Saturday, 3 October 2020

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 239

Blaine ReedP.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
October 2, 2020

LIST 239

Dear Collectors,
Here is the e-mail version of my just mailed “after Denver” list. Yep, we did manage to have a show. It was shorter than normal (by about half) and we had a fairly light amount of foot traffic. None the less, I still managed to sell a lot more than I expected. Assuming no one ends up getting sick from doing the show, it was a solid win in my books. Now I just have to worry about Tucson. This is NOT a small worry. The hotel and show was taken over by a new owner just as we left this year’s show. He was scheduled to do a major re-model (I never like hearing that. I barely fit in the room the way things currently are. ¼” change in the length of the TV/ dresser cabinet means my current tables and layout no longer fit). Given this and the fact that the hotel was likely shut down right after we left, I would not be surprised to find the place closed in bankruptcy upon arrival next year. Also there is the issue of “social distancing”. I was able to do this given the much larger space I have in Denver (and by changing the table layout) but there is no chance of pulling something similar off in a small motel room (so will CDC guidelines prevent us from having the show in the normal fashion anyway). I’ll try to keep folks posted on this as I learn more.
SEYMCHAN, Russia: (Pallasite). Found 1967.
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SEYMCHAN, Russia: (Pallasite). Found 1967.
These are all actually slices of the much more common iron portion of this meteorite. I got these to cut down into smaller squares to satisfy the needs for some educational science kits I needed to pull together for an institute. Thankfully, I got lucky and was able to trade a collector for the smaller etched squares of this meteorite that I needed (this material has gotten quite hard to get and expensive to buy recently. Apparently, no more new pieces are being found). The two smaller pieces here are really, really cool almost complete slices (each has a 50mm cut edge that is not terribly noticeable). These were cut from a piece that had a large elongate natural hole in the center (likely from a Screibersite or Cohenite burning or weathering out). The largest piece is a complete slice. This has the earlier, deeper style etch on it (the etch on the holed pieces is lighter). This piece is somewhat warped (the saw obviously had some trouble getting through this piece) but has been polished and etched properly so this is not really noticeable.
1) Etched slices/ part slices:
a) 134.4 grams - 120mm x 75mm x 3mm - $250 – neat natural hole.
b) 168.1 grams - 130mm x 70mm x 3mm - $310 – neat natural hole.
c) 283.1 grams - 130mm x 80mm x 5mm - $400 – complete slice.

KATOL, India: Ordinary chondrite (L6). Fell May 22, 2012.
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KATOL, India: Ordinary chondrite (L6). Fell May 22, 2012. Tkw = around 13kg.
Here is something that I found waaay back in deep storage while doing inventory work that somehow I never got around to offering. This was an interesting and exciting meteorite when it fell. Several pieces hit/ fell through roofs. Many pieces also had a weird achondritic texture to them. I think this meteorite was considered to be an L7 or such for some time and recent papers are suggesting that this has been miss-classified and really is the first known L7 fall. I have very little of this (it was VERY expensive when I was finally able to get some through trades). All of these are fragments and all, but the smallest, are one of a kind (no replacements pieces available, unfortunately). All but the smallest piece have fusion crust. The 3.6g has secondary crust, the next two have large areas of primary crust and the largest piece, though very slightly weathered (the others are pristine fresh) is actually a complete individual with around 70% primary crust with the remainder being a very, very light secondary crust. These are being sold here for less (substantially less) than I paid for them years ago.
1) Fragments:
a) 1.7 grams - 12mm x 8mm x 7mm - $60
b) 2.5 grams - 12mm x 12mm x 5mm - $85 – 10mm x 5mm secondary crust.. NOT in group photo.
c) 10.6 grams - 22mm x 20mm x 7mm - sold
d) 22.9 grams - 32mm x 22mm x 17mm - sold
e) 35.1 grams - 29mm x 25mm x 22mm - $1000 – complete individual.
NWA (13384): Ordinary chondrite (L5). Found 2018. 
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NWA (13384): Ordinary chondrite (L5). Found 2018. Tkw = 465.3 grams
Here is a meteorite I accidentally ended up with when I purchased a batch of the NWA (11669) (offered on my last list). It indeed looked very much like the other pieces and liked to break apart (like the NWA 11669) upon cutting and polishing as well. As a result of this second part, I have numerous pieces of only a couple sizes to offer. As I had already cut/ polished this stone before fully realizing it was a different meteorite. The relatively chondrule poor mottled gray, brown, and orange interior should have been obvious had this not been the first piece of the batch I cut. The next piece was the proper chondrule rich texture for an LL3. I decided to keep it (got a bit of a refund on the original cost) and put it through research.
1) Slices:
a) 5.1 grams - 45mm x 15mm x 3mm - $8
b) 10.5 grams - 60mm x 20mm x 3mm - $16
2) End piece:
a) 156.3 grams - 60mm x 45mm x 30mm - sold

NWA (845): Rumurutiite (R4), W1. Found March 5, 2001.
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NWA (845): Rumurutiite (R4), W1. Found March 5, 2001. Tkw = 36g+
I am not certain where/ when I got this. I found a small Riker of slices of this hidden deep in a box of miscellaneous things while digging out stuff for the 2020 Denver show. The Riker had a few basic info cards that gave some detailed info (weathering grade, find coordinates, Faylite/ Ferrosillite numbers) but no name as to who made it up. I think that this is a “dealer lot” that I picked up in a collection somewhere and “set aside for the future”. Well, as the folks (Bunson Honeydew and Beaker) at Muppet Labs (from the old Muppet show in the 1970’s) used to say “the future is now”. These show the typical lack of metal (or magnetic attraction), lots of chondrules in a brown/orange matrix. I have less than 35g of this available.
1) Slices/ part slices:
a) .52 grams - 17mm x 6mm x 2mm - $10
b) .93 grams - 16mm x 9mm x 2mm - $18
c) 2.7 grams - 38mm x 12mm x 2mm - $40 – wedged, NOT in group photo..
d) 3.6 grams - 35mm x 26mm x 1mm - sold
e) 8.1 grams - 38mm x 30mm x 2mm - $150

NWA (8345): Carbonaceous chondrite. (CO3.2).
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NWA (8345): Carbonaceous chondrite. (CO3.2). Found before 2013. Tkw = 986..1 grams.
I got the main mass of this meteorite at the COMETS auction/ dinner event during the 2018 Denver show. I finally (over a year later) got around to cutting it up for sale. This was purchased as three pieces that fit together. The interior has many small chondrules, some small CAI’s in a dark brown matrix that makes up around 30% of this meteorite. Research work showed this to be a sub-type 3.2 stone – one of only 13 known (at the time of typing of this) CO3.2 meteorites world wide. This stone had a couple fractures that made it impossible to get full-sized large slices from it (I probably should have “stabilized” (glued it) before doing the cutting work). However, this did make it such that I ended up with more end pieces, cut fragments than I normally would have (I listed these, for space sake, as only by weight as each is a one of a kind weight).
1) Slices:
a) 1.9 grams - 15mm x 12mm x 3mm - $23
b) 3.9 grams - 21mm x 15mm x 3mm - $46
c) 8.6 grams - 35mm x 25mm x 3mm - $100
d) 16.6 grams - 60mm x 20mm x 3mm - $190
e) 33.3 grams - 70mm x 32mm x 4mm - $365
2) End pieces/ cut fragments: $10/g
Weights available: 5.5g, 12.2g, 20.3g, 52.2g, (73.3g sold)

