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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... RK:MEWA:IT

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I was watchng that. If it had stayed low enough (and shipping was less to the US) I would have bought it and a tile set from mefferts. Instead, I just ordered me a tiled minx and a skewb ultimate from mefferts. Funny auction though!

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Michael wrote:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=5959379142&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT

Haha, I love the auction text :D

Now something different: Are these cubes really that bad?
http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie ... 5959491034


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What the hell? How did that get by everyone?

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Hi Stefan,

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Now something different: Are these cubes really that bad?
http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie ... 5959491034


These are Ideal/Arxon cubes, just a different package from the clear cylinder. Elsewhere I have rated them. Ones with the square "Rubik's CUBE" stickers have arches, the rest don't. Most without arches are fine if you don't mind popping. They all have screws, not rivets.

The only one I have objection to is the "Made in Tawian" version because some of the first ones used copies of the original molds from Hungary which weren't very good. The ones made in Hungary, Hong Kong and England have very good plastic, the same plastic as the Hungarian made "Rubik's Studio" cubes.

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All time high for a Deluxe ?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... RK:MEWA:IT

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All time high for a Deluxe ?

Is it just me or does the "question" sound like a fake to drive the price higher?


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Hell, I have a least three sealed tiled Deluxes that I can remember. If anyone wants to help me buy my house with an offer like that, I'm all ears.

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StefanPochmann wrote:
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All time high for a Deluxe ?

Is it just me or does the "question" sound like a fake to drive the price higher?


Great minds think alike !

I have never seen such a questionable question !

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too bad you can't see who asked the question. it does seem a bit odd that a potential buyer would tell a seller how rare the item is. if it was just an honest observer, what would be the motivation? all that said and done, not sure if this is illegal in any way.

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There are plenty of tactics that aren't illegal that border on the unethical. If I was interested in getting the best possible price for an item regardless of what others thought of me, heck I'd be doing the same thing. But I like trying to keep a good online reputation. 8-)

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I am soooo sick of eBay.

I gave up searching eBay for Lent, and guess what! Life is better! I have rediscovered some favorite pastimes.

You guys can have it. No more competition from me.


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Hadn't seen this one before and it doesn't appear in the database but the price suggests it's not that rare, so I'm confused:
http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie ... 5961589953


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I got the german version (called "Rubiks Logic") of this game one year ago. I paid ca. 10 EUR. I was confused too.
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I have one of those Line-Up games. Can't figure out how you're supposed to actually get three in a row, though.

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K- Ball Display:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... RK:MEWA:IT

I thought this looked like a great thing to have to display, but I buy to play, not to collect/display. It's a shame no one scooped it up.

This star wars carousel was a while ago, but I also thought it was noteworthy so I'll mention it now :) Since it says Kellogg's on it, it must have been a store display.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... RK:MEWA:IT


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This must be the funniest question I've seen. Goes like "Dude, will you give me your MIB stickered deluxe cube for $8 as buy-it-now?"...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 5963229572

Oh, the joy of doing things together. In case you didn't notice, there were five of these spread over half an hour. It was the same people bidding (or trying to) together again and again, often of course in the last seconds. In the above auction, three of us managed to put the last bids in the exact same second, 4 seconds before the end.

I didn't win any, but it was still a heartwarming experience. I mean it! Congrats to the winners! If any of you use them for speedsolving, I'd like to know how you like them. Ton has them in his "not recommended" list but hey, they're deluxes! Also, the sticker says "assembled in Korea". Does that mean the pieces were maybe produced elsewhere? Anyway, I'm not trying to make anyone feel bad. I'd guess/hope they're good cubes, otherwise I wouldn't have bid myself. I'm just curious...


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Another one I just found:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 5961157201

Includes a Pyramix and three nice old Megaminx's.

Yes, Pyramix. No 'n'. This one:
http://www.twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/pu ... i?pid=1321
But with the case and instruction booklet that shows the same wrong spelling.

The Megaminx's have nice cubic boxes, apparently with triangles cut out on the bottom and added on top so that they can "stand on a corner". And they have white centers without that usual picture of that guy.

It's also funny to read :D


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And last (?) but not least an ordinary (?) sticker variation for $71:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 5961953952


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I was bidding on those deluxe cubes but didn't get any :(


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Yeah, I really wanted that London map cube, but £37?! For a sticker variant? Are you ****ing kidding me??
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 5961953952

Whoever got that lot
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 5961157201
got a steal! If he'd sold all those things individually...
(Okay, okay, I'm stating the extreme obvious. Sue me. Someone had to say it)

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Aphid, I must say I LOVE your avatar.

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Aphid, I must say I LOVE your avatar.


Yeah, and the moniker's pretty good, too. Should have considered "Aphid" when naming the kids... would've been better than Blowfly and Tick, anyhow.


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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 5962795587

Wow.. this Hexagon Rhombic Dodecahedron had over 45 watchers at its peak. Image

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I noticed that too... the name is slightly worrying, though. But speaking of puzzle misnomers, I think that your own avatar is in excellent taste.


