Thursday, 12 May 2016

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 190 - Moon rocks

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 190 - Moon rocks

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

……………………………………………………LIST 190
May 11, 2016

Dear collectors,

Here is an assortment of older Lunar slices that I had on display over in Montrose (I picked them up yesterday). I had left them there for a few years so that the folks of Montrose who thought they were plowing up, tripping over, building fence rows out moon rocks (thanks to the local paper, library and the loon they supported/ aided and abetted) would have the chance to see and compare to genuine Lunar material. We (the store and I) were going to have a publicized “come see real moon rocks and have your potential meteorites identified” event. He had been asking me to do this for a few years now but I didn’t think it was a particularly safe idea. Now with the loon in jail for the time being, we began to set up a schedule and began making plans. However, the event has now been permanently canceled. The store owner’s wife saw the still huge potential danger in hosting such an event and (wisely in my opinion) has forbade it from happening in their store. I won’t go into the ugly details here (some day I might explain all the “excitement” that has developed because of my involvement in showing Montrose is NOT the “Meteorite Capital of the World”) but she CLEARLY understands that there are far more people that are upset and involved in the issue than just the guy in jail (unfortunately, it seems my actions have also managed to upset the local and state “Sovereign Citizen” movement. These folks are listed by the FBI as the greatest terrorist threat within the US). Basically, the store no longer needs (nor wants) the liability of these rocks on display so now I am making some of them available for sale. Needless to say, I have only one of each of these (and some of these are really hard to come by these days) so contact me quickly if possible if you are interested. On the expensive pieces I am happy to work out time payments or such if needed as well.

DAR al GANI (400), Libya: Lunar (anorthositic breccia). Found 1998. Tkw = 1425 grams.
Boy, this meteorite sure scared the _ell out of me when its discovery was announced. I had wired $87k to Germany to buy a piece of Dar al Gani (262) that was the size of a nickel and had not received it yet when this new lunar was announced. Thankfully (or I would have probably gone bankrupt and left meteorites all together) this huge new lunar did not become available for quite some time (not much of it was offered for sale and it was not cheap when it did finally make its way to collectors). So, me and my chips of Dar al Gani (262) ended up being the first lunar material released widely to collectors. Anyway, this is a long triangular thin slice. There are some light clasts in a medium to dark gray mottled matrix. Not real exciting but this particular material is not commonly available.
.243 gram slice – 20mm x 8mm x .5mm - $400

DHOFAR (461), Oman: Lunar (anorthositic crystalline melt breccia). Found 2001. Tkw = 33.7 grams.
The total known weight listed above is for the particular stone this slice was cut from. Apparently, 13 paired pieces totaling 708 grams were ultimately recovered. To be honest, this sure does not look exciting (but it is a bit different in type/ texture from most Lunar specimens) with only a few really tiny white clasts in dark brown matrix. The edge of this piece is about ½ natural and ½ cut. I got it years ago (at a much higher price) form the Russians that supposedly found it.
.95 gram slice – 28mm x 18mm x .5mm - $1000

NWA (032): Lunar (olivine-pyroxene basalt). Found October 1999. Tkw = about 300 grams.
Hmm, for 300 grams supposedly being found of this I sure haven’t ever seen much of it around over the years. I got this from Alan Lang many years ago (and it was really expensive back then – not that it is really cheap now). Of all the Lunar basalts I have ever seen, this stuff looks the most like a basalt (at least a terrestrial basalt). It has small (mm or so sized) greenish tan crystals in a dark gray, nearly black matrix. This is a super thin slice in a membrane box. A small (around 3mm x 2mm) corner has broken off (good E-Bay micro?). The slice is solid otherwise (though so thin I would advise against handling it).
.206 gram slice – 15mm x 10mm x .5mm - $600

NWA (482): Lunar (impact melt breccia). Found 2000. Tkw = 1015 grams.
Here is small but super nice piece of possibly the most famous Lunar meteorite. This piece may be small but it has absolutely everything you want to see in a piece of this meteorite. Half of the edge has a nice sculpted shape and is covered with fusion crust (the remainder is broken, not cut). The interior shows a fantastic breccia texture. About 1/3rd is a large white clast. The remainder shows lots of small angular white clasts separated by black shock melt veins. A “micro” specimen in size only.
.388 gram slice – 12mm x 11mm x 1mm - $750

NWA (2727): Lunar (mare basalt/ gabbro breccia). Found 2005. Tkw = 191.2 grams.
Here is one that I shared with a few other people. Four stones were recovered (30.6g, 11.6g, 64g, 85g). I got the 30.6 gram piece. This particular slice is a complete slice (well complete slice of the fragments anyway) of my specimen. This is interesting/ odd looking stuff. A bit over half of this slice is a mottled medium gray material (likely the mare basalt portion) with the remainder being neat brecciated mix of green, white and gray material (likely the gabbro).
4.15 gram complete slice – 35mm x 27mm x 2mm - $3500

NWA (2995): Lunar (feldspathic breccia). Found 2005. Tkw = 538 grams.
Here is a slice that makes people say “Wow!”. This slice is exactly what most people think of when they think “moon rock”. This has the classic highly brecciated texture with LOTS of light colored clasts (of all sizes – up to close to a centimeter) in a dark gray matrix. This is a nice, solid complete slice. A real museum piece.
11.5 gram complete slice – 70mm x 45mm x 1mm - $8000

NWA (2977): Lunar (gabbro). Found 2005. Tkw = 233 grams.
This is a slice I picked up years ago as the “gabbro” (basaltic composition but solidified slower below the surface so it developed coarser crystal structure) for my collection. This is a part slice that has crust/ natural exterior around about 2/3rds of the edge. The remaining edge is freshly broken but has a natural appearance to it. The interior is a fine granular light greenish tan color with lots of fine black shock veins running through it.
1.55 gram slice – 23mm x 20mm x 1mm - $1100

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 189

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 189

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

……………………………………………………LIST 189
April 27, 2016

Dear collectors,
Here is the e-mail version of my recently mailed spring/ after tax season offering. Yep, I pretty much waited until the last minute to finally get my taxes done. If any of you did the same (apparently, a surprising number of people do procrastinate on this particular task) and will have to wait for your refund (hopefully you will get one) and would like to spend it on meteorites please let me know. I’d be happy to set things aside for you while the refund check is “in the mail”, so don’t hesitate to ask.

