell us your story. Show us your pictures!

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    Default Re: At last I am sumgai!

    We're not worthy!
    We're not worthy!

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    Excellent!

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    Default Re: At last I am sumgai!

    That's a great purchase and the personalisation makes it even better!
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    Default Re: At last I am sumgai!

    Quote Originally Posted by carlos.q View Post
    ...I realized I had a Parker 51 Signet on my hands. "How much?" I calmly asked the gentleman. "Ten dollars" he answered, and before I could say anything he added, "After all I have to recoup my investment". While thinking, "How much did this guy pay for the pen that he can make a profit selling for this price?" I took out my wallet and paid the ten dollars...
    I don't have much of a poker face, but luckily, my "I can't believe you want so little" expression looks pretty much like the "I can't believe you want so much" one. Anyway, congratulations.
    "If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly."
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    You're definitely sumgai with that excellent deal. Well done.
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    Default Re: At last I am sumgai!

    For the benefit of Parker ingenues like me, can you quantify your sumgainess? What would be a fair price for this pen between knowledgeable collectors? I don't mean to put you on the spot - even a ballpark indication would be useful

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    Quote Originally Posted by BayesianPrior View Post
    For the benefit of Parker ingenues like me, can you quantify your sumgainess? What would be a fair price for this pen between knowledgeable collectors? I don't mean to put you on the spot - even a ballpark indication would be useful
    I bought my first (and until now my only) Parker 51 Signet about two years ago from a reputable restorer and I paid $250.00. From what I have seen recently the prices for these pens seem to be higher.

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    Default Re: At last I am sumgai!

    Shame on you. I would have refused to buy it at $10.00; that was really taking advantage of the poor guy. It was worth at least $12.50.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jar View Post
    Shame on you. I would have refused to buy it at $10.00; that was really taking advantage of the poor guy. It was worth at least $12.50.

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    Wow. Nice one, "sumgai" lol.

    How would you like to double your money?? (kidding)

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    Fabulous!
    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

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    A very nice score!!

    Happy for ya!
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    Wow! The gods of luck were really with you!
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    Whoa!

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    Default Re: At last I am sumgai!

    Na, you've got the wrong idea.

    At $10, the guy was insulting you.

    You should have offered him $5 - and then settled for around $7-8.

    I guarantee, he'd be smiling thinking he'd beat you - and you'd be smiling thinking you'd beaten him.

    Honour would have been satisfied on both sides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    Na, you've got the wrong idea.

    At $10, the guy was insulting you.

    You should have offered him $5 - and then settled for around $7-8.

    I guarantee, he'd be smiling thinking he'd beat you - and you'd be smiling thinking you'd beaten him.

    Honour would have been satisfied on both sides.
    I believe he was very happy he sold that old clunker for $10.00 and, of course, I am even happier...

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    Yay!!! I'm happy for you!!! What a wonderful find!!!
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    You´re lucky Carlos, congratulations !

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    Congratulations on that great find!

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