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Dom Heffner
01-19-2008, 12:35 PM
We all have had things that we have gotten rid of at one point or another but wished we hadn't.

I had a good friend who had his own autograph business. He'd chase down celebrities full time in Los Angeles, and he would often let me have first crack at his really good stuff. He would get all of them himself, so it was super cool to pick through his collection, knowing they were all authentic.

Over the years, I amassed a pretty cool collection of stuff.

At one point it got kind of out of control, so I sold a bunch of stuff I had on ebay.

What made me think that a Mick Jagger signature, in silver paint pen, on a Herb Ritts photograph would be a good idea to get rid of I have no clue, but have absolutely regretted selling that thing since I packed and shipped it off when it was sold.

People will come to my house and comment about how cool the collection is - I mean it's striking, one of a kind stuff- but when I go to say, "Thanks, glad you enjoy it," I hear this little voice in the back of my head saying, "Well, it could have been a lot better had you not sold the God of rock's autograph on the coolest picture ever, goof head."

Ugh.

Also- I traded away a bunch of late 1960s, early 1970s baseball cards- Rose, Jackson, Bench- for a handful of Intellivision games.

Allegro
01-19-2008, 01:18 PM
When I was 15, I traded a vintage Ludwig 5-piece drum kit (gold sparkle) for a 15 (or so) piece candy-apple red CB-700 kit. Double-bass kits were the rage at the time. Bad, bad decision.

pedro
01-19-2008, 01:21 PM
Also- I traded away a bunch of late 1960s, early 1970s baseball cards- Rose, Jackson, Bench- for a handful of Intellivision games.

oh mercy.

woy and I had some epic intellivision baseball battles back in the day.

I regret getting rid of my my schwinn lemon peeler.

Dom Heffner
01-19-2008, 01:26 PM
woy and I had some epic intellivision baseball battles back in the day.


Great, great game, but I think the games I got were along the lines of Dungeons and Dragons.

Just awful decision making.

GoReds33
01-19-2008, 01:30 PM
My mom usto have a letter written, and signed by Ty Cobb. One day my dad was going through the closet cleaning it, and threw it, along with a bunch more stuff away. Now that I'm a collector, I think she would have given it to me. That would be cool to have.

GAC
01-19-2008, 01:37 PM
I wasted an awful lot of prime baseball and football cards from the early 60's in the spokes of my bicycle.

And in my house fire I lost all my comic books from the 60's (about 1,000), as well as a lot of Beatles memoribilia (cards, magazines, albums), as well as Reds too. A lot of the pictures we had got replaced by various family members; but my photos from when I was in the military and overseas are gone forever,

Ltlabner
01-19-2008, 03:07 PM
1976 Les Paul Standard - Wine Red
1976 Les Paul Custom - Black w/Dirty Fingers Pickups
1881 Les Paul Deluxe - natural wood top (someone stripped it, and routed out the pickups for full sized ones before I got it)
1974 Les Paul Special
2 different Legend Rock & Roll 50 Amps
1 Mesa Boogie MK III
Late 70's Silver Face Fender Bassman head

Beretta 92FS
Sig Sauer P226
Glock 23


Bought and ultimtley sold all of them. Have had lots of other crap along the way, but these are the ones I wish I had held onto.

westofyou
01-19-2008, 03:11 PM
Roberto Clemente signed ball, played with it... yeah I know... he wasn't dead then.

Bip Roberts
01-19-2008, 03:30 PM
I tried to think about something that fit this thread but honestly there is nothing I can think of. Im sure that will change some day I get married though...

HumnHilghtFreel
01-19-2008, 03:37 PM
Albert Pujols Chrome Rookie Card. I sold it in his 2nd year in the league I think and got around $50 for it.

I'm thinking I could have done a little(lot) better had I been more patient.

MrCinatit
01-19-2008, 04:11 PM
I shudder to think of the amount of cards I have traded or sold in my lifetime. I had quite a few doubles from the mid/late '70s and early '80s. Pretty sure I had stacks of Trammell, Morris and Whitaker rookies, Henderson Rookies, Ripken rookies - tons of them. They would be worth thousands now, I think I let them go for about 20 bucks.