WOLF CREEK, Australia: Medium octahedrite (IIIB). Found 1947.
These are not actual iron meteorite but the famous (and still scarce) shale balls from this famous crater. I think a few pieces of actual iron has been found (and some shale balls still contain unoxidized iron inside them) but I have never had any such fresh metal Wolf Creek in my years. It has been many years since I have even had any shale balls. These particular specimens are all complete with a generally round (or oval) and often flattened shape and show the rough, kind of cracked surface texture (some have a layer of adhering sand). I have very few of these – only one of each size, except the smallest (of which I have two).
1) Individual shale balls as found (lightly air-blasted clean):
a) 108.6 grams - 50mm x 45mm x 28mm - $150
b) 126.4 grams - 65mm x 45mm x 27mm - sold
c) 165.6 grams - 60mm x 50mm x 30mm - $225
d) 190.6 grams - 60mm x 60mm x 28mm - $250

NWA (8225): Ordinary chondrite (H4), S2, W1. Found before September 2011. Tkw = 100 grams.
Here is another little “Main mass” offering. This, superficially, looks quite weathered. It has a complete individual shape but no real distinct crust left. The interior shows lots of small chondrules and some metal in medium to dark mottled orangish brown matrix. This is priced well below what just the analysis work would cost me to get the thing classified.
85.1 gram individual – 40mm x 30mm x 30mm - $130 – Main mass.

NWA (8738): “Ordinary” chondrite. (LL3-6), W1, S4. Found. Tkw = 2851 grams.
It took nearly 7 years to finally get this one through research (it just now got done). I think it was worth the wait. This is anything but ordinary and, to me, one of the most interesting meteorites I have offered in a long time. The pieces I got (4 larger and lots of gravel) looked like concrete – angular to rounded darker pebbles in a light gray matrix. The seller thought this was a howardite. To me, this turned out to be better. This is a breccia containing fragments of three distinct different meteorite types: LL3 (around 25% of the stone) and making up remainder (75% together) is LL6 and L6 (!). So, this is a breccia that has a large component of material from a completely different parent body! I don’t have a lot of this remaining as a sizable portion was small gravel and fragments and a fair number of the larger pieces have already sold. This is another meteorite that seemed to sell itself the few times I have shown anyone pieces of it.
1) Slices:
a) 4.0 grams - 18mm x 15mm x 5mm - $40
b) 8.0 grams - 32mm x 20mm x 5mm - $80
c) 16.6 grams - 50mm x 30mm x 5mm - $150
d) 36.4 grams - 65mm x 40mm x 5mm - $300
e) 77.8 grams - 75mm x 65mm x 5mm - $600 – nice large dark clasts.
2) Cut fragments:
a) 107.9 grams - 65mm x 65mm x 15mm - $800 – really nice!
b) 233.9 grams - 85mm x 70mm x 17mm - $1400

JBILET WINSELWAN, Morocco: Carbonaceous chondrite (CM2). Found 2013. Tkw = about 6 kg.
I hesitated to offer this material. Part of me wanted to wait and see if it turned out that Ceres or the comet the Europeans landed on matches this stuff in any way at all. I suspect (hope?) that there are a number of collectors who thought (like me) that they could wait and pick up a nice piece of this at any time so they missed out. It turned out that there really was not much of this recovered and it disappeared quite quickly. These are all natural fragments (many have at least some crust) that I have air-blast cleaned to get rid of dirt (and now look amazingly dark and fresh). Here is another chance to own a Murchison like meteorite (these even still have a hint of odd carbon smell) for a fraction of the price.
1) Natural fragments as found (air blasted to remove dirt):
a) 1.7 grams - 15mm x 11mm x 10mm - $50
b) 2.7 grams - 16mm x 15mm x 8mm - $80
c) 5.5 grams - 23mm x 21mm x 11mm - $160
d) 9.7 grams - 30mm x 24mm x 12mm - $275
e) 19.3 grams - 35mm x 25mm x 19mm - $530
f) 37.7 grams - 40mm x 30mm x 28mm - $950

NWA (10514): HED achondrite (Eucrite, monomict breccia). Found April 2015. Tkw = 12 kilograms.
I got this stuff in a trade for a slice of a Texas stone that I simply could not say “No” to. This eucrite definitely has a bit different appearance than most. It has a mottled/swirled dark gray, green and reddish brown color with only a few light colored areas. This darkness is mostly due to shock effects and this particular meteorite has experienced a lot of shock. The research notes say it has a “high” shock level and that there is impact melt visible around the clasts (which are all one type material, hence the “monomict” breccia classification). These are all part slices, as the person who cut this had to block it down to get it to fit in their saw. These are not much to look at BUT it has a very different appearance and is quite affordable.
1) Part slices:
a) 2.6 grams - 20mm x 18mm x 2mm - $25
b) 5.2 grams - 33mm x 26mm x 2mm - $50
c) 11.6 grams - 42mm x 32mm x 3mm - $100
d) 27.1 grams - 60mm x 55mm x 3mm - $250
e) 66.1 grams - 100mm x 70mm x 4mm - $500

