Dann Thombs
Feb 23, 2015 2:02 AM
I'm in Westport. pretty much in RI, which is where I work
Steve Youngman
Mar 3, 2015 11:07 PM
On a timeline long enough, I can see myself slowly acquiring some or all of the older Oakley frames that I like, such as Eye Jacket, Straight Jacket, Racing Jacket, Minute & Twenty. I'd add the Unknown since it looks almost like it was carved out of stone ...

Given the range above, one could agree that many are still available in various condition at any given time. So it is not so pressing to liquidate all my assets at once. Still, a few stand out that seem quite elusive to me - Electric Mustard Twenty & Red Tiger Stripe Racing Jacket w/Black Iridium. Both mint condition and with box. I'll add not having to pay eleventy-billion dollars for each pair. Its one thing to get what you want, but paying over a certain price can take away any sentimental victory just attaining them would bring.

Onward I march ...

Dann Thombs
Mar 3, 2015 11:21 PM
The condition aspect is the one that becomes harder and harder to attain. Best case scenario, a collector had it in a case for years and then helps out another collector. But more realistically someone finds the pair they played baseball in during the summer of '95 in their closet and don't bother to wipe dried sweat off before it goes on ebay for triple retail.

I'm about 30 odd pair away from all pre-2005 models which seems like a lot, but by my counts there's about 150 total, so that's not too bad.
Adrian Jimenez
Mar 4, 2015 8:23 AM
How hard it's going to be depends on your definition of "mint." I think any golden (Eyeshade, original Blade, Sub, Mumbo etc) or silver age (original Twenty, original SJ, original EJ, original RJ etc) pair is tough to find really mint. There's just so many things that could have happened by now to those old pairs even in display-only or storage. Every time I find a keeper I get a super lucky feeling.
Steve Youngman
Mar 5, 2015 10:35 AM
I agree. And as time goes on, the vintage (did it again) stuff will indeed become harder to find and drive its value on scarcity alone. But I wanted to include price because that adds to the sentimental value of the overall find.

Not to incinuate that I would never buy from a fellow collector, though. In fact, another collector would be just the one to keep such an item preserved for so long making it so desirable. Maybe down the road as things pan out for what we consider vintage (third time) then it would be something I would consider. For now it is about the hunt and finding that one diamond in the rough. That is what makes this so interesting for me and why I got back into collecting with such a vigor. Perhaps I am setting myself up for disappontment later on but you never know.
.Greg .F
Mar 5, 2015 1:31 PM
There are a few of the models I want to acquire every official color combo released. My theory is when I see it at a good price grab it and add it in the collection. Later on I may be able to upgrade to a better condition pair. If I wait for a mint pair of them all I will end up dying before my goal is obtained. Im getting pretty close on some of my sets. My SJ collection is only 2 away, Trenchies I am a couple away, Topcoats complete, EJ 3-4 away, EJ 2.0 just missing one.... The hunt continues...
Steven Price
Mar 5, 2015 2:40 PM
Crown Jewel:
C-Six Aluminum, passed on it when it first debuted, passed on it again when I was living in Abu Dhabi so the 3rd time I seen it no matter what I was going to buy it.

Holy Grail:
I would like to add a CF C-Six to the collection
Indy Pit Boss
Ducati Pit Boss - Should not have said, "meh i'll buy it another day"
Tron Pit Boss - looked at it on Oakley.com on release.... said pssshhh. Now I am a big dumby
OTT Black/Ruby or Blade II

John Schafhauser
Mar 6, 2015 3:12 AM
I believe I said the exact same thing about the Tron Pit Boss... Stupid stupid stupid!
Bryan Callahan
Mar 6, 2015 2:28 AM
I've really got three Holy Grails right now and they aren't hard to locate, just hard to find without an insane markup.

- Old Aluminum Doublewide
- Grape Juice Holbrook
Mar 6, 2015 3:06 AM
I believe I saId the exact same thing about the Tron Pit Boss... Stupid stupid stupid! - JP

I learned that lesson while working at an O-store. I used to talk with local collectors and hear about those they had seen, held or worn and decided to pass on and never picked up. It seems that the most unassuming or seemingly widely available pairs always become the ones you pine over later.

I passed up a pair of Copper Pennys for dirt cheap while setting up a new Vault store, simply because they don't fit my face very well. I still regret that to this day.
John Schafhauser
Mar 6, 2015 3:13 AM
"If it don't fit, you must aquit!"
Steven Price
Mar 6, 2015 2:47 PM
because they don't fit my face very well. I still regret that to this day.
- SunDevil08

I want to say about Oakley sunglasses... if they don't fit your face at first... the more you wear them they grow to your face, maybe its my mind trick it plays on me or either I think the Dispatch that look good on me just really makes me look like a clown and to big on my face among other pairs.

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