Friday, 15 April 2022

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 250 16APR2022

Blaine Reed Meteorites  For Sale- List 250  16APR2022

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


LIST 250
April, 2022

Dear Collectors,
Part of me thought about not even doing this offering. I skipped last year’s “Spring List” (no ensuing disaster happened) and I have been having considerable trouble getting things bought, studied and prepared to put on these lists. Oddly, I am really short the cheap, ordinary chondrites at the moment. I have looked into getting some studied but most (all?) the research folks are absolutely buried/ back-logged right now. I did send some off to my usual research folks and then found out that they have some 800 (!!!) meteorites ahead of me. Mine might be some years out before they get looked at. Anyway, this shortage of “New” material (and the difficulties of getting affordable, interesting specimens these days), along with the fact that Tucson was SOOO good sales-wise I really, really had considered dropping this Spring offering once again this year. It is usually one of my slowest sales-wise (taxes, upcoming family vacations more on collector’s minds?) and putting this out does potentially jeopardize my ability to put a Fall/ After Denver offering together. However, I have had SO Many calls and e-mails from people asking “when are you sending out a new list” I figured I had better go ahead and make one.

SAINT-AUBIN, France: Iron. Fine octathedrite. (IIIAB). Found 1968. Tkw = 472kg.
Here are some nice, etched on both sides, part slices. I picked these up in Tucson just a couple months ago. Originally, 5 pieces of this meteorite were found by farmers plowing. Original research had this meteorite listed as an “ungrouped” iron. More recent work shows that it is actually a high Nickel (at around 11.5%), high Gold (still parts per billion – no mining possibilities here), low Iridium member of the (IIIAB) group. This meteorite contains lots of Phosphorous. It has two related Fe/Ni Phosphate minerals (Sarcopside and Graphtonite) as well as large Schreibersite blades up to 6cm long.
Part slices, etched on both sides:
a) 10.0 grams - 23mm x 22mm x 2.5mm - $40
b) 20.0 grams - 34mm x 26mm x 3mm - $75
c) 30.0 grams - 44mm x 23mm x 3mm - $105
d) 44.1 grams - 45mm x 45mm x 3mm - $145

NWA (4851): Ordinary chondrite. (L6), S3, W1. Found 2007. Tkw = 6.3+ kilograms.
I offered this nice, quite fresh meteorite on a list in the past and it proved quite popular (and still sells well when I put out the occasional sample at shows). I had only a few largish pieces until I saw that the person I originally got them from (back in 2007) had another kilo or so of pieces in Denver last year (his initial asking price was higher than I have these priced here). I bought them and now they are being offered here. I generally try not to “duplicate” stuff I have offered earlier BUT, as mentioned above, I am running low on “common” chondrites I can put on these lists and this is nice stuff and will likely be of interest to collectors that have come along since I last offered this material nearly 15 years ago. These are nice individuals and cut fragments. The individuals are all pretty much complete (only the largest piece would be the exception). The cut fragments are all one of a kind, with the smallest pieces being really fresh (ask for a group photo of either the individuals or the cut fragments if interested).
a) 52.8 grams - 32mm x 30mm x 22mm - $70
b) 80.9 grams - 47mm x 35mm x 25mm - $100
c) 122.3 grams - 40mm x 37mm x 35mm - $145
d) 213.1 grams - 55mm x 47mm x 37mm - $235
Cut fragments: all are “one of a kind”.
a) 20.0 grams - 35mm x 30mm x 10mm - $35
b) 47.0 grams - 55mm x 40mm x 10mm - $70
c) 68.7 grams - 60mm x 40mm x 12mm - $95
d) 145.5 grams - 70mm x 60mm x 13mm - $200
e) 276.9 grams - 75mm x 60mm x 5mm - $345 – actually an end piece.

TSAREV, Russia: Ordinary chondrite. (L5). Found 1968, Tkw = 1131kg.
This meteorite was first found in 1968 but was not recognized until 1979. It has been suggested that this fell on December 6, 1922 though my personal belief is that the weathering shows otherwise (but then, it was 46 years and if it is a high ground moisture area….). I have had pieces of this meteorite in the past, but it has been quite some time. Regardless, many of these pieces are a bit different. Most of the slices I have had of this meteorite in the past had pretty a pretty typical L5 appearance;lots of metal grains in a dark matrix, and many (but not all) of the smallest piece here look this way. However, many of the larger specimens (31g and above) show clear impact melt effects. The somewhat “normal” looking areas show lots of shock induced veining. Then there areas showing large scale clear shock melting and flowing (a few slices have what look to be thin almost all glass shock veins). An interesting meteorite with interesting stories to tell.
a) 4.3 grams - 22mm x 17mm x 3mm - $14
b) 7.9 grams - 33mm x 25mm x 3mm - $25
c) 15.9 grams - 38mm x 36mm x 3mm - $48
d) 31.5 grams - 92mm x 55mm x 3mm - $93
e) 63.9 grams - 85mm x 80mm x 3mm - $180 complete, ½ shock melt.
f) 117.9 grams - 120mm x 95mm x 3mm - $325 – complete slice.

NWA (13382): Ordinary chondrite. (L3) S2, W1. Found: Before February 2016. Tkw = 875.0 grams.
A single stone was purchased from a Moroccan dealer during the 2016 Tucson Show. This stone showed an interesting large (4cm plus) dark clast on its surface. Cutting showed many well-formed chondrules, fresh metal in a finer grained matrix along with a large dark gray/ black melt rock clast. Research work indeed showed that this was the case. The bulk of this stone is an L3 and the large gray clast is a melt-rock clast. I only cut a few pieces off of this stone such that each resulting piece has a good sized piece of this melt rock inclusion. As such, all the pieces listed below are strictly “one of a kind”.
a) 24.0 gram slice – 60mm x 45mm x 4mm - $40 melt clast roughly 30mm x 20mm.
b) 112.9 gram end piece – 75mmx 52mm x 14mm - $140 – melt clast 30mmx 17mm.
c) 660.3g end piece/main mass – 80mm x 50mm x 50mm - $595 – melt clast 40mm x 40mm.

