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

Sunday, 6 June 2021

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale- LIST 243

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

June 7 , 2021
LIST 243

Dear Collectors:
It has been a looong time since I sent out an offering by mail or e-mail. I decided to skip my usual spring mailed list this year. Part of this was because I delayed my beginning of the year list until February. I thought it might be a bit much to send out one offering and then yet another a mere month and a half later. Also, I have been surprisingly busy with many things since Tucson so I really have not had a lot of time to prep up a bunch of things for a new mailed offering. It would have been easily into mid to late May before I could have gotten something pulled together. However at that point I was out of town house sitting for a friend and attending the rescheduled Denver Spring show. I also had planned on being on a week long trip with friends at the end of the month but that get set aside more or less at the last minute (for Linda and I anyway). So, it would been probably middle of June before I actually would have been able to get something in collector’s hands. Nope. I made that mistake once years ago. Once mid May or so comes along, collectors are thinking much more along the lines of using $ for “family vacation” (though that got screwed up last year for sure) NOT “adding to the collection”. So, an after Denver fall list will be my next mailed (and e-mailed) bigger offering. I will try to pull together a few small offerings over the summer but, to be honest, I have had some difficulty in picking up new miscellaneous things for those lately. With most folks staying home, I have had VERY few things come to me at the few shows I have had over the past year (very few collectors have come to any of them – mostly larger wholesale buyers only at these shows). I did pick up a few (larger) interesting things to offer here. Some of this I got in Tucson in April and some I got a couple weeks ago in Denver. One of these things (Tamarugal, Chile) is something that I don’t believe I have ever seen a piece of before (and thought about keeping it as such). The other things are all material I have had before but particularly nice (or “affordable” as I have been told not to say “cheap”) examples of those. These items were large enough that I had to break the usual list group photo into two photos this time.

TAMARUGAL, Chile: Iron. (IIIAB) medium octahedrite. Found 1903, Tkw = 320 kilograms.
A single mass of this meteorite was recovered. It has since been cut up with the bulk of the pieces residing in museum or research collections. As mentioned above, I don’t recall ever seeing a piece of this meteorite before. I showed it to a collector (actually two) that specialize in iron meteorites shortly after I got it in Tucson and their opinion was that this should sell for $50/ gram or more (they already had a slightly larger piece or they would have taken this one). They commented on how rarely a piece of this meteorite is available. This is a rectangular etched piece that could certainly use re-etching. I thought about trying that but then, realizing that I frankly suck at etching, I decided to leave it as it is.
22.6 gram etched part slice – 2mm x 20mm x 6mm – $950

LA LANDE, New Mexico: Ordinary chondrite (L5), S4. Found 1933, Tkw = about 30 kilograms.
This is a complete slice (that shows an old repair if you look closely) that I picked up in Tucson along with the Tamarugal. It has been a long time since I have had a slice of this meteorite and I am pretty certain that this is the first complete (all be it repaired) slice I have ever had of it. When this meteorite was first found, it was believed (and reported) to be another piece of the already known Melrose (a) meteorite that was found 26 east of this material (that would have made for a really large Melrose strewn field). Later work showed that this material was a separate meteorite from Melrose and that the 4 stones that were recovered represented TWO new meteorites! One was the La Lande and the other is Taiban. This slice looks to be an old Nininger specimen, at least it is the typical thick cut that Nininger often used. I can’t see any evidence that this slice ever had a Nininger number on it. It might not have. But then it may have and been later removed. I know it sounds absolutely horrific now, but back when I first started selling meteorites (about 35 years ago), many people asked me to remove these numbers (mostly Huss numbers at that point) or tell them how to do it as they didn’t want those distractions on their specimens! (then there was the guy that dumped a whole bucket full of thumb-sized Nininger labeled Canyon Diablos in a rock tumbler because he wanted to catch in of the tumbled Odessa craze that Robert Haag was making a killing on. Really, really dumb. We did our best to talk him out of it but he did it anyway and then learned that he couldn’t get the $1/g the Odessas were bringing because his pieces were much, much larger (closer to 80 or 100g each) and now they no longer had the Nininger provenance.
156.7 gram complete slice – 130mm x 48mm x 8mm - $450

