3 Expensive World Cup Soccer Balls

3 Expensive World Cup Soccer Balls

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1930 First World Cup Game Ball 

Original Football used in the first ever World Cup Final

Uruguay over Argentina (Sold for €32,000 by Agon Sports)

1934 World Cup Bronze medal

World Cup 1954 Game Ball

World Cup 1954 Original Match ball

West Germany over Hungary (Estimated Value: €10,000 – €12,500 Agon Sports)

 1934 World Cup Bronze medal

World Cup 1978 World Cup Game Ball

1978 World Cup game used Final ball, Argentina v Netherlands

Argentina over Netherlands (Offered by Bonhams for $5,000.00 and later withdrawn)

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Are You A Disgruntled Estate Liquidator?

Antique Alphabet Blocks Illustarting a Letter To Estate Liquidators

Dear Disgruntled Estate Liquidator,

As I wrote in chapter 11 of my book Liquidating an Estate, “If you don’t care about people’s problems you’ll never get a chance to solve them.”

As estate liquidators, and estate sales professionals, when we cease to care for the trials and tribulations of our clients, we prove ourselves to be nothing more than common merchants.

In our business it’s go, go, go all the time. We work hard, extremely hard; most of our clients really don’t know how hard and most of them don’t care either. They want to be relieved of one of their many burdens, and when that happens, they move on. It’s true also that some of our estate sales customers think we’re rich, that we get to skim the best of the best off the top; that we get the best deals.

Our customers harass us and our clients suspect us, but instead of viewing any of this benignly we take it personally. Very personally. But it is not personal unless we make it personal. Our clients and customers are just humans being humans – people will show up as humans most of the time. Some of them are going to be easy going while some of them are going to come up to you with king sized chips on their shoulders and dare you to knock them off. Resist the temptation…

Antique Alphabet Blocks Illustarting a Letter To Estate Liquidators

At your estate sales you’re being pushed or pulled at, argued with, and continuously browbeat for lower prices from your customers – and on the other hand your clients are demanding that you generate as much income as is possible from their belongings. You are totally caught between two diametrically opposed extremes. Don’t try to win at this! This isn’t a game. You’re not supposed to be the winner, your client is. You’re first task is to serve, and your second task is to make sure that you receive just compensation for your services.

I know it’s difficult when you feel you have been disrespected, marginalized, or under compensated. I do this for a living too. I get your anger and frustration. It can get so difficult sometimes we wonder, maybe late at night with a glass of wine or on the way to our third appointment of the day, if it’s worth all the complicated efforts and sacrifices we have to make.

And then when we are at our least resourceful because we are so tired, we ask the ultimate crazy question “How come nobody seems to care about me? What I want. We as estate liquidators are surrounded at every turn by the wants of others, it’s almost as if those we serve don’t give a damn. The truth is, some of them don’t. And of those who do care, only a handful of them will ever express anything like gratitude.

Antique Alphabet Blocks Illustarting a Letter To Estate Liquidators

4 Signs you are becoming a disgruntled Estate Liquidator

  1. You let people’s greed crawl under your skin and get the best of you.
  2. You think you have to watch your back all the time.
  3. You can’t stop complaining about your customers and clients.
  4. You start calling your clients personal property – junk, stuff, and worse yet, crap.

And then you get busy. You hire an attorney to draft up an even more stringent contract to use with your clients. You layer it with all sorts of contingencies, and conditions. By God your not going to let your clients keep anything, once the contract is signed. You’ll charge them if they do. You have started to feel like their stuff is your stuff, but it’s not. You know this, but you’ve begun to harden your heart.

If the above is true for you, and you are not willing to change; it’s time to get out of the business – time to hang up your cleats – time to hit the showers – time to call it quits. You’re Through…

Martin Codina

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Picture Lessons About Estate Sales

Picture Lessons About Estate Sales

Can you sell a Van de Graaf Generator at an Estate Sale

Einstein playing the violin he bought from an estate sale

What to do with estate sales stuff is not mad science

Estate Sales Where You Shop If You Are Quirky

Dali Would have gone to estate sales

Don't Let Stuff Weigh You Down


Remember Junk Like This Sells For Big Bucks


Learn Stuff About Stuff


Some Estate Liquidators Will Travel

Don't Get in a Fencing Match With Co Heirs



Old Bakelite Radio Sings a Tune About Estate Sales


French Wine Coca Bottle with Original Paper Labels


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Estate Sales A Billion Dollar Business You Never Heard Of

