I live in extreme West Texas and surface hunt the cotton fields. I've been surface hunting for almost forty years. I've seen point prices sky rocket in those forty years but what really torques me off is seeing modern made points passed off as ancient points and still bring these big price tags. Some modern flint knappers are really good and I think they can fool even the experts who do coas. I don't buy points anymore, have been ripped off too many times. When I find a point, I know it's ancient. It appears to me the market is full of modern points and this problem seems to be getting worst by the minute. That's a sad sad thing but that's what it's come to. anyway, would like to hear y'alls imput on this. Happy hunting to all. John G.
John, I've seen a lot of the moderns that you talked about. I don't get a chance to go digging or surface hunting because of job and scheduling, so I buy. The only people I buy from are people that I know I can trust and depend upon to be sure that the points are authentic. I have a case of some of the replifakes but I knew that when I bought them. There are a few in my other cases that I'm not sure about but only a few. Maybe I've been lucky or blessed with having good dealers.
Hi Larry- yes, my friend, you are blessed indeed. Dealers selling modern points seem to target new and young collecters eagar to build their collections. They seem to be more interested in quanity rather than quality and I understand that, I was there once myself many years ago. I just hate to see these collectors get the shaft. When you send a money order to one of these shady guys, he knows your money is real, no problem, but what you get in return is another matter. However, I have purchased many really nice ancient points in the past for reasonable prices.I've always bought points with one thought in mind, if I had the slightest doubt about the point, I didn't buy it. Sometimes that has't worked out for me so well. But still we share the greatest hobby in the world, collecting tools of ancient man. Take Care. John
My reccomendation, is never pay more than field grade price for a point, unless it comes with a reputable COA. We all know that there are phony COA's out there, i've seen them. Yes i've been duped, anyone who says they haven't is either lying or being naive. I buy my points in large lots, for the most part, with maybe a diamond in the rough here or there. I come across diggers/hunters who want $100's of dollars for points, they "supposedly" found/dug. Unless i find it or dig it myself, i'm always skeptical, especially the high end stuff.
Its sad John but "Human Nature". There is no excuse for dishonesty. I feel for the people who just can't get out and love the artifact collection. Some of the fakes out there are beautiful and the makers should be proud of the fact that they made these. They should cover up the fact that they are fakes or reproductions. Some are true works of art. I wish I had the talent to make these. Mine would come out like the ones you see at roadside souvenir shops for a buck.