This is probably one of the most expensive and saught after marbles I own. It's
a Christensen Agate "Flame". CAC marbles were only made during 1925-1933. The
name comes from the flame lick pattern. I have yet to see another one like it on
ebay or in books. There are similar ones that Grist's last book (RIP) depicted
in the rear under Rarities. I contacted a very well known collector and dealer
recently to get his opinion on the value. He sells marbles consistantly for
others on consignment and gets upwards of a thousand dollars on many of his
sales. I trust his word. He said it was worth between $150.00 to $300.00.
Needless to say, I didn't pay that...I got this in a lot with others. My focus on
collecting anything is how cool I think it is...and many times value or
rareness. You see, I don't want to hoard and die with the "most toys"...this and
all I do is for my kids. They don't know it yet, but when I am gone they will
inherit a very nice collection of model kits, marbles, toys, tools, knives,
watches, jewelry, furniture and etc.. They can choose to sell it all or keep it
in the family. Not every lot of marbles I buy has such a valuable "mib". In fact this one came in a jar my father in law gave to me.
If you have marbles like this, beware that several companies made this style and you
must know which company made them and how rare the colors are, how stylish the licks
are and condition. A marble like this by another company would not have the colors or the
exact pattern and seams.....most likely worth much, much less.