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United Airlines Tikis
martiki
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Posted: 2002-09-12 4:02 pm   Permalink

I just saw one of the promotional tikis that United made (in the 70s?) in an antique store. They are about 3 feet tall, dark brown, ku style, with white and blue stripes painted on their heads. Seems to made of a lightweight wood or foam, the square base seems to be a dense foam that has been painted.


I've seen these on ebay once in a while- my question is: how much would be a reasonable amount to pay for one? She is entertaining offers, and rejected my first, but I might go back. It's got some paint flaking, but it looks pretty good.

What do you experts think?



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stentiki
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Posted: 2002-09-12 5:35 pm   Permalink

I saw one of these about a year ago at an antique mall for $45 when I first got into collecting vintage tiki stuff. At the time I thought it was too much to pay and now I could kick myself!

I've seen these sell on Ebay for $100+, so I think the price is somewhere in between depending on condition.

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PolynesianPop
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Posted: 2002-09-13 10:20 am   Permalink

There are two styles of this statue. I saw a few at Da Show 2002. They were going for about $150-$175 each based on condition. However, I saw a smaller one (about 24 inches high) mint condition, still in the original box for $265.00.

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ZuluMagoo
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Posted: 2002-09-13 11:03 am   Permalink

I got mine 7-8 years ago in an antique store here in Denver. I don't think I paid over $20 for it. When I took it up to the counter to pay for it the lady mentioned that it would make an interesting piece to add to my United Airlines collection. I told her that I was not buying it because it was from UAL, but because it was a tiki. She told me that she had meet all kinds of collectors, but I was the first tiki collector she had meet. Her response was pretty funny, she said "Well, I guess there's somebody out there who will collect just about anything". I'm sure that if that piece was back in that same store today she would have it marked up much higher.

 
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Posted: 2002-09-15 03:42 am   Permalink

I was selling my carved palm tikis at a local flea market and I started talking with this lady who told me that she bought her airline tiki for $200 about 4 years ago and just saw another for sale for $345. Did you get it yet?
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martiki
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Posted: 2002-09-16 4:37 pm   Permalink

It's about 200 miles from my house, so I've left it for now. If it's still there the next time I'm in the area, I might pick it up, but I've been going ape-shit crazy on ebay lately, so the funny money supply is running low. Thanks everyong for the input.


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midnite
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Posted: 2002-09-16 4:51 pm   Permalink

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but I've been going ape-shit crazy on ebay lately, so the funny money supply is running low. Thanks everyong for the input.
-martin



Uh oh, better get some funny money (but legal tender) for the October Midnite Tiki Mug Blow-Out! I mean crazy Crazy CRAZY stuff coming, unbelievable things to satisfy a Tiki jones. The October sale is gonna be BIG!!! Like, Be There! SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!!! Open the gates of Hell and shake hands with the Devil.

I think Truckasaurus is going to be there. Not sure.

On the United Airlines Tiki: I have seen two types, and they sure do bring a good ebay price. Not sure why, but maybe it's that "cross-category" popularity: airline & Tiki. Heaven knows I gotta deal with Frankoma freaks in my lame attempts to score a War God mug.

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SullTiki
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Posted: 2002-12-09 11:09 am   Permalink

Now that United has filed for the largest bankruptcy in airline history. What's going to happen to the price of the "United Tiki"?

Will people who collect airline memorabilia drive up the price of these even higher?
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bigbadtikidaddy
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Posted: 2002-12-09 1:20 pm   Permalink

I have the smaller 15" version- scored @ Goodwill for $3.99.
I actually listed it on ebay a few years back (in a moment of financial weakness)& it was only about $8 short of the reserve, so I didnt sell it. Now I'm so glad it didnt sell. It is truly one of my fave tiki items.
The big 30" version is so fantastic that I have no problem understanding why people will pay so much for them.
I've tried to talk many a travel agency into selling their large version, along with the big menehune with the hawaiian shirt with no luck at all. They seem to drag them out for seasonal travel promotion.
I'd be inclined to get one if it was $100 or under, but I'm a cheap bastard.


 
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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2002-12-09 3:06 pm   Permalink

I think I saw the big menehune at a local thrift shop a few days ago. I didn't check the price; the prices in the shop were a little steep in general. If anyone is interested, I'd be happy to swing by again and get a price on it.

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Posted: 2002-12-09 4:57 pm   Permalink

Please check on the menehune's price, condition, and if he still has his clothes (shorts?)--thanks---mr.smiley
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Posted: 2002-12-09 5:01 pm   Permalink

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and if he still has his clothes (shorts?)--thanks---mr.smiley



No shorts? Then he's got a lot of 'splaining to do!

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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2002-12-09 5:40 pm   Permalink

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On 2002-12-09 16:57, mrsmiley wrote:
Please check on the menehune's price, condition, and if he still has his clothes (shorts?)--thanks---mr.smiley



You got it -- I'll check it out tomorrow at lunch, and I'll try to maybe get some pics of it. If it's something you're interested in, and it's not gonna totally break my bank, I'd be willing to pick it up for you.

p.s. -- I saw this at Oktoberfest in Leavenworth, WA, and I thought of you.


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Posted: 2002-12-09 5:54 pm   Permalink

thanks "H"--bruce

 
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fatuhiva
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Posted: 2002-12-09 11:41 pm   Permalink

One of those guys that is always selling the big united tiki is repro-ing them somehow, although I don't think he mentions that- he always uses the same pic, so beware

 
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