NWA (5423): Rumurutiite. (R3.8), S2, W5. Found before February 2008. Tkw = 1120 grams.
It has been quite awhile since I have had an R-chondrite on a mailed list. Frankly, its been quite awhile since I have been offered a new “out of the field” piece either (I have had a few slices of known ones come in as part of collection purchases). Matt and I got this 10 plus years ago and I set it aside and kind of forgot it. Most of this was quite weathered and would fragment when cutting. I managed to cut one solid piece into some nice solid slices. This has a color (kind of gray-brown) that is noticeably different from other R’s.
a) 1.2 grams - 15mm x 9mm x 3mm - $18
b) 2.6 grams - 25mm x 13mm x 2mm - $39
c) 5.7 grams - 45mm x 20mm x 2mm - $85
d) 11.2 grams - 45mm x 35mm x 2.5mm - $160
e) 20.1 grams - 50mm x 40mm x 3.5mm - $275

NWA (13677): Primitive achondrite. (Winonaite). Found 2020. Tkw = 2.3+ kilograms.
Many pieces of this rare meteorite were found in the same area. Though there are large variations in metal content between various pieces, research work showed that they are all part of the same meteorite. Primitive achondrites (of which Brachinites and Acaplulcotites/ lodranites are members) are a rare type meteorite that have chondritic compositons but have been heated/ melted enough to have an achondritic texture (but not melted enough to change their elemental chemistry). Winonaites appear to be closely related to and likely came from the same parent body as the IAB iron meteorites. I think this is only the second time I have offered a Winonaite on a list. The first time was years (decades?) ago and was (very small) pieces of the actual Winona, Arizona meteorite, the name sake of this group of rare meteorites.
End pieces/ cut fragments:
a) .70 grams - 12mm x 9mm x 3mm - $20
b) 1.40 grams - 13mm x 12mm x 4mm - $40
c) 2.52 grams - 20mm x 12mm x 6mm - $66
d) 5.0 grams - 35mm x 18mm x 5mm - $125
e) 10.8 grams - 31mm x 25mm x 10mm - $270

MICROBIAL MAT: Dresser Formation, North pole dome, Western Australia. 3.49 billion years old.
I had some of these several years ago (May 2016 I believe) and sold out almost immediately (these ancient rock things are very popular with meteorite collectors). I was able to get around 8 more of these since. These are also in the little square 3.5cm on a side plastic “perky box” but are quite a bit larger than the samples I had last time. These are almost twice as big but yet priced the same as the last offering. This time I have also made up a card that has a little more information on these. These are basically fragments of rock that show structures (“microbial-induced sedimentary structures” or MISS) that formed from microbial mats interaction with sediments. These particular samples are currently thought to be the oldest such known – being around 100 million years older than the famous Strelly Pool stromatolites.
Roughly 30mm x 20mm x 10mm fragment in perky box - $50

Please note:
Shipping: For small US orders $5 is now needed. Larger orders are now $16 (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 now (thanks to yet another recent rate increase) around $17 for small, first-class packages (starts at $43 for Priority). I’ll have to custom quote any larger items/ orders). Registration (recommended on more valuable overseas orders) is $18.

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 e-mail.

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 249 22MAR2022

Blaine Reed Meteorites
PO Box 1141
Delta, CO, USA  81416-1141

Telephone- +1(970) 874-1487

One last note: The Denver Spring show looks like it is going to happen. However, it seems that the dates have changed from where they had been in “normal” years earlier. This year it will be April 8th-10th (at the Crowne Plaza – same place I set up for the fall show). I WILL NOT be set up at this show but I will be visiting it. So, let me know IF you want me to bring anything

CLAXTON, Georgia: Ordinary chondrite (L6). Fell December 10, 1984. Tkw = 1455grams.
This is the one that hit the back end of a mailbox and knocked it completely off of its post. I actually owned the mailbox for 5 or 6 years until someone made me an offer I “couldn’t refuse”, so I didn’t. I had some nice pieces of this years ago when it was first made available to collectors but have seen very little since. These are from a collector that kind of had a thing for this meteorite and bought up any piece he could find and afford. He has decided to let the extras go. I sold 4 of the largest pieces in Tucson. Oddly, I only sold one of the small ones (it was that “big money” coming to the show thing mentioned above thing I guess). These are all part slices and all are in some sort of display container. All have a label with them. I did manage to get those in the group photo but I will mention what they are after each item listed below.\
1) Part Slices:
a) .058 grams – 5mm x 3mm x 2mm - $50 – Hupe Collection label
b) .33 grams – 9mm x 8mm x 2mm - $200 – John Bryan Scarbough label
c) .420 grams – 15mm x 6mm x 2mm - $250 – Hupe collection label
d) .66g slice – 14mm x 8mm x 2mm - $395 – Mile High Meteorites label

NWA (6043): Carbonaceous chondrite (CR2) S2, W2. Found 2009. Tkw = 1220 grams.
This is one of the “miscellaneous” things I picked up in Tucson as part of a small collection. I question the “W2” in the classification work as this looks more weathered to me than that. I don’t see any real fresh metal visible. However, I do see lots of iron oxides (magnetite/ hematite) surrounding many/ most of the chondrules so I don’t question the classification itself (I also looked it up in the Meteoritical Bulletin and it certainly does match the pictures presented for this meteorite there). This is a “book-end” piece – an end piece that has been cut in half (the benefit is that it will stand up nicely on its own).
19.5 gram “book end” – 30mm x 23mm x 15mm - $250

NWA (7454): Carbonaceous chondrite. (CV3). Found 2012. Tkw = 6 kilograms.
This was clearly cut/ prepared by the same person who cut/ prepared the specimen above. This is somewhat weathered but that helps in this case. The weathering has made some of the chondrules stained brown/ orange and such and it makes them really stand out nicely. This has lots of CAIs (the things that were the first solids formed in the solar system that contain micro-diamonds) but they are all fairly small (and often wildly irregular shapes). Allende prices have gone insane lately (certainly for many auction results anyway) and this has brought interest and prices up on pretty much all CV3 meteorites to some degree. This piece, if someone where so inclined, could be cut into several more slices and an end piece.
39.2 gram end piece – 40mm x 30mm x 25mm - $400