NWA (12269): Martian, shergottite. Found 2018. Tkw = 2+ kilograms.
I picked up a really nice complete slice of this along with some other pieces to break down for sales of smaller specimens (I completely sold out of this material in Tucson in April). I decided to see if anyone out there might be interested in a larger complete slice (I had a good number of 3g to 4g complete slices earlier) at a price well below anything I normally charge for this stuff. I usually sell this for around $150/g - $200g depending upon size and style and sold all I had at the show for a price not much below that. This is a really nice, solid 28g plus slice that comes in a membrane box (which is not in the picture as it is fairly large). This is thin enough to get a great surface area for the weight but thick (and solid) enough to handle freely (but don’t drop it on a cement floor).
28.86 gram complete slice – 85mm x 50mm x 2mm - $2500

TOUAT (005), Algeria. Lunar, feldspathic breccia. Found 2020. Tkw = 3.71 kilograms.
This is a slice I picked up in Tucson and had planned on breaking it apart into smaller specimens (and that may yet happen). Even though this does show signs of a repair if you look closely (about 1/3 of the slice looks like it did or tried to break off at one point) I thought that this looked interesting enough to offer intact first. This has the classic lunar breccia texture similar to the popular NWA (11273) though it is a bit “muddy” in comparison. However, this has a number of interesting clasts that have the look of eucrites and howardites (no, this really is a lunar slice – I ran the XRF on it). I remember thinking that NWA (5000) wasn’t really Lunar when I first saw it as it has many of the same type clasts (and NWA (5000) is clearly fully Lunar, unlike the various self pairings Mr. Curry tried to make to that meteorite with various volcanic rhyolite breccia fragments and cobbles he found in the Montrose area years ago. Now it seems that he is peddling hunks/ chunks/ iron stained river cobbles of quartz as Lunar meteorites on Etsy these days. He even seems to be offering common tree branch sticks as “lunar magic wands” for hundreds of dollars claiming that the bark (which is falling off as the sticks dry out) is really “lunar fusion crust from a lunar meteorite that fell near this special tree” (no way to describe THAT as anything but make believe crazy). This, like the NWA (12269) above comes in a membrane box (the same size and shape too) that is not in the photo. If someone had the desire and the $, these two together would make a really nice matched Lunar/ Martian display set and I’d drop the price a little more on the set..
22.2 gram complete slice – 90mm x 58mm x 2mm - $1500

NWA (1932), Stony-iron. (Mesosiderite). Found 2005. Tkw = 15+ kilograms.
I remember back when I had a lot of this stuff and was selling it (quickly) quite cheap ($4/g range I think). Kind of wish I hung onto some of this. It was and is one of the best mesosiderites I have ever had. It has a really nice mix of metal and silicates and, occasionally, has neat round metal rich inclusions (this piece has a small example of that). This material is also very stable. I don’t recall ever having a piece of this rust, even if it was not coated. I rarely see a piece of this meteorite anymore and Mesosiderites tend to be fairly expensive these days when they do come along. That is not to surprising as Mesosiderites seem to be far rarer (at least in the collecting world) then Pallasites. This piece is in a riker display box.
41.7 gram end piece – 38mm x 28mm x 18mm - $300

SERICHO, Kenya: Stony-iron (Pallasite). Found 2016. Tkw = Lots.
I completely sold out of all of this meteorite I took to Tucson back in April. I sold out all of the smaller pieces that I had in my entire inventory as part of that. So, I had to go on a shopping hunt to find replacement material (well, a couple friends did the hunting part for me). I ended up getting a bit more than I really needed (certainly for that late in the show) but had no choice to get the price where I could use it. I can certainly just set this aside for the Denver fall show in September but decided to see if any collectors might like a nice smaller complete slice of this meteorite (pretty much all my smaller pieces from earlier were square and rectangular pieces) at a price that I usually get when wholesaling it at shows. These piece are very pretty to look at but they don’t pass light through the crystals (Sericho is really hard to get pieces that do that much, even when cut really thin). These have also been specially prepared. They were put through a stabilization process so, aside from doing something stupid like putting it on a shelf in your shower (yes, I actually had someone do that years ago with a Brenham slice and then demand a refund when the thing (obviously) fell apart) I fully believe that we’ll be enjoying these pieces years from now. I had some similarly prepared material from this same person for over 4 years and never had a problem with any of it.
Complete slices:
a) 19.0 grams – 55mm x 40mm x 2.5mm - $80
b) 30.2 grams – 60mm x 50mm x 3mm - $120
c) 51.1 grams – 90mm x 50mm x 3mm - $200

