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Don the Beachcomber Mug Question
MachTiki
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2004-02-18 2:03 pm   Permalink

Aloha all,

I recently purchased a Don the Beachcomber mug. It's the one of his bust wearing a Panama hat. Does anybody have more information about this mug or know where I could look it up? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Mahalo,
MachTiki

[ This Message was edited by: MachTiki on 2004-08-02 09:40 ]

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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2004-02-18 2:12 pm   Permalink

Welcome to TC MachTiki.
I do not know the true value, but here are some pics for reference.


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thejab
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Posted: 2004-02-18 2:34 pm   Permalink

Thankfully, there isn't yet a book (that I've seen) that has tiki mug values. I know it is fairly rare. It's worth whatever you think it's worth to you. I may pay someone $20-30 at a flea market for one if I saw it, while someone else might bid $100 for one on Ebay. The value is relative.

Send it to me and I'll appraise it for you
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MachTiki
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Posted: 2004-02-18 2:45 pm   Permalink

Thanks to eveyone who has already responded. The mug I bought is exactly the one pictured first by Unga Bunga (thanks for the pics). I also agree that value to me and actual value are totally different. I'm just excited to have it in the collection. I don't plan on selling it, just curious.

 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2004-02-18 4:26 pm   Permalink

And, at this point, who knows the value of a mug? You might speak to relative rarity, but the values on Ebay are changing all the time. So maybe such a book isn't possible to write. Or maybe, it would lower the market, as the prices on Ebay seem to edge higher and higher.
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Traderpup
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Posted: 2004-02-18 4:50 pm   Permalink

I sold one on ebay, similar to the 1st pic in Unga Bunga's post, for about $170, and recently sold one of much lower quality for about $50.... if that helps....

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2004-02-18 5:01 pm   Permalink

Not near as rare as the highly-sought-after "Moai The Beachcomber" mug.



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MachTiki
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Posted: 2004-02-18 5:06 pm   Permalink

TraderPup, thanks! That helps a TON! I just wasn't sure if this mug was rare or pretty common.

 
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MachTiki
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Posted: 2004-02-18 5:11 pm   Permalink

"Moai The Beachcomber", eh?! Why do I get the feeling there are going to be a ton of "... the Beachcomber" pics. All the same, thanks for posting your highly-sought-after mug.

 
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ModMana
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Posted: 2004-02-18 6:36 pm   Permalink

About 2 years ago I saw the gold version at a flea market. The seller wanted $50.00. I walked away from it because he refused to bargain with me...I wanted to get him down to at least $40.00. Then, about 2 weeks later I saw one exactly like it on eBay. After emailing the seller about it I realized it was the same mug (and the same seller). It sold for $133.00...doh!

I saw the green version on eBay last month go for $330.00 and a gold one go for $292.00 (both in great condition). I guess those could be interpreted as the current "high roller" prices for a Don mug in good shape.

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PolynesianPop
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Posted: 2004-02-18 11:20 pm   Permalink

You should also note however, that the Don Head/Bust mug comes in different sizes. One has a long neck and one has a short neck. If you look at Unga's pics, the top one has the short neck and the bottom has a long neck. If I'm correct, the short necks are more rare thus, should probably sell for more money. Also, Don the Beachcomber has several styles, sizes and colors of their Rum Barrel mug. The small white (squarish) one was the most common while the large brown/beige (roundish) was more rare.


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ModMana
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Posted: 2004-02-19 01:21 am   Permalink

Short Don (Gold), Tall Don (Gold), Tall Don (Green)



You might also want to note that the hat on these mugs is a seperate piece that has been permanently attached. On most of the mugs I've seen there is a huge gap between the hat and the head where the pieces were poorly joined. Something else to look for if you want one of these...

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martiki
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Posted: 2004-02-19 12:01 pm   Permalink

Another important thing to note is that this thread belongs in Collecting Tiki. Moving now...

thanks.


 
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Kailuageoff
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Posted: 2004-02-19 12:40 pm   Permalink

I think the long-neck Don looks kinda like the new and improved Don the Beachcomber, rather than the actual Don (as seen in postcards) that lost his mainland franchises to his wife. I wonder if that's why the mugs are different.


 
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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2004-02-19 12:57 pm   Permalink

Damit! Damit! Damit! Damit! Damit!
I just missed buying this item by a day.
Story of my life.
(Scroll down to middle of page)
http://www.proppersource.com/PropSales/clearanc.htm

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