NWA (13383): Achondrite. (Ureilite).
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NWA (13383): Achondrite. (Ureilite). Found before 2019. Tkw = 866.4 grams..
Here is something I really wanted to offer in smaller pieces. Try as I might, I was barely able to get the required material for research work removed (it took me something like an hour and a half to cut a 1” x 1 ½” surface area). Ureilites are interesting and still not really understood. They seem to be from a large parent body (one paper I saw recently suggests it was somewhere between the size of Mercury and Mars) that got smashed apart and then partially re-consolidated. This mixed things where things that were cooling slowly (deep inside) suddenly cooled quickly and the opposite, things that were solid/ cooled quickly became heated and cooled slowly. This piece I am leaving (for now) as the mostly natural main mass (I may try to get it cut in the future but the resulting slices likely won’t be cheap due to the extensive labor and destroyed saw blades that will result). A really nice solid specimen that is a great desk piece at a price likely lower than it would cost direct from Morocco these days.
820.3 gram fragment/ individual – 75mm x 70mm x 65mm - $3500

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AUSTRALITE: Tektite from Australia.
It has been quite a number of years since I was able to get a handful of these. I just got these from a friend that has recently retired from the mineral business. He had these labeled as being from South Australia (I do have a few (6) more special/ interesting pieces from the Lake Torrens strewnfield, Lyndhurst, SA) but that was all. These are the usual round, egg shaped and button cores (nope, I didn’t get any flanged buttons in this lot). As I got a good deal on these, I am pricing these substantially cheaper than I usually ask for Australites for the time being.
1) Individuals as found:
a) 2.4 grams - 18mm x 13mm x 7mm - $7
b) 5.0 grams - 20mm x 19mm x 10mm - $15
c) 7.1 grams - 24mm x 18mm x 11mm - $21
d) 10.0 grams - 24mm x 22mm x 14mm - $30

Please note:
Shipping: For small US orders $5 is needed now. Rates have gone up yet more this tear 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 (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.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 238, some older Texas pieces and Nothing

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

August 18, 2020

LIST 238

I know, it has been months since I sent out any kind of offering. This is mostly because I really have not had a lot of “new” stuff to offer. I still wouldn’t (aside from Nothing) as I have gotten very little new material lately (and have been hesitant to go try and find some until it looks like things might start getting back to normal). Most of this stuff is pieces of Texas meteorites that I offered years ago and then had hidden away. A new potential collector from Texas showed up several months ago, wanting (not surprisingly) Texas meteorites. I sold him a couple easy to access pieces at the start but he wanted more. So, looking over my inventory records I saw that I had some of these older pieces in a box that was inside another box that was buried in the back corner on the bottom shelf in my closet (some digging required). I pulled these out, cataloged them and offered them. I got a few “I’ll be back and pick a few specimens to buy soon” e-mails shortly after. Well, it has been a couple months now and no response. Rather than leave these set out for someone that has seemed to have already drifted on to other interests or put them back in their deep storage spot I decided to offer them here. This offering also allows me to make an announcement concerning the (at this point) still happening Denver Show next month.


Yep, it seems that there will be a show but there are some substantial changes (Crowne Plaza DIA – 15500 E. 40th Ave). The show dates have been trimmed back to September 11th through the 15th. The show times have been extended to (I believe) 8am to 8pm. I certainly don’t mind the 8pm thing but the 8am thing might be a problem some mornings. My room will have a different lay-out as I am required to keep wide isles (I’ll only put tables along the outer walls – no center tables this year). I also will only be able to have a couple chairs in the room. I think I can only have about 5 people in the room at any given time and with Mike and I needing to be there it is unlikely I can have the usual people hanging out (which is an important part of the show for me), unfortunately. Also, we already know that there will be pretty much no buyers from overseas (and many of the overseas sellers won’t be attending either). I suspect that many US buyers that would normally fly won’t show up either. As such, I plan to try and have a fairly good set up but already knowing these things (and having a shortened show) I probably won’t bring nearly as much stuff as I usually do (so contact me if you plan to come and there is anything you want me to bring or there may be a chance it doesn’t get brought). Given the unusual (and potentially dangerous) situations this year I had though of skipping this year’s show (particularly considering that Linda had a medical emergency earlier this summer that has her on immuno-suppressant drugs i.e. she is a very high risk person now) but have decided I just can’t risk it. I do need the sales it may (or may not) generate but more so I can’t risk loosing my current space. We were offered the chance to skip this year and were told by e-mail that we could have our “normal” space in 2021. And this I seriously considered (but Mike is really anxious to do a show). However, I do know that there are a LOT of other dealers that desperately want the space I have. If I skip this year and someone else is given the spot, and (to the management’s eyes) they “fit in the spot better” there might be a pretty high risk of getting scrapped off into the main ball room or a motel room (and given that this spot has completely changed the show for me, that would be economic suicide in the longer term). So, with some degree of financial need, Mike’s strong desire to go I will be there (trying to suck air through a _amned mask all day).

Anyway on to the goodies:
List #238
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DIMMITT, Texas: Ordinary chondrite (H3.7). Found 1942. Tkw = about 200 kilograms.
Here I have a nice complete individual and a complete slice. The slice I had set aside as part of a research set I put aside years ago. You see, there has bee a LOT of confusion concerning the Tulia and Dimmitt stones. I set aside distinct samples of each of these so I could recognize the different meteorites from each other in the future. Well, I have not done any field work in that area now (so no new meteorites coming in from there) for over 25 years now. The stone is a nice complete, interesting shaped Monig specimen that I got from David New very early when TCU first started allowing some of their “excess” materials go (nope, they are no longer doing this so don’t go to them for material). Unfortunately, back then they required that the Monig label (be it an actual Monig one or a late Huss one) be removed (though you can still see some hints of it) from the material in what turned out to be a futile attempt to keep it somewhat secret that they were releasing stuff.
a) 47.4 gram complete slice – 75mm x 40mm x 5mm - $90
b) 515.0 gram complete individual – 115mm x 55mm x 40mm - $650

GOMEZ, Texas: Ordinary chondrite (L6). Found 1974. Tkw = about 27 kilograms.
I’ve had this on my old original sent out by mail catalog for years.. I don’t send out more than a few a year these days. I haven’t offered any of the tiny amount I have remaining to more recent collectors in years so I thought I’d do it here. This stone was found in a roadside ditch near the town of Gomez. It is likely that it was put there by a farmer that had just bunged up his plow hitting it and wanted the damaging rock out of his field (this actually happens fairly often and is why I am often paying too much attention to the road-side ditches than I should when driving through farming areas). To me (as I have handled both stones) this looks like it is likely related to the earlier reported Seagraves C stone that was found on the porch of an abandoned house.
a) 7.8 gram part slice – 25mm x 15mm x 6mm - $20
b) 13.5 gram part slice – 27mm x 22mm x 6mm - $35
c) 19.3 gram part slice – 32mm x 25mm x 6mm - $53
d) 41.6 gram part slice – 55mm x 33mm x 6mm - $110