Yep, I have a few (very few) pieces of this right now. I (easily) sold all I had in Tucson at $20/g (I used to ask $6/g and take as low as $4/g on volume) before I even got my room open. That more than paid what would be the motel bill for the show and I was proud/ happy for that. I was soon told that I had made a big mistake. It seems that everyone else was asking $35 to $50/g for Moldavite in Tucson (and very few people had any). There is a real shortage of Moldavite right now. It seems that many (most?) of the mines have been shut down (so much so that one person told me that as little as a couple kilos or so of “new” moldavites are likely to be dug up and sold this year!). This along with some kind of hype on Tic-Tok (whatever the heck that is) has everyone scrambling for what little moldavite is yet to be had. I ran into one of the miners that has closed operations at the Denver spring show a couple weeks ago. He didn’t have much left (less than 800g to start with I think) but they were really nice (but generally big) pieces. I worked with a friend (who has a mineral shop he needs to keep supplied) and we made a deal to buy whatever was left at the end of the show (it was not much). I got 9 really nice pieces of which I only have 4 left. I am offering the two neatest pieces here. These are certainly NOT cheap by old standards but likely quite a deal compared to what you will find on similar pieces elsewhere. The “smaller” (lighter weight) piece has a really neat thin shape with a sharp bend on one end shape. The heavier piece has a nice more typical shape and is completely covered in fine sculpting (I think this is close to the largest moldavite I have ever had). These each come in a membrane type display box that is not in the picture.
a) 13.7 grams – 50mm x 40mm x 5mm - $450
b) 24.4 grams – 50mm x 25mm x 14mm - $700

Friday, 2 April 2021

Blaine Reed= Tucson Show April 2021 Information

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

I should be in my usual spot – Room 134, Day’s Inn, 665 N Freeway. I say “should” only because I think there may be a chance that so few people show up along that back row (I am on the west side of the building) that it could be a potential security issue if it turns up that I am pretty much the only one on that side (almost all of the other sellers on my side are from overseas and I think most or all of them will not be able to come). IF this ends up being the case, I can see maybe needing to move to a room on the much more populated east side for this year (we have had armed robberies on my side in the past, even with fairly full attendance). IF this needs to be done, I’d certainly hang a sign on my usual room door to let people know where I am for this particular show. I’d certainly be back in my usual spot next year.
The motel has scheduled the show for April 9th through April 24th. Well, I probably won’t make those dates fully.

For those of you wanting to reach me at home, plan on me being gone from the 7th through as late as 28th.

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 242

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

LIST 242 - March, 4, 2021

Dear Collectors,
I am going to do this offering a bit different than usual as I have more pieces of one particular meteorite than usual. I would have normally held these back and put them on one of my three times a year larger catalogs but I had fusion crusted Sikhote-Alins on one of those not all the long ago (and sold most of them fairly quickly as they were oriented specimens). I got these pieces as part of a large collection (9 beer-flats full) of mostly small specimens (most to small to mess with listing here. They will most likely end up in a big “bargain tub” at the various shows when we are able to have those again). I had several different qualities of material and a good number of pieces in each quality level. So, I decided here to break the specimens apart into different quality levels, list a price per gram for the specimens in that batch and then simply list the weights (from left to right in the photos). This way I was able to put many more specimens in the photos and offer a wider selection of pieces that everyone could see (and I still have some nice “duplicates” to some of the pieces I did photo). So here are the break-downs of groups:

GROUP “a” are ones that were likely quite late recoveries (things that were found much more recently than many would care to admit) that have also possibly been harshly cleaned because of this (some of the recent finds were starting to look pretty rough). These still have some fusion crust and have the sculpted shape for the most part. I have priced these for about the same as I would price similar sized shrapnel fragments at shows these days.

GROUP “b” are ones that have quite a lot of fusion crust and good sculpting but they (in my opinion) have been over cleaned at some point in the past. Not terribly so, but their crust does tend to be thinner and shinier (from brushing and oiling). These are the kind of things I come across most commonly at shows (so, not atypical for the usual fusion crusted Sikhote-Alins offered).

GROUP “c” are better pieces. These have better crust (not harshly cleaned though some have had some cleaning work and oiling done to them) and better shapes. These are the pieces that likely were fairly early finds (or trades out of museums) and generally (on the larger pieces in particular) show some really nice flow-lines (though I don’t know if those will turn up worth a darn in a photo the size that is allowed for me to send out through this new system). A number of these piece also show orientation to one degree or another (some quite clearly). I have priced these at what I would normally ask on typical Sikhote-Alin specimens at a show (which is also about the same as what the folks that are/ were the sources for these ask for them).