BEDIASITE, Tektite from Texas.
I picked up these wonderful specimens in Tucson from the guy that found them. He was leaving the show early to go do some gold prospecting I think and didn’t want to leave them with the jewelry dealer that he originally had them on display with (where they weren’t selling well as most jewelry people would have no idea why these pieces of dark glass were so expensive). Thankfully, he stopped by my room and made an offer that I luckily had (barely) cash to cover. Any way all of these are complete and show nice surface pits and etching (though the largest piece is a little shallower than others). I do have a few deep etched “popcorn” pieces listed below. However, these are one of a kind, only pieces available (as is the 41.7g large smoother piece).
1) Individual specimens as found:
a) 4.3 grams - 17mm x 15mm x 12mm - $45
b) 5.9 grams - 18mm x 15mm x 15mm - $60
c) 12.8 grams - 26mm x 22mm x 19mm - $130
d) 21.0 grams - 35mm x 22mm x 22mm - $200
e) 41.7 grams - 35mm x 33mm x 27mm - $400
2) “Popcorn” like individuals: $15/ gram:
Sizes available: 3.7g, 7.0g, 11.6g, 16.8g

MICROBIAL MAT: (stromatolite). Australia: 3.49 billion years old.
Here is yet another “ancient rock” offering. The note on the perky box says that this is from the Dresser Formation, North pole dome, Pilbara District, Western Australia. I had seen these during Denver last year but hesitated as they were twice the price of the other ancient rock perky boxed specimens I had bought earlier. Also, the Strelly Pool stromatolites are around the same age. However, research says that these North pole dome specimens are actually around 100million years older. I don’t have a lot of these specimens and it is not certain if the guy I got them from will be allowed to export any further pieces.
Roughly 20mm x 15mm x 10mm specimen in perky box - $50

Please note:
Shipping: For small US orders $3 should still be fine for now. Larger orders are now $12 (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 $9 (I’ll have to custom quote any larger items/ orders). Thankfully, it seems that the rate for registration (recommended on more valuable overseas orders) is still around $13.
I do have a new 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 e-mail.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 188 - Bassikounou, Belle Plaine plus

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 188 - Bassikounou, Belle Plaine plus

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

…………………………………………………………LIST 188

April 5, 2016

BASSIKOUNOU, Mauritania: (H5). Fell October 16, 2006. Tkw = 80+ kilograms.
This stone is a bit of an enigma. It has a broken face (around 40mm x 40mm) that shows a fair amount of rusting but yet the crust that covers the rest of the stone is fresh and black and only has some faint hints of dark maroon/brown that might be from oxidation. The specimen sits and displays very nicely on this flat surface having kind of a nice mountain profile shape to it. I do believe that this broken surface is actually a very late atmospheric break. There are some slickenside areas (likely old shock veins that acted as weak areas in the stone facilitating the break) and the fusion crust around the edge (under good magnification) has a rounded edge indicating some melt flow rather than a sharp angular break. Nice display piece at a price about as cheap (per gram) as you will ever find a nice fresh crusted witnessed fall these days.
283.2 gram fresh crusted individual – 100mmx 45mm x 40mm - $750

BELLE PLAINE, Kansas: (L6). Found 1950. Tkw = 96.4 kilograms.
This is an incredible super thin complete slice (note: due to the thinness of this piece it is polished only on one side). It shows lots of fine metal and troilite grains in a dark greenish gray matrix. There are a number of fairly large distinctly green chondrules and melt clasts as well. I have handled a number of these slices over the years and some had what looked like a break that had been glued. Well, this particular piece probably has the largest such vein I have seen in a slice of this meteorite. This vein runs top to bottom across the middle of the slice and several areas of it are amazingly wide (one such part is roughly 5mm x 30mm). FEAR NOT. This vein is NOT a repair job! Close inspection reveals something quite amazing. This vein is composed of many small nearly black and white angular fragments all mixed together. So, this likely does have some melt component to it, but it is mostly a fine breccia vein. Under a 10X or so lens, the vein itself looks a lot like a miniature Lunar anorthositic breccia. I can only recall ever seeing such breccia veins in the Belle Plaine meteorite.
222.3 gram complete slice – 230mm x 140mm x 1.5mm - $750

DHOFAR (1514), Oman: Rumurutitie (R3.6). Found November 20, 2008. Tkw = 1749 grams.
I got these few little cut fragments from Robert Ward while in Tucson. The one stone that was found was large but I don’t know if much of it was ever released to collectors. An internet search brought up pretty much nothing. Regardless, I suspect I am going to wish I had more of this. It turns out that there are only three meteorites in the world classified as an R3.6. One small one is from Antarctica the other is a bit over 300 gram NWA stone. So, for most collectors looking to have all the different classifications, this might be their only chance to add an R3.6 to their collection for some time. These are all cut fragments. The two larger pieces are polished. The two small pieces in a bag together are not.
a) .8 grams – two cut fragments - $25
b) 1.7 gram cut fragment – 14mm x 14mm x 7mm - $50
c) 5.8 gram cut fragment – 20mm x 17mm x 10mm - $160

NWA (2086): Carbonaceous chondrite. (CV3). Found 2003. Tkw = about 33 kilograms.
This is one of my favorite carbonaceous chondrites. This has a color similar to Axtell and nearly the same chondrule rich, matrix poor texture as well. This is a nice little “complete” slice (no cut edges) of a natural fragment in a neat little display box.
3.2 gram complete slice – 43mm x 25mm x 1mm - $35

NWA (6973): Carbonaceous chondrite (CK5), S2, W2. Found 2011. Tkw = 89 grams.
This is a nice complete slice in a plastic display box with two labels. The label on the side with the specimen has the basic information typed. The one on the back is a COA from Mirko Graul and has the information hand written. The edge of this piece looks to be fully fusion crusted. I can’t tell exactly for certain as the display box is sealed and has a layer of desiccant (not sure why with this particular type meteorite as all the magnetic stuff is magnetite, not rustable metal. But then, parts of Germany are probably almost humid enough to rust a tektite) that I don’t want to risk spilling by opening this thing. Also, for the same reason, the thickness measurement is merely a good guess. This is probably a once only chance, given the tiny total known weight of this, for those of you collecting carbonaceous chondrites to add a piece of this particular one to your collection.
5.698 gram complete slice – 35mm x 25mm x 2mm - $100