PLAINVIEW (a), Texas: Ordinary chondrite (H5), brecciated. Found 1917. Tkw = about 700kilograms.
Plainview is an interesting meteorite all around. First, it is likely that this should be classified as a witnessed fall. I large piece was found in nearby Cotton Center that had smashed a fence of a horse corral right after a large fireball was seen in 1903. The rest of the strewn field was discovered in 1917 around 10 miles away (and yes, the stones do match type and texture). Also, this meteorite is a regolith breccia from the surface of the H parent body. As such, fragments of many different kinds of meteorites (things that smashed into the H parent) have been found in it over the years. These two part slices are actually pieces left over from some research work long ago. They are basically the same size surface area wise but the heavier could certainly be easily split into thinner slices if someone wanted to.
1) Part slices:
a) 15.9 grams – 55mm x 23mm x 3mm - $50
b) 35.0 grams – 55mm x 25mm x 7mm - $90

TULIA (a), Texas: Ordinary chondrite (H5). Found 1917. Tkw = 78+ kilograms.
I know, I know, the official bulletin report has this meteorite listed as an H3-4 (which is how Dimmitt was listed until more research work on it showed it to be an H3.7). What happened those many years ago when this was studied is that all the meteorites that were found in the general area were mixed together. Yep, Dimmitt (and the associated real Dimmitt meteorite strewn field) are NOT very far away from where the Tulia pieces are found. So, when work was done on this meteorite the work was actually done on a mislabeled Dimmitt and not a Tulia stone. Tulia is not a type 3, it is a type 5. It is also generally fresher than Dimmitt (but not always – it really depends where the particular stone sat in the ground moisture environment).. Dimmitt very, very rarely shows any remaining fresh metal blebs. Many Tulia pieces do show substantial metal remaining (and the smaller pieces listed here do. The largest specimen is a bit sparse in this department but it certainly has the texture of an H5). I know these things because Glenn Huss informed me of this and I worked the area for years (and have actually found my own 8kg Tulia (a) piece) The two largest pieces both have the old Monig white letters/ numbers on black label and the largest specimen (which was once a complete piece that I cut in half many years ago) also has a white painted Huss label (M12.26) that he put there when he sorted and labeled much of the Monig collection years ago.
a) 14.4 gram end piece/ cut fragment – 45mm x 20mm x 7mm - $30
b) 22.6 gram end piece/ cut fragment – 43mm x 20mm x 10mm - $45
c) 78.0 gram part slice – 65mm x 65mm x 5mm - $150 – has 6mm x 3mm carbon looking inclusion.
d) 254.1 gram end piece – 70mm x 43mm x 40mm - $440 – 12AI Monig label.
e) 702.4 gram individual cut in half – 95mm x 70mm x 45mm - $1100 – 12JZ Monig label M12.26 Huss.

TULIA (b), Texas: Ordinary chondrite (L6). Found 1917, recognized much later. Tkw = 4.4kg+.
To even confuse things more than just the Dimmitt Tulia problem mentioned above, there was yet another overlapping strewn field – an L chondrite this time. A couple specimens (one in the Chicago Field Museum and another in the British Museum) were noticeably fresher than the typical Tulia/ Dimmitt stones. Cutting and research work revealed that these stones were L6 chondrites and were thus a new previously unrecognized meteorite. It turned out that TCU had one as well. I got some of this and sold all I wanted to sell quite rapidly years ago (there really is not a lot of this available).. I kept these pieces as part of my “Tulia research/ sorting things out set” for many, many years. The largest piece (a really nice full slice) had broken along a natural fracture. I put it back together to retain the nice complete slice form (it shows some nice fusion crust an sculpted shape along the edges). The others were from a smaller already broken specimen so I broke it down a bit more to be able to offer more and smaller pieces here.
a) 11.7 gram part slice – 35mm x 17mm x 7mm - $40
b) 24.7 gram part slice – 37mm x 30mm x 7mm - $80
c) 66.2 gram part slice – 60mm x 55mm x 7mm - $200
d) 204.1 gram complete slice – 100mmk x 90mm x 6mm - $560

Last, but not least, I bring you absolutely:

NOTHING, Arizona: Iron. Medium octahedrite (IID). Found 2010. Tkw = 3.7 kilograms.
I really knew nothing about this meteorite when it was first mentioned to me. It was sent to me along with a couple other specimens that I had actually purchased as the owner is hoping I’d put it out in Denver. I am certainly happy to do that but figured why not offer it here first? This wasn’t a real big recovery – only around 8 pounds total. It was found by a gold prospector using a metal detector. It was found buried a couple feet down about 4.5km north of the (now ghost town I believe) of Nothing.
199.8 gram etched end piece – 85mm x 27mm x 26mm - $1700

Monday, 18 May 2020

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 237

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

May 18, 2020

LIST 237

CANYON DIABLO, Arizona: Coarse octahedrite (IAB).

Not sure why I called this a “list” as it is a single item offering – a roughly 12kg (11990grams actually) nice-shaped Canyon Diablo individual. We are all having a difficult time right now (hopefully for all of you out there it is mostly boredom from being stuck at home so long and nothing more serious) but some folks are having a more difficult time of it than many. It is this that has allowed me to offer up this fantastic natural Canyon Diablo specimen. It belongs to a collector/ mineral dealer (he deals in cabechons, rough slabs for such, mineral specimens, jewelry and more but only occasionally has a meteorite for sale) but he has had a couple things turn up lately. First, he (as many of us “dealers” have) has had pretty much all of his summer shows cancelled, so no income from those events this year. Next he had the bad luck of having his car’s engine go out (completely – as in total replacement time) on him a couple weeks ago (I am currently gathering the parts together so I can do the timing belt, water pump and oil pump on the old Subaru so something similar does not end up happening to me this summer). That looks like it may cost him around $3000 plus to get fixed (or probably a similar amount to buy a good conditioned “new” used car). So, he has made the decision to offer this wonderful prized specimen. I know that this will sell at the Denver fall show but that is assuming that this virus disaster is still not with us enough to have that shut down (or so restricted that the results would be pretty much the same). Thankfully, the owner has another vehicle (an old truck) to drive so the situation is not desperate. Right now, gas is so cheap (we have regular at around $1.45/ gallon locally) that driving this old thing is not too much of a financial problem at the moment. Anyway, as you can see by the attached photos, this is a really nice natural individual. It was a little bit more natural when I got it but I spent a little time knocking off the loose dirt and minor caliche (mostly using the baking-soda air-abrasion tool). I sold my really nice 15kg piece (at a much higher price per gram) a few years ago to pay some bills and would love to keep this piece as a replacement but I just don’t really have the $ right now to do that (particularly seeing as how the various shows have been cancelled the next few months). So, I am offering it here. I have this priced at a level that it would realistically bring at one of the major shows.

11,990 gram complete natural individual – 180mm x 180mm x 100mm - $7800

One other note:
I have been having a LOT of problems with mail going out of the country lately (not too surprising, most of the overseas mail flies in the baggage area of common passenger jets and with few of those operating these days, the mail is getting backed up considerably). As such I am sorry to have to say that I really, really do NOT want to attempt to ship this overseas right now.

I hope everyone out there stays safe and healthy. And I certainly hope to see some of you at the next major show we’re allowed to have.

Take care!


Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 236

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 236

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

LIST 236

Boy oh boy has this part gotten screwed up a bunch recently. First off – I had the dates for the Denver Spring show wrong on the mailed catalogs I sent out (close to 300 of them). I had put down April 17th through the 19th . This show, to not interfere with other important shows used to be the weekend closest to “420”. They had to change it (and lost numerous dealers do to the other show conflicts) to a different weekend as the hotel that hosted the show was already fully booked the 420 time frame for pot shows at the nearby Merchandise Mart. I thought the show went back to its original scheduling when they moved out the Crowne Plaza a few years ago. Nope, I got a postcard telling me that the show was actually April 10th – 12th. Oops! I was about to consider re-doing the list (and tearing open hundreds of envelopes) when I got the notice that the show dates have been moved! The new dates (hopefully just for this year) are May 15th – 17th . So, no reason to worry (too much) about have the wrong weekend as neither weekend I would have put on the list was correct now. However, I had a trip through Wyoming planned with friends (yes, I do actually have some) for May 12th – 18th. So, now I would be missing the show because of that. Well, now it seems that I can go to the show as my (expensive) pre-paid reservations in Yellowstone for the actual days of the show (we’d be in devil’s tower, Buffalo and other places other days) have now been canceled! Yellowstone park will be completely shut down at least until the end of May (and the room rates are drastically higher at that point). So, now I do plan to attend the Spring show assuming it does not get changed yet again. So, if you are going to the show and want to meet, let me know ahead of time (if possible) and if there is anything in particular you want me to bring (otherwise I mostly bring things for sales to the various dealers that want stuff from me each year).
GIBEON, Namibia: Iron. Fine-octahedrite (IVA). Found 1836.
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, Namibia: Iron. Fine-octahedrite (IVA). Found 1836.
Boy oh boy has Gibeon gotten hard to come by recently. Not much is turning up and what little is (mostly from old collections) is usually rapidly snapped up by the Chinese. Well, I managed to pick up a handful of small pieces (from a couple different sources, surprisingly) in Tucson this year. Had the Chinese been at the show this year, I am certain that these would NOT have made it home with me (at these prices anyway). Most of these are completely natural, only the 113g (highly brushed) and the 693g (very lightly cleaned) have had any work done on them. All of these have nice sculpted shapes.. Pieces like these were actually fairly rare even when Gibeon was commonly available.
1) Complete individuals (mostly natural) as found:
a) 33.4 grams - 30mm x 25mm x 20mm - $62 – NOT the piece in the group photo.
b) 63.2 grams - 50mm x 18mm x 11mm - sold
c) 94.8 grams - 60mm x 30mm x 16mm - $160 – NOT the specimen in the group photo.
d) 113.6 grams - 65mm x 25mm x 12mm - $190 – wire brushed.
e) 693.1 grams - 105mm x 40mm x 35mm - $1050 – very lightly brushed..
GHADAMIS, Libya: Ordinary chondrite (L6)
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GHADAMIS, Libya: Ordinary chondrite (L6). Fell August 26, 2018. Tkw = about 100kg.
The above is more of the Berber spelling of the town name, others have it as “Ghadames”. Regardless, this is a super nice new fall that turned up in Tucson this year (and got the biggest amount of $ out of my pocket for any one item this year). This still has not turned up in the official listings for some reason. However, there is no doubt that this is a) a fall and b) an L chondrite (by magnetic susceptibility readings) and c) by internal texture an L6. I had a couple other large super fresh individuals but have already sold those (I cut this one because it had an easy to work with shape and a tiny amount of rust spotting). Every piece listed below has at least some fresh fusion crust along an edge (the larger pieces are 50% to 100% edge crusted). A beautiful new fall at a (surprisingly) not scary price.
1) Slices, part slices:
a) 2.7 grams - 20mm x 13mm x 4mm - $16
b) 5.4 grams - 24mm x 20mm x 3mm - $32
c) 10.2 grams - 34mm x 25mm x 4mm - $60
d) 20.0 grams - 55mm x 45mm x 3mm - $115 – complete slice.
e) 40.9 grams - 62mm x 46mm x 5mm - $225 – complete slice.
NWA (7675): Ordinary chondrite. (L5)
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NWA (7675): Ordinary chondrite. (L5), S2, W2. Found 2012. Tkw = 663 grams..
Now this is a meteorite that, to be honest, I question the weathering grade and not for the better, unfortunately. I do see some fine metal grains in some of the slices I got from cutting this, but not a lot. Frankly, this does not show much of anything (how’s that for marketing?). This does have some minor thin shock or hematite veins and some slight hints of chondrule outlines in a medium to dark brown matrix. I suspect that this got put to research as the original buyer hoped (given its lack of obvious chondrite textures) this might be a primitive achondrite of some sort. Not particularly pretty, but an affordable “new” meteorite.
1) Slices:
a) 7.0 grams - 35mm x 18mm x 4mm - $9
b) 13.0 grams - 55mm x 17mm x 4mm - $16
c) 25.9 grams - 50mm x 45mm x 4mm - $31
2) End pieces:
a) 34.9 grams - 47mm x 22mm x 17mm - $40
b) 187.8 grams - 58mm x 30mm x 55mm - $190 – Main mass.
NWA (11669): Ordinary chondrite. (LL3)
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NWA (11669): Ordinary chondrite. (LL3), S2, W2. Found 2013. Tkw = 23 kilograms.
I kind of wish I picked up a little more of this (and in more solid pieces – I had problems keeping larger slices together when cutting and polishing this stuff). This, to some degree, reminds a little of Ragland, NM or Wells, TX LL3 specimens I had in the (distant) past. Like those, this shows pretty much no metal at all but makes up for it by having lots of chondrules (of various shades of gray, brown, orange and more, just not quite as bright as Wells). Unfortunately, like most type 3’s these days, this did not get sub-typed as that now requires hundreds of probe data points costing LOTS of money (due to rule changes within the Nomenclature Committee) so that only gets done on truly fantastic looking, obviously low sub-type specimens now. All but the very smallest specimens in the list of slices below are “one of a kind”. This is among the very most “affordable” LL3’s I’ve ever offered. I also have bags of cheap small “E-Bay” type pieces available, so just ask if you are interested (I’ll put together a custom bag of total weight and, when possible, sized desired pieces for you).
1) End pieces:
a) 23.8 grams - 30mm x 20mm x 15mm - sold
b) 44.3 grams - 40mm x 35mm x 15mm - sold
c) 102.2 grams - 70mm x 65mm x 12mm - $190 – NOT the specimen in the group photo.
d) 124.5 grams - 80mm x 60mm x 15mm - $225
e) 310.9 grams - 85mm x 70mm x 25mm - $500 – has carbonaceous clast
2) Slices: $3.00/ gram. Sizes available:
2.4g, 5.2g, 9.6g, 16.6g, 25.8g
NWA (12269): Achondrite. Martian (Shergottite).
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NWA (12269): Achondrite. Martian (Shergottite). Found before July 2018. Tkw = over 2kg.
Here are slices (and a couple end pieces) of this interesting (and quite solid) shergottite pairing to NWA (12269) I picked up in Denver last September. This meteorite is different from other shergottites in that it does not contain olivine, just clinopyroxene and maskelynite (plagioclase turned to glass by shock). This tells us that, unlike Earth, Mars did not produce a homogeneous liquid mantle during accretion. This shows that Mars had only a semi-liquid mantle with zones of differing mineral compositions. These pieces will be out in either a small plastic display box or a small Riker (depending upon size of the specimen). This part got left out of the mailed copy, unfortunately (I had a computer crash that wiped out much of my typing the first go-around and I forgot this little detail the second time).
1) Slices:
a) .15 grams - 7mm x 6mm x 1.5mm - $30
b) .25 grams - 10mm x 6mm x 1.5mm - $50
c) .51 grams - 12mm x 11mm x 1.5mm - $100
d) .97 grams - 18mm x 11mm x 2mm - $175
e) 1.9 grams - 25mm x 18mm x 2mm - $310 – complete slice.
f) 4.5 grams - 45mm x 28mm x 2mm - $675 – complete slice.
2) end pieces: I have only these two:
a) 5.1 grams - 25mm x `17mm x 8mm - $670
b) 61.9 grams - 40mm x 29mm x 26mm - $5500 – a real museum piece. In fact, I bought this one to be my “pass around” Mars rock to replace my softer NWA (7397) similar sized end piece that I believed was already sold (to a museum).
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ANCIENT METEORITE COINS: Large silver Tetradrachm. Around 17g and 30mm diameter.
I have offered the small bronze coins and a few of the much smaller silver coins of this design on past lists (and sold out). I finally was able to get an assortment of these wonderful large (the largest, highest denomination I believe) silver coins of the same design and time period to offer. As with the other smaller pieces, these are mostly Anitochos I, Soter (280-261BC) pieces (I do have one Antiochos II piece though). I have 3 of the cheapest ones (I’ll line them up next to each other in the group photo) and a few nicer (more expensive) pieces. As with the other coins, these ARE NOT MADE OUT OF A METEORITE. These have the head of the ruler facing right on the obverse and the reverse has Apollo seated on a conical rock (the omphalus) that was believed to be a meteorite. So, these coins are a very early (if not THE earliest) coins to have a meteorite represented on them.
a) Nice but circulated example - $375
b) A bit nicer but Antiochos II - $400
c) Better still - $675
d) The best - $950

