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Earth Day 2011

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This is the famous Apollo 8 “Earth Rise” photo taken in December 1968, which was a first for any human.  Today is a good day to remember this planet we live on, which has provided us with the precious metals that drive our passions and livelihoods.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

April 22, 2011 at 4:22 am

1977/78 Pontiac Trans Am

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The love of the American Muscle Car will only continue to grow and flourish.  The 1977-78 Pontiac Firebird/Trans Am is at the heart of this following, and an original car with the right options can bring up to $50,000.  I have a love for this car, I guess I would have been eight when it first arrived at dealerships, but I had an epiphany no less.  Somewhat like the fist time rock and roll registered in my brain, which was The Police, Spirits in the Material World, while driving somewhere in South Dakota, while my older Brother played his cassette at my Fathers lack of enthusiasm.  So back to the car.  I must have seen it in a magazine, cruising down the road,  or the movie Smokey and the Bandit itself, which gave this car timeless fame. I just knew I fell in love for the first time.  The 1977-78 Trans Am’s front air dam was unique for those two years, which in my opinion is the best looking.  I’m sure there are restorers all over the country, but my research came across Trans Am Specialists of Florida.  They seem to know their way around these classic cars of the seventies.  When a car was more metal, glass, and rubber, than plastic, powder coat, and computer chips.  These were the days when Pontiac did built excitement!

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

April 21, 2011 at 4:21 am

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Silver Blows Past $45 An Ounce

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Silver blew past $45 an ounce yesterday and continues to climb.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

April 21, 2011 at 4:00 am

Gold Hits $1500 An Ounce

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It’s been the holy grail for the forecasters the past few years.  An ounce of gold worth $1500 has come to be.  Where will it go next?

Written by Robert L. Wilson

April 20, 2011 at 9:33 am

Strange But True

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Anyone who has bought multiple coin collections has most certainly come across one of these strange but true pieces in one form or another.  The facts are indisputable and they are quite intriguing.   President Lincoln and President Kennedy just happen to both be on a coin, so needless to say this is a coin marketers dream come true.   Here are a the facts that are Strange But True:

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Technorati

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I’m looking forward to being part of the Technorati world.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

April 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm

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Safe Find | Antique Victor Lock & Safe Co.

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Here is a Victor Lock & Safe Company product I found in the Denver Craigslist antique section that lets the imagination run wild.  Starting from the top, it has a decal stating Highest Award – Grand Prize for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition which was held in St. Louis, Missouri in 1904.  The  “Grand Prize” was award to Victor Safe And Lock Company for their display at the show.  They continued to take advantage of this logo for the next 15-20 years.  Literally every safe they manufactured during this period had this decal.  I guess some things never change.  Next we have a decal around the combination lock itself which reads “Department of Justice” “Federal Investigation” “Fidelity-Bravery-Integrity” seems pretty cool to think it might have held some highly classified documents at one time or another.  Hey it is army green!  Weather it did or didn’t it is still a neat safe, read on for several photos of this quality piece of “Made in USA” merchandise.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

April 19, 2011 at 4:19 am

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