Radio Collecting

Sep 24, 2004 | Collectibles | 0 comments

Radio Days

BW Online | July 5, 2004 |
By Gerry Khermouch

Vintage wireless sets are gaining popularity among collectors, and there are plenty of bargains if you know where to look.

“For some collectors, the first primitive radios are the lure — old breadboards covered with vacuum tubes, capacitors, and wires assembled in the early decades of the 20th century. Others see value in brilliant, exotically colored plastic models of almost fluorescent intensity, cast in the 1930s into miniature architectural forms.

…So what’s hot these days? Auctioneer Richard Estes sees three sweet spots with appeal to different audiences. Wireless sets from early in the 20th century, sold under brands such as DeForest, Marconi, and Western Electric, draw an older, often techie crowd, and command top prices routinely exceeding $30,000. Coming on strong in recent years have been amateur “ham” radios, which appeal to those who enjoy poring over circuit diagrams.”

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