Please note:
Shipping: For small US orders $4 is OK for now. 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.. How ever, for overseas orders, it probably is best to go ahead and use my e-mail when possible.

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 235

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 235

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
LIST 235

March 3, 2020

Dear collectors,

I am (finally) back from Tucson and (more or less) caught up on things. Some adventures this year but NOTHING like last year. The only thing that died on me this year was my hover-board (well, my uncle did pass away but that was in July of last year. None the less, that did change a few things logistically this year). I only get to use the hover board during the shows (my driveways are gravel and the runway is fairly soft dirt, when it isn’t wet – sticky deep adobe mud when it is). It seems that the battery on my toy now only wants to run for around half an hour or so (it used to last well over an hour). Welll, I was riding it pretty heavy one evening (including a couple complete trips around the hotel as they re-surfaced the parking lot recently). I thought it is getting a bit mushy/ sluggish in its response but it had only been running for 20 minutes or so. A quick glance at the battery light showed it was still green. However, as I was standing on it, moving around (and listening to music at a volume that was a tad high) and I failed to notice that it was flashing a steady “low battery” warning. Well, I leaned into it (got going pretty fast) and then tried to do a sharp turn. Nope, didn’t work out so well. When the engine on my airplane quits (which it seems to enjoy doing from time to time) most people think the thing falls out of the sky like a sack full of wet bricks. Nope, the wing works fine and, as long as I have left myself something to land on within gliding distance, it is no big deal to land and effect repairs (and fly back out when done if I really picked the landing spot well). Not so with a hover-board. When it quits (and it can indeed do it quite suddenly if you are not paying attention) it does indeed drop you to the ground like a bag of bricks. Yep, this is indeed what I did. I watched the machine roll away with a flashing red light (dead battery) signal and that is what dumped me. I managed to pull a bunch of muscles in my left leg and bung up my left hand a bit. Nothing broken (but my pride) but I did end up taking an extra day to pack down the room and load the car (I was moving quite slowly). We also had another “vanenture” on the trip home. The fan belt kept coming off of its pulleys as we were heading to Flagstaff. This happened a half dozen times (about every 8 miles – we got good at putting it back on) on the way into town. We made into town, thankfully. Blake tightened up the clamp on the upper hose on the radiator as that is where it looked the fluid leak was coming from. I wish it ended up being that easy. We ran the car for 20 minutes in the parking lot of the hotel we decided to spend the night at. No leak! So, off we went to Auto Zone to get a new tensioner pulley (it seemed to be making a bit of noise, was old and may have gotten damaged in the shock(s) of the belt coming off). Well, while there, after turning the engine off (this is when a car gets the hottest and builds up the most pressure) the radiator blew a ¼” or so hole (near the hose clamp – so we weren’t to far wrong in the spot of the leak, just what it was exactly). So, time for a radiator replacement right there in the parking lot. Unfortunately, they did not have the right one (and did not have the spare man-power to help me go pick one up). So, a 1.5mile walk (well, more of a shuffle like a post apocalyptic zombie as I had all of those torn leg muscles to deal with) to O’Reily auto parts (who DID have the right radiator but also not enough man-power in house to bring it to us – I got a Lyft back to Auto zone though). It all went together just fine but did take us until a bit after 9pm to get the job done. The next morning, starting the car brought out all kinds of bad metal on metal screeching noises. Hmmm, maybe something else (like the alternator or, my guess, the power steering pump – two items that really can’t be replaced by a couple of shmucks with limited tools in a parking lot). We ran the car for close to half an hour. The noises didn’t go away but they did lessen. My thought was “bad belt” (despite the distinctly metal on metal sounds) as if it were another mechanical failure the noises should be getting worse, not better. A quick experiment showed I was right. So, a new belt (which we now knew how to install in under two minutes) and we were on our way without further trouble (other than the 4” nail that flattened one of the new tires on the car right in the driveway in front of my house. No clue where the nail came from, just happy the thing went flat here and not while on the road. The way we were loaded it would have taken considerable effort, and lots of unloading, to get to what we needed to change a tire on a roadside somewhere). So, adventures, a couple days delay but nothing as serious or difficult as last year.

The things listed below are things that were either left with me (consignments) or I purchased at the show. The show was a bit slower this year (largely due to none of the Chinese buyers and less than half of the Japanese buyers showing up this year, thanks to the Corona virus scare) but not terrible. However, this meant that I, as I did not sell as much, I did not buy as much either. At this point, it looks like this might be my only “after Tucson” e-mail offering (unless I start turning up more smaller things I forgot I bought as I do the finishing touches on putting away all that I brought home). I suspect that my next post/ offering will be my mailed catalog which I plan to try and get out a little earlier than normal as I (supposedly) will be going to Yellowstone with some friends in the earlier part of May this year.
List 235
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CAMPO DEL CIELO, Agentina: Coarse octahedrite (IAB).
These are both complete slices just drastically different in sizes. The smaller piece is prepared and etched on both sides. However, this piece is small enough that you don’t get a real good idea of the etch texture of this meteorite. The large slice is really thin and, as such, is only polished and etched on one side (it would be a really, really hard job to polish out and etch this backside on a slice this thin). However, the prepared side shows a nice classic Campo etch structure.
a) 70.5 gram complete slice etched both sides – 80mm x 55mm x 3mm - $90
b) 459.4 gram complete slice etched one side – 300mm x 130mm x 2mm - $500

