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I have just aquired a chess table that was used in the 1978 chess world championship in the Philippines.
It was purchased from a man whose wife's godfather was contracted to build the tables. He brought this one back with him once he left for America
I want to sell it on Ebay, I think, but I don't know how much for. There are few other items to compare it to and I want to use the money I get to help me through college.
I have included some pictures of it, along with a picture of a table used in the match (though one the one in the picture is larger and used for the last, televised match).
Please give me some advice.
that would be an awesome table to have
I know - it KILLS me to sell it - but my school loans and empty account are more important. It's a sacred place, really.
yeah thats a bummer its a very nice board if i had money id make you an offer but im sure its worth much more than i can afford. Good luck getting them money you need
Also, please let me know if this post should be moved to a different posting area.
my advice is get proof that its an official board used then put it up on an auction. if its real there are very rebutable places that sell high end stuff like that. get it signed by karpov and kortchnoi and it woul dbe worth a few 1000 i am sure. Christies auction house is probably your best bet.
That is a beautiful table, and I wish you good luck in selling it.
A board used by Fischer against Spassky in their World Championship was just recently sold for $67,500.
This might be worth a few thousand itself.
thank you for your compliments and advice.
How do I go about solidly proving it's the real deal?
Provenance is difficult in these situations because of the lack of a paper trail. An affadavit from the seller naming the craftsman might help a lot. Or you could send the pictures to Karpov's agent to ask him if he remembers signing the table on the center square - an affirmative response would help, too.
Does Karpov have his telephone number flying around somewhere?
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