Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 218- Admire, coins, graphite, etc.18

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487             

LIST 218- 
Admire, coins, graphite, etc.

August 21, 2018

Dear collectors,

Once again, I really hesitated to post this offering, as there tend to be very few people interested in meteorites during these (still far too hot where I live) summer days. I know that the entire continent of Europe is almost entirely shut down the month of August as most folks tend to take this month off for vacation (except for the poor folks stuck in the work/ businesses that need to serve all of those vacationers). However, I do have some really neat (all be it generally on the more expensive side) items I picked up months ago that I thought I’d offer up to you my direct customers before they get put out on display at the soon (far too soon) to be here Denver Show.

I will be gone from home September 4th through the 17th (and possibly a day or two more). I will be at the same spot as last year – Crowne Plaza (just north of I-70 at Chambers Rd - exit #283 – 15500 E. 40th Ave, Denver, CO 80239 for those of you that want to enter the address into a GPS). Some folks were caught by surprise that our show had moved when they went to the old spot (what was the Holiday Inn for decades but then became a Ramada for awhile but may be something different these days) last year and did not find a show. I did get to talk with a few such people, a couple of which never made it to my new location.

The more specifics: My selling space is a conference room called “Frisco” on the West side of the building (near the hotel itself), whereas the “Main entrance” for the big showroom part of the show is on the East side of the conference building structure. If you park on the West side, near the hotel, and come through the glass doors to the right of the sign that says “Conference Center” on the lower building (to the left of the actual hotel entrance) and turn right IMMEDIATELY after passing through those doors, you will be looking right into my showroom. Don’t get confused if you see beautiful slabs of petrified wood displayed along the back wall – Mike Murphy of Murph’s pertified wood (a long time friend) is using that space. The rest of the room is mine. If you do park on the East side of the conference structure, you’ll have a somewhat long and winding walk to reach me (all indoors, so no worries about weather issues, just exercise). Barring any disasters, I should be open by 10am Friday the 7th. If things go well, I may even be open late the afternoon of the 6th. The official show opening time has changed this year. It was 9am last year but is 10am this year. Some folks (those that sell supplies to the dealers) will be open at 9am. As I did fairly well in the mornings last year I will likely try and stick to a 9am opening time myself this year (though it may be a hair later some days. It was a bit difficult to get everything done that needed to be done and open at 9am some days last year). Evenings: I will certainly stay open after the show’s official close of 6pm (being able to do this was the whole point of getting my own selling room). Last year I did not have a lot of visitors after hours. But then, I didn’t realize that they’d be locking those Conference Center glass doors just outside my door right around 6:30 either. I didn’t get the chance to warn people of this last year (so I am sure many folks simply turned around and left when they found those doors locked. Unfortunately, you really can’t see into my room and see that I am still open from outside those sliding doors either). I plan to stay open until at least 9pm each night, possibly later if folks are still visiting (though, if I hope to open by 9 the next morning, I can’t stay open drastically later). So, if you do come by to visit after 6:30 or so and find the conference center doors already locked, go in through the hotel lobby, turn left after leaving the check-in area, left again when you come to the restaurant area and my room is down the hall another 100 feet maybe. The show officially runs through September 15th. I plan to stay the full length, but will likely close at 6pm on the final day so I can begin the long arduous task of packing.

I will have a cell phone with me but it will only be turned on while I am at the show and as it is a pay by the minute thing I can’t freely chat too much. The number is  (970) 417-8783. I don’t recall how well this worked from inside my selling cage (having no windows, I barely ever got see the sun/ sky the entire show last year) so there may be issues, so don’t get upset if I don’t answer, can’t retrieve messages right away. Regardless, messages may be a problem. In Creede I found that I had a message or two but could not retrieve them. It seems that the message system is demanding a “pass code” for me to do so. I have never needed one before, never asked to change my service this way nor have I been notified of this change (and what ever the “default” pass code is currently). So, if I can’t get this weird issue resolved soon, I may NOT be able to retrieve messages on my phone, unfortunately.

Anyway, on to the list!

LIST 218

ADMIRE, Kansas: Stony-iron (Pallasite). Found 1881.
These are pieces I’ve had laying around uncoated, unprotected for at least a year before I bothered to do anything (polish and coat) with them. They each had some rust but it wasn’t drastic and didn’t seem to be developing any further (and certainly wasn’t doing the oozing, crumbling, crystals falling out thing as many Admire specimens like to do). They have been sitting around out in the open (no special care, storage, etc. Just sitting in a cardboard box in a corner of my office) for at least 6 months since I did the prep work on them. Looking really, really closely (and with a little imagination) you can see a few tiny brown dots on these (but you really do have to look) but no real rusting! However, I do live in a dry (really dry this summer) climate so I’d suggest taking at least some precautions storing these if you live in a humid climate. Regardless, I think these will prove to be among the most stable Admire pieces you have ever had. I have two end pieces and one thick slice. All pieces show multi-colored olivine crystals (with many bright green gemmy ones). The larger end piece has more olivine percentage wise but in generally smaller highly angular pieces whereas the other two specimens have less overall olivine but in larger (and somewhat more gemmy) olivine crystals. Really nice and pretty specimens!
a) 136.3 gram end piece – 80mm x 35mm x 15mm - $275
b) 152.3 gram end piece – 70mm x 60mm x 20mm - $300
c) 384.1 gram part slice (has one cut edge) – 130mm x 65mm x 11mm - $750

ANCIENT METEORITE COIN: Seleucid Kings of Syria. Antiochas I. 280 – 261BC.
Nope, these are NOT made out of meteorite (had this misunderstanding quite a lot when I offered these in the past, despite my best attempts to explain otherwise). These are some of the earliest coins that have a DEPICTION of what is supposedly a meteorite on them. In this case, the ‘meteorite” is the pointed rock that the figure (Apollo in this case) is sitting on. Though this “listing” is really for an amazing tetradrachm (a large silver coin that I really, really considered keeping) I do have a few of the (basically same design) small bronze coins for $60 each and one drachm sliver coin (3.73 grams, 15mm diameter) for $300 (these will be with the large silver coin in the group photo).
    Fantastic silver tetradrachm (16.46grams, 30mm diameter) - $800  