NWA (7876): Ordinary chondrite. (L3.15). Found 2012. Tkw = 240 grams.
Wow! This is one for people that like chondrules. This thing is absolutely loaded with them. It seems to be nothing but chondrules. Close inspection seems to show that the “matrix” is nothing bet yet more even smaller chondrules. Neater still is that they show a lot of different colors. This looks a lot like (aside from being much fresher) Wells or Ragland but with smaller chondrules and less matrix. This is also a complete slice. Roughly 80% of the edge shows pretty nice black crust with a roughly 20mm long are looking to be light secondary crust.
14.7 gram complete slice – 45mm x 40mm x 3mm - $450

SEYMCHAN, Russia: (Pallasite). Found 1967.
This is a book-end type cut piece that is a good and interesting display piece. The backside is completely natural with a nice pleasing brown color and a nice natural patina that is not scaly. On the cut face, the olivine makes up a little less than half of the cut surface, but not by a lot. These olivines are generally quite large (around 15mm x 10mm on a few of the bigger pieces) and most have a very different look to them. There are plenty that show a typical orange/brown color but over half have a very dark to nearly black appearance. In fairly strong light these have a distinctly gray (with some faint hints of green) color. However, tipping the specimen around in this light shows a surprising depth to these crystals. More interestingly still is that these particular crystals show a very strong shiller effect – looking much more like labradorite than olivine in many cases! I seem to recall reading that this shiller effect is caused by shock and is one of the best pieces of evidence that an olivine crystal (or faceted gem stone) is from a meteorite as terrestrial ovlivines certainly do not ever show this effect. I have seen faint hints of this shiller in many meteoritic olivines, but nothing compared to the strength of these. So, this specimen obviously came from a part of the original body that experienced some serious impact shocks.
233.9 gram “book end” specimen – 83mm x 65mm x 15mm - $800

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale - List 187 - Estherville, St. Severin and more

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale - List 187 - Estherville, St. Severin and more

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

…………………………………………………………LIST 187

March 15, 2016

BRENHAM, Kansas: Stony-iron (Pallasite). Found October 30, 2005.
I must have sold a lot of pieces like this one years ago. It seems that every time I sell one that has come back to me, another appears. Like the others, this was cut from a 69 kilogram all iron specimen that Steve Arnold found on the date listed above. This has one natural edge that is about 50mm long with the remaining edges being saw cut. This is etched on both sides and shows a nice but not super vibrant etch pattern. There are a couple tiny thin brown oxidation lines along a fine crack near the edge (even Gibeon gets those) but they are so fine that I’d risk doing more damage to the piece by trying to mess with them. A good piece that is obviously quite stable, given the environment it was previously stored in.
74.0 gram etched part slice – 50mm x 50mm x 3mm - $120

CAMPO DEL CIELO, Argentina: Coarse octahedrite (IAB). Found 1576.
Here is actually a really nice etched (on both sides) “complete slice”. This does not show a speck of oxidation anywhere! Looking at the edge, I personally think that this was cut from a really large “nugget” – one of those pieces that results from a larger meteorite being broken up after being frozen in liquid nitrogen (gads, I wish I had patented THAT idea when I came up with it to help out a guy that rapidly needed 5000 plus small iron meteorites for a project he contracted for without first checking to see if 5000 of ANY small irons existed at the time – which they didn’t). I have never had a problem with any of those things rusting for some reason, and that seems to be the case with this specimen as well. The etch on this is about as good as these things get – not real clear thanks to the scale of the etch structure but still enough to give the proper idea. This is a perfect piece for a hand or display specimen for someone that needs a truly coarse etch coarse octahedrite.
141.0 gram complete etched slice – 70mm x 50mm x 5mm - $70

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa: Stony-iron (Mesosiderite). Fell May 10, 1879. Tkw = 317 kilograms.
This is actually a “trade in”. I had a 15g piece that I picked up in Tucson but a customer just happened to call shortly after I got home asking if I had a piece of this meteorite. He asked if I would accept a trade in and I said “sure”. This is pretty much a square cut piece that has no natural edges. One edge has a shallow semi-circle indent that is actually from where a core sample for research was removed from the original large specimen. Regardless, this is an aesthetic piece. It has a nice mix of metal and silicates (close to 50/50). This is a thin cut piece that has a good surface area and even passes light (dark emerald green) through several of the silicate crystals.
5.6 gram part slice – 30mm x 26mm x 1mm - $115

NWA (6619): Carbonaceous chondrite (CV3). Found January 2011. Tkw = 3367 grams.
This is an almost complete slice. It has a natural edge around the entire edge except a 50mm straight cut along the bottom. This specimen shows a half dozen or so fairly large chondrules (3mm to 5mm size) and a lot of small chondrules and CAIs in a fairly dark matrix. The official Meteoritical Bulletin description says this has a light gray matrix. I think the issue here is that this particular piece has been quite highly polished (and, as I mentioned on an item on one of the recent lists, this usually darkens a meteorite’s tone substantially). I know that this is “the right stuff” as it does match online pictures of other pieces and comes in a sealed (well, taped shut anyway) display box with the Certificate of Authenticity from Mirko Graul, the person that brought this stone to research. As this is taped, my thickness measurement below is only a good guess.
33.2 gram almost complete slice – 60mm x 47mm x 3mm - $230

NWA (8563) (?): HED achondrite (Eucrite, monomict). Found August 2014. Tkw = 9125 grams.
I put a (?) on the “name” of this one as some quick research indicates that this particular piece is likely NOT from the mass that Mike Farmer bought and had researched under this number. The hand written note that came with this specimen may indicate that it came from the guy he may have gotten his piece from. Even if this is the case, this should have been sold to my friend as “may be paired with” NWA (8563). Regardless, this piece certainly looks like it could be paired based on the description in the Meteoritical Bulletin. This is a complete stone (well, more likely a natural weathered / wind-polished fragment anyway) but it clearly shows that its internal structure is composed of fairly large (cm or two sized) fine-grained eucrite areas separated by black shock veins. Frankly, if this piece were mine (it is a consigned specimen) I’d cut it up as I think this thing would look (and likely sell) great in slices.
367.6 gram natural fragment/ individual – 80mm x 70mm x 40mm - $2000

