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Do you think a vintage Drueke should be priced as high as a MTM Wood board?

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MCH818

I think the question says it all. There is a nice vintage Drueke board on eBay which I am sure everyone has seen by now. https://www.ebay.com/itm/363384299969?hash=item549b6461c1:g:LmsAAOSwJQBgXPVl The seller is asking $599 plus $70 shipping. With tax, it will come out to over $700. This board has many good things going for it. It is a vintage Drueke board in excellent condition. It is the number 64 which means it is a tournament 2.25" board. It is also a walnut/birch board so it is likely very very old. My understanding is walnut/birch was one of the early combinations of woods that Drueke used. It also has the sticker label which I believe is even older than the burned in logo.

It should also be noted that Drueke recently produced a small number of new 2.25" boards and those sold for $360 shipped if it was within the US. This vintage one is about twice as much. Is it worth it?

Then there is the MTM Wood boards. https://mtmwood.com/en/chessboard. As I am sure everyone already knows, MTM makes some excellent high end boards. I like this one https://mtmwood.com/en/chessboards.php?product_id=5138 for $523 USD plus $121.70 USD shipping. I would probably get the walnut/maple combo if I were to order one. Anyhow, there is no question that an MTM board is worth the asking price.

 What do you think? Is the Drueke overpriced or properly priced when compared to a high end board like MTM?

QueenClaudia2003

I don't know much at all about chess boards so not the best person to answer so take this with a huge pinch of salt lol but the Drueke one looks more attractive to me plus seller looks like he may accept an offer. 

magictwanger

No way! Nothing wrong with either one,but I far prefer an MTM product.

I own a Drueke travel set.Very unique and nice,but I'd not pay a vintage price for it,knowing there are superbly well made alternatives.

Fully realize it's just me.

That being said....MTM is kinda the NOJ of boards.

Good luck either way.

MCH818
QueenClaudia2003 wrote:

I don't know much at all about chess boards so not the best person to answer so take this with a huge pinch of salt lol but the Drueke one looks more attractive to me plus seller looks like he may accept an offer. 

Drueke is a classic so your opinion is definitely inline with many others including myself. There is just a nice simplicity to a Drueke board. I'm not sure the nice simplicity is worth $700 USD though.

MCH818
magictwanger wrote:

No way! Nothing wrong with either one,but I far prefer an MTM product.

I own a Drueke travel set.Very unique and nice,but I'd not pay a vintage price for it,knowing there are superbly well made alternatives.

Fully realize it's just me.

That being said....MTM is kinda the NOJ of boards.

Good luck either way.

I can't argue against your opinion either. MTM definitely makes nice stuff. On a side note, I really like this wood combo from @MaxReaver https://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess-equipment/for-sale-mtm-wood-russian-made-end-grain-chess-board.

magictwanger

I like your Bowers & Wilkins speakers "much better".-happy.png

RussBell

I own three Drueke boards.  One with 2.25in squares purchased new in 1989 and two with 1.75in. squares purchased used in 2010.  I consider the Drueke board you ask about, at $600USD, with 2.25in. squares, is  over-priced by about $200-$300. 

Bottom line - overpriced!

That's why it's still on sale on eBay.

MCH818
magictwanger wrote:

I like your Bowers & Wilkins speakers "much better".-

I would too if those were mine! Haha!

magictwanger

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MCH818
RussBell wrote:

I own three Drueke boards.  One with 2.25in squares purchased new in 1989 and two with 1.75in. squares purchased used in 2010.  I consider the Drueke board you ask about, at $600USD, with 2.25in. squares, is  over-priced by about $200-$300. 

Bottom line - overpriced!

I agree as well. $600 is way too much it seems. I am not sure if it is overpriced by $200 to $300 though given a new one is $360. I would think a vintage one would be worth more than a new one. That's of course my opinion.

TheOneCalledMichael

For me it'd be overpriced seeing one can still get an original from the manufacturer itself. I do agree a vintage one in excellent condition is my first choice but not at twice the price. I do think in hundred years from now a Drueke board can get the same status as Jaques board but I will be long gone by then so I'd just get a new one now and enjoy the fact I'm the first owner happy.png

lighthouse

Guess after the QG fad , There s someone who would like that all America classic chess board /  along with the chess history value , Just look at vintage chess clocks & how the prices have risen after QG or vintage chess sets , Still buy it because you like it . wink.png It was strange how no Drueke chess sets was used in the QG as it was set in the 50s/60s ?

MCH818
TheOneCalledMichael wrote:

For me it'd be overpriced seeing one can still get an original from the manufacturer itself. I do agree a vintage one in excellent condition is my first choice but not at twice the price. I do think in hundred years from now a Drueke board can get the same status as Jaques board but I will be long gone by then so I'd just get a new one now and enjoy the fact I'm the first owner

I agree. The board looks good but not at twice the price. I think Drueke doesn't make boards anymore. I checked his website already. No boards were offered, but I understand what you are saying. 

MCH818
lighthouse wrote:

Guess after the QG fad , There s someone who would like that all America classic chess board /  along with the chess history value , Just look at vintage chess clocks & how the prices have risen after QG or vintage chess sets , Still buy it because you like it . It was strange how no Drueke chess sets was used in the QG as it was set in the 50s/60s ?

Well, I like it. I am just not sure I like it at $600. You know how that goes being into antique Jaques sets. Sometimes sellers ask too much.

That's true. I did not even realize the QG did not include a Drueke board or piece. It should have been included being such a classic chess item.

magictwanger

That's a good point.

MCH818
magictwanger wrote:

That's a good point.

Thanks!

[edit] I hope you were referring to my comment. Haha!

olegershov

I have one MTM board 2,5 inch, it’s weight is over 7 kg. As usual in Russia the chess equipment is not about sport but a decorative art. 
IMHO the best wood chess boards are JLP boards from Chesshouse.com - a modern versions of Drueke boards. I have five boards now. All are simply perfect.

RussBell
olegershov wrote:

IMHO the best wood chess boards are JLP boards from Chesshouse.com - a modern versions of Drueke boards. I have five boards now. All are simply perfect.

The JLP boards are excellent, as you describe.

https://www.chesshouse.com/collections/jlp-hardwood-chess-boards

magictwanger

Yes MCH....I was referring to your comment.

Btw,those JLP boards look great!.....I really don't want to start wanting something else chess wise!-happy.png

MCH818
olegershov wrote:

I have one MTM board 2,5 inch, it’s weight is over 7 kg. As usual in Russia the chess equipment is not about sport but a decorative art. 
IMHO the best wood chess boards are JLP boards from Chesshouse.com - a modern versions of Drueke boards. I have five boards now. All are simply perfect.

It is interesting that you have an MTM board but prefer the JLPs. I like the JLP boards too. I wish the border was a bit larger on their 2.25" boards though.  That's my only complaint. I can see how a JLP or Drueke board would be better for playing chess. The grain on the wood is a little less noticeable. I love end grain boards but I am concerned the grain pattern might be distractive.