DAR Al GANI (749), Libya: Carbobaceous chondrite (CO3). Found 1999. Tkw = around 95 kilograms.
I am pretty certain that the person I got this from got it from me many years ago. While pieces of this (and its many pairings) were commonly available back then, there is not a lot of it (not really any large amounts of any of the Libyan finds really) around now. Anyway, this is a nice natural fragment/ individual (though the shape makes me lean more towards fragment in this case) as found. It has nice smooth surfaces and edges and, thanks to wind-polishing, it is easy to see the internal structure (tiny chondrules) showing that this is indeed a piece of a CO3 meteorite.
    29.6 gram natural fragment as found – 40mm x 30mm x 15mm - $120

DHOFAR (020), Oman: Ordinary chondrite (H4/5). Found 2000. Tkw = around 256 kilograms.
For a weathered meteorite, this is actually a pretty cool specimen. It has a nice dark chocolate brown wind-polished color. It has some large cracks (that still have trapped desert quartz sand grains stuck in them) but yet seems really solid (nope, not going to drop it on a concrete floor to test it though). There is actually quite a lot of obvious (but wind-polished) thumb-printed fusion crust surfaces on this specimen (making up over 50% of the exterior actually) A neat example of a weathered, but easily identifiable (thanks to those fusion crusted surfaces) meteorite.
    738.9 gram individual/ fragment as found – 90mm x 70mm x 60mm - $200

GRAPHITE NODULE: Canyon Diablo, Arizona.
I got these as part of a collection (along with several of the other pieces listed here) I bought back early this spring (and then proceeded to forget about the box these were hidden in). Recently, I had a potential customer contact me and ask about Graphite nodules about a month ago. This reminded me of the “lost” (forgotten) box of collection material (of which I then remembered these were part). I sent off a couple pictures of these specimens (so I do have a couple pictures more of these than just their presence in this offering’s group photo) but never heard back. So, now that I’ve weighed and “cataloged” these, I am going to offer them here and now. One (the largest) is a really nice complete solid nodule as found. The other pieces are end pieces (resulting from splitting another nodule) that show nice metal veining inside (though this feature didn’t show up real well in pictures, despite considerable effort on our part). These are all really nice pieces of an interesting and now rarely seen material these days.
a) 26.2 gram end piece – 35mm x 30mm x 15mm - $50
b) 33.7 gram end piece – 38mm x 30mm x 12mm - $60
c) 87.1 gram complete nodule – 40mm x 37mm x 30mm - $130

TUXTUAC, Mexico: Ordinary chondrite (LL5). Fell October 16, 1975. Tkw = 20+ kilograms.
Originally, two pieces totaling 4.25kg were recovered. Later (in 1989) another 25kg piece was found. Robert Haag got this piece but not without some issues. It seems that the folks that had it busted it up into many small fragments trying to find the gold, diamonds, etc that MUST be in the stone to make it worth so much. Of coarse, no such things were in it but we, as collectors, are left with mostly fragments of this meteorite. This is indeed likely one of the fragments that resulted from this “problem”. I say likely because I can’t be certain it is from that 25kg mass or a later piece (I think a couple small pieces turned up later) as this does have some minor weathering to it. This is indeed mostly broken fragment surfaces but it does have a patch of (nicely thumb-printed) fusion crust on one end (I’ll try to capture this in the group photo).
    106.2 gram fragment with crust on one end – 60mm x 30mm x 30mm - $700

ZAGORA, Morocco: Silicated iron (IAB). Found 1987. Tkw =  20+ kilograms.
It has been a long while since I have had a piece of this meteorite. I thought about cutting this in half to show the silicated interior but decided to leave it as it is as it has a neat sculpted shape (that likely resulted from the softer silicates eroding away easier than the surrounding iron). This is a complete, as found (right down to the small amount of local dirt still adhering to the piece) specimen. As already mentioned, this has a neat shape with a nice mostly smooth dark chocolate brown surface. A nice piece of a now rarely seen meteorite.
    104.3 gram individual as found – 70mm x 25mm x 20mm - $550  

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 217

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487                                                                                                                                
                            LIST 217

July 17, 2018

Dear collectors,

Here is an offering that is a batch of things that I have picked up while I was doing the (popular) Rohr collection offerings or had set aside earlier and forgot about. I kind of hesitate to do summer time offerings like this as few folks are home and those that are generally have their minds elsewhere other than collecting in the summer months (so responses are generally minimal if any to July and August offerings). However, today is a scheduled offering day, I did have a few interesting things to offer and I did want to take this chance to make a couple announcements.

First, I will be out of town early next month (August 2nd through the 7th) for the Creede mineral show, hiking, visiting some folks and maybe picking some mushrooms (assuming we actually GET any this year. It has been so dry and looks like it will continue to be that it might be another no mushroom year similar to last year). The show itself runs 10AM to 5 or 6pm Friday through Sunday (the 3rd, 4th and 5th – with Sunday being the earlier closing time). They talked about moving the show to a big new tin building to the south of town but I think that ended up being turned into a school so the mineral show is in the usual (neat) spot inside the mountain on the north end of town.