GROUP “d” is a one specimen. This one is probably the most interesting Sikhote-Alin specimen I’ve had in years. It looks to be a nice oriented specimen but it also has had some kind of inclusion (shriebersite/ cohenite) burned out of it – forming a nice long tunnel through a large length of the piece. A really cool piece that I suspect I’ll soon find that I under priced it.

Now, on to the offering:

A note on the photos below: I know these are a bit cluttered and they likely came though on your e-mail as quite small. I do have the somewhat larger original pictures that were used to create this offering. If you are interested enough to want and see larger photos of these pieces I'll email you them directly, just ask.

SIKHOTE-ALIN, Russia: Coarsest octahedrite (IIAB). Fell February 12, 1947.
These are all “fusion crusted” individuals that I got as part of a large collection I purchased fairly recently. They are broken down into quality groups. Each group has a price per gram for specimens in that particular quality level. The weights of the specimens are in order the same as in the photo from left to right (smallest/ lightest specimen on the left, largest on the right).

a): Specimens that were later finds, had more original rust and have been quite heavily cleaned:
Price = $1.25/g
Weights of specimens in photos: 16.7g, 20.3g, 22.7g, 34.1g, 52.4g, 63.5g, 99.9g

b): Specimens that have good crust coverage but have had some cleaning work that my have diminished some features:
Price = $2.25/g
Weights of specimens in photos: 4.8g, 9.9g, 11.4g, 17.5g, 26.4g, 37.8g, 44.8g

c): Specimens that have good crust with good features (flow lines, better sculpting, some orientation, etc).
Price = $3.00/g

d): A wonderful crusted/ oriented specimen that has a long natural hole burned through it:
62.3g – 40mm x 20mm x 18mm - $600

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.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 241

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

February 17, 2021

LIST 241

Dear Collectors:
This is just a single meteorite (but multiple specimens) offering of Henbury individuals. I got some of these from a collector in California who bought them years ago. He has been trimming his collection a bit in recent years and these were some of the items he trimmed. I got a batch of these back in the later part of last year and had planned on putting them on my early new year mailed/ e-mailed catalog. However, I quickly sold most of the specimens in that batch (particularly the larger pieces) so I was left with far to few pieces to put on a mailed, major offering. I talked with the guy I got those from to see if I could get more. The answer was ‘yes” but it turned out that, as before, I could get far to few pieces to put Henbury on one of my main catalogs. So, I am offering these here. All are superior quality specimens that are not only far larger than the usual Henbury pieces I have had over the years but also far superior in having sculpted shapes. I probably don’t really need to say this, but these are all “one of a kind”, I have no replacement pieces for any size of the listed specimens.

HENBURY, Australia: Medium Octahedrite (IIIAB). Found 1931.
Here is a selection of fantastic natural, as found individuals. I got these from a collector that purchased them many years ago. He had quite an eye for quality. These all have fantastic shapes – far better than 95% or more of the Henbury specimens I have seen over the years. These are all “one of a kind” (I know, I am repeating some things that I have said above, but many folks don’t read the “Dear collectors part at all – just jump right to the offering. That is NOT a bad thing though) so I have no replacements for any of these pieces. Once one is sold it is sold, unfortunately. If you have ever wanted a larger really nice Henbury specimen in your collection, don’t hesitate on one of these. In recent years, I have seen very few larger pieces like this and they have been not nearly as nice as these and usually a bit more expensive. As usual, I tried to get a good photo of these (in good daylight/ sunshine – something that has been in short supply around here lately) but we never have much luck getting the fine sculpting features to show (3-D item not translating well to 2-D, partially (mostly?) due to our lack of real photography skills) so I assure you these look better in person that in my photo.

HENBURY, Australia: Medium Octahedrite (IIIAB). Found 1931.
(Click on Image to Enlarge)

1) Natural sculpted individuals as found:
a) 79.4 grams – 60mm x 20mm x 15mm - $150
b) 145.0 grams – 65mm x 30mm x 20mm - $270
c) 195.5 grams – 85mm x 35mm x 20mm - $355
d) 225.8 grams – 70mm x 45mm x 20mm - $410
e) 258.3 grams – 70mm x 45mm x 40mm - $465

NOTE- Contact for Shipping Quote IF purchasing.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.

