Any time a massive collection of priceless items randomly appears online, the rumors start to swirl about the authenticity of the pieces. The background of the seller is often brought into questions. So it makes sense that when a massive collection of incredibly rare Burton snowboards found its way to the web, the snowboarding and collection communities both went berserk.
Here’s the story from Gear Patrol….
Ever since a counterfeit of an extremely rare, vintage Burton snowboard almost sold for $21,700 on eBay a few years ago, the vintage snowboard market has been tenuous, to say the least. So when a collection with an estimated value of over $100,000 popped up on a private vintage snowboard trading group on Facebook called “Vintage Snowboard Trader,” it definitely raised eyebrows.
The collection is being listed for sale by member Laurent Vrignaud. Many members of the group questioned the authenticity of the collection, wondering how one person amassed such a wide collection of rare boards (over 100 of them). But quickly a handful of members dispelled the doubts, claiming to know Vrignaud and stating that he had been a sales rep for Burton for over 22 years.
The collection includes incredibly rare Burton boards like a 1980 Backyard and a 1979 Londonderry Backhill. Both models have sold well into five digits in the past.