CANYON DIABLO, Arizona: Coarse octahedrite (IAB). Found 1891.
This is a part slice (1/4 of a complete slice – two cut edges and one long natural edge) I picked up in Tucson this year. I had offered pieces like this on my April 2019 list and rapidly sold out. When I got the chance to pick up some pieces to satisfy people that have been on a waiting list for a specimen from that offering I bought all I could. It turned out that only this piece was “left over” (I wasn’t able to get many specimens, unfortunately). This piece shows a nice vibrant etch and is etched on both sides.
47.0 gram etched part slice – 42mm x 38mm x 3mm - $94

GEBEL KAMIL, Egypt: Iron. Ni-rich ataxite, ungrouped. Found 2008.
This is a relatively large piece of the material that was found surrounding a crater in Southern Egypt that was found by way of Google Earth satellite photographs. This is a fairly young fall event, estimated to have happened around 5000 years ago. This was also very likely a witnessed event to some degree. Debris from the impact partly covered up what was an active trade route road near the crater. I personally wonder if this event isn’t part of the reason that many of the words for iron in ancient languages relate to the sky and stars (it sure would have been a wake-up call as to where some iron came from). This piece is a classic shrapnel piece as most meteorite specimens found around the crater were (I think a fairly large fusion crusted piece was found in the crater). This has the nice dark chocolate brown wind-polished surface texture over most (around ¾) of its surface. The bottom (part that was in the sand all of these years) is a bit more rusty orange in color and looks to have a couple areas of thin glass (from melting of the sand it landed in) still adhering to it. This stuff has gotten quite hard to come by lately as the folks that took the effort to pick this up some years ago have pretty much sold out (and new material is not being recovered).
2538g complete natural shrapnel fragment as found – 170mm x 80mm x 40mm - $2100

MOUNT DOOLING, Australia: Iron. Coarse octahedrite (IC). Found 1909.
Here are two great complete slices that clearly show the recrystallized etch structure pieces of this unusual meteorite shows. It was this etch structure (along with its anomalous chemistry) that showed that a “new” iron meteorite found some 400km away near Perth in 1960 was actually a transported piece of Mt. Dooling. This meteorite is a member of the fairly rare IC group of iron meteorites. Both of these pieces are etched on both sides. I have these priced quite a bit below what I priced (generally smaller) pieces of this meteorite at on a mailed list (and sold out) a couple years or so ago.
a) 106.9 gram etched complete slice – 150mm x 55mm x 2mm - $320
b) 115.9 gram etched complete slice – 155mm x 60mm x 2mm - $348

NWA (6963): Martian (Shegottite). Found 2011. Tkw = about 8 kilograms.
Originally, only about an 80g fusion crusted piece of this was recovered. Once it was found that this was a Mars rock, intensive recovery efforts lead to many more pieces (totaling somewhere around 8kg) being found. This is a wonderful super thing slice that is in a membrane style display holder (though NOT one of the “Membrane Boxes” some of us remember from some years ago). This has a small round base that allows this to be stood up on one corner for a nice shelf display (I’ll put the piece that allows this below the holder in the group photo). This slice has a nice shock vein near one side that was/ is large enough to have some gas bubbling.. These bubbles likely contained little bits of the Martian atmosphere at one time (and, if any are still intact inside this vein those likely would still contain some traces of Martian atmosphere). I have priced this quite a bit below what most people offering pieces of this material seem to be asking at this point.
5.20 gram slice – 70mm x 33mm x 1mm - $1300

NWA (8402): Stony-iron (Mesosiderite). Found 2014. Tkw = 23.85kg.
Here is a nice complete slice of this really classic looking mesosiderite. This has a wonderful mix of metal (making up around 40% of the cut surface area – often as cm sized rounded nodules) and silicates (of which around 75% is pyroxene and 25% is plagioclase). This particular meteorite was also found to have a fairly high amount of silica. This, along with the high content of plagioclase, some equilibrated silicates and lack of brecciation show this to be member of the rare A-3 type mesosiderite group. This is only the 4th meteorite known of this type. The other three are all named recoveries that are pretty much impossible for a collector to obtain: Emery, SD, Lowicz, Poland and Morristown, TN.
148.8 gram complete slice – 140mm x 75mm x 4mm - $1000

NWA (12630): Lunar, anorthositic breccia: Purchased February 2019. Tkw = 233g in two piece.
I suspect that this another piece of the stuff that came out in a big way a bit over a year ago and has lots of different NWA numbers assigned to various pieces of it (the stuff I’ve had is NWA (11273). However, this does have a distinctly different appearance to it. This is clearly an anorthositic breccia but the clasts are not nearly as clear as other specimens. I suspect that this particular part of the meteorite has suffered higher impact melting effects (or this might be a different meteorite recovery completely that got mixed in). Regardless, this is a nice complete slice in a 75mm x 60mm glass fronted display box.
1.82 gram complete slice – 30mm x 27mm x 1mm - $200

Please note:
Shipping: For small US orders $4 is OK for now. Larger orders are now $14 (insurance is extra if desired – I’ll look it up if you want it). Overseas prices have gone up A LOT the past couple years. Now small overseas orders are around $15 (I’ll have to custom quote any larger items/ orders). 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. How ever, for overseas orders, it probably is best to go ahead and use my e-mail.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale - List 234

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale - List 234

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

LIST 234
January, 7th, 2020

Dear Collectors,


Here is the e-mail version of my recently mailed list. With the Yahoo groups changes I can now attach photos to my offerings (though there is now no “archives” anymore. You will have to go to to see older posts) I didn’t do that in this case as there are 8 photos that go with this offering. So, rather than loading everyone up with a bunch of photos that they may not really have much interest in, I will just ask people that are interested in seeing a particular listed item’s group photo (or several of them) e-mail me and I’ll send you the one(s) you ask for.

TUCSON SHOW INFO: I will be on the road from January 28th until around February 19th. For the show itself, I will be in my usual spot: Days Inn (formerly Ramada Limited) - 665 N. Freeway, Tucson. I’ll be in my usual spot (room 134). I should be open by mid to late morning Saturday February 1st. I likely will indeed stay through the bitter end – February 15th 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 (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 a rare event.

