Hi Rock, I saw that one too. The selling price may have indicated the buyer knew it was built up from parts. Or maybe not.
And Jack, I'm with you on that. A good repro item is a great conversation piece all by itself.
I have other AK repro items in the collection by Weingarten and Matson, and they're always good for conversation.
Xeric, I wondered how they were able to keep the ends of the board on without the tongue and groove
The seller replied to the ebay message I sent him about it being a repro, and stated it was at a different location than he was.
He will have a look at the set later to determine if the parts are reproduction. He appears legitimate. I can't imagine that he didn't really know.
I suppose these thinks happen because:
Twelve years back at Doc Muchows auction, a prominent collector at the time paid $8k+ for Doc's reproduction Model 5 -not knowing it was a Matson reproduction.
Many of the old-timers who were experts with AK breadboards knew it was a repro, and who had made it, but nobody had alerted his family or Estes about it's history. And I didn't know either. The bids were flying, and nobody in the senior group knew who they were.
I had arrived fresh in from the left coast with a pocketful of cash, and put up a bid on it, where immediately a dear old friend grabbed my arm and whispered that it wasn't real. That was how I found out.
It was also part of the discussion at a group dinner with the senior collectors following that days auction results.