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Azharuddin

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Posted: 12/09/2018 21:14:39
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I am new to this, only joining this week, so if the subject has been done to death. I apologise.

My son wants to start collecting one or two. We have looked at the evil bay, where there are many.

There is quite a difference in price, are some more collectible than others.
Thank you for any advice.
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Posted: 13/09/2018 10:26:01
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Hi,

Just a word of caution. You need to be really careful when buying mining tallies especially those from the Welsh collieries which are very desirable. In particular those ones dated before 'vesting day' 1.1.1947 when they were all taken over by NCB and these are not so desirable. The pre 47 ones are often found to be faked. Try to get them from a reputable dealer. It's a lot of money to shell out when some guy has just knocked it up in his garden shed.

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Posted: 13/09/2018 15:31:34
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Thanks for your advice.

Thinking about it, I suppose it wouldn't take much
to knock one up.
We will proceed with caution.
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Posted: 13/09/2018 15:32:22
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Sorry, double post. IP: 2.28.219.104 Edited: 13/09/2018 17:32:51 by Azharuddin
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Posted: 14/09/2018 08:00:57
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Some good advice there, there is indeed someone knocking them up in his shed, he was at one time a member of this forum although I've not seen a post from him for several years. He even managed to produce the embossed style of check, although they wouldn't pass close scrutiny.
I guess the best thing is to build a collection starting with the cheaper more common checks, rare ones can run into three figures.
The last time I saw fakes on eBay, they started at a tenner, stay below that for a bit and you should be okay.

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Posted: 14/09/2018 10:38:47
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Much appreciated. IP: 2.28.219.104
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Posted: 14/09/2018 18:16:43
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I've seen a few of those polo checks on ebay but they often looked dinged and appear to have had a very hard life. The nearly always appear to come from very obscure and short lived Welsh collieries. The bad condition I guess is to create the impression that they maybe genuine rather than looking too perfect. As for the old patina that's easy enough just bury em in the back garden for a while. Smile IP: 213.205.240.177
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