Why on earth would you take a hoard you "rescued" years ago and throw it in a heap in an outdoor storage shed. It looks as if a typhoon hit it.
They were hired to empty a hoarder's house and haul it all away. Part of the mess they removed from the home included this 10CY of stock of a dealer (shows and vest pocket) of 40+ years.
If you see actual hoarder's homes, and I have, what you see in the photo was as it was found and then transported. That is not an open to the elements storage box. Again, the material in the one picture was sold at $20,000 to a collector/vest pocket-eBay seller. He looked he saw he paid and he hauled away the material. Same as has been done with the other groups examined, paid for and happily hauled off.
While I can understand your thinking. This turned out to be the real deal and for these brothers some serious money with only time and self-driven learning as the investment.
As this has developed, I heard the name of the departed dealer and I know living dealers who sold to him over the years, even back in his beginnings. None of which I have permission to share.
Anyone touching this gets a win, especially the young men with the sense not to dump it all into a paper cycling bin or land fill. The loss was the lack of caring or communication between the dealer and his heirs resulting in the unknown request (or even perhaps the known disposal of just
some stamps of no interest to them) to dump six figures, wholesale, of middle of the road philatelic material. As someone said after review, I saw six or seven excellent mint White Plains sheets, but I have enough of them to sell already, I don't need more at any price. This is almost the nightmare scenario prompting all the "helping heirs" advice areas. It was just a very bad dream as the material was not lost to the hobby which would have made it a nightmare.
When WESTPEX 2021 rolls around in late July this year, I suspect there will be some conversations about this dealer's holdings and return back into the hobby.
Or was this an intentional attempt to make it appear like a mess owned by 'noobs'? Did they start it at $10k to make sure they did not get any bids (making it harder to then cancel the listing)?
They were noob's who spent time trying to learn about the material which just fell into their lucky unsuspecting laps. The eBay
listing did generate interest and the photo of group material sold for $20K. The better material was not part of that small fraction of the original. The better stuff has and is still selling in chunks.