NWA (8162): HED achondrite (eucrite), monomict breccia. Found 2013. Tkw = 297.4 grams.
Now I know I would have sold this if I had bothered to put it on display in Tucson. I put it on a shelf in a box along with other “new” things I had picked up at the show and kind of forgot about it. This slice shows a fantastic breccia texture. Among the best for a eucrite, kind of looking Lunar like, actually. I had a similar looking slice (of a different brecciated eucrite) that was almost twice the price of this specimen and it sold in less than a day after I put it out for display. Anyway, this is a slice I sold some years ago that has now come back to me (and I am happy to have it). It is a relatively thin (but solid – almost glass like) complete slice through what was likely close to the center of the original stone.
24.4 gram complete slice – 73mm x 58mm x 2mm - $295

NWA (8452): Ordinary chondrite. (H4), S2, W1/2. Found 2014. Tkw = 130.2 grams.
This is a nice complete slice of this quite small recovery. That is not to say there can’t be other pieces of this particular meteorite out there somewhere, just that they did not stick around with this one to get classified with it. I think the only reason this one got reported at all (as its size is so small, classification work so expensive and time consuming) is that the person that sent it in thought that it might be a type 3, and a fairly good one at that. This is quite fresh actually. It shows lots of metal and is only weather stained to a point less than many the Gao stones I have cut open in recent times. I can understand why the person who had the work done thought it might be a “3”. It does have lots of chondrules. This comes in a 80mm x 55mm x 25mm plastic display box and a label.
13.0 gram complete slice – 40mm x 30mm x 5mm - $40

WOODBINE, Illinois: Iron. Fine octahedrite, silicate (IAB). Found 1953. Tkw = 48.2 kilograms.
I picked this up as I remembered having someone ask me to keep an eye out for a piece for them. However, I later remembered that they were looking for a “substantial” (50 to 100g or so) piece of it, not a “micro”. Regardless, I suspect I’ll find that there are lots of people that were looking for a piece like this (sorry, I have only one). This is a nice little part slice that looks to be mostly from a silicate, sulfide rich inclusion. So, no real fresh metal BUT you get a bigger surface area for the weight because of it.
.61gram part slice – 11mm x 8mm x 2mm - $70

Shipping: For small US orders $5 is needed now. Rates have gone up yet more this year and now the cheapest I can send anything is right at $5. Add $ for the padded envelope or box, jewelry boxes, etc and, in most cases, I am still loosing a little even at $5. Larger orders are now $9 to $16 (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 $16 (Canada seems to be right around $14). I’ll have to custom quote any larger items/ orders (both local and overseas). Registration (recommended on more valuable overseas orders) is $16.

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. However, for overseas orders, it probably is best to go ahead and use my e-mail when possible.

Friday, 7 January 2022

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 248

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

January, 2022


TUCSON SHOW INFO: I will be on the road from January 25th until around February 16th. For the show itself, I will be in my usual spot “Days Inn” (665 N. Freeway, Tucson) and I’ll be in my usual room - 134. I should be open by mid to late morning Friday January 28th. I will likely stay through the bitter end (unless security issues become a problem like they did in the “second week” of last year’s April show) which would be February 12th. 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 for a couple hours but that should be rare.

ODESSA, Texas: Iron. Coarse octahedrite (IAB), Found 1922.
Here are some pieces that I have had easily for over 30 years. I had these on my “regular” catalog (a 3 page thing of mostly common and/ or small items for beginning collectors). I still have a magazine ad or two out there but I don’t think I have sent out more than 6 or 7 of these catalogs in the past year. This, along with the fact that I have sold all the other pieces of this meteorite I had this year, made me decide to go ahead and finish the job (I‘ll put Agoudal on the list instead for my “natural” iron specimens). These are all natural as found and, as such, certainly won’t win any beauty contests but samples of this meteorite has gotten quite hard to come by in recent years. All of these are “one of a kind” so I don’t have “backup” specimens for any of these, unfortunately.
1) Natural individuals as found:
a) 137.8 grams 60mm x 45mm x 15mm $210.00
b) 158.5 grams 40mm x 35mm x 25mm $240.00
c) 195.4 grams 45mm x 35mm x 30mm $295.00
d) 233.9 grams 45mm x 40mm x 30mm $350.00

AQUILE, Bolivia: Ordinary chondrite (H5), S3. Fell November 2016. Tkw = 50kg +.
This is the first ever fall recorded in Bolivia (surprising, as it is not a tiny country) and only their second stone meteorite (I personally found their first - a really ugly weathered 12g stone fragment called Sevaruyo). I held back on getting any of this, though I have a personal like of Bolivia, as it has been quite expensive (and still is to some degree. What little I was able to find available is still priced at $15/g (not much) to $30/g (most common). I picked these up from a Bolivian mineral dealer at the last Denver show. He is a nice enough guy but really, really tough to negotiate with (part of that was because he says that these pieces are the last available. No more will be coming out of Bolivia). Anyway, here is a selection of cut fragments and complete individuals. The cut fragments don’t have much crust (many, particularly the smaller ones, don’t have any) but most show the classic brecciated texture of this stone. The individuals are quite nice and I’ll include a note as to their rough (guestimate) primary crust coverage.
1) Cut fragments/ end piece:
a) 3.3 grams 27mm x 15mm x 4mm $40.00
b) 7.0 grams 25mm x 20mm x 8mm $80.00
c) 13.8 grams 40mm x 22mm x 10mm $150.00
d) 21.6 grams 40mm x 30mm x 7mm $225.00
e) 42.4 grams 35mm x 22mm x 30mm $425.00 – lots of crust on this one.
f) 83.8 grams 75mm x 40mm x 10mm $750.00
2) Complete individuals: Some (particularly the smallest) have areas of secondary crust.
a) 16.6g (50% crust) - $180.00, b) 30.7g (95% crust) - $300, c) 52.4g (90% crust) - $500
b) 108.6g (90% crust) - $1000