SAINT SEVERIN, France: Ordinary chondrite (LL6). Fell June 27, 1966. Tkw = 271 kilograms.
I got these two pieces as extras along with a larger specimen that I needed for a lab that wants to do some research on this meteorite. Its been quite a few years since I have had a piece of this material and saw what looked to be some pretty silly high prices when I went about looking for the needed research piece. I managed to find someone that was willing to be reasonable so I got some extras for myself. These are two thin part slices that each has a natural edge (one of the shorter sides on the smaller piece and about 50% of the larger piece) but I wouldn’t call it “crust” (though some super fine secondary crust might be present). Neither of these is much to look at honestly. They have a fairly uniform medium gray color and only some hints of breccia texture (though the smaller piece does have a nice obvious lighter 7mm x 5mm clast in its center). Not beautiful, but rare stuff to come by these days (and these are from an ex Robert Haag specimen so I know they are real)..
a) 4.12 gram part slice – 37mm x 18mm x 2mm - $165
b) 5.23 gram part slice – 40mm x 20mm x 2mm - $210

TAMDAKHT, Morocco: Ordinary chondrite (H5). Fell December 20, 2008. Tkw = about 100 kilograms.
This is the witnessed fall where most of the pieces got broken up hitting rocks high in the Atlas Mountains. This 1/2 end piece (book-end cut) is no exception. Though this has fusion crust covering most of the back -side, most of the edges show fresh breaks. This has a few tiny hints of adhering dirt but no rust so this was an early recovered piece. The large cut face is very light gray (with a 14mm x 8mm lighter yet clast in the center) and shows lots of bright fresh metal. This specimen is in a neat plastic and glass display box that has a built in prop for sitting at an easy viewing angle.
12.8 gram ½ end piece – 36mm x 20mm x 9mm - $50

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale - List 186 - Moon rocks and more

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale - List 186 - Moon rocks and more

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

…………………………………………………………LIST 186

March 1, 2016

Dear collectors,
I realize that I just sent out a list last week. However, that list was actually delayed from when it should have normally gone out; February 16th. No way that could have happened though as I was not even home form the show yet (I didn’t get back until after 9pm on the 18th). It just so happens that the very first day of this month is also the first Tuesday of the month as well my scheduled 1st offering of the month if I am going to have one. So, despite the potential of seeming like I am trying to spam or overload people with new offerings, here is my after Tucson list #2.

CANYON DIABLO, Arizona: Coarse octahedrite. Found 1891.
This is a piece of the oxide shale that some believe actually formed as kind of a fusion crust on the incoming main mass of this fall (which some believe was actually more likely an incoming swarm of pieces of various sizes and not just a single railroad box car or so sized piece). The theory here is that the hot surface of the incoming mass(s) interacted with the oxygen in the atmosphere to form this oxide “crust” that then spalled off. On the other hand (gads, now I am sounding like an economist) most believe that this stuff forms by the simple oxidation of a piece of the iron meteorite in the ground. Regardless, this is a nice solid piece that shows some neat deep cracks (that do not affect the solidness of the piece) on one side, kind of resembling a Rizalite Philippinite. This is from an old collection and comes with an old info label that is full of errors compared to what we know these days (like the fall was 20,000 years ago instead of 50,000, the blast was 1.7 megatons instead of closer to 5 or 10 and the “age” is only 540million years old based on cosmic ray exposure).
61.0 gram solid natural fragment – 45mm x 35mm x 18mm - $12

This is a nice medium grade piece that I got as part of a collection. It has some fogginess to it but yet is still quite clear when held up to a light. This fogginess is from lots of small gas bubbles that appear to be mostly arranged in layers. The color of the piece is very pale yellow on one end grading to the more typical medium yellow on the other end. The exterior is a nice smooth rounded wind and sand sculpted surface with the exception of one small (10mm x 8mm) more recent fracture on one end. Nothing exceptional but likely priced below replacement cost these days (I am told that no more is being recovered. The area is “off limits” and is also supposedly a military bomb range these days).
46.0 gram individual as found – 55mm x 30mm x 27mm - $70

NWA (6950): Lunar meteorite (gabbro). Found June 2011. Tkw = 1649 grams.
Here is a rectangular part slice. It has a natural exterior along one of its longer edges and cut edges for the remaining three. This piece is quite a bit thicker than those I offered (at a higher price per gram) some months ago. This makes this piece a great specimen for those that want to let people touch/ handle the Moon (thin pieces of lunar gabbro tend to be a bit fragile). The best part of this specimen (aside from its really cheap per gram price) is that it has lots of fine black shock veins crisscrossing its surface (few of my pieces showed this).
17.51 gram part slice – 45mm x 31mm x 4mm - $4500

NWA (7611): Lunar meteorite (mingled breccia). Found May 2012. Tkw = 916 grams.
Here is a piece of a lunar meteorite I have not directly had before, at least by NWA number anyway. However it does look identical (and the Meteoritical Bulletin indicates they are likely paired) to the NWA (8277) I offered recently. Regardless, this is a really nice, large complete slice. Like the NWA (8277), this looks much like a typical anorthositic breccia (light and dark angular to rounded clasts in a darker gray matrix) but it is really composed mostly of basalt though it does indeed contain some anorthositic parts, hence the “mingled” (Mare basalt and Anorthositic highlands) breccia. One side of this has been sanded smooth and is a bit lighter in color. The other side shows fine saw marks (and some thickness change – who ever made that particular cut had difficulty with it) but is much darker on the background and is actually more interesting to look at.
13.73 gram complete slice – 57mm x 53mm x 2mm - $5000

