Topic: Shoulder Notes  (Read 5376 times)
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« on: April 20, 2007, 03:03:31 pm »

I was lucky today at lunch!  Went to the atm, withdrew $40 and got EYW3367618 and 19.  I withdrew another $480 and got the radar note 3367633 and its shoulder notes, 32 and 34.

My question is this:  Should I keep the shoulder notes, or are they spenders?  All notes are UNC, but they have that lovely cutting cusp.

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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2007, 03:20:53 pm »

I've never received a premium for having the shoulders. Maybe it was just me.

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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2007, 03:47:59 pm »

I also have never paid a premium for shoulder notes. In fact many times I was offered them at face when I bought the radar.

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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2007, 12:06:07 am »

I've never received a premium for having the shoulders

Usually true.

The great thing about this hobby is that there's almost always exceptions to every rule! I've always enjoyed observing what people collect (even if it meant I couldn't afford to collect them myself!)

A lot of people assume that collecting consecutives would make shoulder notes have a premium and usually this isn't the case.  So consecutives only become a premium in the hard to find prefixes or hard to find notes (where scarcity is a factor).  Therefore consecutives might be highly sought after for change-overs, short prefixes, or error notes.

The kinds of consecutives most collectors are after are: Dominions, 35's, 37 Osbornes, 37 change-overs, 54/70's asterisks, DF's, X notes, and the like. 

So when it comes to radars when are consecutives highly collectible? 
The answer I would think is: when it might involve a special serial number on top of the radar.
For example: 9999999, 1000000, 1000001
and occassionaly: 1212121 , 1212122, 1212123  (because of the 1-2-3 pattern) OR 4333333, 4333334, 4333335 (for similar reasons).  Most radar collectors are looking for symmetrical or special number combos.
So shoulders of radars hold a premium when
the shoulders themselves are interesting special numbers, symmetrical, or hold a pattern

This is what I've observed over the years....


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