[meteorite-list] What is this?

From: meteorites_at_space.com <meteorites_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:48:57 2004
Message-ID: <20010909160404.9514.cpmta_at_c000.snv.cp.net>

On Sat, 08 September 2001, "Allen Shaw" wrote:

> Glacial erratic.
> ---Shaw.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Charlie <moonrock25_at_webtv.net>
> To: meteorite-list_at_meteoritecentral.com
> <meteorite-list_at_meteoritecentral.com>
> Date: Sunday, September 09, 2001 1:01 AM
> Subject: [meteorite-list] What is this?
> Dear list members:
> Could this be the real McCoy??
> http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1003476477
> Regards,
> Charles M. Devine

Looks like another "pass down story" and a meteorwrong to me.

I get these all the time at my meteorite ID site. As of yet, I have yet to encounter a meteorite where the owner of such writes:

 "This was seen to fall by my great-grandfather, (or mother, relative, son, daughter, next door neighbor, etc) and it has been passed down (given, traded, gifted, etc) to me and now I want to sell it. How much is it worth?"

Now such things appear on Ebay all the time, because the seller sincerely believes that the find is a meteorite because that is what they have believed for years, often from childhood.

I always take such stories with more than a grain of salt until I see the piece in hand.

But in all such cases, backed by such claims-- thus far I have yet to get a meteorite in hand.

(Besides-- for a "fresh" fall-- does it look like one?)


Steve Schoner


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Received on Sun 09 Sep 2001 12:04:04 PM PDT

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