NWA (7466): HED achondrite (eucrite, monomict). Purchased May 2012. Tkw = 1216 grams.
This is a nice complete slice that fusion crust (though somewhat wind-polished) around the entire edge. The interior is bright and fresh. There are lots of fine greenish gray and black mineral grains in a snow- white matrix. Research work showed that this meteorite is a breccia of one type rock (hence the “monomict in its classification) which is medium-grained baslaltic material. Nice piece and priced at about half the price that was originally on the plastic display box this thing is in ($239).
7.99 gram complete slice – 38mm x 36mm x 2mm - $120

NWA (8234): Stony-iron (mesosiderite) – C2. Found 2013. Tkw = 905 grams.
I didn’t think much of this one at first as it had a bit of rusting and some fine cracking on it when it was brought to me in Tucson (the thing was in Ohio and seems to have never been coated). After some minor work hand polishing the thing with super fine sand paper and steel wool, it looks like a mesosiderite should (lots of metal including one 8mm diameter nodule and silicates that range from fine-grained to cm plus clasts). I ran it through some alcohol and solar drying (on the dash of a car on one of the above 80 days we had at the show) and spray coated it. This is a complete slice and the smooth, rounded shape of the edge indicates that this probably has not been on the ground long (there appears to even be some fusion crust yet showing). I got a little more excited about the piece when I researched the thing a little further. I don’t fully understand the new additional “subtypes” in the mesosiderites these days (there seem to be A B and C groups with textural types 1 2 and 3). Regardless, this seems to be one of the really rare ones. It seems that a total of only 5 mesosiderites (including this one) have been classified as C2 (and only a total of 12 as group C overall). Probably should be stored in dry conditions (as any metal-rich meteorite should) but a nice and rare piece none the less.
56.3 gram complete slice – 85mm x 67mm x 3mm - $500

NWA (8277): Lunar meteorite (mingled breccia). Found 2013. Tkw = 773 grams.
Here is a nice super thin slightly wedged slice in a neat little display box (black plastic, glass front and its own built in prop stand). Like the NWA (7611) one side of this is polished and the other still shows fine saw marks (you really have to look to see them on this one). Like the above piece, the unpolished side has a darker background and is, frankly, more interesting (so this is the side I have showing at the moment but it can easily be changed). I can’t explain why these two meteorites are this way. Pretty much everything else I work with comes off the saw with its lightest color and usually its clearest textural differences showing in unaided eye view if not under magnification. Sanding usually quickly darkens the stone and the clarity of the texture starts going away (though it does come back, all be it darker, if you can or are willing to take the polish to a high diamond finish). Anyway, this piece does have the classic lighter clasts in a darker matrix moon rock look. This is a .44g slice that comes with a .1g smaller piece that broke off before I got the thing.
.44g+ slice – 18mm x 16mm x 1mm - $180

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale - List 185 - after Tucson 1

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale - List 185 - after Tucson 1

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

…………………………………………………………LIST 185
February 23, 2016

Dear collectors,
Here is the first of my “after Tucson” offerings. Some of this material are things I picked up through various deals but a fair amount of it is the usual “want to sell it before I have to return it” consignment items.

BRENHAM, Kansas: (Pallasite). Found 1882.
This is a nice almost square little part slice that has one natural edge and shows a good range of color in the olivine crystals. It has been polished and etched on both sides. Nothing exceptional but a good little quite stable (it has been sitting in Ohio for some years and is not falling apart!) collection piece.
30.7 grams part slice – 39mm x 38mm x 4mm - $90

GIBEON, Namibia: Fine octahedrite (IVA). Found 1836.
I sure wish I had a lot of large pieces of this at the show this year. Gibeon seemed to be pretty much the only thing that the few Chinese buyers that did show up wanted/ asked for (last year they would have taken pretty much ANY larger iron if it was cleaned and priced right). This is a piece that I obviously sold to the person yeas ago (or he got it from someone I sold it to) as it has my name and weight sticker on it. This piece is roughly rectangular and has the usual all cut edges (I often had some rusting problems with pieces that showed some natural edge). This piece has remained perfectly rust free and has a good bright etch for Gibeon showing on both sides.
40.6 gram etched part slice – 42mm x 33mm x 3mm - $80

JBILET WINSELWAN: Morocco: Carbonaceous chondrite (CM2). Found May 24, 2013. Tkw = about 6kg.
I am not sure of the total known on this material now but I suspect that it is not all that much greater than the originally reported 6kg or so. This was another meteorite (like Tirhert below) that showed up and quickly disappeared from availability. Anyway, pretty much all of that earlier available material was fragments (which I will be offering some of on a future list, thanks to a deal I got before the show) or individuals. I have seen very few pieces that have been cut to show the classic CM2 interior. This is probably because it is hard to cut this kind of material and not have much of it crumble to some extent. This is a complete slice of a fragment that looks to have crust (though somewhat wind polished) around 50% of the edge.
1.47 gram slice – 16mm x 15mm x 3mm - $50

NWA (7655): Carbonaceous chondrite (CR2). Found before August 2012. Tkw = 250 grams.
Here is a complete slice most likely out of the center of the single stone recovered. In fact, the label on the side of the plastic display box this is in says it is the main mass. This particular meteorite has a bit of a different look to it than what I usually think of for a CR2. This has far fewer armored chondrules than what I usually think of for a CR2. However, this has quite a few metal chondrules and a few strange chondrules and inclusions that have fine metal flakes inside them. Not as visually striking as the usual stuff but then this makes it certain that this is NOT just another NWA (801) pairing (and priced a bit cheaper per gram than I got out of pieces of that material).
15.92 slice – 42mm x 40mm x 3mm - $350 – “main mass”

