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Why are some National finger picks so expensive?

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Aug 15, 2022 - 1:02:21 PM
1305 posts since 11/9/2012

Why do some Natonal finger picks sell for over $25.00 each here on BHO?

Are they pre war issued? It's unclear to me what sets them apart from the cheaper new ones sold online.


Aug 15, 2022 - 1:06:25 PM
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1707 posts since 8/9/2019


The old ones that actually sound nice are getting harder to find.

Newer ones aren't all that great imo

Aug 15, 2022 - 1:30:13 PM
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1780 posts since 8/30/2012

Magic fairy dust is expensive.

Aug 15, 2022 - 1:40:34 PM
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2186 posts since 4/18/2006

The older nationals, especially the “pre usa stamp” picks are much higher quality than the new nationals and are getting harder to find.

Personally I also find that they sound, feel, and respond better than any of the newer picks. Some people don’t believe this is true, but judging from my own personal experience and hearing the experience of many other pros, I feel that they are better.

That being said, there are several fantastic new picks being made today.

Aug 15, 2022 - 1:46:44 PM
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1305 posts since 11/9/2012

Originally posted by KCJones

Magic fairy dust is expensive.


Aug 15, 2022 - 1:53:42 PM

1305 posts since 11/9/2012

My dad has a few of the really old National picks. I hate them. I only use Earnie Ball picky picks.

I may have a collection of such old National picks for sale. Only $999.99 a pick. Lol. Not serious here. There not for sale.

Free shipping. Lol.

Edited by - Toothless in Kentucky on 08/15/2022 14:05:50

Aug 15, 2022 - 2:24:54 PM



1434 posts since 4/12/2004

There's a small supply and a large demand.

Aug 15, 2022 - 2:45:47 PM

7 posts since 1/13/2013

All that AND players named Osborne, Vestal, Earl, Reno, Adcock, Tony, Eldridge, Don used them and THEY, are really special!

Aug 15, 2022 - 2:58:02 PM
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1971 posts since 5/19/2018

If someone is selling the older picks for 25.00 a pop, well...they are missing the mark by about 100.00 a pick.

That being said, there are many variations of National Picks. Some very desirable, some not so.

Over the years I pretty much picked up one set of each, and for some reason, I do like the older ones better. Would I pay 200.00 a set? Heck No!

Why they sell for so much? Well the older ones are not so common, and the obvious case of the aforementioned “Fairy Dust” drives up the pricing.

Aug 16, 2022 - 4:33:36 PM
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23080 posts since 7/6/2005

I sold a pair of early Nationals years ago here on the hangout for $200, I think. Perceived value. The Pinedene jazz Den down in the sandhills area had a fishbowl full of them one time and I bought a handful. I hate that I din't buy more. I us GE stainless exclusively now.

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