RedFanAlways1966
01-19-2008, 04:23 PM
1881 Les Paul Deluxe - natural wood top (someone stripped it, and routed out the pickups for full sized ones before I got it)

Considering Les was born in 1915, I'd guess that 1881 model was made by a prophet and worth a billion dollars! ;) On the music topic, Ltlabner... I have never sold any music equipment that I have bought. Of course I have pedals, rack effects, amps (X3), guitars (X11), basses (X2) and all kinds of other stuff stored and in milk crates. Each piece of equipment has some sort of sentimental value to me. I am not like this about anything else... I usually tend to get rid of stuff too quickly. There are some things I have not used or played in 15+ years, but I still have it. I once loaned a guitar and small amp-speaker combo to an aquaintance who sang in the 1st band I joined. He got a brain tumor and quickly passed away (about 6 months after I let him borrow the gear). Needless to say I did not ask his family for the gear (of course not!) and never got it back.

Things I miss...

* a few thousand Topps baseball cards (1972-1982) that were expendable for enough money to buy a few cases of beer during my senior year of high school. I was so young and so dumb.

* bats from REDS bat day giveaways from the late 1970's. MY uncle had four season tickets and used to take my cousin and I during bat day for about 4 seasons. It was always during the first month of the season. My favorite was George Foster's black bat replica that was given in 1978 after his MVP year. Not sure what happened to them, but I'd guess my parents got sick of seeing them get in the way and tossed them.

RANDY IN INDY
01-19-2008, 04:44 PM
My dad gave away Topps football card sets from 1971-1974 without my knowledge. Still haven't gotten over that one.

nate
01-19-2008, 04:55 PM
1976 Les Paul Standard - Wine Red
1976 Les Paul Custom - Black w/Dirty Fingers Pickups
1881 Les Paul Deluxe - natural wood top (someone stripped it, and routed out the pickups for full sized ones before I got it)
1974 Les Paul Special
2 different Legend Rock & Roll 50 Amps
1 Mesa Boogie MK III
Late 70's Silver Face Fender Bassman head

Beretta 92FS
Sig Sauer P226
Glock 23


Bought and ultimtley sold all of them. Have had lots of other crap along the way, but these are the ones I wish I had held onto.

1881 was a good year for Pauls!

No Glock 18? :)

I wish I hadn't had to sell my Oberheim Matrix-12 but I was strapped for cash at the time. I left a Sundown guitar amp with a friend after I moved back to California from Boston. Kind of wish I still had that, it was very "Boogie-like."

My Dad had a TR-808 he sold for $100 in 1990. I'm getting over it...gradually.

Had a buddy back in elementary school I used to trade baseball and football cards with. One time, he traded me all his football cards for all of my baseball cards. I still have them somewhere but in retrospect, I would like to have had the baseball cards. I think it was around 1977 and I'm pretty sure I had all the Reds cards from that year.

A friend of mine gave me a very nice Moog Minimoog years ago. GAVE IT TO ME...he wouldn't take anything for it. They go for around $3000 on eBay these days. I still have it and it needs a little tuning but it freaking rocks.

roundboy22
01-19-2008, 07:15 PM
At one time in my youth I had around 10 Joe Montana rookie cards that I traded. I can't even remember what I traded them for.

Ltlabner
01-19-2008, 07:16 PM
1881 was a good year for Pauls!

No Glock 18? :)

Yea....1881 rocked. The pickups are really weak, however. ;)

No...no Glock 18. Sherrif Rodenberg frowns on such toys.

vaticanplum
01-19-2008, 07:36 PM
I was going to say nothing, because I am the worst packrat on the planet and have more worthless crap in my apartment than 10 or 12 normal people. This is that much worse when I think about how often I move and what a pain it always is to move my crap. I attach sentimental value to otherwise inconsequential things, I hoarde every piece of correspondence I've ever received, and the phrase "I might need this someday..." comes out of my mouth at least once every couple of weeks. It really is like I lived through the Great Depression or something. One person does not need 41 winter coats. I absolutely disgust myself, to be honest.

So I was going to say there's no way I've ever gotten rid of something I now regret. Then I remembered the little plastic lion charm that hung from the zipper of my winter coat in the third grade. My mom bought him for me for no reason (uncommon in my childhood), and I loved him so much that I got made fun of by my classmates. I probably actually talked to this lion; I know that I named him (Happy, because of the cheerful way he dangled down with his teeny fat belly and his pink padded feet). I don't remember what happened to him, but I used to own him, and now I don't. 'Nuff said.

lo ryder
01-19-2008, 10:19 PM
S&W 5906
Sig P 230

TeamCasey
01-20-2008, 12:02 PM
My BB guns.