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Aphid, I must say I LOVE your avatar.


Thanks, Swedishlf! :)

Mike G wrote:
Should have considered "Aphid" when naming the kids... would've been better than Blowfly and Tick, anyhow.


*aphid ponders possible insult*
Hmm...

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I was surprised at how high this Ideal Rubik's Revenge solution book sold for:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=19187&item=5963302088
Then again, they are fairly uncommon.

Also uncommon is this sealed Ideal Rubik's cube with the logo on the center yellow (instead of white) sticker:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5963506377
Does anyone know if this was a mistake, or were some of these purposely made this way?

Doug.


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I like the idea of a combination of 2 Rubik puzzles into one
(Rubik`s Magic & Rubik`s Tangle)

Custom Tangle Professor Magic 24 tiles 46.00 $

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... %3AIT&rd=1

Jentek Avenger Spin Puzzle 41.00 $

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... %3AIT&rd=1

Missing Link Deluxe Edition 68.00 $

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... %3AIT&rd=1

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aphid_greene wrote:
*aphid ponders possible insult*

None intended. Mike trembles. You can put the gun away now.


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I got these recently:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 5962035787 - Interesting chain puzzle
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 5963310128 - Tomy Rack'em Up
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 5961577818 - Mix-Box Italia "90" puzzle

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What puzzle is this?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 5964504161
It almost looks like a pyramorphix but with fewer tips (just 2 instead of 4). And what makes it worth $50?


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DavidF wrote:
K- Ball Display:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... RK:MEWA:IT

I thought this looked like a great thing to have to display, but I buy to play, not to collect/display. It's a shame no one scooped it up.

This star wars carousel was a while ago, but I also thought it was noteworthy so I'll mention it now :) Since it says Kellogg's on it, it must have been a store display.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... RK:MEWA:IT


If you ever see something you wanted that ended with no bids, my advice is to ask the seller if they want to sell it privately. I got the K-ball display by doing this.
Anyone want a MIB K-ball? :)

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Doug M. wrote:
Also uncommon is this sealed Ideal Rubik's cube with the logo on the center yellow (instead of white) sticker:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5963506377
Does anyone know if this was a mistake, or were some of these purposely made this way?

Doug.


Hey Doug,

For what it's worth, I've never seen a regular stickered cube with the logo on any color other than white. If the spindle is the same as the run of the mill on-white logo cubes, then it is probably genuine. Perhaps someone deliberately put some yellow stickers though the white sticker printing process, like the accidental mint error...
http://byersnc.com/errorssacagawea.html

...or the deliberate mint error
http://www.fredweinberg.com/mules.html

That last is amazing! :)

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...or the deliberate mint error
http://www.fredweinberg.com/mules.html

That last is amazing! :)


Unbelievable. Unbelievable! People pay $75,000 for a single coin just because it contains an error? Wow!

You say "deliberate". How do you know? And who did it? The page doesn't mention anything...

Did you notice how many of them went to Tommy Bolack? Maybe he's the idiot who did it and now he's trying to cover this up?


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...or the deliberate mint error
http://www.fredweinberg.com/mules.html

That last is amazing! :)


Unbelievable. Unbelievable! People pay $75,000 for a single coin just because it contains an error? Wow!

You say "deliberate". How do you know? And who did it? The page doesn't mention anything...

Did you notice how many of them went to Tommy Bolack? Maybe he's the idiot who did it and now he's trying to cover this up?


Hi Stefan,

If you found a Mercedes engine in a VW Beetle would you imagine it was accidental? Even a Porsche engine in a VW Beetle wouldn't be accidental even though they are the same company.

Nobody, but nobody, is going to accidently put the face of a quarter on Sacagewea dollar. I don't think it could happen accidentally. If it had been an accident there would probably have been a run of thousands of them before the error was caught, and they would have all been dealt with carefully.
I can't go into detail here, but take a look at the checks and balances that are in place at a US mint.

They are well known; see the first 4 paragraphs, for example, on this page:
http://www.coinsite.com/content/Articles/MintErrors.asp

What's to cover up? If he had made them he could have simply kept them, and it wouldn't have cost him so much money. If he had them made he could have had them delivered.

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The fact that the head and tail are from different coins is a big tipoff, considering how perfectly the coins were struck. The head and tail of a coin are struck together, so the odds of two different denominations being created at once are not likely since the entire coin batch would likely be rejected.

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Did you notice how many of them went to Tommy Bolack? Maybe he's the idiot who did it and now he's trying to cover this up?


Jus did a quick name search...

http://www.zyworld.com/coinpurse/Articles88.htm

"A cattle rancher and oil producer named Tommy Bolack bought
the first two tailed quarter found for $80,000"

So its a different idiot :lol:

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If you found a Mercedes engine in a VW Beetle would you imagine it was accidental? Even a Porsche engine in a VW Beetle wouldn't be accidental even though they are the same company.


