Re: Audie Murphy plane crash??
Redhand, please let me start off by stating I am constantly amazed at what people will collect. Taking nothing away from Audie Murphy or you, to me it would just be so much scrap. But as you stated you were obviously moved by being in the presents of these items, meaning they meant something to you. The first question now is how much would you or someone else be willing to pay to own (to be moved) what you perceive to be a part of something, history, whatever. The second question is how much is someone willing to accept to no longer be in the possession of these things. It is somewhat like the stock market, you have one guy selling because he thinks the stock is going down in value and you have another guy buying it because he thinks it going up in value, all meaning really nothing to its real value if even anything.
This is probably more than you want to know but back in 2000 there was a company that went public called Commerce One (CMRC), that had less than 100 employees, it owned no real estate, it had no machinery and even its computers were just leased. It had no real revenues but rather just projected revenues and on a given day as I recall it had a market cap of 37 billion dollars. On that same day General Motors had a market cap of 34 billion dollars. To those who do not know what market cap means; market cap is the amount of money that people have paid to purchase and own the stock in a particular company instead of holding their cash. That fever, fervor, emotional movement, greed, flash in the pan or what ever you want to call it, to me could only be best described by the word insanity. The company went broke and that 37 billion dollars was lost by various individuals, retirement and mutual funds all over the world but not before lining the pockets of some of its originators like Merrill Lynch who brought the company public and pimped its stock.
I guess the bottom line to all of this if you can get someone to market this scrap someone will buy it. And I just had nothing better to do than to write this at 4:am after being awoken by a dam coyote who got the neighbors cat from my front porch at about 3:am.
Last edited by muddober; 08-24-2010 at 09:04 AM..