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Starting A Parker 51 Collection

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#1 Danwrites

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 07:21

Dear all,

 

I would like to start a 51 collection, and would be happy to hear what the best way is to go about it.

 

Also, I am looking for a 51, with a medium/fine nib (in good shape), with a diamond. Something that will not get me into trouble with the missus:)

 

I don't have a premium account, so the market place here is out of bounds for me :)

 

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#2 FarmBoy

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 08:10

I didn't think you needed a premium account to buy here.

Best bet is to go to an auction site and bid on all 51s. I bid a fixed amount on each one and take what comes. Sometimes you get and sometimes you don't.
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Posted 04 December 2014 - 18:09

In my opinion the best way to start a collection is to decide what you want out of it first. A "collection" can have a theme from the very beginning or just grow, evolve and be refined as time goes on and you buy whatever you want. I personally never try to "collect" things though. I just buy what I like and when I start to feel the hobby needs limitations (usually due to financial investment), I set ground rules and stick to them.

With my watches, it's no more than ten (I have 9 now) and nothing over 1,000 dollars (subject to change if finances allow in the distant future). Within that, I buy whatever I like! And when I hit ten, there is a "one in requires one out" rule.

With pens, I've already limited myself to ten. But dollar amounts are hazy...the most I've spent is 155 so far and while I love the pen, it was hard to justify to the wifey on our "100 bucks for Christmas presents to each other" budget!!

Maybe just buy what you like in the beginning...your collection will find its own focus as time goes by.

Edited by sirgilbert357, 04 December 2014 - 18:10.


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Posted 04 December 2014 - 18:12

I didn't think you needed a premium account to buy here.

Best bet is to go to an auction site and bid on all 51s. I bid a fixed amount on each one and take what comes. Sometimes you get and sometimes you don't.


But not all at once, right? LOL. It would be funny (or not) if you win several at a time!!

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Posted 05 December 2014 - 04:15

But not all at once, right? LOL. It would be funny (or not) if you win several at a time!!

All at once. You plop in a bid on all of them one after the other so you have auctions ending all the time.  You stop when the Post Office inquires if there is something going on.


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Posted 05 December 2014 - 04:37

Excellent choice for a collection~

 

If it were me, I would make a daily ritual out of 1. Scouring FPN & FPgeeks classifieds for good deals, and 2. Scouring eBay.  I agree - every 51 you're interested in, bid on.  Decide on a number that is comfortable to pay, and bid it on all of the 51s.  It's a numbers game, so you're bound to get some at good prices with enough perseverance.  

 

I also agree that maybe start small - start by buying 1 that you really really like, then go from there.



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Posted 06 December 2014 - 15:02

All at once. You plop in a bid on all of them one after the other so you have auctions ending all the time.  You stop when the Post Office inquires if there is something going on.


LOL, or when you run out of money! Guess if you have the cash to pay for all of the auctions (if you win all that you bid on) then it's not a problem! I know that's not likely to happen, but that would be just my luck.

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 17:18

Have you ever written with a Parker 51 before?

 

If not, I might just try one to start with and see how you like it before starting a collection of them. Some love the hooded nib and others do not.

 

I would suggest getting a basic black model with a Lustraloy cap. The earlier Vacumatic 51s (1941-46) were the versions with the blue diamond on the clip. You can probably find a nice, restored, user-grade example for around $70 or so in the classifieds.


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