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I have a small table top radio that looks like it is cream colored celluloid. It is AM only. I can't find any info for it. Can you help? Diane

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I have a small cream colored AM radio that looks like celluloid. It still has its original cord. It is approximately 8" x 6" with two dials at the base with the band between them. The speaker is above. Do you have any ideas?

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On the bottom is a paper label that says: Wards Air (torn here) Model 74BR-15028 - Ivory.

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Hi. My name is ***** ***** I'll be glad to help.

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I know just the one you're talking about. It's called the Airline or Air-line. It was made in the US by Belmont Radio Corp. for Montgomery, Ward and Co. It's actually bakelite, which very similar to celluloid. It's a super-heterodyne broadcast receiver with 6 am circuits. It's an old tabletop model. The model should actually be a 74BR-1502B. The B is easily mistaken for an 8. It also came in a walnut version and you might run across a few custom paint jobs too. It actually sold in 1946/1947 for just $16.95, which was a little to everyone back then.

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They're great little collector pieces.

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In good condition, it's worth about $65 to $80.

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The price will vary a bit depending on where you try to sell it. You will always get a higher value by selling it yourself in a private sale as opposed to an auction, Ebay, or selling it to a dealer.

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For selling it yourself, Etsy is a great alternative to Ebay. Rubylane, Tias, and Cyberattic are great online stores too. They generally have a store "setup" fee, so unless you have a lot of items to list, it may be a bit too pricey. They do get the "higher" paying customers though.

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There is also craigslist. Your town might even have a facebook page dedicated to selling items (like an online garage sale). Some buyers have even started using apps or sites like LetGo or Varagesale. The only big downside to these is you always run a risk of meeting someone that may be dangerous. If you go that route, never have them come to your house. Always meet someplace very public and never go alone. I don't generally recommend any of those options because I would hate for something to happen to you. One generally safe option is meeting up at a local police station. A lot of towns allow sellers to use their parking lots as meeting places.

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Ebay is more or less a last resort. It does reach a lot of people, but the values tend to be lower. If you do decide to try Ebay, consider using reserves.

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That should give you quite a few options, but if you need anything else, don't hesitate to ask.

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If you have any questions, please let me know.

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I hope this has been helpful to you. I do my best to offer you the most current values and information using the latest guides and recorded sales.

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I hope you have a great evening.

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Hi. Thank you for the positive rating. I appreciate it. If there's anything else I can do please let me know

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Best Wishes,
Diana

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