Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale - List 196

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale - List 196

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
…………………………………………………..LIST 196
October, 2016

Dear collectors,

Here is the e-mail version of my “after Denver” mailed list. I got slammed with a bunch of calls yesterday afternoon (good thing!) so it is time (past time?) to release this to everyone else (I try my best to make it so pretty much everyone gets this at the same time by mail and then release it electronically as soon as I start receiving calls). Those of you that also get the mailed version of this will notice that a few things (mostly one of a kind end pieces/ main masses) have already disappeared. However those of you getting this e-mailed version have a couple (small) benefits over the mailed list folks. First, it seems that I somehow (prepared the list to fast?) managed to NOT get my largest pieces of the neat Imilac fragments typed onto the mailed list. Not a huge difference/ big deal but these things (particularly the larger pieces) were extremely popular at the show (I pretty much sold out all the pieces I brought). Secondly, it turns out that the maps are a bit cheaper to mail than I thought. I had to use a mailing tube I had bought at a shipping store (our post office had none of the free priority mailing “tubes”) to calculate roughly what those things were going to cost to ship. It seems that the mailing tube I purchased is much heavier than the ones that the USPS supplies for free. The purchased mailing tube and map combo came in at $11for US shipping. Using the USPS “tube” it is only $7 (I just shipped one out). So, two small benefits for those of you getting this electronic version of the list.

ODESSA, Texas: Iron. Coarse octahedrite (IAB). Found 1923.
Here are some pieces I picked out of a small batch I was surprised to find in my deep storage. I have absolutely no idea when I got these, just that they were not part of business inventory (hence the lack of inventory record concerning them and my forgetting about them.). I suspect that they were a gift from one of the guys I used to buy large quantities from more than 25 years or so ago (when you actually could still get Odessa). I picked out the “larger” ones of the batch and hand cleaned them (air abrasion). Some do still have some caliche stuck to them but otherwise have a nice dark brown patina.
1)Natural shaped individuals, lightly cleaned:
a) 5.0 grams - 18mm x 13mm x 5mm - $10
b) 10.5 grams - 27mm x 13mm x 8mm - $20
c) 20.4 grams - 25mm x 15mm x 13mm - $40

NWA (8220): Ordinary chondrite, (H6), S2, W2/3. Found December 2013. Tkw = 509 grams.
Here is one that I am pretty certain that the outer edge (more oxidized) is the part that got studied. The interior portions are actually quite fresh – showing lots of really fine metal grains in a medium gray matrix. Without the research work, I would have guessed that this was an enstatite chondrite. Heck, this thing even passes the scratch and sniff test! Scratch the surface a bit with your fingernails and sniff – it has the distinct odor of sulfur (though perhaps not as strong as in a genuine enstatite chondrite). Anyway, I don’t have a lot of this available so don’t wait too long to ask if you want a piece of this one (my offerings of these fairly small, affordable studied NWA things seem to sell out pretty quickly the past few lists).
1) Slices:
a) 9.0 grams - 30mm x 19mm x 5mm - $15
b) 18.2 grams - 49mm x 30mm x 5mm - $30
c) 43.0 grams - 68mm x 53mm x 4mm - $70 – complete slice.

NWA (8538): Ordinary chondrite (LL6), melt breccia. Found July 2014. Tkw = 994.8 grams.
A single rounded stone was recovered. This shape made this very hard for me to cut, unfortunately (it kept slipping out of the saw vise and such). I ended up making quite a mess of it. Thankfully, Marlin up in Montana had more than enough skill to clean up these pieces for me from thick wedged pieces to nice thin slices that are now much more uniformly thick (though some do show some wedging yet). Regardless, this has an interesting interior. It has obvious large, wide shock melt veins surrounding rounded fragments of lighter brown to light tan colored chondrite fragments. Research showed that this is the 5th known meteorite classified an LL6 melt breccia with only 1.7kg total known among all 5! Interesting and rare material.
1) Slices:
a) 2.0 grams - 22mm x 15mm x 3mm - $15
b) 4.1 grams - 23mm x 20mm x 3mm - $30
c) 7.0 grams - 30mm x 25mm x 3mm - $50
d) 11.1 grams - 35mm x 30mm x 3mm - $79
e) 30.6 grams - 65mm x 40mm x 4mm - $215
f) 61.7 grams - 90mm x 70mm x 4mm - $430 – really nice complete slice!
2) End piece, Main mass:
159.7 grams - 80mm x 55mm x 27mm - $900