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SIKHOTE-ALIN, Russia: Iron. Coarsest octahedrite (IIB). Fell February 12, 1947.
These are all (obviously) fusion crusted individuals. I picked up a couple oriented pieces in a collection I bought recently. I tied these together with the few oriented pieces I had in my stuff to make an offering. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a lot to offer so these are all “one of a kind” pieces (though I do have a few “in between” sizes available in addition to these listed specimens). I hesitate to offer “one of a kind” things like this on these “mailed” catalogs but then I have had a pretty hard time coming up with any quantity of new irons (at reasonable prices anyway) to put on these lists lately (I like to have some kind of iron on each one if at all possible). I also figured that many of you already have samples of this meteorite so there may not be all that many collectors looking to buy another specimen, even if it is oriented.
1) Oriented, complete fusion crusted individuals:
a) 8.7 grams - 20mm x 15mm x 7mm - $35 – not in group photo
b) 20.6 grams - 28mm x 17mm x 10mm - $82
c) 48.9 grams - 45mm x 25mm x 15mm - sold
d) 76.9 grams - 35mm x 30mm x 17mm - $305
e) 128.4 grams - 60mm x 30mm x 19mm - sold
Buzzard Coulee
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, Canada: Ordinary chondrite (H4). Fell November 20, 2008. Tkw = about 41kg.
Here are some nice little complete individuals I had set aside some time ago. I re-discovered these while doing inventory work a couple weeks ago. I believe that these were not (for the most part) picked up right after the fall but their recovery could not have been to long after as these are all nice, fresh and black showing only the tinniest amounts of hints of oxidation (that could have been from storage in a not so dry climate since they were picked up). I don’t have a lot of these (only around 50g total – including a number of pieces that have areas of chipping and/or secondary crust) so don’t wait to long to order one of these if you want to add this name to your collection.
1) Complete, quite fresh individuals:
a) 1.5 grams - 15mm x 9mm x 4mm - $22 – not in group photo (but similar)
b) 2.0 grams - 13mm x 10mm x 10mm - $30
c) 2.8 grams - 14mm x 11mm x 11mm - $42
d) 3.8 grams - 24mm x 11mm x 7mm - sold
NWA 10809
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NWA (10809): Ordinary chondrite. (L4), S2, W2. Found 2016. Tkw = 384 grams.
This stone was purchased in Temara, Morocco in May of 2016. This is actually pretty nice stuff. I can see why this was submitted for research work, it does indeed have the look of a type 3. The research description has this described as “well-formed, fairly closely-packed chondrules within a sparse matrix containing altered metal. Well, looking at the slices I got from cutting this up, I can certainly see the “well-formed chondrules” and it does look like there isn’t a lot of matrix in this meteorite. However, I am not certain about the “altered metal” part. I see quite a lot of fresh metal grains all through this. However, there is some brown staining which is likely indeed from altered metal. This is quite fresh looking material none the less.
1) Slices:
a) 7.2 grams - 28mm x 21mm x 4mm - $12
b) 15.7 grams - 50mm x 30mm x 4mm - $24 – complete slice.
c) 27.3 grams - 60mm x 45mm x 4mm - $40 – complete slice.
2) End piece:
a) 95.3 grams - 58mm x 45mm x 18mm - sold
Richfield, KS
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RICHFIELD, Kansas: Ordinary chondrite (LL3.7). Found 1983. Tkw = 41kg.
Now here is a blast from the past. I owned the whole thing and managed to sell all but a few small slices (listed here) that I re-discovered while doing inventory work a couple weeks ago. Richfield was of interest to some scientists as it is a regolith breccia from the surface of the LL parent body. This meteorite is fairly dark so it does not show its chondrules real clearly (actually, these show up better on the unpolished backside of these pieces). This darkening (often as a dark green or reddish brown) is from solar wind implanted gasses in the meteorite. Of the original 41 kilograms, I have only around 200g left.
1) Part slices:
a) .95 grams - 14mm x 7mm x 3mm - $13
b) 1.8 grams - 15mm x 12mm x 3mm - $24
c) 4.0 grams - 34mm x 15mm x 3mm - $53
d) 8.9 grams - 48mm x 24mm x 3mm - $115
e) 14.0 grams - 48mm x 30mm x 3mm - $175
NWA 12013
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NWA (12013), Carbonaceous chondrite. (CV3). Found before Feb. 2018. Tkw = 332.1 grams.
This was certainly recognizable as a carbonaceous chondrite when I got it, it was just a bit of a question as to exactly what kind. This did have the look of a CV but it did have a LOT of matrix and chondrules that looked very CK like on the exterior. So, I was hoping that this might end up being a CK3. Unfortunately, that was not to be. This ended up being a CV3, all be it one with a very high amount of matrix (around 50% of the meteorite). Still looks like a cross between a CK and a CV, but then the two do seem to be closely related (I believe scientists are still arguing over whether or not they are from the same parent body).
1) Slices:
a) 1.4 grams - 20mm x 12mm x 3mm - $17
b) 2.8 grams - 19mm x 17mm x 3mm - $34
c) 5.1 grams - 32mm x 22mm x 3mm - $60
d) 10.2 grams - 40mm x 30mm x 3mm - $115
e) 21.2 grams - 75mm x 35mm x 4mm - $235 – complete slice.
2) Main mass: 55.5 gram end piece – 70mm x 40mm x 12mm - $500.00
NWA 5363
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NWA (5363): Achondrite (brachinite-like, ungrouped). Found 2008. Tkw = about 9.7kg.
This is paired to the more famous NWA (5400). The Tkw above is actually the rough total for all the pairings that have been currently reported of this interesting material. Though its composition and structure are very similar to the olivine-rich (and quite rare) brachinites, this is the only known meteorite that has Oxygen, Chromium and Nickel isotopic composition identical to Earth. Because of this, it was originally thought that this meteorite might represent a piece of the very early Earth, or at least some of the primordial reservoir material that later formed the Earth. However, later work showed that Ca, Ti, Mo and Ru contents in this meteorite are far too different for this to be likely possible.
1) Slices:
a) .42 grams - 10mm x 6mm x 2mm - $15
b) .92 grams - 14mm x 11mm x 2mm - $33
c) 1.6 grams - 20mm x 14mm x 2mm - $56
d) 3.8 grams - 30mm x 15mm x 3mm - $125
e) 7.1 grams - 38mm x 30mm x 2mm - $230 – only one this size.
f) 14.2 grams - 67mm x 37mm x 2mm - $450 – only one this size.
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PHILIPPINITES: Tektites from the Philippine Islands.
It has been many, many (like 30) years since I have acquired a batch of these things. Oh, I have had the occasional piece pass through my hands from time to time but never in any sizable quantity. Through special circumstances, I recently picked up several kilos of these interesting tektites. Most of these are the typical round, flattened round shape, though a few (mainly the smaller pieces) are elongate. I hand picked the pieces on this list to have more of the grooving than the bulk of what I got. These are not like the deep, deep grooved Rizalites but they do show nice grooving none the less. I have priced these better pieces at only a tiny bit above what I have been getting out of smaller/ plainer Philippinites over the years (ask for pricing on the pieces I would call more “regular” if you need larger quantities cheaper or simply want a cheaper Philippinite for your collection). All of these are natural shaped but, given how bright and shiny most of these are, I suspect that they have been (nicely) cleaned at some point before I got them.
1) Individuals:
a) 11.0 grams - 32mm x 17mm x 13mm - $7
b) 21.9 grams - 27mm x 28mm x 19mm - $13
c) 33.4 grams - 32mm x 30mm x 23mm - $20
d) 44.7 grams - 47mm x 27mm x 20mm - $26
e) 57.5 grams - 35mm x 36mm x 30mm - $32 – not in group photo.
f) 63.7 grams - 39mm x 36mm x 33mm - $35 – not in group photo.