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 240


Blaine Reed Meteorites
P.O. Box 1141, Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487  MENTION Seen on Blog; thanks!

LIST 240 - February 2021

A note on Tucson this year.. Normally, I’d be at the show right now . Normally, I try to have this “first of the year” offering in people’s hands (or e-mail in boxes) right at the first of the year. This would allow me to raise a little $ to spend at the show, let folks know when and where I’d be for the show and more. Well, this year everything got dumped on its head. In late December I got notice that Tucson (the bulk of it anyway) has been cancelled or delayed. The big museum display loaded Convention Center show (run by the Tucson Gem and Mineral club and the venue that started all of it) has been cancelled entirely this year. Many of the “satellite” shows (of which mine is one) have been re-scheduled to dates around April 8th to the 24th. IF this does end up happening (questionable at this point given how fast infections are growing right now) I probably would want to stick to more like April 8th – 17th or 18th, as there is not going to be a “big event” convention center show that brings in a whole lot of new/ different people for the second week like in normal years. I will try to send out posts in the future as to what is happening concerning Tucson as soon as I actually know with some degree of certainty of what is happening myself.
A note concerning the photos in this offering:
I want everyone receiving this post with embedded group photos of the items on this list that the item pictured
 MAY NOT be the identical item you receive (except for cases where I have clearly labeled an item as “the only one this size” or similar). I usually have (and sell) multiple pieces of each size of the items listed (sometimes MANY of them – far to many to put all in a photograph for people to pick from). What I normally do is send the first person that asks for a particular item the largest piece available in whatever size range it is that the specimen they are buying belongs to (when I send a piece that is not in the photo, you generally get a very similar but slightly larger piece). This came about as MOST of my sales from these periodic (three times a year) catalogs come from the paper mailed version of this offering where no photos exist so customers don’t know exactly what the piece they ordered looks like (and are usually quite happy to receive a slightly larger specimen instead). So, you can certainly request the exact item in the group photo and I am happy to send it if someone else hasn’t already requested it. Please let me know if you would likely ONLY be happy with receiving that actual pictured piece(s) and I will NOT do any substitution(s) in your order.
NWA (13416): Ordinary chondrite. (L5). Found before September 2015. Tkw = 1834.0 grams.
Here is a stone I picked up at the Denver 2015 show as it had an interesting look to it (it showed some fine straight black shock veins on its surface– some of which had the surrounding material eroded away, leaving the veins as raised features on the stone’s surface (the largest end piece listed below shows this best). Though the research reserve specimen likely had some shock veins in it it seems that the piece I sent off for thin-sectioning did not. The research work on this reports it as “sparse chondrules set in a matrix containing altered metal, troilite, chromite and chlorapatite” – no mention of shock veins (oops). Anyway a good number of the pieces offered here show at least some shock veining, along with light brown/ orange “sparse chondrules” and some fresh metal in a medium orange/ brown matrix.

a) 9.2 grams 28mm x 20mm x 4mm $12.00
b) 17.6 grams 42mm x 40mm x 4mm $21.00
c) 35.8 grams 60mm x 50mm x 4mm $40.00
d) 74.9 grams 100mm x 74mm x 4mm $75.00 – complete slice.

End pieces: I have only one of each of these.

a) 89.6 grams - $85, b) 153.8 grams - $145.00, c) 197.1 grams - $185.00

NWA (10155): Primitive achondrite. (Lodranite). Found before February 2015, Tkw = 277grams. A single complete stone was found. I got this late in the show in 2015 as another meteorite dealer had set this aside for later purchase and then never cam back for it. It looked interesting on the outside – having an unusual granular/ crystalline look to it. Yep, research work indeed shoed this to be quite unusual – a rare lodranite (I think I have only handled a few different lodranites over the years – NWA (2871), this one and MAYBE a single sample of one other). This is composed of polyhedral olivine and pyroxenes with many triple junctions. Fresh metal makes up about 10% of the volume of this stone. Primitive achondrites (lodarnites, acapulcoites and wininaites) are kind of half way between chondrites and achondrites. They have a chondritic composition (never fully melted and differentiated) but an achondritic texture.

1. Slices:
a) .6 grams 15mm x 10mm x 2mm $20.00
b) 1.6 grams 20mm x 13mm x 2mm $50.00
c) 3.0 grams 21mm x 16mm x 3mm $90.00
d) 6.0 grams 30mm x 20mm x 3mm $175.00
e) 14.9 grams 40mm x 38mm x 3mm $425.00 – nice complete slice.