Other announcement: I have a customer desperately seeking a complete Allende individual in the 150 to 180 gram size range (obviously, the two listed below and all the other pieces I have are far to small). He has contacted me several times over the past few months checking to see if I have found anything. Nope, nothing suitable so far. So, if anyone out there has such a thing they might consider selling, let me know.
LIST 217

ALLENDE, Mexico: Carbonaceous chondrite (CV3.2). Fell February 8, 1969.
Here are a couple small pieces that came in with collections I picked up fairly recently. The smaller (fragment) is very fresh and has lots of CAIs. The larger (individual) came labeled as “possibly Murchison”. Well, they had the carbonaceous chondrite part right but this is certainly a nice Allende individual and NOT Murchison (unfortunately). This is also quite fresh but it does show a little (very little) bit of adhering dirt so it was likely not picked up right after the fall, but certainly not long after. This is a complete individual, but it does have the usual chipped crust areas and edges that pretty much all Allendes have.
a) 6.1 gram fragment – 20mm x 13mm x 13mm - $60 – 11mm x 8mm patch of crust, lots of CAIs.
b) 20.1 gram individual – 30mm x 20mm x 18mm - $200 – about 80% crusted  

BAZINE CREEK, Kansas: Ordinary chondrite (L4). Found April 15, 2014. Tkw = 438 grams.
Here are some pieces of a meteorite that I didn’t even know existed before a couple weeks ago. This was found by a guy looking for arrowheads and noticed that it looked unusual. A friend of this person had found (and sold) a meteorite to a collector/ dealer and suggested that he contact that person. Well, the rest is history and these slices are part of the results. This material is nothing special. It shows some nice obvious chondrules in a medium to dark orange/brown matrix. I only have relatively small slices in hand right now (the ones listed below) but I can get the main mass (116g end piece - $1000) and have some pictures of that if anyone is interested. I have left these as I received them – mostly unpolished (as this is relatively fragile material) so most of these pieces show some saw marks. The largest slice here is a complete slice and comes with an Allen Shaw Collection label.
1) Slices:
a) 1.1grams – 18mm x 8mm x 4mm - $11
 b) 2.9 grams – 24mm x 16mm x 4mm - $29
 c) 3.4 grams – 25mm x 17mm x 4mm - $34
d) 8.3 grams – 43mm x 23mm x 4mm - $83
        e) 16.8 grams – 52mm x 40mm x 3mm - $160 – complete slice, comes with label.
2) Small fragments in a bag – about .3grams - $5 – Not in photo (I forgot about these).

As I collect pure elements, I have seen plenty of small, lumpy balls of nickel. I have even seen a couple “trees” like these. However, this is a particularly neat display because it has 3 different sized trees welded to a 5cm-diameter iron disk. So this makes for a much nicer paper weight/ display than just having a tree or two (or the lumpy balls that I have in my collection). I ran the XRF on these and they are mostly pure nickel. I did pick up a trace (1% or so) of Cobalt on one of them.
    3 nickel trees on 5cm iron disk display - $50

NWA (unstudied): Stony-iron (Mesosiderite). Found before Feb. 2018. Tkw = 37 grams.
I got this from a person who got it from a Moroccan, hoping it was a pallsite. There was indeed a rather large (8mm or so) olivine looking crystal (partly wind eroded) on one surface so this was not a pie in the sky hope. Upon polishing down the flattest surface, it quickly became clear that this was a mesosiderite and not a pallasite. There is the large crystal (well, the remains of it after weathering a plucking while sanding) but the rest of it has a nice fresh mesosiderite texture; a nice mix of similar sized iron and silicate grains (with the silicates being around twice the area of the metal overall). Nice looking stuff, wish more of it was available, I’d love to have bigger pieces of this to get studied and offer. Unfortunately, this was the ONLY piece available.
    36.5 gram end piece – 28mm x 25mm x 20mm - $180

PLAINVIEW (1917), Texas: Ordinary chondrite (H5). Found 1917 but likely fell 1903.
This is a complete slice that has nice (somewhat weathered) fusion crust covering the entire edge. The edge also shows that the whole stone had some nice sculpting to it. The interior is a bit dark (this is obviously a later/ more recent recovery piece), but does still show metal, troilite and breccia fragments. The only real issue with this piece is that it is quite wedged – having thickness varying from 6mm to 12mm. A nice (affordable, per gram wise anyway) piece of a fairly famous meteorite none the less.
    160.2 gram complete slice – 80mm x 60mm x 9mm - $275

TAMBO QUEMADO, Peru: Medium octahedrite (IIIAB). Found 1950. Tkw = 141 kilograms.
This is one of my favorite etched meteorites. Most meteorites loose their etch when they have been heated. Tambo was highly heated at some point (in an attempt to either melt or torch cut it I suspect) but this seems to have only helped the structure show upon etching somehow. The heating somehow seems to have created more contrast in the etch (some areas are distinctly darkened) making the etch one of the more vibrant in the meteorite world. I have seen a few etched Tambo pieces that were cut from a section of the meteorite that was (supposedly) not heated and they really didn’t look like much to me.  This is a little rectangular etched sample (no natural edges) is from the heated material and does show this better etch fairly well (though it could stand to have it etched a bit deeper. I didn’t try this as I, frankly, pretty much suck at etching).
    19.5 gram etched rectangular sample – 23mm x 20mm x 5mm - $135

TIERACO CREEK, Australia: Medium octahedrite (IIIAB). Found 1922. Tkw = 41.7 kilograms.
Here is an interesting item I got dropped off with me quite late during this past Tucson show. If I had it earlier (and knew of how little of it is in private hands) I would have easily sold this there at the show. This is NOT an impressive specimen. It is kind of half way between iron and shale. The best way to describe this is as a “spall fragment” (that has also spalled a 1.7g smaller piece and a few crumbs). Interestingly, the description of this meteorite in the 3 volume Buchwald Iron Meteorites book set describe exactly this concerning the Tieraco Creek meteorite (mentioning that it clearly had a shape sculpted by this exact spalling and had such layers coming off of it in places). Now on to the rarity of this stuff. I personally have never had or seen a piece of this meteorite in all my years of collecting/ dealing. I also have access to a collection list of a person who probably has (or had – I think some of the pieces have since been offered for sale) the largest collection of iron meteorites known (in different names, not necessarily by weight) and they did not have even a crumb of this one. Ths label that comes with this specimen looks to be fairly old (1970’s perhaps) and is from a dealer I have never heard of (Apple Valley Minerals Ltd. Salavella- Fred Cororan of Rhode Island).
    69.1 gram spall fragment and crumbs – 65mm x 55mm x 7mm - $690

