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This is on pawn at a LGS. It’ll “come out” in 15 days. What is a fair price???
 

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$800/1000 based on the limited photos of the gun itself. $750 buy price. JMO D*
 

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That looks to be a very nice nickel DS (dating to 1972) with serial number matching original box. I'd feel comfortable paying up to $1000 OTD.
 

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That's gotta be among the first fully shrouded barrel Detective Special made since that version was introduced in 1972.
 
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The original owner traded it in for another gun and some cash. He said he has the original box of ammo that he bought with it in 1972. The shop owner emailed me with pics when it came in and I saw it in person yesterday when I was picking up a shotgun.
He won’t set a price until the gun becomes available to be sold in 2 weeks. He will call me when the pawn hold is released. He estimated it will be “in the $700 range”.

All the paperwork is in the box.

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Charles
 

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The day it's available for sale I'd be waiting at the door for the store to open with cash in hand.
 

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Buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would and I don't even like nickel guns.
 

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There's a flaw at the top of the left stock. That should be your "bargaining chip".
 

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I have to wonder why everyone is saying it's a $1,000 gun? I bought a 70s-80s electoless nickle Detective Special 3-4 years ago for under $400. Got a 98% shiny nickle one from 1965 last year for $700. At a gun shop and show respectively. Would I buy the OPs for $700? Maybe. For $1,000? Not I, but I suppose there is a range of what people will pay on a national internet auction. I didn't think the 70s Detectives were very collectible, comparatively.
 

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I have to wonder why everyone is saying it's a $1,000 gun? I bought a 70s-80s electoless nickle Detective Special 3-4 years ago for under $400. Got a 98% shiny nickle one from 1965 last year for $700. At a gun shop and show respectively. Would I buy the OPs for $700? Maybe. For $1,000? Not I, but I suppose there is a range of what people will pay on a national internet auction. I didn't think the 70s Detectives were very collectible, comparatively.
That's what they go for here in Central Virginia. A brand new in the box nickel detective is pretty rare around here. The last one I saw at my LGS was in 2010.
 

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I have to wonder why everyone is saying it's a $1,000 gun? I bought a 70s-80s electoless nickle Detective Special 3-4 years ago for under $400. Got a 98% shiny nickle one from 1965 last year for $700. At a gun shop and show respectively. Would I buy the OPs for $700? Maybe. For $1,000? Not I, but I suppose there is a range of what people will pay on a national internet auction. I didn't think the 70s Detectives were very collectible, comparatively.
Over the past 12 to 18 months true "LNIB" nickel Detective Specials from that era typically sold in the $1000 to $1250 range. Blue examples run a few hundred less, but the current DS market is running about 20% lower than last year. I'd still grab the OP's gun for a grand as the market demand is sure to return...
 
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