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"Black Widow" bubble...?

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For the longer-term collectors (I'm < 1 year), have you seen this type of "MUST BUY NOW!" mania for Lugers, say for so-called Black Widow (BW) Lugers; that is, a byf 41 or 42 with black bakelite grips (either original or added later)? If so, when (approximately), and did it burst sharply, or at least cool off with prices dropping at some point?

Alternatively, in the past few decades has there been a (semi) frenzy for a particular type of Luger that went from in-demand to full-on nuts, or is the current BW mania atypical? If yes, what happened in the long-run in terms of collectability and pricing for the MUST-HAVE Lugers?

Just trying to get some perspective... Thanks and cheers. Batty67/Mark G
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The "black widow" & "brown recluse" lugers really do exist and I have some in my hide out safe, where they have slept for more than 40 years. The holsters they sleep in are all original and date stamped on the back side 41 & 42, one holster contains a luger tool with the eagle acceptance stamp. While all this has slept in the safe it has increased in paper value more than 100 times what I gave for them 40+ years ago. A "G" date all matching luger sleeps in a commercial holster stamped on the back with the luger's serial number. I paid $700 for that set about 30 years ago.
Have you not had any trouble with storing in the holsters?
No mildew . . .or other maladies?
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