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale- List 216--Rohr collection part 5

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale- List 216-- Rohr collection part 5

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487

LIST 216

June 12, 2018

Dear collectors,

Here is the fifth Rohr collection offering. This was supposed to go out last week, but I needed to go to Denver Wednesday and figured it best not to send out a list and have only one day to be here to respond/ pack orders (though I got delayed and actually ended up leaving Thursday). Any offerings I send out the next month or so may end up being on an abnormal schedule (I originally planned to have lists, assuming I had something to offer, go out the first and third Tuesday of each month so folks would have some idea when to look for them). Linda’s mom (my mother in law) went into assisted living last Tuesday. It seems that as I know how to clean up/ out a house full of stuff (had to do this for my mom, aunt and uncle) the bulk of the cleanup work is on my shoulders. So, I will be going to Denver off and on the next month or so going through the process of cleanup, hauling trash, setting up and running estate sales in hopes to get the house on the market as soon as possible. This is a difficult, tedious and sometimes very dirty (as was the case this past weekend when I cleaned out the back patio, garage and storage sheds) job, but I have been in this rodeo a number of times before and know how to handle it. I have no set schedule for all of this but will try to leave an answering machine message for those of you that call letting you know when I am gone and when I expect to back. As far as e-mail is concerned – Nope, I won’t have any while on the road doing this job, unfortunately. Not only will I not have the time (I am averaging 12 to 14 hour work days in this job), the phone and associated internet service has already been shut off at the house (already transferred to Linda’s mom’s new place).

CAMEL DONGA, Australia: HED achondrite (Eucrite). Found January 1984. Tkw = about 30 kilograms.
I remember when pieces of this first came out. Wow – they had really fresh and super shiny black crust. This is a “find” so we don’t know when it fell but I’d guess that it was very, very close to when it was found. I say this because the pieces of this meteorite that came to market quickly started showing weathering (this meteorite does have sometimes large nodules of fresh iron in it). Specimens that were coming out just a year or two after its first recover were already showing a little bit of yellow dirt staining and loss of shiny areas of the crust. A few more years down the road and some piece were looking pretty bad. This piece is not one that was part of the first recoveries, but it is close. This does have some very minor dirt staining and a couple small areas where the crust has dulled a bit, but not much. Overall, this is still a very nice little shiny crusted complete eucrite specimen. This also comes with an IMPACTIKA label (that had this priced at $175 and then lowered to $150).
5.06 gram complete crusted individual – 18mm x 15mm x 8mm - $100

CANYAO DIABLO, Arizona: Coarse octahedrite (IAB). Found 1891.
Here is another (the last, actually) of the really neat thin/ sculpted Canyon Diablo pieces Linton had. I am not uncertain that this was the thinnest (overall) of all the specimens. A neat piece that really looks like it was formed by someone playing with clay. This has been wire-brushed but probably could use a light touch-up (I have left it as I got it). This comes with a Linton Rohr Collection label.
69.2 gram thin/sculpted individual – 55mm x 40mm x 10mm - $70

DHOFAR (373), Oman: Ordinary chondrite (H6). Found October 8, 2000. Tkw = 383 grams.
This is an end that, though highly wind-polished, has a nice, rounded shape to the back-side (so this is NOT a broken fragment). The interior is the usual Oman meteorite find mottled medium to dark brown interior but it does still show a moderate amount of fresh metal flakes scattered throughout (less common for these Dhofar things). Most of the weathered Dhofar stones I have had over the years are L5 or L6 things, this is distinctly different as it is an H6. The best part about this stone is that it represents a bit more than 1/3rd of the whole piece that was classified under this number. I am not going to say that there aren’t other pieces that would pair to this, but at least this stone was obviously an individual and not just a fragment of a larger piece that had different Dhofar numbers assigned to it (though I really have not noticed this problem as much with the Oman stuff as with the “Sahara” and NWA material). A decent little display piece and possibly the “Main Mass” if much of any of the rest of the stone was cut into slices. This comes with a “Sergey Vasiliev Meteorites” label.
135.6 grams end piece – 57mm x 38mm x 22mm - $185

NWA (1664): HED achondrite (Howardite). Found 2002. Tkw = 6310 grams.
Now this is a fresh howardite! This has lots of different colored (mostly small – a few mm or so) fragments (white, gray, black, tan and even some nice bright green glassy spots) in a very light gray matrix. This has two labels with it. One is a “the Lintonius Collection” and another (likely the original one that Linton got with the specimen) that touts this meteorite to be “Unique” having KREEP and chondrule like glasses up to 1cm. This piece is a roughly square thin slice (so no natural edge that would have likely been coated with fresh black crust) in a 2” x 2” plastic display box.
4.5 gram slice – 29mm x 27mm x 2mm - $70

NWA (7045): Stony-iron (Pallasite). Found 2011.
Well, the Big Kahuna label that comes with this piece has it as “NWA x (unclassified)” but I fully recognize this material. I had a fair amount of it (and likely still have a small bag of it in storage somewhere) a few years ago. This was the NWA pallasite that had somehow (like Huckitta, Australia) managed to have all of its metal converted to magnetite and hematite without completely blowing itself apart. So, like Huckitta, this nice little end piece shows a number of nice (quite large) olivine crystals in a dark blue-gray matrix of magnetite and hematite. As mentioned above, the Big Kahuna label has this “unclassified” so I am putting in one of my NWA (7045) labels to go with this.
13.2 gram end piece – 35mm x 20mm x 8mm - $40

SIKHOTE-ALIN, Russia: Coarsest octahedrite (IIAB). Fell February 12, 1947.
This is a fusion crusted individual that has been cleaned. It has not been super harshly cleaned – as some of the material I have seen available lately for “bargain” ($2.50/g and under) pieces of this stuff. This piece still has a fair amount of actual fusion crust patches on 2/3rds of its surface (one side seems to be missing this). Anyway, a good but not great individual (and priced accordingly).
64.6 gram thumb-printed individual – 30mm x 27mm x 20mm - $145