NWA (13417): Ordinary chondrite (H3-6 breccia), W2, S2, Found 2012. Tkw = 349.6 grams.
A single stone was purchased from a Moroccan seller during the Denver 2012 show. Cutting revealed an interior of lots of well-formed chondrules and some fresh metal in a medium brown matrix. I had this stone set aside for many years, thinking it was likely a type 3 before finally getting around to cutting a piece off and sending it in for research. Yep, the research work showed that this was indeed (mostly) a type 3, but it also contains some type 6 clasts (the research thin-section had a centimeter sized H6 clast), giving this the H3-6 breccia classification.
1) Slices:
a) 1.9 grams 25mm x 12mm x 3mm $9.00
b) 4.8 grams 25mm x 24mm x 3mm $22.00
c) 10.0 grams 40mm x 19mm x 4mm $43.00
d) 23.5 grams 47mm x 35mm x 4mm $100.00
2) End piece:
a) 80.7 grams 65mm x 40mm x 20mm $300.00 – main mass.

NWA (13107): Ordinary chondrite. (LL7), S2, W1. Found 2018. Tkw = 2320 grams.
I think this is the first time I have ever offered an LL7. To me, there is no question that this is indeed what this is. It has the triple-junction crystalline look of a eurielite or brachinite but has the mineralogy (mostly olivine and pyroxene) of LL composition (iron in olivine – Faylite – number of 27.7 and iron in pyroxene of 22.8). Not even a hint of a chondrule is to be found in this one. This is listed as “W1” but it looks, to me, to be a bit more weathered than that. It is not bad though it just has a nice medium brown color but no clearly visible metal and some cracking. This is the second largest specimen of this type meteorite known currently. I don’t have many (the largest part of this sold as an end piece to a collector) but I did save a number of complete slices which, I believe, are the largest slices of this type meteorite currently available. Of coarse, I broke quite a few up so those of us that just want to add a piece of this unusual material to our collections without spending a relatively large amount can do so.
1) Slices/ part slices:
a) 1.5 grams 15mm x 10mm x 3mm $15.00
b) 2.8 grams 20mm x 12mm x 3mm $25.00
c) 5.5 grams 22mm x 18mm x 4mm $45.00
d) 10.3 grams 35mm x 18mm x 5mm $80.00
e) 20.5 grams 40mm x 31mm x 5mm $150.00
f) 43.4 grams 77mm x 40mm x 4mm $310.00 – complete slice.
g) 92.7 grams 120mm x 50mm x 4mm $650.00 – complete slice.

NWA (13366): Martian meteorite Shegottite, Iherzolitic. Found 2019. Tkw = 417g +.
I think this is only the second time I have ever offered an “Iherzolitic” shergottite. This is a shergottite (basalt rock) but with lots of olivine. This particular meteorite is around 60% olivine (oddly, the olivine is the dark, nearly black, crystals in this rock. This is due to shock). This is really neat looking material. It has an interesting mix of black, green and tan crystals. Just showing pieces (and/ or photos) I sold most of what I was able to get of this before I could get it to a list. This is priced a bit less than ½ of the price per gram I got out of the NWA (1950) (the only other “Iherzolitic” Shergottite I have ever offered) I had a few years ago and that sold out fairly quickly. One note, I did not notice that the smallest pieces (mostly the 2 smallest sizes offered here) were not polished on either side until after I had broken the somewhat larger pieces down to prepared them. It really not all that noticeable (the reason I missed it) but now these are too small and thin for the crude equipment I have to even risk trying to do anything about this. All of these will come in a small plastic display box or small Riker box (these boxes are not in the group photo though).
1) Slices:
a) .29 grams 13mm x 7mm x 1mm $52.00
b) .54 grams 13mm x 10mm x 1.5mm $95.00
c) 1.12 grams 15mm x 13mm x 2mm $190.00
d) 3.1 grams 23mm x 19mm x 2.5mm $495.00
e) 8.5 grams 40mm x 31mm x 2.5mm $1250.00
f) 17.9 grams 75mm x 6mm x 2mm $2500.00 – beautiful ½ slice.

Tranquillityite is one of three minerals discovered in moon rocks brought back by the Apollo 11 mission that were not known to exist anywhere on Earth. It is an iron, calcium, zirconium, yttrium titanium silicate/ oxide (say THAT three times fast). Two of these minerals were discovered on Earth in the next few years. Tranquillityite though held out until 2011 before any was found in terrestrial materials. It was found as an accessory mineral in mafic (magnesium/ iron rich) igneous rocks at six localities in Western Australia. What I have here are fragments of some of these rocks about an inch to an inch and a half or so across. I don’t have many of these (and don’t think I can get more right now) so I want to avoid selling any on person multiple pieces until I see that the initial order demands have been filled.
Fragment of natural rock broken down to around 3cm or so in size - $30.00

Please note:
Shipping: For small US orders $5 is now needed. Larger orders are now $15 (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 $15 (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 e-mail.

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Blaine Reed Meteorites - List 247 07OCT2021

Blaine ReedP.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487 October, 2021

Dear collectors,

Here is something of an “after Denver” list I. The show itself was really quite busy (one of my best, actually), despite lower amounts of foot traffic than the old “usual” (those that showed up showed up were obviously serious to buy). Unfortunately, I didn’t pick up much in the way of really new material – mostly just replacements for things I have sold. Even those things are getting hard to come by at prices I can use (inflation is a real thing in meteorites right now).

As always, you can see some of my older offerings (and associated photos) at-  Be aware though that some (many in the case of the past couple offerings) that some of those listed items have been sold since the blogspot postings were made. Don’t be afraid to ask though, I often have items remaining (or very similar replacements) from such posts.

