Seller TomTheWorm hit it big on October 22 with his sale of a vintage Texaco gas pump globe which sold for $16,655 on eBay. The listing was in the category of collectibles > advertising > gas & oil companies > Texaco > signs. The item had 42 bids and 2,556 views over the one week auction.
The exact title on the listing read:
Early One Piece Texaco gas pump globe with vented top 1910s vintage pre visible
In the description field of the listing, the seller explains that he found the item a year ago in "the attic of an old building in New Jersey that used to be a Texaco station. It was laying on its side on the floor." The item had not been cleaned, as the seller noted in the listing, and left that up to the new owner.
At just around 100 years old, this item is on the cusp of being vintage and antique. (Antiques are officially classified as items at least 100 years old.) The globe has a few chips but no cracks. Based on the seller's store inventory, he seems to specialize in advertising memorabilia. He has a few other Texaco items as well as a high dollar vintage neon movie sign priced at $8,500 and an antique wrought iron fence from a Victorian house or cemetery priced at $3,500. His completed listings show items priced mostly around $20-$50.
This sale just goes to show it is worth the time to explore old buildings and do research on old looking junk. In a world where many people are complaining about not having enough money or resources to live a happy life, it is good to see people like TomTheWorm out scavenging to find old treasures. See the full completed listing on eBay here.