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