I don't think a Mercedes engine would fit into a Beetle. Bad comparison example :D

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Nobody, but nobody, is going to accidently put the face of a quarter on Sacagewea dollar. I don't think it could happen accidentally. If it had been an accident there would probably have been a run of thousands of them before the error was caught, and they would have all been dealt with carefully.


People do make mistakes, especially if they have to do dull things all the time. Did you never apply the wrong PLL? ;-)

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They are well known; see the first 4 paragraphs, for example, on this page:
http://www.coinsite.com/content/Articles/MintErrors.asp


Actually the 4th paragraph works *against* the deliberate act theory. Maybe most of the bad coins were just found and destroyed, but some made it through. Or as mentioned there, all could've been detected but then some sold by employees. That selling would be deliberate, but not the creation itself. I doubt your "they would have all been dealt with carefully".


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David J wrote:
If you found a Mercedes engine in a VW Beetle would you imagine it was accidental? Even a Porsche engine in a VW Beetle wouldn't be accidental even though they are the same company.

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I don't think a Mercedes engine would fit into a Beetle. Bad comparison example :D


Mercedes makes 4 cylinder engines which could fit easily.


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Nobody, but nobody, is going to accidently put the face of a quarter on Sacagewea dollar. I don't think it could happen accidentally. If it had been an accident there would probably have been a run of thousands of them before the error was caught, and they would have all been dealt with carefully.

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People do make mistakes, especially if they have to do dull things all the time. Did you never apply the wrong PLL? ;-)


Quality control would catch that kind of mistake. And no, I've never applied the wrong PLL.


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They are well known; see the first 4 paragraphs, for example, on this page:
http://www.coinsite.com/content/Articles/MintErrors.asp

StefanPochmann wrote:
Actually the 4th paragraph works *against* the deliberate act theory. Maybe most of the bad coins were just found and destroyed, but some made it through. Or as mentioned there, all could've been detected but then some sold by employees. That selling would be deliberate, but not the creation itself. I doubt your "they would have all been dealt with carefully".


The reason it couldn't have happened by accident is because the quarter die had to be specifically altered to fit in a *different* machine setup. It had to have been done by someone who knew their way *around* security and procedure. Nowadays, unless someone knows how to bypass security, *all of that type* of mint errors are caught and destroyed.

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The fact that the head and tail are from different coins is a big tipoff, considering how perfectly the coins were struck. The head and tail of a coin are struck together, so the odds of two different denominations being created at once are not likely since the entire coin batch would likely be rejected.


Precisely!

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I have seen many Ivory (babylon) towers over the years. However, I have never seen the ones that not only have the balls with different shades, but the outer plastic is colored too and not all white.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5963089732

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I have seen many Ivory (babylon) towers over the years. However, I have never seen the ones that not only have the balls with different shades, but the outer plastic is colored too and not all white.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5963089732


Is it this one?
http://twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pid=676
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Yes, thats it

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A sealed Mozaika for $90.00

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5966051310&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1

Wow, this one went to a fellow member. Congrats to both the buyer and the seller :)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5965603217&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1

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Thanks! :oops: :D
I saw it at £43 and thought "wow, that's expensive", but found myself strangely drawn to it's hypnotic qualities...
:shock: :roll: :shock: :roll: :shock: :roll: :shock:
Anyway, I've been a good aphid lately and I've been saving money for such an opportunity.
Does anyone know if "richardtrike" is a TP member?

P.S. My apologies to the other "over £100" bidders; I have to admit my bid was a bit of a snipe. :oops:[/i]

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Ive met him before, I sold him some stuff a while back. He's a v.nice guy, and seems to be the only other big collector from my city.

I think he views the forum, but doens't post on it.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 1:44 pm 
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*V.RARE PENTANGLE CUBE* 70's PRE RUBIK'S \ RUBIX* BOXED
GBP 72.00  
(Approximately US $135.40)

Is this guy full of baloney or what ?
The cube doesn`t look aligned too.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... %3AIT&rd=1

Michael
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Michael wrote:
*V.RARE PENTANGLE CUBE* 70's PRE RUBIK'S \ RUBIX* BOXED
GBP 72.00
(Approximately US $135.40)

Is this guy full of baloney or what ?
The cube doesn`t look aligned too.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... %3AIT&rd=1

Michael
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Hi Michael,

Not full of baloney.

Before Ideal sold them and named them (beginning in 1980) Logical Games had the rights in the USA and Pentangle had the rights in England. The Pentangle cubes were made before the 1980 Ideal cubes, and before they were called "Rubik's Cubes."

Regards,

David J


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What the...? 32 Euros? Isn't that just a cheap clone which doesn't even have a box and which was used already?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 5181631331


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 9:16 am 
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Looks to me like a cheap clone cube! There were quite a few bidders as well - I guess as the price goes up, more people believe the item is more rare.. no other explanation really! :lol:



Also, I just sold a fused puzzle for $68

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 5966409105

Not a bad way to clear a bit of room in my scraps box! I find it quite interesting to see what custom-made puzzles go for.

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