NWA (8056): HED achondrite (Eucrite), polymict, gabbroic. Found 2013. Tkw = 1560 grams.
Two similar stones were recovered, one weighing 960 grams and the other 600 grams. Research work on pieces of both specimens showed that they were indeed the same material. This meteorite is a fragmental breccia composed mostly of gabbroic eucrite clasts (so, even though it looks very similar visually to my recent NWA (8386) HED this is completely different). This is a nice complete slice that is in a really neat little display box. It is a black plastic frame with a black velvet back ground (looks great for this specimen). What is even better is that this display box has a flip out stand that allows the specimen to sit at an angle for easier viewing.
3.57 gram complete slice – 45mm x 28mm x 1mm - $50

SAHARA (97091): Enstatite chondrite (EH3). Found 1997. Tkw (for this stone anyway) = 6140 grams.
I picked up this specimen with the intentions of breaking it up. I have found it quite difficult to be able to acquire and offer ANYTHING that is a fresh enstatite chondrite for less than around $50/g. This piece being super thin would have allowed me to offer light weight but large surface area slices for affordable amounts of a meteorite that I have seen labeled as one of THE most primitive known. Thankfully I did a little research before carrying on with that plan. It turns out that this slice was cut from the center of the largest EH3 meteorite known. The next closest EH3s in size are a couple down at 2.5kg. Interestingly, there are only 3 EH (anything) existing that are larger than the Sahara 97091 stone that could produce a large EH slice. So, I came close to busting up likely the largest EH3 slice known! Interestingly, this slice has a shape that clearly looks like the profile of a woman. Most people that saw it call it “Queen Nefertiti”. An amazing piece that I will not break up intentionally.
140.4 gram complete slice – 250mm x 140mm x 1mm - $3500

TIRHERT, Morocco: (Eucrite), unbrecciated. Fell July 9, 2014. Tkw = around 8 kilograms.
I remember seeing a few pieces of this available not long after the fall (Denver 2014 fall show maybe). Those pieces were mostly complete individuals that had the most amazingly bright shiny crust I have ever seen on any meteorite. They were fantastic specimens but has a pretty fantastic (ly high) price to go with them – something close to $150/gram I think. I thought at the time that this material would become ever more available and ever cheaper (remember Chelyabinsk? It started at around $300/g right after the fall and dropped to around $25/g by the time I acquired some a few months later). Well, this neat new meteorite was one of the ones that never became really available or really cheap. I honestly don’t recall seeing much, if any, of this fall available after that Denver show and, perhaps, the next Tucson. This piece is a part slice cut from one of the larger pieces recovered. It has the fantastic shiny crust around 50% of the edge. The interior shows a great mix of white plagioclase and greenish brown pyroxene crystals.
8.48 gram part slice – 43mm x 25mm x 3mm - $850

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale- List 184 - new mailed list

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale- List 184 - new mailed list

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

…………………………………………………………LIST 184
January 13, 2016

Dear collectors,
Happy New Year! Here is the e-mail version of my mailed catalog that I just started getting calls on yesterday afternoon.

TUCSON SHOW INFO: For the far too rapidly approaching Tucson show I will be on the road from January 27th until around February 18th or 19th (depending upon weather and time taken visiting friends and family on the way home). For the show itself, I will be in my usual spot: Ramada Limited (665 N. Freeway, Tucson) room 134. I should be open by mid to late morning Saturday January 30th. I likely will indeed stay through the bitter end – February 13th will be the last day. I open the door most days at 10AM. I will have the door open most evenings until around 9:30pm or so (or later if people are visiting/ still wandering about) but there may be a couple nights I will be out for dinner or such but that should be rare.

SEYMCHAN, Russia. (Pallasite). Found 1967.
Well, these pieces are actually really nice etched large slices of the more common all iron portion of this meteorite. I got these on consignment last Tucson and will likely return the unsold pieces back to their owner (from overseas) this Tucson. I have sold a few pieces the past year but had enough to offer here. I realize that most of these are out of the reach of most collectors but I thought I’d offer the opportunity none the less. It seems that the prices on these slices goes up every year. I would not be surprised to find that the owners new year’s price is higher than I am asking here (yep, it has happened a couple times already). These are all really nice deep etched display, museum quality (yep, I did sell one to a museum this past summer) slices. Many are complete slices but some have one cut edge (but I picked pieces to be aesthetic none the less). I’ll make note of which are complete and which have a cut edge below. My favorite piece is the largest as it looks like the mouth/ face of a monster (or a toothy letter “C”). There is even a graphite nodule that is perfectly placed to be an eye. Next is the 1610g slice. It has a number of interesting natural holes – including one oval one that is 45mm x 30mm.
1) Deep etched slices and part slices:
a) 590grams - 230mm x 140mm x 3mm - $700 – complete slice.
b) 715 grams - 265mm x 120mm x 3mm - $840 – complete slice.
c) 1610 grams - 420mm x 200mm x 3mm - $1850 – complete slice.
d) 1868 grams - 400mm x 230mm x 3mm - $2100 – one cut edge.
e) 3875 grams - 450mm x 320mm x 4mm - $4300 – complete slice.