TURGUT, Turkey. Iron. Ungrouped. (finest octahedrite). Found April 1999. Tkw = 152 kilograms.
I was excited to get my hands on this. In all my years of business, I have only ever handled a few pieces of any finest octahedrite. Most of this was Tazwell, over 30 years ago that I think I sold for over $30/g back then (I am making available a 15.0 gram part slice of that meteorite that has been in my collection since then for $500). This meteorite was found in a farm field and then sat in a garden for 10 years until a meteorite collector recognized it as a meteorite. I have been told that, once it was identified and pieces were offered for sale, the vast majority of this meteorite went to Taiwan to be made into jewelry. I guess that makes some sense as even a small (1cm) piece of this will show a nice complete etch texture. These are all part slices, relatively thin and are etched on both sides.
1) Part slices, etched on both sides:
a) 4.3 grams 14mm x 13mm x 2.5mm $45.00
b) 9.3 grams 19mm x 18mm x 3mm $95.00
c) 16.2 grams 37mm x 18mm x 3mm $145.00
d) 33.6 grams 36mm x 32mm x 3.5mm $285.00
e) 72.5 grams 60mm x 50mm x 3mm $580.00
f) 126.0 grams 100mm x 50mm x 3mm $890.00

EL HAMMAMI, Mauritania. (H5). Found 1997, likely fell August 10, 1997. Tkw = about 240kg.
Here is some material that I put into deep storage over 20 years ago. I finally got that stored fragment (and another flat one – the source of the end piece below) cut up. This was particularly nice and fresh material for this meteorite (though the end piece has a bit of rust staining in one corner) and, thankfully, remained as such during its long storage. The slices are all really fresh and nice showing lots of fresh metal and some (but few) light gray chondrules in a light gray (nearly white) matrix that has only a little minor browning. Some of these slices also show metal veining but this is a bit hard to see in any but the largest slices. By far, this is the freshest H-chondrite I have and priced quite cheap for it likely being a fall. Unfortunately, only the big end piece has anything in the way of (very fresh) fusion crust (though none of the slices have cut edges).
1) Slices:
a) 5.7 grams 26mm x 18mm x 4mm $12.00
b) 11.0 grams 29mm x 26mm x 5mm $22.00
c) 20.3 grams 38mm x 33mm x 5mm $40.00
d) 42.0 grams 52mm x 50mm x 5mm $80.00
e) 80.7 grams 85mm x 55mm x 5mm $150.00
f) 164.4 grams 105mm x 100mm x 4mm $300.00
2) End piece, cut fragment: Has nice crust on part of the edge, stands up nicely on its own.
a) 1882.0 grams 165mm x 115mm x 50mm $2500.00

NWA (10858). Ordinary chondrite. (L3). Found before November 2005. Tkw = 12.3 kilograms.
Well, this stone has had a bit of traveling between owners and more. It was picked up at the Munich, Germany show in 2005. It was later acquired by the Hollis collection who then later put in an auction where I bought it in May of 2019. Paul Sipiera (of Planetary Studies Foundation) arranged to get the thing studied (where it was determined to be an L3) before it went up for sale. Once I got this cut up, I realized quickly that this is VERY LIKELY a piece of NWA (869) that was not recognized as such before work was done on it (but in all fairness, it really didn’t look that much like an (869) when it was whole). Regardless, as this HAS been studied and REPORTED officially as its own “new” meteorite, I am going to sell it such.
HOWEVER, as I got a really good deal on this thing, I am selling it for LESS than I’d normally need to get on similar NWA (869) slices! (I generally get over $1/g on those these days).
1) Slices:
a) 23.4 grams 55mm x 35mm x 5mm $17.00
b) 41.1 grams 55mm x 45mm x 5mm $28.00
c) 79.8 grams 110mm x 55mm x 5mm $52.00
d) 159.7 grams 130mm x 80mm x 5mm $100.00
e) 304.8 grams 200mm x 140mm x 4mm $180.00 – complete slice.
f) 459.2 grams 215mm x 148mm x 4.5mm $250.00 – complete slice.

NWA (13961): Ordinary chondrite (H5). Found before February 2005. Tkw = 410.0 grams.
Here is a single stone I picked up years ago – in Tucson in 2005. I set it aside, thinking it looked like it was more interesting than normal. Cutting it got me more excited. This has the look of a slightly weathered NWA (725) winonaite. This is somewhat porous, generally crystalline and even has the few and far between dark spot (chondrule?). The research work though showed me that this as just an H5!. This has lots of fine-grained metal, looking almost e-chondrite like in reflected light, those sparse chondrules in a medium brown matrix. Not bad, but nothing as special as I had hoped.
1) Slices:
a) 4.9 grams 32mm x 26mm x 1.5mm $10.00
b) 9.6 grams 35mm x 35mm x 2mm $19.00
c) 16.5 grams 75mm x 24mm x 3mm $30.00 – complete slice.
d) 24.0 grams 77mm x 35mm x 3mm $42.00 – complete slice.
2) 60.3 gram end piece/ main mass – 72mm 23mm x 20mm - sold

NWA (13974): Lunar meteorite. Found 2021. Tkw = 7.94 kilograms.
I picked up a couple small stones of this interesting meteorite at the just past Denver Show. This meteorite is a complex breccia consisting of several different lunar rock types; anorthosites, norite and troctolites. It also has mostly anorthite and zoned olivine mineral grains in a melt matrix. These clasts and inclusions are quite small so cut pieces of this are not super exciting visually but are certainly interesting scientifically (and affordable). I do have a few small end pieces available at $65/g – 1.90g, 2.80g, 5.50g.
1) Slices:
a) .48 grams 12mm x 8mm x 2mm $40.00
b) .93 grams 13mm x 12mm x 2mm $75.00 – complete slice.
c) 1.50 grams 17mm x 15mm x 2mm $120.00 – complete slice.