WILLAMETTE, Oregon: Medium octahedrite (IIIAB). Found 1902. Tkw = 14,100kg.
This, unfortunately, is not the real iron portion of this meteorite but 4 small pieces of the exterior shale. Years ago, I used to get pieces of this from time to time, but have not seen any available in a long time. This “specimen” consists of four roughly equal sized pieces (around 1cm each). No label came with these (they look completely proper to me) – they were just in a clear bag with “Willamette, 2g, #220681” written with a black sharpie on it.
2.2 grams – 4 pieces - $30

Tuesday, 29 May 2018


PRIVACY STATEMENT - Blaine Reed Meteorites- Yahoo Groups and Google Blogger
(May 29, 2018 version)

Hi Folks,

It seems that I am being required to make a privacy announcement to all of you that are current members of my brmeteorites_list group and more (and it also seems that I will have to find a way to send this to anyone new who signs up for the group – even though I don’t personally know who new members are or when they sign up).

Dirk Ross, who takes my Yahoo groups postings and (kindly and thankfully) re-posts them on an open to the public blog contacted me last Wednesday (the day before I was leaving for Denver) telling me that I MUST quickly produce and make public a “privacy policy”. It seems that new privacy laws in Europe require this of me (under penalty of law) as I do indeed have some customers in Europe. I was told that I needed to make a privacy policy, get it to my European customers and give them the chance to be removed from my systems if they don’t like what they see (I am extending this option to folks everywhere, not just to those in Europe). He (Dirk) sent me a copy of a privacy policy from another collecting/ hobby site for my review and alteration for my needs. Well, I did indeed look through that particular privacy police notice briefly but a) I didn’t have time to do anything (I was leaving early the next morning) and b) felt most of this particular privacy statement had nothing to do with me or the various ways I reach people (this collecting site had log in user name and passwords, used cookies and had direct on site purchasing capabilities). As such, I completely ignored the situation for the time being. However, once I got back home 4 days later, I found a message that, due to my inaction on the subject, Dirk had felt the need to indeed take much of the text of the active collecting site’s privacy policy and post it as a front page of the blog he set up for publicly posting offerings from my Yahoo groups list. Some of you may have already seen this. My concern is that many of you may become somewhat concerned, given the rather detailed nature of that particular privacy statement (it has mentions of tracking, cookies, user names, passwords and purchase records). Here I want to set straight what is MY privacy policies. Anyone who feels, after reading this post, that these are not acceptable, please contact me and I will remove you from my brmeteorites_list Yahoo groups membership, e-mail contacts list and/or my hard copy customer file (there is nothing I can do if you are seeing things through the blog re-posts other than say – don’t visit the blog site if you have concerns).

Customer records kept:

First, I DO keep some records. I have an old-fashioned card file (3” x 5”) that has customer cards that contain customer name, address, phone and or e-mail. These cards also have notes as to purchases but only the month/year the purchase was made and the total amount. I use the purchase data for two reasons. First is that if I have not heard from a particular customer for considerable time (several years – longer if the customer had shown a fairly consistent purchasing pattern in earlier years) I remove them from my mailing list (yes, many of you do know that I do still actually periodically mail a paper catalog). I have also found these purchase notes to be highly helpful for retrieving info for customers later. I have had customers that have needed for me to look up something they purchased earlier (need the cost, size, date, etc) and these brief notes allow me (though with considerable difficulty, so please don’t ask for this unless it is really needed) to usually find the info they need. So, these purchase notes are mostly for controlling my mailing list but also can be used for the customer’s benefit (when really needed).

Customer credit card information:

I don’t keep credit card info records, much to the chagrin of customers who like to say “just put it on my card”. Each time a customer wants to make a credit card purchase I have them give me the required data either over the phone (most common), as several coded e-mails (rarely) or by fax (pretty much the only reason I still have a fax is that some overseas customers, rightly, feel more secure providing the needed data that way than by e-mails). When I am done processing a credit card order the card info (numbers, expiration and such) get dropped through a cross-cut paper shredder. If the card info was sent to me through several coded e-mails those e-mails are deleted as soon as I am done with the transaction (and I do not “respond” to any such e-mails as this takes the data in that particular e-mail and re-sends it back through the system. If any further contact is needed, it is done through a fresh new subject e-mail, not by responding to ANY e-mail that contains any portion of credit card data). The receipts that are generated by my credit card processing machine (which uses a land-line phone connection, not internet or cell phone) do not have your card info on them (years ago some did) – only the last 4 digits of the card and nothing else. Even those records (along with the actual receipt books of the sales that year) get tossed into a fire pit when I clean out old tax records later (usually around 7 years later, as that is how long the IRS requires me to hold onto tax records and the supporting paperwork).

Selling/ giving out of customer’s data:

Nope never have and don’t plan on ever doing it. I see this info as property of the customer, not mine (this policy has already cost me a big customer and friend – I’ll explain below). Years ago, I did have a new to the field dealer offer me $5k for my customer list (and, at the time, that $5k would have really helped). Despite the consultations of a famous now retired meteorite and mineral dealer telling me to sell, I did not. That new dealer went on to become super successful without the help of my customer list none the less. Another person (the big customer and friend mentioned above) wanted to do a book on pallasites and wanted a list of the people with collections of pallasites. This person was REALLY BIG in his main field (coins) and had done some really fantastic books along these lines. I still have his book on US silver dollars and it is an absolute thrill to read. It has history of each coin: general news of the year, area it was minted, how many were made, how many (and in what grade) are accounted for in large collections and estimates of how many are likely in small collections and sock drawers. Anyway, he really, really wanted to do a similar book for pallasites (it would have indeed been really interesting as well). He contacted me wanting me to give him a list of pretty much every person who ever bought a pallasite specimen from me, what different pallasites they had bought over the years and what sizes the pieces were. I politely declined. Unfortunately, it didn’t end at that. The demands for the info (he knew I had it) got rather heated at times. I finally explained to him that though I DID have the info he was asking for it was NOT mine to give. The best I could offer was that I could ask folks that had bought pallasites from me if they would like to have them and their collection as part of a book. No good, the author felt he needed all the data, not just of those willing to participate, to make the book factual and useful (true, I suppose). Anyway, what relationship I had with this person pretty much ended over this. So, the gist of this is – I have never sold personal customer info (either contact or purchases) and don’t plan to.