CHERGACH, Mali: Ordinary chondrite. (H5). Fell summer 2007. Tkw = about 100 kilograms.
Here are some specimens that I run into every year while doing inventory work and seem to always put them back in the box and put them back on the shelf. I’ve decided to bring them out and offer them now. These are pieces I set aside over the years when I was able to buy this stuff (at least affordably) as being generally nicer pieces. They do have some minor broken areas, areas of secondary crust but all are distinctly complete individuals (a lot of what of what I got from this fall were distinctly fragments). These are all early recoveries showing no rust and nice black crust. This is probably the cheapest nice black crusted stone I have or can get right now.
1) Individuals as found:
a) 2.9 grams - 15mm x 11mm x 10mm - $17
b) 5.6 grams - 17mm x 12mm x 10mm - $33
c) 16.0 grams - 25mm x 13mm x 13mm - $72
d) 26.0 grams - 30mm x 22mm x 14mm - $115
e) 34.1 grams - 45mm x 20mm x 15mm - $150
f) 57.4 grams - 39mm x 37mm x 21mm - $250
g) 70.1 grams - 48mm x 33mm x 24mm - $300

NWA (7336): Ordinary chondrite (L6), S3, W3. Found before February 2012. Tkw = about 18 kilograms.
I bought a bag of “ugly” scraps in Tucson 4 years ago. There was one large chunk (around 9kg) and a bunch of smaller pieces (many of which fit together or on the large piece). I had the large piece cut open (to big for my equipment) and realized that the stuff doesn’t look bad inside. It has a medium to dark brown color. Some chondrules (but not many) are visible as well as some metal and troilite. Nothing exciting but great if you want a cheap hand specimen (or large display piece) for very little money. I have something similar bouncing around my car to show people what a commonly found meteorite (in a pretty commonly found weathering condition) looks like.
1) Cut fragments:
a) 19.9 grams - 37mm x 20mm x 16mm - $10
b) 38.9 grams - 60mm x 35mm x 12mm - $20
c) 74.8 grams - 65mm x 45mm x 15mm - $35
d) 153.8 grams - 90mm x 45mm x 18mm - $70
e) 525.9 grams - 130mm x 100mm x 20mm - $210
f) 4913 grams - 240mm x 200mm x 50mm - $1475 – Main mass. Nice display piece.

NWA (7673): Ordinary chondrite (L3), S2, W1. Purchased December 2012. Tkw = 189 grams.
Here is a wonderful little main mass of a fresh type 3. Data I was given says that this is an L3.7 but (as mentioned below) you pretty much can’t get sub-typing done and reported anymore. Regardless, the cut face on this (30mm x 25mm) shows lots of chondrules, many of which are surrounded by metal and sulfides, and plenty of fresh metal in a mottled light gray and tan matrix. The exterior is mostly nice primary crust (lightly wind polished but retains full crust texture) with only one 25mm x 18mm clearly old broken area (on impact likely). This has a great classic sculpted, rounded corners and edges meteorite shape. Wish I had a dozen more like this!
167.2 gram main mass – 60mm x 40mm x 35mm – sold. I wasn’t joking when I said I wish I had a dozen of these, I could have sold 6 already.

NWA (7031): Ordinary chondrite (LL3), S2, W0. Found before July 2011. Tkw = 1200 grams.
This is one I had set aside waiting for more research work/ data. The original thoughts of the folks that worked on this is that it is likely paired to the strange “anomalous 3.05” NWA (5717). And they still think this is quite possible, actually. This was a fresh stone showing nice black crust (now present along at least part of the edges of most of these slices). It has the same many metal/ sulfide rimmed chondrules in a very sparse black matrix. This also has much less metal and smaller chondrules than typical LL’s (as is the case in NWA 5717). I have handled pieces of NWA (5717) and I can say that this does indeed look VERY similar. This has lighter and darker zones as well but in this case they don’t look as clearly like clasts of different material as in (5717). Again, I had hoped that more work would get done to sort this out. I thought oxygen isotopes were going to be run on it. I had also hoped for official sub-typing (I had a piece casually analyzed and it came back as no worse than a 3.2). After some years of waiting and now recent changes in Meteoritical Society Nomenclature Committee rules on officially sub-typing (now made so as to be nearly impossible to acquire) I have decided to offer this now. I can’t say for certain that it is the same as NWA (5717), but it sure is a good knock-off if not.
1) Slices:
a) 1.0 grams - 15mm x 11mm x 2mm - $25
b) 2.1 grams - 20mm x 18mm x 2mm - $50
c) 5.2 grams - 35mm x 25mm x 2mm - $120
d) 10.4 grams - 47mm x 35mm x 2mm - $225
e) 22.3 grams - 70mm x 52mm x 2mm - $400 – complete slice.

NWA (8739): HED achondrite (eucrite, polymict). Found before September 2013. Tkw = 126.2 grams.
This was a nice quite fresh little bread-loaf of a stone I picked up a couple years ago at the Denver show. It was pretty much complete with nice primary crust over most (75 to 80% maybe) of its exterior with the remainder being secondary crust. The best part was its shape – a nice long specimen that I knew would cut up into a bunch of nice little complete slices (the smallest here are not complete though). Rather than risk screwing this job up with my equipment, I had Marlin in Montana knock it out with a wire saw. Though this looked like a howardite on cut surfaces (it has scattered clasts up to a cm in size) but research showed it to be an unequilibrated polymict (contains several different rock types/ textures) basaltic eucrite breccia that is very similar in texture and composition to the famous (and very expensive) Pasamonte, New Mexico eucrite.
1) Slices:
a) 1.7 grams - 26mm x 13mm x 2mm - $25
b) 3.0 grams - 31mm x 20mm x 2mm - $42 – complete slice.
c) 5.4 grams - 35mm x 30mm x 2mm - $70 – complete slice.

I forgot I had these and re-discovered them while tearing apart the office while doing inventory work. Every show I end up flipping over the toilet tank lid to show someone that their gray/black heavy rock is magnetite or hematite. With these little gems you don’t have to carry around a toilet tank lid. These are small (50mm x 24mm x 5mm) rectangles of unglazed porcelain that are easy to carry wherever you go. Not that you should be looking for quasi shiny gray black rocks when out looking for meteorites but one of these would certainly tell you quickly if you have hematite (red brown, purplish red streak) or magnetite (heavy black streak) or make it easy to show others. These will also work for pyrite “fools gold” which leaves a greenish gray streak where as REAL gold would leave a bright gold streak.
Roughly 2” x 1” x ¼” streak plate - $2.00

Please note:
Shipping: For small US orders $3 should still be fine for now. Larger orders are now $12 (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 $9 (I’ll have to custom quote any larger items/ orders). Thankfully, it seems that the rate for registration