NWA (7021): Carbonaceous chondrite (CO3). Found before September 2009. Tkw = 134.4 grams.
Here is another meteorite that took quite a number of years to finally make it through research. I got this as part of an assortment of fairly small NWA individuals I picked up at the 2009 Denver Show. This little piece had nice black crust covering most of it with a thin secondary crust covering a flat broken side (so we know there is at least one more piece of this out there somewhere). Research showed this to be a low shock and low weathering grade meteorite. The interior (and black crust) supports the low weathering as it is a lot lighter than the vast majority of CO3’s I’ve seen (aside from falls), having a
mottled medium gray and light brown color. Lots of small chondrules are visible as well as some small grains of metal – something that I rarely see in CO3’s. Obviously, I have very little of this material available.
1) Slices:
a) 2.3 grams - 17mm x 15mm x 3mm - $35
b) 5.4 grams - 30mm x 18mm x 3mm - $80
c) 9.4 grams - 35mm x 30mm x 3mm - $140

NWA (7397): Martian (Shergottite). Found 2012. Tkw = 2130+ grams.
I picked up a good assortment of natural fragments and individuals from a collector that had them for years. I cut up the pieces that were pretty obviously just fragments. I left the nice obvious individuals (rare for this meteorite) which are covered (probably 75% or more) in black crust alone. The cut pieces turned out quite nice. They show the usual mixed texture of large rounded pyroxene “oikocrysts” in a fine-grained matrix of pyroxene, masleynite and olivine. Nearly all of the cut specimens show at least some shock veining and many show at least some fusion crust. This offering is, by far, the cheapest I have offered mars rock in many, many years (like since early Zagami days) and these pieces are priced around ½ of what a quick internet search showed others asking for samples of this meteorite.
1) Cut fragments:
a) .67 grams - 13mm x 8mm x 3mm - $84
b) .98 grams - 14mm x 9mm x 4mm - $123
c) 1.69 grams - 16mm x 14mm x 4mm - $210
d) 2.79 grams - 25mm x 17mm x 5mm - $340
e) 4.03 grams - 35mm x 13mm x 4mm - $490 – crusted back.
f) 8.40 grams - 32mm x 17mm x 8mm - $1000 – really nice crusted back.
2) Complete individuals:
a) 8.7 grams - 23mm x 14mm x 13mm - $1000
b) 14.3 grams - 25mm x 20mm x 17mm - $1550

IMILAC, Chile: Stony-iron (Pallasite). Found 1822.
Here is a nice assortment of the wild, sculpted, twisted “individuals” that once were fairly plentiful around the Imilac impact site. I have not offered any of these in many, many years. These have been cleaned to remove the usual adhering dirt (both on the metal and in the pockets). They show wild shapes of brown patina metal with yellow to pinkish red shattered olivine in the pockets. I know many people look at these as “weathered individuals”. My personal suspicion is that these are really pallasite “shrapnel fragments” that were blown from the piece(s) that formed the 10m or so diameter crater/ impact pit in the area (shock effects would certainly explain the pulverized olivine in these pieces better than simple weathering).
1) Shrapnel individuals, cleaned to remove dirt:
a) 2.5 grams - 14mm x 10mm x 7mm - $20
b) 5.8 grams - 20mm x 15mm x 10mm - $45
c) 10.1 grams - 21mm x 18mm x 18mm - $75
d) 14.3 grams - 30mm x 25mm x 10mm - $105
e) 19.1 grams – 25mm x 25mm x 15mm - $140

METEORITE MAP: Map of meteorite localities for North America, published 2000.
I know, I know, these are not fully up to date. Regardless, these are really neat as they show a LOT more than just the localities (names, type, fall/ find). This also shows the location and size of known craters (“modern” like Meteor Crater and ancient like Sudbury and Chicxulub). This also shows surface soil/ vegetation cover types AND the extent of glacier cover during the last two ice ages (it is easy to see that there are few meteorites recovered North of those lines). I had these many years ago, but those were the plain unlaminated ones (and tore quite easily). These I have now are laminated so they are tough and long lasting. I don’t have very many of these (less than 10) but I took all I was offered in a trade. I have to use a priority mailing tube for these so shipping will be $7 for US orders. For overseas orders I’ll have to research shipping costs individually but I suspect that they may be quite prohibitive, unfortunately.
Meteorites of North America map - $30

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 brmeteorites@yahoo.com e-mail.