Monday Mishegas

Well, at least I can root for a team in the Super Bowl. A San Francisco-Tennessee game would have been difficult for me to watch.

In the late 1980s, about five years after the Colts left Baltimore, I adopted the Chiefs as my AFC team, due primarily to the presence of Neil Smith and Derrick Thomas. I even bought a Chiefs tie that I wore regularly until I stopped wearing ties in 1992. (I didn’t even wear a tie at my wedding in 1999.) When the Ravens came into existence the Chiefs dropped to a distant #2 in my AFC hierarchy.

I was a fan of the 49ers when they were led by Joe Montana. However, after the President of the 49ers, Carmen Policy, made a statement in the 1990s that Baltimore football fans should forget about getting a team and should support the Redskins I ceased being a 49ers fan.

In addition, the 49ers interviewed me for a position as a consultant sometime around 2005, but it was obvious during the interview they had no intention of hiring me, but were just doing a favor for the person who had recommended that they interview me. Once again, I am no 49ers fan.

Go Chiefs!


Mishegas: Yiddish word for craziness or foolishness. The way my mother used the word I also assumed it was craziness with a touch of chaos. I can’t even begin to spell the Yiddish word for chaos with the Roman alphabet.



From Barrett-Jackson a picture of the car that represented the first 2020 Corvette with a VIN ending 001. Let me quickly add that it is not my intention to violate copyrights or any other property law. Barrett-Jackson auctioned the car for charity and raised $3,000,000 for the Detroit Childrens Fund when the car hammered for that price.

C/2 commented that the Bullitt Mustang hammered for a bigger price ($3.4 million). That is true, but I would argue it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison. The Bullitt Mustang is a car of infinite provenance, the most famous American car ever. The first 2020 Corvette doesn’t even exist, yet. If Steve McQueen had driven a C2 Corvette in the movie and it had a similar ownership story, I think it would have hammered for a similar amount as the Mustang. I’m not picking on C/2, just making a point.



Also from the Barrett-Jackson docket in Scottsdale a picture of a 1955 Packard Caribbean convertible. One car doesn’t make a market, but this car selling for $39,600 all in seems “light” in comparison to the “market” value. Hagerty has been writing for at least a year that the value of these cars is declining. I’m sure 56PackardMan knows this, but I’ll write that the colors are White Jade, Fire Opal and Onyx. A 1956 Caribbean convertible was included in my Ultimate Garage 2.0. Please feel free to look at those cars whether it’s again or for the first time.

My wonderful wife and I commented more than once during the telecasts that a year ago we were at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. The year has moved quickly. I suspect we will be living in the desert before the end of next year, the sooner the better.








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8 thoughts on “Monday Mishegas

  1. The price on that Caribbean is amazingly low. You are quite right that the values have been declining. I have no idea why that is happening now when overall the U.S. economy is booming. Thirty years ago – 1990 – ’55 Caribbeans were going for $50,000.


      1. The cycle has been going since forever. At one time Model A Fords were the height of collectable. My dad, who grew up with them as used cars in the 30’s and 40’s, had one until 1983. Now you can buy a fully restored one for 1/2 the cost to restore one yourself. Most all collectors go for the cars they wanted, or grew up around, as a teenager. Which I feel is why 80’s and 90’s sporty cars are the hot ticket now.

        There are certain cars which won’t lose much value, Hemi anything from the 60’s, Boss 429 Mustang, LS6 Chevelle, etc.and similar type cars. The more mainstream offerings are stagnant and as noted above, even losing value. If I was in a buying mood, now would be the time. However, I’m pushing 63 and am now starting to sell off some of my cars. Mostly projects that I know I will never finish, but also 2 that were finished and driveable. In the next couple years I will sell off a couple more, and probably keep 3 or 4, not counting my DD and my tow rig.

        Getting old is not near as much fun as it sounded when I was young.


      2. Many thanks for the thoughtful reply. So, is it “Everything old is new again” or “The only constant in the world is change?” It can actually be both.


      3. I don’t think EVERYTHING old is new again, only some things. I don’t see a return of carburetors, rotary phones, or piston powered airplane engines as a few examples. It seems that some things enjoy a brief renaissance, but in general, technology rules the day.

        Not sure if that’s good or bad, it just is what it is.


      4. Thanks, Dirty. My question wasn’t really being posed to you directly. It was more of a rhetorical question except that I gave an answer of sorts.

        I agree that some technologies will never return and that, like virtually everything else, is neither completely good nor bad.


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