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"A.Pismo Clam" <Alaininvc@'86DASPAMnetscape.net>...
> I was just looking through EBAY and noticed that the most expensive
> games [between $100-$200] are made from bakelite.
> Why is this form of plastic so desirable? Color? Resilience? Nostalgia?
The things that make catalin sets (the tiles are not truly bakelite, I've
been told by a friend who is a collector of bakelite radios) valuable are:
1. Suitability for playing modern American mah-jongg (enough tiles, mainly)
2. The rarity of certain types of tiles (especially "enrobed")
3. The beauty of the tiles
4. The condition
You might want to check FAQ 7c for more information about catalin tiles.
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