AmarilloRed
01-20-2008, 06:30 PM
I collected baseball cards in the 70's and 80's and ended up selling a lot of them for money.

sonny
01-20-2008, 11:15 PM
1976 Les Paul Standard - Wine Red
1976 Les Paul Custom - Black w/Dirty Fingers Pickups
1881 Les Paul Deluxe - natural wood top (someone stripped it, and routed out the pickups for full sized ones before I got it)
1974 Les Paul Special
2 different Legend Rock & Roll 50 Amps
1 Mesa Boogie MK III
Late 70's Silver Face Fender Bassman head

Beretta 92FS
Sig Sauer P226
Glock 23


Bought and ultimtley sold all of them. Have had lots of other crap along the way, but these are the ones I wish I had held onto.

Ah, I feel your pain. I "lent" someone my 1981 custom Gibson Flying V with floyd Rose tremelo and Russian flag inlay on the 12th fret. If anybody has seen it, beat up the guy who has it.

RichRed
01-21-2008, 04:42 PM
Also- I traded away a bunch of late 1960s, early 1970s baseball cards- Rose, Jackson, Bench- for a handful of Intellivision games.

That just makes my heart hurt, Dom.

RichRed
01-21-2008, 04:44 PM
Roberto Clemente signed ball, played with it... yeah I know... he wasn't dead then.

My college roommate did that with a Connie Mack-signed ball when he was a kid.

WebScorpion
01-23-2008, 12:13 AM
I had a TON of basebal cards from '65-'80. I know I had all the Reds from each year and I had the complete set of cards for '69-'73. While I was away in the Army, my mother threw them away. AAAAUGH!!! http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/basic/excited.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org)

I also had 2 tickets to a Led Zeppelin concert on October 26th, 1980 in Cleveland's old Richfield Coliseum. The concert was cancelled when John Bonham died and I foolishly returned them for the $20.00 or whatever ridiculously low price I paid for them. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/angry021.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org)

I have no idea what those tickets would be worth today.

Johnny Footstool
01-23-2008, 12:33 AM
X-Men #19 (1st appearance of The Mimic) and X-Men #28 (1st appearance of Banshee). I'm pretty sure I traded them for a handful of other, less-valuable X-Men books. Bad choice, as those old issues climbed dramatically in price while the less-valuable ones remained less valuable.

I threw away my old Star Wars Play-Doh set and my Droid Factory.

RedsBaron
01-23-2008, 06:56 AM
I've kept most everything I treasured. I still have all my baseball cards, except for a very few that I sold to a dealer for good money about 12-15 years ago with no regrets.
I do wish I had a few of my old toys. They were lost when we moved when I was 15 years old. I'd like to have my "Man From U.N.C.L.E." gun and my "Bonanza" lunchbox.

SunDeck
01-23-2008, 10:52 AM
My skis.
When we got married, my wife had no interest in the sport whatsoever. I didn't have any friends at all who were interested, so I got tired of going by myself and gave away my skis, boots and poles.

Two years ago, she tried skiing and absolutely loved it and wants me to help her learn how to ski well. It doesn't make financial sense to buy skis because we still won't be going all that often, so now I have to rent. Hate it, hate it, hate it.

George Foster
01-24-2008, 09:46 PM
I had a fully restored 1965, red mustang in high school. We sold it before I went to college. It was not the type of car you drive to college (to many miles). I got a new ford escort:confused: I was thankful for the car but it was not the babe-mobile that the mustang was. God I miss that car. A lot of "first" in that car..;)

15fan
01-24-2008, 10:19 PM
I tried to think about something that fit this thread but honestly there is nothing I can think of. Im sure that will change some day I get married though...

When you get married, you're not allowed to regret that stuff being gone.

You are, however, allowed to regret that the throw pillows in the guest bedroom don't match the hand towels in the guest bathroom.

;)

Blimpie
01-25-2008, 08:25 PM
When I was REALLY low on cash in the mid-1980's, I sold nearly a complete set of X-Men comics (I was only missing about 3-4 issues) for $35.00 to a very opportunistic dealer.

....and no, I do not want to talk about how much those issues are worth today.

gonelong
05-20-2010, 09:35 AM
I left my high school ball glove at a softball game when I was 20-21 or so, and never got it back. I'd love to have that back to give to my son. *sigh*

When my grandparents were mid-90's they moved from their farm into a small house in town. They auctioned of the property and many of the things they had. One of the things they had were 5-6 old gloves that my Dad and uncles had played with as kids. Real pancakes (1940's), those gloves were. My cousins and I would play with them from time-to-time if we all found ourselves at the Grandparents on the same day. I wanted at least one of those gloves, but they sold them as a package deal with some other stuff and I was too young/broke to buy them. They probably sold for $20 bucks and I'd give $500 bucks for them now and wouldn't blink. *sigh*

This thread sucks.

