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Click for enlargement ... Romines-Page45 $495Click for enlargement ... Indian $550Click for enlargement ... Clown $660Click to view an enlargement of this photograph.Click for enlargement ... Bert $330Click for enlargement ... Monkeys $385Click for enlargement ... StoryTeller $220
"J.A.Romines...page45"
Ron Landis
Dick Sheehan
Mike Cirelli
Bob Shamey
Lee Griffiths

   Booty From Florida ~ At OHNS's Auction #13 on Saturday, January 15th, 2005 in Florida... my friend Ralph Winter bid on my behalf and he couldn't have done me prouder! The six carved nickels shown above are my booty... my absolute favorite classic carving from all those shown in the Joyce Ann Romines book The Hobo Nickel and superb examples from five different modern master carvers. I couldn't have planned a better result if I had been given the chance to pick the pieces I wanted the night before from all the lots being offered. Thanks Ralph!
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   In the early 1950's, while I was in Junior High School, I lost the only wrist watch I had ever owned. My parents were typical conservative midwestern Americans, having been raised during the Great Depression, and boy did I ever "get it" for being irresponsible enough to loose such a valuable possession. To make a long story short... months later, toward the end of the school year, I found my watch in the "Lost and Found" in the Athletic Office. I remember it well... it was Friday the 13th. Every since then I've always considered the number 13 my personal Lucky Number! That certainly was the case with my most recent experience.

   I felt you might enjoy a few observations about some of these nickel carvings. FIRST... the "JARpage45" carving came with a 2x2 on which a former owner had placed an estimated value of $2,500. My cost of under $500 certainly fell far short of that mark. SECOND... the "RonLandis" carving, an Indian carved on a Jefferson nickel, was first offered by Ron in 2000. My friend Sport won it at FUN2001 for $467.50 and I won it at $550 so, after all expenses, Sport earned a whopping $7.50. He says that he did enjoy owning it and I know that I will also. THIRD... the "BobShamey" carving is a double-sided specimen which makes it even more spectacular.
   I remain astounded by this unbelievable auction outcome... no duplications, no lost opportunities ...only the "pick of the litter" as it were. The fact that our currently active nickel carvers submit exclusively their very best carvings to our annual auction not only makes this outcome possible but probable.
   At the end of the auction there were five cans of "Hobo Soup" auctioned off to the crowd as an OHNS fund raiser. As usual our members stepped up to the plate and helped us continue to achieve our goals as an organization. Thanks also to all the volunteer workers who made the OHNS auction possible... they cut-n-hauled for no personal gain beyond the gratitude of V-Dubya and all the other OHNS members who appreciate having an annual Hobo Nickel Auction. ~ V-Dubya ...AKA Verne R. Walrafen, HLM-620

Original Color Photographs from Auction#13 ~ Enlargements available by left-clicking on any small photo here.
Click for enlargement ... Romines-Page45 $495Click for enlargement ... Indian $550Click for enlargement ... Clown $660Click to view an enlargement of this photograph.Click for enlargement ... Bert $330Click for enlargement ... Monkeys $385Click for enlargement ... StoryTeller $220
"J.A.Romines...page45"
Ron Landis
Dick Sheehan
Mike Cirelli
Bob Shamey
Lee Griffiths
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