Please note:
Shipping: For small US orders $4 is OK for now. Larger orders are now $14 (insurance is extra if desired – I’ll look it up if you want it). Overseas prices have gone up A LOT the past couple years. Now small overseas orders are around $15 (I’ll have to custom quote any larger items/ orders). 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. How ever, for overseas orders, it probably is best to go ahead and use my e-mail.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale-List 233: Fresh from CR Aguas Zarcas and more

List 233: Fresh from Costa Rica Aguas Zarcas and more

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
LIST 233

December 17, 2019

Dear collectors,

I am back from my Costa Rica trip. It was overall an enjoyable trip, though often quite warm and sticky (I am not used to humidity, even at relatively cooler temperatures). Kevin’s side of the country was, for the most part, sunny and dry. The dry season, with its strong winds out of the east, was setting in (we did still get some time of sitting in the clouds and watching fog drift by thing – a very, very rare thing for me to see in my part of Colorado but common where he is perched up on the top of a mountain). However, I feared that this might mean that the other side of the mountains might be rainy. I figured the clouds carrying moisture from the Gulf of Mexico to the east might end up getting the moisture wrung out of them as they got stuck against the easterly mountainsides and made their way up and over. Yep, this is indeed what we found. Aguas Zarcas was heavy cloud cover, lots of rain, some (generally minor) wind and at times surprisingly chilly for a tropical area. All of this certainly meant that we weren’t going to be out stomping around looking for specimens on our own (also because it was a bad time for lots of really dangerous snakes in the area. Unlike the ”nope ropes and danger noodles” crawling around my area theirs don’t make any noise to let you know you are getting to close. I have indeed managed to avoid getting bit by a rattle snake hidden in the leaves on a trail a couple times by knowing what they sound like - and that sound ain’t like they present it in the movies folks). So, we had to limit ourselves to meteorites that locals had already found. Unfortunately, it seems that not much is being found any more. Some of the few pieces that were recovered recently are certainly showing their age (I hand picked and avoided those, paying a higher price to do so of coarse) and other pieces (that looked to have been recovered quite earlier) seem to have become special family heirlooms (“not for sale”). Oh well, at least I tried. The few things I did pick up are listed here below at a price only a little lower than I have offered similar pieces in the past (but then, I didn’t really pay much less at the site and am not even including the travel expenses as part of these piece’s direct cost at this point). I am having trouble deciding what piece(s) I want to keep for myself so I thought I’d let fate decide – I’ll keep whatever is the nicest piece listed below that does not sell from this offering.

The other items on this list are the last of the Riker mounted display pieces I picked up as a collection during the Denver Show. All of these have labels and it turns out that one more of these is also a Casper labeled piece that had that label hidden under another different one. I’ll make notes in the descriptions below of what labels come with each specimen.

NOTE: As with the last offering, shipping on most of these (everything but the Aguas Zarcas) is going to be a bit higher (around $5 or $6 for a single item for basic US) as these, being in glass fronted display boxes, will have to be shipped packed in boxes. My usual jewelry boxes in a padded envelope won’t work for most of these pieces.
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AGUAS ZARCAS, Costa Rica: Carbonaceous chondrite (CM2). Fell April 23, 2019.. These purchased Dec 9th, 2019.
These are the pieces that, as mentioned above, I bought on the trip I just got back from. These are all natural fragments (though the largest has some claim to being a complete individual) and, after a light cleaning on my part, are quite fresh. Each has at least some fusion crust present (actually, all but the smallest have quite substantial amounts of crust). As mentioned above, the largest piece looks like it could be considered a complete individual. It has around 45% nice thick primary crust coverage with the remainder being angular “broken” surfaces. However, careful inspection shows non-sharp (micro roll-over) edges on the primary crust where it meats one of these “breaks”. Also, a hand lens shows obvious (but small) patches of thicker fusion crust on the high spots of most of these broken surfaces (so they can’t be “after the fall” breaks). One surface looks to be crusted so thin that it looks almost like a smoke coating. There is some hints of smoothing of the break as well as the fact that no real inside texture/ structure can be seen (aside from a couple larger chondrules poking through perhaps) whereas the other fragments (clearly showing post fall breaks) the interior structure is clearly visible. Regardless, I am not pricing this piece higher because of any of this.
1) Natural fragments. All have some crust:
a) 4.4 gram fragment – 16mm x 15mm x 15mm - $350 – about 15% crust covered.
b) 5.0 gram fragment – 20mm x 20mm x 10mm - $400 – about 45% crusted.
c) 7.4 gram fragment – 25mm x 18mm x 12mm - $590 – about 50% crusted.
d) 22.2 gram fragment/ individual – 32mm x 28mm x 20mm - $1700

BRENHAM, Kansas: Stony-iron (Pallasite). Found 1882.
This is a Riker display that has two part slices – one 3.4g (17mm x 12mm x 5mm) and the other 13.5g (25mm x 20mm x 9mm). This has two labels; one (unnamed) that has the two weights as 3.4g and 14.2g. The label that was hidden underneath was a Casper label (for the 3.4g piece) that has “Happy Holidays!” written in the ‘Remarks” line. The larger piece looks to have a Nininger number on it. It certainly has the exact look of a Nininger number paint job, starts with the proper “10” for a Nininger Brenham but the next number/ letter is damaged enough to make it unclear exactly what was painted here (the last 3 look to be 119 though this could be “10M19”). This piece is also the typical thickness that Nininger would have cut back then.
2 part slices – 3.4g and 13.5g (possible Nininger piece) in Riker - $100

CAPE YORK, Greenland: Iron. Medium octahedrite (IIIAB). Found 1818.
Now this is a neat little Riker display. It has a label identifying the Meteorite (name, type, etc.) with “1 GM” handwritten on it, a nice etched 15mm x 10mm thin slice of the meteorite in a gemstone holder and a commemorative Greenland postage stamp (that looks to be from 1978). The stamp seems to show what looks like might be an ancient knife/ tool of some sort (this is indeed what the locals used these meteorites for) on a background of a large etched slice. I am assuming the “1GM” is the rough weight of the slice, but I didn’t pull all of this apart to find out.
15mm x 10mm etched slice, stamp and label in Riker box - $90

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa: Stony-iron (Mesosiderite). Fell May 10, 1879. Tkw = about 320kg.
This is a thick part slice that has its larger portion being the silicate material (though there are still substantial chunks of iron, they show a bit better on the backside). This comes with a metal “” label with the proper 4.75GM weight written in pencil in the specimen weight space.
4.75 gram part slice – 20mm x 13mm x 6mm - $90

HOLBROOK, Arizona: Ordinary chondrite. (L/LL6). Fell July 19, 1912.
Here are two nice complete fresh individuals in a Riker display. These come with a Schooler’s label that has the pair weight of 1.6grams. Yep, this is exactly what my scale got. The smaller piece weighed .68g on my scale and the larger was .92g. The larger piece has some areas of secondary crust (of the type and thickness that leaves no doubt that it is secondary crust, unlike some of the areas on the largest Aguas Zarcas listed above) but is NOT broken and is certainly a complete individual (the smaller piece is pretty much completely covered in primary crust).
2 complete individuals .68g, .92g in Riker with Schooler label -$40

MILLBILLILLIE, Australia: HED achondrite (Eucrite). Fell 1960/ found 1970.
This is a part slice of the more unusual fine-grained textured area of this meteorite (the vast majority of Millbillillie showed a brighter black and white salt and pepper texture). This piece has one natural edge that shows some weathered fusion crust that has some of the orange spots/ staining that shows that this really is a Millbillillie. This has a nice label with it but this does not say who’s label (Ann E. Nonimus??) it was. This label has the weight as 2.4 grams but my scale showed this as 2.2 grams.
2.2 gram part slice – 22mm x 10mm x 3mm - $30

NORTON COUNTY, Kansas: Enstatite achndrite (Aubrite). Fell February 18, 1948.
This is a Riker containing two small fragments of this meteorite along with a Schooler’s label. The label has these as .8g together and this is indeed what my scale showed. Each of these fragments is roughly 10mm x 5mm in size.
2 fragments totaling .8g in Riker with Schooler’s label - $25