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Gene, once again, I could not agree more. The precedent has been set thanks to
Monahans. I was not the only buyer in Portales. The farmers were also on the
phone with unnamed meteorite dealers who were also driving the price up. This
is likely bad for the hobby but such things have happened before and I think we
will weather this bump with time. If they stop putting Monahans in the media
perhaps people will forget that joke, but not likely. In two weeks it will rear
it's ugly head and come back to haunt us.
Gene Marlin wrote:
> > inflated the price and I paid like the others because Portales is
> > definitely a very odd beautiful meteorite. Does anyone who has seen it
> > disagree? Please do not bother responding if you have not seen some
> > because I know the rumors about the stone portion being and H6 but I was
> > at the lab yesterday and nothing has been yet confirmed.
> Yes, I have seen a few pieces of Portalis, and it is quite beautiful (In
> the sun the metal flakes make it shine like silver) but not (IMO)
> beautiful enough to encourage the farmers to run up the price. Within
> six months to a year, another meteorite shower will hit the States, and
> then the media will arrive, and the farmers will demand 500,000. And
> after that, it will double again. Michael, I have much respect for you
> to brave the heat and snakes and briars and angry farmers down there,
> but this is very bad for the hobby as a whole.
> And yes, the word from Dr. Moore at ASU is that it is an H5.
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