CARBONADO: DIAMOND, Central African Republic
I offered pieces of these supremely interesting diamonds from the Brazil locality around 7 years ago. I sold out of those but was recently able to pick up some samples of their African brothers. The formation origin of these strange diamonds remains something of a mystery but more recent studies strongly suggest that these diamonds are not only extraterrestrial but from outside of our solar system!!! For a really interesting article concerning these, go to These look to have formed in low a pressure hydrogen-rich, oxygen poor environment by vapor deposition processes. It is now looking ever more likely that these formed in a near-by super nova event and fell to earth when Africa and South America were connected. Truly interesting and special material. These are guaranteed authentic (unlike the vast majority of offerings claiming to be this material I have seen on Etsy and E-Bay). I will put most of these in a small plastic display box with a label but the larger specimens may not fit.
1) Natural fragments as found:
a) 1.57 carat (.314 grams) 7mm x 5mm x 4mm sold
b) 3.09 carat (.618 grams) 10mm x 8mm x 3mm sold
c) 6.50 carat (1.30 grams) 11mm x 8mm x 7mm $325.00
d) 10.63 carat (2.126 grams) 13mm x 10mm x 9mm $530.00
e) 14.05 carat (2.81 grams) 14mm x 11mm x 9mm $750.00
f) 31.84 carat (6.37 grams) 20mm x 13mm x 11mm sold

Please note:
Shipping: For small US orders $5 is needed now. Rates have gone up yet more this tyar and now the very cheapest I can send anything is right at $4. Add $ for the padded envelope or box, jewelry boxes, etc and, in most cases, I am still loosing a little even at $5. Larger orders are now $8 to $15 (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 $15. I’ll have to custom quote any larger items/ orders (both local and overseas). Registration (recommended on more valuable overseas orders) is $18.
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. However, for overseas orders, it probably is best to go ahead and use my e-mail when possible.

Monday, 23 August 2021

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale- List 246 Denver Show 24AUG2021

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

LIST 246 - August 24, 2021

Dear Collectors
Here is an offering that consists (mostly) of material I got as part of a small collection a collector in California decided to sell. As with material he has sent earlier (like the beautiful larger Henbury pieces I offered awhile back), the pieces on this list that came from him are also really nice. I am doing the Canyon Diablo pieces in their own group photo as there is so many (largish) pieces in that lot.


Above, is the info postcard on the soon to arrive Denver show. Below are my comments/particulars for this show.

This year, the show currently looks to be “back to normal” for the most part. There will indeed be many overseas dealers missing (but many others are scheduled to be there as well) and the dates are back to the normal length. This year we are scheduled to be open September 10th through the 18th (Friday through the Saturday a week later). The hours are scheduled to be 10am to 6pm. However, I will try to be open a bit earlier (maybe even as early as 9am) as I seem to have good traffic at that time of day for some reason. I also will try to stay open later (as long as people are wandering around/ wanting to visit) though this has become a problem the past year or two. It seems the security is locking doors (you can get around that by going in through the Hotel lobby and around the corner) but also closing (but not locking) secondary doors and turning off the lights early (making the trek down the long hallway if you use the front desk option harder). Regardless, I’ll certainly stay open later than scheduled hours, it just may not all that late (probably won’t be too many 10 or 11pm nights, unfortunately).

I am in my usual spot – Crowne Plaza DIA at Chambers road and I-70 (15500 E. 40th Ave, Denver, CO 80239 ). I am (supposedly) still in the small meeting room on the very west side of the convention/ ballroom center called ‘Frisco”. If you park near the Hotel entrance and go through the sliding glass doors next to the “Convention Center” sign on the side of the building while looking east and turn to your right immediately after going through the sliding doors, you will be looking in my show space door (I’ll try to remember to bring my sandwich board sign that helps point things out as well).

Hope to see many people there this year!

CANYON DIABLO, Arizona: Coarse octahedrite. Found 1891.
This is an assortment of specimens that I have picked up from several different sources over the past few months (well, the etched slices are actually things I have had for quite a while but misplaced them for many months). I have (as just mentioned) a couple part slices that are etched on both sides, a couple pieces of cut graphite nodule (both show some metal veining but that probably won’t show well in the photo) and then two larger natural individuals (those proved to be very popular when I offered some at the beginning of the year. I sold everything I had bigger than about 8 grams very quickly). I have only two of each style specimen so I decided that a summer e-mail offering is probably the best way to deal with them (though I will certainly have any leftovers at the show).
1) Part slices. Etched on both sides:
a) 35.1 grams – 55mm x 30mm x 4mm - $55
b) 47.0 grams – 40mm x 40mm x 4mm - $73
2) Graphite nodule – cut:
a) 26.7 grams – 30mm x 20mm x 20mm - $55
b) 29.4 grams – 40mm x 28mm x 10mm - $60
3) Natural individuals as found:
a) 313.6 grams – 70mm x 60mm x 25mm - $320
b) 738.6 grams – 110mm x 55mm x 25mm - $750

CHELYABINSK, Russia: Ordinary chondrite (LL5). Fell February 13, 2013.
Here are a couple really nice fresh individuals that were clearly picked up quite soon after the fall. They both have really nice complete, fresh and (mostly) thick crust (the smaller has a couple mm sized spots of secondary crust or where a small bit of the primary crust popped off late in the fall). I know that there is still a fairly good amount of this meteorite floating around the collecting world but not too many are as fresh as these pieces. Most of the early recovered pieces have already found a home and the stuff that is being found these days certainly shows some weathering effects.
1) Complete individuals:
a) 25.6 grams – 30mm x 25mm x 25mm - $300
b) 40.3 grams – 35mm x 25mm x 25mm - $470

GEBEL KAMIL, Egypt: Ungrouped Ni-rich ataxite. Discovered 2008.
The crater of this fall was discovered though Google Earth satellite photos in 2008. An expedition didn’t get out to the area to prove that this WAS indeed a meteorite impact site until 2010. A 150 foot diameter crater was found, surrounded by many pieces of shrapnelized iron meteorites (I think one fairly large sculpted fusion crusted piece was found as well). This is a fairly young crater, likely being less than 5000 years old. This fall was also very likely observed at some level, as the crater itself covered up some already existing trade routes in the area. These pieces, to be honest, are not anything exceptional. They are just nice typical examples of the meteorites that came out of the area. I have not seen much of this available lately and I might be pricing these a bit cheap for similar pieces these days (how they sell will tell me).
1) Natural shrapnel fragments as found:
a) 182.5 grams – 70mm x 37mm x 20mm - $230
b) 213.8 grams – 70mm x 35mm x 30mm - $265

