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I have herd somewhere that the "Viper" is 2nd only to the "Boa" in terms of rarity of the "Snakes" for those that collect them...

Why then, don't they command the value (or even close) to that of the Boa???

Case in point, there is a Viper on GB with only 1 bid??? If it were a Boa there would be many...

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There were only 1200 total Boas produced as a limited run for Lew horton, and 200 of those were put into 100( give or take?) 4in/6in "matched sets", so many of the Boas went into private collections long before the Viper was considered a desirable collector item. I know of at least one person who purchased, and stashed, six Boas the moment they became available through Horton.
Not sure what the total would be, but several thousand Vipers were produced, and contrary to the books saying the Vipers were produced in 1977 only, there was a much later second run...also, quantity unknown, even by Colt. Colt can confirm the dates of individual Vipers by s/n, but they have no record of the totals.
The Vipers greatly outnumber the Boa and are getting a late start in the price spiral, but rapidly escalating. Because of the delicate alloy frame finish, the number of pristine Vipers will probably be small, and the NIB Viper prices will go into orbit.
 
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