Okay now, don’t laugh at me. I just paid over $100 for a Loteria game. Now, remember that I am one of the people who has actually sold a vinyl shower curtain for $150 because it was discontinued (part of the now defunct Zarela Loteria line). Well, last week, while doing my routine Ebay surfing, I came across an auction for a Don Clemente Loteria game that was printed in the 50s or 60s. I first saw reproductions of the cards at a restaurant in San Antonio and did some research on it. When I finally found images of the deck on Elsewhere.org, a site that has many decks displayed.
I never thought I would find it, but lo and behold, there it was on eBay! I have to admit that I was prepared to fight for it, and I didn’t blog about it until the auction was over because I didn’t want anyone else to bid on it! I started out with a high bid of $50 and let that ride for a few days. When someone else bid and the price got up to $32, I went ahead and raised my high bid to $100. Then, just to be sure, the day of the auction, I raised it to $150.02.
It’s a good thing I did. I was there for the last 45 minutes of the auction. It looked like I was going to get off pretty easy, but in the last MINUTE of the auction, the price exploded from $60 to $106! It is worth it, though. And, I just found out who was also bidding – the Elsewhere.org person! Sorry!
No, I’m not.
It’s been quite a Loteria month. First, I found a Loteria t-shirt on eBay made by Circa – which is a skateboarding outfitter. I bid on it and won it for only $13 (with shipping, it was about $19). Then, I got an e-mail from the shopkeeper, saying that the auction was mistakenly put up by a “bug” on eBay. I am dubious, but since it doesn’t look like they were trying to elicit my PayPal account info or anything else sinister, I went ahead and accepted the refund. I have since found it on Amazon.com, but I am trying to not buy it yet. After all, I have just spent about $165 on Loteria games in the past couple of weeks!
I found a promotional copy of a Loteria game made for the Nacho Libre film – it comes with its own little luchador bag. It will be interesting to see the design for the deck. I also bought a Loteria game for bridal showers that I had seen around for a while, and a black and white Loteria based on the 100 names for Death in Mexico (there were only 50 names though…). So, as you can see, I have been playing the lottery quite heavily lately…
I did NOT buy this purse yet, though. It has been on auction for at least 6 months. It is a Pineda Covalin style with Loteria images. It’s really funky and beautiful, but I really don’t carry purses like that – not $149 purses, anyway. I am sure it’s a good deal – a lot of those purses on the Pineda Covalin site are about $200. Alas, I am more of the $10-denim-purse-purchased-from-Target kind of girl. I hope it goes to a good home. Subsequent Google searches have not unearthed any other products of that design. It must be an old print.
Last, but not least, I found a print on Amazon.com that is a reproduction of Jose Guadalupe Posada’s Loteria stored in the National Library of Congress. Here is a copy that you can view up close from the University of New Mexico’s digital collection. There is also a great authentic Posada “broadside (large poster print?) depicting the verses that go along with his loteria. Coincidence? I don’t think so!