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Golden Trophy 1981 Kirby Vacuum
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Post# 440312   3/25/2021 at 19:46 by dryredsea (Colorado)        

I have a mint condition golden trophy 1981 kirby, does anyone know how much one is worth or anything else about this model?

Post# 440315 , Reply# 1   3/25/2021 at 20:57 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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If that is the Golden Trophy Council Winner Edition, these were sales awards given to whichever Kirby dealer was the best-performing in every state.

The usual exposed parts were anodized-gold-plated instead of the conventional polished aluminum, and the blue trim pieces were now the same rosewood/brown as the Classic Omega 1CB.

I think that because you say yours is in good shape, I'll bet this'll fetch at least $1,000 on eBay. For now, I think you'll want to keep it for a while given how rare it is.


Post# 440320 , Reply# 2   3/25/2021 at 23:01 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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It's not close to $1000 there not that rare.
$100-$400 is the value range.
You see them for sale I've seen the one you likely have for sale twice in a year not once over $500.

Post# 440328 , Reply# 3   3/26/2021 at 08:46 by luxz80 (Bournemouth ,England Then Florida and back to England)        

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Post# 440330 , Reply# 4   3/26/2021 at 09:27 by dysonman1 (the county)        

The golden Tradition was not all that attractive, especially as compared to the golden Ultimate G.

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Post# 440332 , Reply# 5   3/26/2021 at 10:54 by Brando_husky (Las Vegas Nevada)        

If you can find one for $100-400 snag it up. Never seen one go that cheap.

Post# 440333 , Reply# 6   3/26/2021 at 12:32 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Blaze in super market section bought his for$200 and just sold it for probably the same amount. I'm pretty sure the poster bought it.

Post# 440336 , Reply# 7   3/26/2021 at 14:07 by dryredsea (Colorado)        

Attached photos, it has never been used, and I should have wiped it down before taking photos a little dusty.

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Post# 440337 , Reply# 8   3/26/2021 at 15:01 by vacuumkid47 (Sibley, IA)        

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Technically it is designed to NEVER be used, but I have seen salesman use their trophy machine.

Post# 440338 , Reply# 9   3/26/2021 at 15:24 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I have seen many people say that to use it like your everyday Kirby is not encouraged, since the anodized gold plating used on the external parts will wear off after repeated cleanings, especially if stored improperly.

Also, the inside of the cloth bag is made of white felt, which some say can easily deteriorate.


Post# 440339 , Reply# 10   3/26/2021 at 15:39 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
still looks great, though.

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I can understand it not being used.

Post# 440342 , Reply# 11   3/26/2021 at 19:01 by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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I passed on one in 2019 for $85, they aren't THAT valuable, they are attractive and rare though.

Post# 440343 , Reply# 12   3/26/2021 at 19:24 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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One member here that owned, or knew a guy that owned a vacuum shop that was closing, (I think it was in Texas?) had a few of these golden Kirbys. He had them at $200 each and they took a long time to sell I think someone did eventually buy them.

But yeah, $1,000 is way off. I will stick at saying $200 being well within reason.

Post# 440344 , Reply# 13   3/26/2021 at 19:36 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Blaze did acquire the Heritage II you mention from Rob's shop and which he later recently sold.


Post# 440345 , Reply# 14   3/26/2021 at 19:42 by myvacsrock (USA)        

I think the bigger issue is finding someone who both wants it and has the money.
I buy a lot of vacuums, but I have no interest in one of these. Always a balancing act.

Post# 440346 , Reply# 15   3/26/2021 at 19:52 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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With my collection I like to focus on the unusual, unique, or weird. A gold plated Kirby definitely falls under that category, for sure.

I do add some good well regarded vacuum models here and there, and of course any vacuums I rescue from the curb or thrift stores for cheap are more than welcome to live with me. It actually ends up being a nicely balanced collection with all those combined factors and "rules" in place, so to say. But in a do-or-die moment, if it came down to the wire and a bad situation, I'd really only keep all my Kirbys. And my Zed-Series Hoovers. The rest would move on to new caretakers. But hopefully that won't happen until the planet looks like "Futurama" perhaps. lol

Post# 440356 , Reply# 16   3/27/2021 at 02:53 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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My issue, presently, in addition to some of what you mention, is the available space in my garage for any more additions.


Post# 440359 , Reply# 17   3/27/2021 at 07:29 by KirbyCollector (Columbus Ohio USA)        
I want it bad.

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But I donít know exactly how much the owner wants and if I can afford it.

Post# 440382 , Reply# 18   3/27/2021 at 20:18 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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If you were able to get a 1979 gold tradition with the headlight safety switch. I imagine that would be a super rare kirby. If I found a version I just mentioned I would want it.
I had an opportunity 4 years ago to get a heritage 2 for $195 but I bought my all original 505 instead.
You have to play poker face when getting vacs. I would like any version of the janitronic vacuums.
I guess blaze got it for $85 when the vacuumm shop in plano texas was going out of business. Iirc he had a family member win another golden kirby. The original poster did you get this vacuum from blaze?

Post# 442414 , Reply# 19   5/31/2021 at 00:16 by dryredsea (Colorado)        

No actually received it from my grandmother. it was from my grandfather, who passed away, but earned and made his living from selling kirbys

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