I haven’t done a good rummage through eBay for a while. There is a reason for this, other than simple idleness on my part, which is that there hasn’t been much of interest coming up for a while. But this has been going on for so long now that it’s probably time to consider the whys and wherefores of this.
Or shall we at least start with the hows. What seems to be in short supply at the moment is my and Mr Crownfolio’s ideal lots: good quality posters owned by people without a clue about what they are selling. This is how we like to buy posters, but at the moment these are simply not there. What’s more, I don’t know where they have gone, either; if anyone can tell me, please do.
What’s there instead falls to either extreme. There are some more pedestrian advertising posters being sold at a reasonable price. Of these, my favourite at the moment is this Bristol Zoo effort, with a starting price of just £15.
Also-rans in the same category include this very, um, bright poster for the Woolwich Building Society, yours for just £9.99 Buy It Now.
Also in the same category is this London Evening Standard poster .
It’s barely worth the £12.53 Buy It Now price as graphic design, but I reckon that as a piece of social history it’s probably worth much more.
Then at the other end of the scale are nice posters at a rather high price. These are almost entirely sold by our old friends PosterConnection, who are currently selling a coach-load of coach posters. Here are Harry Stevens and Daphne Padden covering very similar territory, and both priced at £290 Buy It Now (that’s $440).
I’m not sure what I feel about the pricing here. Those two seem quite expensive to me, this Daphne Padden for Llandudno even more so at £316.
While this Royal Blue classic is just £257. I do not understand, although to be fair I have not read the condition reports as fully as I might do were I going to buy them. Which I am not.
Still, I would like to hope that our copies of these posters are worth that kind of money too.
Not everything they have seems expensive, though. This Coney Beach poster is £190, which is about what I’d expect it to fetch at a reasonable auction.
While this David Klein, should you happen to have Irish connections, is almost a bargain at £237.
PosterConnection also don’t win the prize for most expensive highly desirable poster on eBay. That surely must go to this Tom Eckersley classic.
Yours for £4,500. But definitely not mine at that price.
What’s missing in all of this, though, is the middle ground of reasonable, affordable posters. The pickings are sadly few. There is this coach poster which has a starting price of £19.99.
Or this Lander railway poster, with a starting bid of £64.99.
But in truth I don’t much like either of them, so there’s not much consolation to be had.
And elsewhere in the railwayana listings, classic posters are also hitting auction prices. This LNER Knaresborough poster has already reached £336 and has two more days to go.
The poster market on eBay has changed very fast. Even just five or six years ago, £25 spent on eBay might have bought you this.
Or even this.
But not any more. So where are we to get our posters from now?