Data collected and used by Yahoo and the site hosting the blog re-posts:

I think this is the part Dirk was the most concerned over. Unfortunately though, I have no idea or control over what info these folks gather and how they use it. Yahoo, obviously, has your e-mail address (those of you that have joined the brmeteorites_list group anyway) or they wouldn’t be able to send you my groups postings. Yahoo also likely has some data on you if you are in my e-mail “contacts” list. As for the blog hosting site, I have no idea for certain but I would not be the least bit surprised if they have cookies (that are usually used for tracking and advertising purposes) and possibly more. Again, I have absolutely no control over this part of the equation. The only protection against this open door is to not visit the blog site, be removed from the brmeteorties_list group membership and/ or my e-mail “contacts” list. As for the parts of the brmeteorites_list group I can control: I did purposely set up the group so that members do not receive and cannot see each other’s e-mail addresses (but then, I am not certain it could be any other way, given that I am the only one that can post anything). I suppose it is possible that some computer hacker could figure out how to hack their way to that data if they really felt it was worth the time and effort though (something else that I really have no real control over).

I am sure I have forgotten to address something. Please let me know if I have and I’ll try to deal with it as I am notified of my failings. It is just that I am not very computer savvy and really don’t personally see a lot of privacy issues running business the way I do (paper lists, e-mail offerings you have to sign up for to receive and a blog site you have to go to on your own to view. Order processing by you needing to directly contact me and so on). Regardless, I have been told new European laws require it as I do have some customers in Europe. No matter where you live, all of this still applies. If you feel that there are risks with your personal data you do not want to take, please let me know. At this point the only actions I can take directly is to remove you from the Yahoo groups membership and or my e-mail “contacts” list if you are part of them and remove and destroy your customer card in my files if you have one. If you desire any of these actions, please contact me at brmeteorites@yahoo.com or call (970) 874-1487. I’ll need the e-mail address you are receiving the yahoo groups offerings at to find and remove that contact from the group membership list, the e-mail address that might be in my “contacts” list (if different from the one in the “groups” file) and I’ll need your name and address so I can be sure that I am getting rid of the correct customer card in my 3x5 file if that is the action desired. As for the blog hosting site – nothing I can do there accept say that if you feel that visiting that is a risk then DON’T VISIT IT!


Thursday, 24 May 2018

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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 215 Linton Rohr Collection Part 4

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 215
Linton Rohr Collection Part 4

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487                                                                                                                              
                            LIST 215

May 8, 2018

Dear collectors,

Here is the fourth Rohr collection offering.

CHELYABINSK, Russia: (LL5). Fell February 15, 2013.
This is a nice complete and fresh individual. It is pretty obvious that this was picked up early after the fall. Aside from a tiny (about 1mm x 1mm) late flight chip, this stone is completely covered in thick primary fusion crust. The photo of this might show some crust coloration that looks like rusting – dark reddish brown areas. This may indeed be oxidation BUT it formed during the fall and NOT from later weathering on the ground after the fall. This is not uncommon on fresh Chelyabinsk specimens. I have also seen this on Allende specimens but not all that many other meteorites. This also has an interesting 2mm x 2mm metal nugget poking out of the surface. A great fresh piece (that Linton probably paid a big premium for as he undoubtedly got this soon after the fall) that is in a labeled membrane box.
    10.3 gram fresh complete individual – 25mm x 16mm x 15mm -  SOLD
But I have others- contact me.

GIBEON, Namibia: Fine octahedrite (IVA). Found 1836.
This is a small complete individual that has been wire-brushed moderately. It has an overall dark brownish black color but there are some areas of original exterior (dark orange as I believe that this has also been oiled at some point) showing that this specimen is indeed a small Gibeon. Gibeons of all sizes have become very much in demand and prices have increased to quite surprising levels lately. This also comes with a Linton Rohr collection label.
    18.1 grams – 32mm x 15mm x 11mm - SOLD 

NWA (unstudied):
This is an assortment of 10 relatively fresh and mostly complete stones. One piece (the largest) looks like it could be NWA (869) but I am not going to cut it to find out. The others have a bit of a different look to them. Regardless, these would be great for people that have customers for small things or as gifts for people that just want to own a nice small stone meteorite.
    52.5g lot of 10 stones - SOLD 
But I have others- contact me.

NWA (2871): Primitive achondrite (Lodranite). Found 2004. Tkw = 3500+ grams.
This is a specimen that Linton got from me years ago and likely at a much higher price. I think I pretty much sold out of this stuff at nearly $70/g back when I had a good amount of it (I think I might have a couple small piece in my inventory somewhere). This is an end piece/ cut fragment that shows a granular/ crystalline texture on both the cut surface and the natural exterior.
    3.74 gram end piece – 20mm x 20mm x 5mm - SOLD 
But I have others- contact me.

NWA (4502): Carbonaceous chondrite (CV3). Found 2008. Tkw = about 35 kilograms.
This is another piece that Linton got from me years ago. It is an end piece that shows a nice smooth (wind-polished), rounded back side so this is not a broken fragment but likely a true ½ of an individual. The interior is dark, as is usual for this particular meteorite, but lots of (oblong) chondrules are visible on close inspection. This is an unusual CV meteorite in that it shows quite strong attraction to a magnet. Because of this, this material was first believed to be more likely a weathered CR meteorite before research work was done to sort out the issue.
    24.5 gram end piece – 55mm x 20mm x 10mm - SOLD
But I have others- contact me.

