I have never seen an AB Artist proof and I canít say I know anything special about the AB Artist proofs.
I canít even say I know of anybody that has an Anchor Bay Artist Proof.
But I have stayed at Days inn.
First of all when I was at the first regional event at Atlanta Most of Harbour lights were displayed, even an artists proof Coquille. One thing that I thought was strange was that none of the anchor Bays that was displayed was Artist proofs. All of the new limited edition of lighthouses was Artist proofs. I donít know quite what that means, except for one thing there arenít many if any AB-AP Ďs sitting around.
I think that it is a good sign that the brass tag is blank. Not all Artist proofs have an AP on the tag. Even the recent ones. My Anclote AP does not have the AP on the tag but does have an Artist proof Sticker under it. I would think most of the AB Artist proofs but not all would have a case.
Probably the ones that are given to sales reps for selling purposes had a case. Of course Artist proofs for paint samples and checking metal work would not have a case.
Bob I think the most important selling point on an AP is what is underneath.
I would not buy it with out knowing what is written or stuck to it on the felt.
When I buy an Artist proof the first think I look for is the AP on the tag. If it is blank, I then look for the Artist proof sticker on the felt. If it has neither of those then I have to ask how do I know it is an artist Proof. The next thing I look at is how old is it and what is written underneath it and make a decision accordingly.
I think the most important thing to do before you buy is to look underneath it and tell us what it says if anything.
The next thing is the price. Anchor Bays are not popular and you will not have a lot of competition that would drive the price up. But this is the AB that production was change part way to an other production number. As times goes on, I am positive that The Early Anchor Bays that nobody wants will some day become the hottest Harbour lights on the market.
Assuming it is an Artist Proof I would look at a price at between $150 to $250.