2. End piece/ main mass:
a) 34.5 grams 40mm x 35mm x 7mm $870.00

FULGURITES: Lightning fused sand. Pantano Wash, Tucson, Arizona.
Not sure what the connection is, other than that they are a pretty cool (and not too common) item, but I get people asking for these at every show. I stumbled upon these out in the hanger while digging around for something else (I got these some years ago). The note that came with them says “observed lightening strike” and the location, but not the time, unfortunately. Regardless, these are pretty cool and have the classic tubular shape with all kinds of sand and rocks fused to the exterior.
Fragments/ tubes as found:
a. Sample around 20 to 30mm long (generally smaller diameter tubes) - $10.00 each
b. Sample around 40 to 50mm long, larger diameter tubes - $20.00 each.
c. Sample around 70mm long - $40.00 each.
CANYON DIABLO, Arizona: Iron. Coarse octahedrite (IAB). Found 1891.
I’ve had pieces of Canyon Diablo pretty much my entire business history (a bit over 34 years now). However, it has been a rare, rare day that I have had natural as found specimens to offer. Even more important is that these are, for the most part, these are all nice sculpted rim specimens (the smaller ones are particularly nice). What I mean by that is that these retained a nice thumb-printed kind of shapes and sculpting. These type specimens, from what I was told many, many years ago by Glenn Huss, are found near the rim of the crater. It seems that these pieces, being close to the 10 megaton or so blast that formed the crater, got heat treated to some degree and this made them more resistant to weathering. This also made these pieces loose much if not all of their etch structure (so these are NOT ones to cut). These pieces listed here are all as found. They even retain a light coating of the local soil in many cases (this clearly shows that these are indeed Canyon Diablos to those in the know).
Natural individuals as found:

a) 4.0 grams 30mm x 11mm x 5mm $6.00
b) 8.1 grams 35mm x 16mm x 7mm $12.00
c) 17.3 grams 27mm x 22mm x 9mm $24.00
d) 33.5 grams 50mm x 24mm x 9mm $42.00
e) 81.3 grams 55mm x 25mm x 18mm $100.00
f) 166.8 grams 80mm x 40mm x 18mm $200.00 - not in group photo.
g) 502.3 grams 100mm x 60mm x 30mm sold
VILLANUEVA, New Mexico, USA: Ordinary chondrite (H6). Found 1974. Tkw = 2278 grams. Here is a meteorite a friend told me about as he had seen it on display in a mineral shop in Albuquerque. I stopped in on my way home from the New Mexico Mineral symposium in November of 2012. Looking it (well the two pieces that fit together to form one larger stone anyway) I knew right away that this was NOT a mislabeled NWA (it would take way to much space to explain how I can tell this here now). I managed to negotiate to buy the smaller piece of the two with the promise that I would get the research work done. Well, THAT proved to be problematic. This thing was found in 1974 about a mile south/ southeast of where the current Villanueva State Park (southeast of Santa Fe) is now located. The person that found it had long since passed away. Because of this, one research group simply dropped work on this stone (they required a signed affidavit from the finder – which, obviously would be impossible to acquire, to finish the reporting work). Several years later, I found other folks (Tony Irving and Paul Sipiera of Planetary Studies Foundation) that were willing to put in the extra effort to get this new New Mexico meteorite finally reported. To be honest, this isn’t a real impressive meteorite to look at. It is extensively recrystallized and shows only the occasional remnant chondrule, lots of extremely tiny fresh and weathered metal grains in a fine-grained medium gray and brown mottled matrix. As it was quite fractured, I ended up with smaller slices than I would have liked but more end pieces/ cut fragments to make up for it.

1. Slices:
a) 4.7 grams 30mm x 22mm x 3mm $17.00
b) 9.2 grams 40mm x 20mm x 3mm $33.00
c) 18.1 grams 46mm x 27mm x 4mm $65.00
d) 28.6 grams 54mm x 37mm x 4mm $100.00

2. End pieces/ cut fragments:
a) 17.1 grams 37mm x 20mm x 17mm $50.00
b) 27.7 grams 34mm x 30mm x 15mm $80.00 – only one.
c) 52.9 grams 50mm x 40mm x 11mm $150.00 – only one.
d) 84.3 grams 82mm x 50mm x 11mm $225.00 – only one

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.

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 239

Blaine Reed
P.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.