OUM DREGA, Western Sahara: (H3-5). Fell October 16, 2003. Tkw = around 17kilograms.
I kind of forgot about this stuff. Pieces of it were not available for very long. I know I have had it and sold it in the past, but never got enough of this meteorite to have much of it in inventory (unlike Chergach and Bassikounou which are my go-to fresh fall affordable stones in my inventory). This is technically a complete individual, though it looks like it has an end (20mm x 11mm) fractured off of it. This end, however, does show small spots of fusion crust formed on some of the higher spots so this “fracture” is really an area of very light secondary crust. The remainder of the stone is covered by nice thick black primary crust. This piece comes with a Hupe collection label that lists the name as “Amgala” – which is what this material was being called before the research work and reporting were completely done.
    15.0 gram complete individual – 30mm x 18mm x 14mm - $80

SIKHOTE-ALIN, Russia: Coarsest octahedrite (IIAB). Fell February 12, 1947.
This is an interesting piece. At first glance, it looks like a pretty typical but blocky shrapnel fragment. However, on closer inspection, it has smooth areas that look like they were fusion crusted/ thumb-printed surfaces (unfortunately, this has been wire brushed so any actual fusion crust on these areas is now gone). So, it seems that this specimen is more likely a “half-breed”- a piece that is indeed a shrapnel fragment but yet still has some of the sculpted surface that was on the exterior of the original meteorite mass before it got ripped apart in hitting the ground. I have seen some of these type things in the past but they are fairly rare. This comes with a Rohr collection label.
    90.8 gram half-breed – 30mm x 30mm x 20mm - SOLD

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale- List 214 Linton Rohr Collection Part #3

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale- List 214 Linton Rohr Collection Part #3

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487                                                                                                                               
                            LIST 214

April 25, 2018

Dear collectors,

Here is the e-mail version of my recent mailed paper list.

CAMPO DEL CIELO, Argentina: Coarse octahedrite (IAB)
CAMPO DEL CIELO, Argentina: Coarse octahedrite (IAB). Found 1576.
I really hesitated to put these on here, as I really like to have multiple pieces of each offered item on these catalogs. However, year after year, I bump into these wonderful highly silicated pieces when I do inventory and have decided that they are too nice to keep leaving in deep storage. These are all really full of graphite, silicates, sulfides, (often in bands through the specimen) and look nothing like a typical piece of Campo. The two larger pieces are a bit wedged but could be split into thinner slices if one was so inclined. Wish I had gotten more of these when they were (briefly) available years ago (they were not particularly cheap back then either though). Again, these (unfortunately) are the ONLY pieces I have, so act fast if you want one.
1) Complete slices: Highly silicated:
a) 73.9 grams - 80mm x 50mm x 4mm - $130
b) 194.4 grams - 95mm x 70mm x 7mm - $240
c) 284.8 grams - 97mm x 80mm x 9mm - $300

NWA (8217): Ordinary chondrite (L5), S3, W2. Found 2013
NWA (8217): Ordinary chondrite (L5), S3, W2. Found 2013. Tkw = 490 grams.
This single stone was reported as being bought in Temara, Morocco in December of 2013. This is the last of the “prestudied” NWA meteorites I picked up a few years ago. These had some external or internal feature that made them look somewhat interesting (I don’t know what that was on this one – this looks pretty much like a normal moderately weathered L5 to me, both inside and out) so it was sent in for research work. This one, obviously, turned out to be common. I picked it up (as the original owner didn’t want to mess with it any further) and prepped it (cut and polished) for sale. Again, nothing special: a moderate amount of metal and sulfides visible in a medium brown matrix, just an affordable studied meteorite.
1) Slices:
a) 8.5 grams - 40mm x 15mm x 5mm - $11
b) 13.2 grams - 50mm x 25mm x 4mm - $17
c) 23.2 grams - 57mm x 30mm x 5mm - $28 – only piece this size.
d) 31.8 grams - 57mm x 44mm x 5mm - $37 – complete slice.
2) End piece:
a) 82.9 grams - 57mm x 43mm x 23mm - sold

NWA (5781): Ordinary chondrite (LL3.3)
NWA (5781): Ordinary chondrite (LL3.3). Found before February 2009. Tkw = 891 grams.
A single stone was purchased during the 2009 Tucson show. The Meteoritical Bulletin reports 2 pieces totaling 1060 grams because the find data for this stone got confused with another LL (an L/LL 3-6 breccia – now NWA 8738) that was submitted for research at the same time as this one. Regardless, cutting revealed a fantastic chondrule-rich interior. Chondrules of all sizes and many colors (along with some melt pockets) packed tightly together with virtually no visible matrix. This is fairly fresh. It doesn’t show much obvious bright metal (but I don’t think it had much to begin with) but it has a lot of sulfides, with many (if not most) of the chondrules being armored with it. I don’t have a lot of this material as I have already sold 2/3 of it. It seems to sell itself the few times I have shown collectors pieces of it in the past.
1) Slices:
a) 3.0 grams - 24mm x 14mm x 3mm - $36
b) 6.2 grams - 27mm x 27mm x 3mm - $74
c) 14.4 grams - 38mm x 27mm x 4mm - $165
d) 29.6 grams - 60mm x 47mm x 4mm - $325
e) 78.7 grams - 90mm x 50mm x 6mm - $700 – complete slice. Piece in group photo sold. This one looks very similar but is somewhat wedged (and thus priced a bit cheaper per gram than the original offered piece).