Estate Sales: A Billion Dollar Business You Never Heard Of

Money found at an estate sale

A Bit of The Cash We Recently Found in an Estate

Estate Sales are a Billion Dollar business in America. 2 million of our fellows will pass this year. Most of them will have some sort of personal property that forms a part of their estates. This means that every single day as many as 5,500 families will have to face the job of selling a loved ones personal property. And they are for the most part as ignorant of what to do with an estates stuff as a plumber who decides it’s time to build a new home.

It is clear to me that most of the families who are in this sort of predicament don’t know that there are professionals out there who can help them; that these professionals are called Estate Liquidators.

This Summer Many People Won’t Have an Estate Sale

female shopper at an estate sale

Instead of having an estate benefit from the sale of a loved ones personal property many people will give all of a houses contents away to a charity. And that’s fine, if the estate doesn’t need the money, or if this is what the decedent wished. But more often than not families do this because they don’t know about estate sales. They have not heard about them. But, just because you’ve never heard about them doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

I promise you, estate sales exist. They are a powerful way to sell personal property. They are a real way to profitably sell off a lifetimes worth of accumulations. In fact there are few better options for you and your family to sell a household full of personal property than through an Estate Sale.

Don’t live in an out of sight, out of mind misted fog of a mindset. Open up your thinking. Set your sights to learning about estate sales. This weekend while you are out taking a drive, look for some estate liquidators directional signs, and go check out your first estate sale. Talk to the folks running the sale. If they seem cordial, ask them to come over and take a look at your families stuff. You never know, you could have a treasure lurking in a drawer or cabinet. Something you had no idea was even salable could turn out to be worth a fortune.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. When a person is pressed for time they tend to make mistakes. Start your investigation early, check out your options sooner rather than later.

When it comes to Estate Sales, Ignorance is Not Bliss

French Wine Coca Bottle with Original Paper Labels
Coca Bottle bought at a Flea Market for $4.00 Sold at Heritage Auctions for  $13,750.00

I don’t know the whole story about the bottle above. I don’t know where it came from, other than that it was sold in an Albuquerque Flea Market to some lucky shopper for $4.00. That’s right, $4.00. That shopper took it to Heritage Auctions where it sold for an eye popping $13,750.00. That’s dough people!

I am certain I have been to that Flea Market. Don’t you wish you had found that bottle; no doubt. What I ‘d rather have seen though, is that the person who sold this bottle at the flea had first taken some time; had sought out some friendly professional advice. That they had hired a professional. If they had, they would be much richer today. Also my attention is drawn to the thought: I wonder what else they innocently brought to the flea market…

Ignorance is Not Bliss!

  1. If you don’t know what to do and are fairly certain you are out of your element  - Get Help.
  2. If you are getting contradictory advice from unhelpful family members and friends – Get Help.
  3. If you are beginning to wonder whether or not you should have agreed to be a trustee or an executor – Get Help.

Moments like the three above are when you as the person who is responsible for the financial well-being of an estate might throw up your hands in despair, and say “Why Me?”

Can You Do Your Own Estate Sale?

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Yes you can! Check out our web based Estate Sales Guide, but do yourself a favor first, before you conduct your own sale using its guidance, have an estate sales pro look over your stuff. Pay them if you have to. As the above illustration about the Coke bottle demonstrates, it may very well be worth it.

Every day I hear about someone who decided to do their own estate sale. I wish I could tell you that their experiences were always positive ones, but while they occasionally are, they sometimes result in utter disaster.

If you have a modest estate you can successfully stage and conduct your own estate sale. However if your estate has antiques, collectibles, jewelry and/or sterling silver or paintings; you are doomed to fail without either an appraisal document or the good services of a competent estate liquidator.

As I stated at the beginning of this article, Estate Sales are a Billion Dollar Industry. Do your best to protect yourself. Seek the consul of close friends, your attorney and anybody else who has gone through the estate sales process.

My book “Liquidating an Estate” covers in detail a host of options to liquidate an estate, other than doing it yourself. It also contains a very thorough and comprehensive estate sales guide.

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