MUNDRABILLA, Australia: medium octahedrite with sulfide and silicate inclusions. Found 1911.
Now these, unlike the Gebels above, ARE quite exceptional, particularly for their size. I don’t recall ever having a Mundrabilla this size range that had any kind of character even close to these pieces. These clearly show a knobby shape and each has at least one deep hole where a silicate or sulfide burned out. As far as I am aware, these will be the only two Mundrabillas I will ever get from this source.
1) Nice sculpted natural individuals as found:
a) 147.2 grams – 55mm x 30mm x 30mm - $220
b) 161.5 grams – 50mm x 35mm x 30mm - $240

SIKHOTE –ALIN, Russia: Coarsest octahedrite. Fell February 12, 1947.
This is a nice fusion crusted individual that has LOTS of fine thumb-printed texture all the way around. This came to me with an oriented specimen (that I have already found a home for) and even this came rally close to selling at the Creede show when I set it out there a few weeks ago. That is a small show and, normally, you don’t really expect to sell specimens priced more than $100 or so but this piece got lots of notice from the visitors to that show and very nearly sold a couple times (it was usually the spouse saying that the $ were needed somewhere else that did in the deal). Anyway, when I see these really sculpted pieces these days, they usually bring a pretty good premium.
93.6gram finely sculpted individual – 55mm x 25mm x 20mm - $325

Shipping: For small US orders $5 is needed now. Rates have gone up yet more this year and now the cheapest I can send anything is right at $4. Add $ for the padded envelope or box, jewelry boxes, etc and, in most cases, I am still loosing a little even at $5. Larger orders are now $8 to $15 (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 $15 (Canada seems to be right around $11). I’ll have to custom quote any larger items/ orders (both local and overseas). Registration (recommended on more valuable overseas orders) is $16.

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. However, for overseas orders, it probably is best to go ahead and use my e-mail when possible.

Monday, 26 July 2021

Blaine Reed Meteorites- List 245 26JUL2021

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

LIST 245 - July 26, 2021

Dear Collectors

First, an announcement on an upcoming show:
Theoretically, I will be attending the Creede Mineral show early next month (though the highway closure between Montrose and Gunnison is going to make it quite a challenge to get there). The show dates are August 6th, 7th, 8th. The hours are from 10am to 5pm each day. I have checked my hotel reservation and it seems that it is there! It has been two years now, so that was a pleasant surprise (one year recently, they had only the first two nights reserved for me. I came close to having to pack up and head home at the end of the first show day. Luckily, they were able to scrape up a place or me to stay the last two nights (NOT an easy thing to do in this area this time of year).

Here is a single meteorite (multiple specimens) offering. I got this material on consignment just a few days ago. I have had a couple pieces of a CK3 in the past, but they were all quite small and generally sold quite quickly. I know that these are indeed all larger slices BUT I will be allowed to break up a piece (or two) that don’t sell intact after a week or so, so PLEASE let me know if you want a smaller piece and roughly what size piece you would like (the price on those should be in the $30/g range).

NWA (13381): Carbonaceous chondrite, (CK3). Found 2020. Tkw = 1335grams.
As mentioned above, I recently received these slices as a consignment. I was happy to get these as I have very seldom been able to offer a CK3. I know I have had a few pieces in the past, but they were all small (a gram or three) and sold quickly (often to researchers needing some of this type material for research work). These, at this point, are all complete slices of the single 1335 gram stone of this meteorite that was recovered (as mentioned above, I will likely break a piece or two down for folks wanting smaller specimens later). I know, it LOOKS like there will be more than enough of this available for the market but looks are somewhat deceiving in this case. Only 10 slices were cut from this meteorite and only 8 will be released to collectors. The owner of this meteorite is keeping the 840 gram main mass. One slice is going to be donated to the Monig/ TCU collection and the other is being turned into thin-sections. So, overall, this leaves right about 356grams of this rare meteorite for the collecting world (after saw looses, research reserve specimens and such). A fair amount, but not a lot to go around for the many (most?) of us needing a CK3 type in our collection. To be honest, this material looks very, very much like a (CV3) meteorite (and there are some that believe they are indeed related somehow. Frankly, these pieces tend to make me think so. At least, they had very similar formation processes) but the detailed chemistry say this is not. These slices do have CAIs (calcium aluminum inclusions) in them and, in some of these pieces, some of those fluoresce (purple and pink) when using a high-power, filtered LED UV light (my current one is a Torcia 365). All of these come in a Riker box with a label.
1)Complete slices:
a) 20.68 grams – 80mm x 32mm x 3mm - $600
b) 27.06 grams – 85mm x 35mm x 3mm - $750
c) 35.74 grams – 95mm x 55mm x 3mm - $950 – shows fluorescence.
d) 46.27 grams – 103mm x 57mm x 3.5mm - $1100 – shows fluorescence.
e) 52.67 grams – 100mm x 55mm x 4mm - $1300 – shows fluorescence.
f) 66.84 grams – 102mm x 55mm x 5mm - $1400

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale- List 244

Blaine Reed
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487

July 12, 2021 LIST 244

Dear Collectors:

Here is another offering of an assortment of things that I have managed to (mostly) pick up recently (aside from the Tazwell, which I have had in my collection for well over 30 years). Most of these are larger more special items than I usually have on these kinds of offerings. Many of these I had planned on making their debut at the Denver show this fall (September 10th through the 18th this year). However, I decided to go ahead and offer these neat pieces now. I know, the summer months are generally kind of slow for sales of “collectibles” by e-mail/ mail order (most people are thinking of “family vacation” rather than “add to collection” these months) but things do still sell and I think it good to let people know I am still alive and kicking.