GL

macro
05-20-2010, 09:49 AM
When I was 15, I traded a vintage Ludwig 5-piece drum kit (gold sparkle) for a 15 (or so) piece candy-apple red CB-700 kit. Double-bass kits were the rage at the time. Bad, bad decision.

Yep, you're right, but hey, I remember those CB-700 kits and the candy apple red ones were beautiful. I can understand how you could be lured to trade an "old, outdated" sparkle set for a shiny new one. That would have been my thinking at age 15, as well.

A buddy of mine bought the orange CB-700 set (single bass) in 1980 and I always loved it. He eventually got tired of the orange and asked me to strip it down and cover the shells in white contact paper, which I did. White became popular in the early 80s, I guess.

Covering drums in contact paper was an easy way to change the color without permanently altering the shells. We'd sometimes cover with the contact paper and then spray paint to any color we wanted.

I have no idea when he got rid of that set, but I wonder if he ever regrets it. My first drum set was total crap, so I have never really missed it.

As for the subject of the thread itself, I guess my biggest regret is the same as many of yours: trading early 70s baseball cards for rookies of Gregg Jeffries, Tom Gordon, Rickey Jordan, and Mike Greenwell.

Chip R
05-20-2010, 10:24 AM
There's a guy I play vintage base ball with. He's somewhat of a bat collector and a couple of years ago we went down to St. Louis to play at a festival they have over at Lafayette Park every year. While they have the festival going on, the locals ring the park and have something of a yard sale around the park. Nothing junky but some interesting stuff. Anyway, he bought a couple of bats from this one person. I think he got them for $20 or close to it. One was a bat used by Ted Williams and the other a bat used by Jackie Robinson in his last season. Someone recently told him that the Robinson bat might be worth something. So he put it up for auction recently and it sold for over $25K. :eek:

pedro
05-20-2010, 10:27 AM
http://www.antiquewhs.com/2005016.jpg

Kingspoint
05-21-2010, 03:39 AM
A few 1000 1970's baseball cards.

http://www.checkoutmycards.com/CardImages/Cards/208/442/04F.jpg

SunDeck
05-21-2010, 06:13 AM
I found a professional bike repair stand at a flea market for $50. It was a great stand and it got a lot of use. However, when we moved to Bloomington to a house with a one car garage, there just wasn't room for it and we donated it to the Community Bike Project in town. I don't regret donating it, but since then we have moved into a house with a larger garage and I'm too cheap to buy a new stand. Every time I need to work on the bike I regret not having it.

And I totally regret trading in my pickup truck.

Trace's Daddy
05-21-2010, 08:06 AM
Sold my AR-15. By the time I can afford another, they'll be illegal. :thumbdown :(

Degenerate39
05-21-2010, 08:42 AM
Super Nintendo

Roy Tucker
05-21-2010, 09:02 AM
My old Marantz 2325 amplifier and big ass JBL speakers. Warm sound and rattle-the-windows volume.

KoryMac5
05-21-2010, 10:12 AM
I had a nice kick-butt sound system when I was in the Army. Back than we didn't care how it sounded as long as it was loud. Had 2 huge JBL console speakers that weighed 50 lbs a piece, were a pain to move them. My future wife to be took one look at my system and suggested I sell them as we needed a new washer and dryer. I was in love so I listened to her and made the sacrifice. Unfortunately I no longer have the system in my life, fortunately though I no longer have her in my life either.

Brutus_the_Red
05-22-2010, 12:33 PM
I've got loads of music gear stories...

one of the one's that hurts me most, was trading my candy-apple red Gibson 335 for an ampeg svt-cl and 6x10 and a musicman bass to play bass for a band who needed it... i was in it for less than 6 months. the deal was fine, and money-wise, i probably came out on top... but that 335 was butter.

i also traded a Marshall JCM800 2555 (The Jubilee) for a Hiwatt Custom 100. i was going through a pete townshend tone phase and traded my Slash model... ugh. i never ever was happy with the Hiwatt tone and traded for an Orange Rockerverb 50 that i love now. but i miss that JCM800 a whole, whole lot.

Joseph
05-22-2010, 01:10 PM
A Michael Jordan rookie card when I was 13 or so.

For 1.80.

BoydsOfSummer
05-24-2010, 10:52 PM
A Smith & Wesson 629 Classic .44 and a Remington 870 Wingmaster that I had to sell a decade ago when I needed some cash fast. I'd had the 870 since I was a kid and it had many memories that went with it. The Smith had sentimental value as it was given to me as a gift from someone special that is no longer here.