SAHARA (97096): Enstatite chondrite (EH3)
SAHARA (97096): Enstatite chondrite (EH3). Found 1997. Tkw = about 28 kilograms.
Actually, some of this was labeled Sahara (97072) when I got it (before cutting) but I am using the number that the Meteoritical Bulletin uses for all of the others being “paired to”. This is nice, fresh material. It has lots of fine-grained metal and lots of chondrules. This is a very primitive meteorite and I have seen a number of research articles on it the past few years because of this. However, I just discovered something surprising about it – it fluoresces! I had a fancy (and somewhat expensive) L.E.D. black light flashlight on my desk (a Convoy S2+). For grins I shinned it on the slices of this I was preparing to catalog. I was shocked by the results. This meteorite has lots and lots of tiny grains scattered throughout it that fluoresce a bright neon orange! Now I have something I can show the folks (I get some at EVERY show) that come in carrying a black light unit asking “what have you got that fluoresces?” (I used to have to say “nothing”).
1) Slices:
a) .70 grams - 10mm x 10mm x 2mm - $30
b) 1.6 grams - 15mm x 14mm x 2mm - $68
c) 2.6 grams - 23mm x 17mm x 2mm - $110
d) 5.0 grams - 34mm x 20mm x 2mm - $210
e) 9.1 grams - 50mm x 25mm x 2mm - $375
f) 17.2 grams - 70mm x 44mm x 2mm - $690 – nice complete slice!

NWA (8044): Achondrite (Howardite)
NWA (8044): Achondrite (Howardite). Found before February 2011. Tkw = 715 grams.
This is a case where an item turned out to be more interesting than what I thought when I bought it. I got around 30 fragments that I was told were “a weird eucrite” but looked like an old mesosiderite to me. Research work showed that this is actually a howardite with a lot of FeNi metal veins (highly weathered though) running through it. I asked if it might be a Mesosiderite but was told that it clearly is not due to its mineralogy. This is mostly pyroxene as the silicates of a mesosiderite would be but this also has areas of both basaltic and cumulate eucrite material. So now (hopefully) more work will (eventually) be done to determine the origin of the metal (likely from an iron impactor). These are all cut and polished fragments and don’t look like any other howardite I’ve ever seen.
1) Cut fragments:
a) 4.0 grams - 20mm x 14mm x 5mm - $48
b) 9.0 grams - 30mm x 20mm x 7mm - $110
c) 15.3 grams - 37mm x 30mm x 6mm - $175
d) 20.1 grams - 40mm x 34mm x 12mm - $220
e) 30.2 grams - 43mm x 32mm x 15mm - $325

VACA MUERTA, Chile: Stony-iron (Mesosiderite)
VACA MUERTA, Chile: Stony-iron (Mesosiderite). Found 1861.
These are pieces that I set aside around 20 years ago. Back then, I paid a premium for them as they are far fresher than the typical material from this find. Each of these had a flat spot ground into them to show the high fresh metal content of each piece. Cutting these revealed that they are indeed quite fresh internally and actually look like a mesosiderite should. In typical Vaca Muerta pieces, enough metal has oxidized to make them look much more like a chondrite (but then I’ve seen estimates that this stuff has been on the ground for up to 1 million years!). I can’t really call these “end pieces” (though many of them are) because of the flat spot that the original seller ground into them. This flat spot usually did not line up well for further cutting (either in half or slicing – but then these were really too small to slice) so I ended up with pieces having a sanded edge or areas of the back side polished. Anyway, these are really fresh specimens of Vaca Muerta that are rarely seen and representative of the mesosiderite type.
1) Cut fragments:
a) 8.9 grams - 30mm x 20mm x 6mm - $45
b) 13.2 grams - 25mm x 24mm x 20mm - $66
c) 19.9 grams - 45mm x 27mm x 12mm - $100
d) 31.9 grams - 47mm x 40mm x 10mm - $160 – only one this size.
e) 46.0 grams - 60mm x 32mm x 10mm - $230 – only one this size.
f) 107.7 grams - 55mm x 40mm x 14mm - $525 – has some nice eucritic inclusions.

IMPACT GLASS: Zhamanshin crater, Kazakhstan:
IMPACT GLASS: Zhamanshin crater, Kazakhstan:
I don’t think I’ve ever had or offered big hunks of an impact formed glass before – just small pieces that were single digit grams size to maybe a few 10s of grams sized. Here are some really big paperweight/ table display pieces I recently picked up. These are all obviously glass and not just dirt and rocks stuck together by a little bit of glass (which is what most impactites are structurally). This material is a swirled mix of dark gray/ black and green glass (most pieces are heavier on the green glass). These are from the roughly 1my old, 13.5km diameter Zhamanshin crater – where Irghizites (considered by many to be a type of tektite) are from (and, up till now, the only material I have had from this impact site). Most pieces are end pieces/ cut fragments but I do have a few thick slices available. Given the size of these things, US shipping on these will be around $6 to $10. Overseas, I’ll have to calculate shipping prices.
1) Cut fragments:
a) 239.5 grams - 115mm x 85mm x 20mm - SOLD
b) 281.0 grams - 100mm x 85mm x 30mm - SOLD
c) 581.2 grams - 150mm x 105mm x 30mm - SOLD
d) 766.0 grams - 150mm x 115mm x 45mm - SOLD
2) Slices:
a) 200.7 grams - 90mm x 80mm x 15mm - SOLD
b) 295.7 grams - 130mm x 80mm x 15mm - SOLD

Please note:
    I do have “group photos” of each lot of material above I can e-mail to those who want (please tell me what material you want a photo of). These contain the exact pieces cataloged under each name. I often have duplicate (well, similar sized anyway) pieces of many listed items. I generally send the first folks to order an item the largest available for the size. You can request the exact pictured piece if it is still available however.
 Shipping:  The post office has, once again, raised rates quite substantially. For small US orders $4 is now needed. Larger orders are now $6 to $14 (insurance is extra if desired – I’ll look it up if you want it). Overseas prices have gone up A LOT the past couple years. Now small overseas orders are around $13 (I’ll have to custom quote any larger items/ orders). Registration (recommended on more valuable overseas orders) is $15.
    I do have a fax machine that seems to work (but I have to answer it and manually turn it on), so overseas people can contact me that way if they must.  How ever, for overseas orders, it probably is best to go ahead and use my brmeteorites@yahoo.com e-mail.