BRAHIN, Belarus: Stony-iron. (Pallasite). Found 1810.
This was kind of a surprise. I got it along with the Esquel and Gibeon pieces below. Like those, this spent considerable time (like a couple decades or so) in Florida. It did have a fair amount of surface rust, but far, far less than I would have expected being in Florida so long (contrary to popular opinion, there are indeed some pieces of Brahin that are quite stable). It didn’t take me long at all (a few minutes maybe) to polish this back up and re-coat it. I can’t guarantee the long term stability of this piece here on but I can say that it has already been pretty well battle tested.
26.8 gram part slice with one long natural edge – 65mm x 25mm x 4mm - $50

CHELYABINSK, Russia: Ordinary chondrite (LL5). Fell February 15, 2013.
Here is a nice complete (only usual edge chipping present) larger stone of this super famous fall. The shock wave of the fall of this stone injured something like 1500 people (mostly from windows being blown out by the blast). Thankfully, no one died in the event (surprising, considering the severe damage that some of the buildings under the blast zone experienced). This stone does show some minor rusting, so it is clear that this was not picked up immediately after the fall but it is much fresher than many of the pieces of this meteorite I have seen in more recent times. I think this is the second largest piece of this meteorite I have handled.
254.1 gram complete individual – 60mm x 50mm x 40mm - $2500

ESQUEL, Argentina: Stony-iron. (Pallasite). Found 1951. Tkw = about 1500 pounds (680kg).
It has been quite awhile since I have had any of this to offer. These were obtained by a collector in Florida from Robert Haag looong ago (about 30 years ago, or so I was told). One piece (the heavier one) has the classic Esquel appearance – nice large, quite clear crystals and roughly half (a little less in this case) bright fresh metal. The “smaller” piece (this is smaller by weight but larger by surface area) was obviously cut from one of the large almost all olivine zones that existed in the Esquel meteorite. This “smaller” piece is pretty much all olivine with only a few small blebs of fresh metal. Both of these pass light through most of the crystals and both come in a membrane display box (though those are not in the photo).
1) Part slices. Each has one natural edge:
a) 17.1 gram mostly olivine slice – 48mm x 40mm x 3mm - $750
b) 28.0 gram classic Esquel textured slice – 40mm x 30mm x 4mm - $950

GIBEON, Namibia: Iron. (IVA) fine-octahedrite. Found before 1836.
This is a nice complete slice that is etched on both sides. This piece came from the same person as the Esquel and Brahin pieces above. Like the Esquel, this piece was acquired from Robert Haag several decades ago. As the time since its purchase, it was in Florida, this piece does show some minor rusting (but surprisingly little) in a couple spots. I put the “worst” side up in the photo. The other side has far less (like a small ¼ inch or so area) that is on the same side as the “large” spot on the right side of the slice as it sits in the photo.
99.9 gram complete slice, etched on both sides – 130mm x 55mm x 2mm - $200

JIBLET WINSELWAN, Morocco: Carbonaceous chondrite (CM2). Found May 24, 2013. Tkw = about 6 kilograms.
This is a natural fragment I sold to a customer years ago. I think he picked up a larger CM2 specimen recently and decided to let this one go (that probably cost a lot more than this – this is the cheapest per gram of any CM2 meteorite that I am aware of). This shows mostly older natural fractured surfaces but does have a 20mm x 15mm patch of nice fusion crust. This is priced a little higher than what I sold it for years ago when this was readily available but it is still drastically cheaper than any other CM2 available that I am aware of ($100/g plus for Aguas Zarcas, $500/g or so for Murchison, around $1000/g for Sutter’s Mill).
19.35 gram natural fragment with fusion crust – 35mm x 25mm x 20mm - $950

MUNDRABILLA, Australia: Iron. (IIICD). Medium octahedrite. Found 1911.
Here is an assortment of pieces that I got as part of a somewhat large pile of beer-flats full of mostly small specimens. The individuals are pretty typical, though quite a bit smaller than I’ve had in the past and a couple have been wire-brushed (which I have never done to specimens I have had of this meteorite in the past). All of the individuals come with a label. All but the largest piece have Michael Farmer labels and the largest has one I have never seem before: Gold’n Gem, Australia label. I was surprised to find the really neat super thin (like .1 or .2mm thick) complete etched slice in the batch. I have seen very few pieces of this meteorite etched (Blake got an etched end piece that he still loves at one of Alan Lang’s early attempts at auctions in Tucson years ago). The other thing is I cannot figure how the heck this was prepared. As thin as it is, the only possibility I can see is a larger end piece had its face polished and etched and then the super thin slice was taken off with a wire saw leaving a new face to be polished and etched and cut off. Regardless, it was very likely an expensive, difficult process.
1) Individuals (labels not in photograph):
a) 6.7 grams brushed – 20mm x 10mm x 7mm - $7 - M. Farmer label.
b) 14.4 grams natural – 28mm x 14mm x 9mm - $15 - M. Farmer label.
c) 15.7 grams brushed – 24mm x 12mm x 10mm - $16 - M. Farmer label.
d) 16.9 grams natural – 20mm x 20mm x 12mm - $17 - Gold’n Gem Australia label.
2) Super thin etched on one side complete slice in membrane box:
33mm x 23mm x .2mm - $45

TAZWELL, Tennessee: Iron. (IAB). Finest octahedrite. Found 1853. Tkw = 27.2 kilograms.
Here is a rectangular part slice (with one natural edge) that I have had in my collection for well over 30 years. This was my first (and only) finest octahedrite. I sold a few pieces of this waaaaay back in the early days and it, being a very rare finest octahedrite as well as a fairly early/ historic US iron, sold rapidly at several tens of dollars per gram. I recently picked up a more recent not nearly as rare/ historic finest octahedrite specimen for my collection (my “micro” collection is about type, not rarity of the name). So, I decided to offer this special piece as I am sure a collector of historic specimens will want to have this rarity in their collection. I am surprised how rare this type of meteorite is overall. In all my 35 years of business, I don’t think I have handled more than a few (as in single digits) pieces of finest octahedrite.
15.0 gram part slice, one natural edge – 20mm x 16mm x 5mm - $750