Gerald Crabb, in his own words
Here’s what Gerald Crabb has to say about the ebaying of Crabb memorabillia:
Why would Gerald put a # 1 plaque on Ebay ?
First, because I live in America and in America after you have reached the age of twenty one you have rights. One of those rights is putting items on Ebay if you are the owner.
Second, hopefully this following story will shed a little light on the matter…
Several years ago I was given a beautiful picture from Howard & Vestal Goodman which had been signed by both of them. After their death, I was looking on Ebay and ran across the necktie that Howard had worn in the picture they had given me. I bought the tie, still have it, and wouldn’t take anything for it. Which was better, for Ricky to throw the tie in a box in storage or allow someone to own it that would treasure it? I’m sure Ricky has a lot of Happy Goodman memorabilia that he would never part with, but how special was it that he would share with the fans and friends that loved the Goodman’s dearly?
I have so many things, such as these plaques, that have been in a box for over three years. Why not give someone an opportunity to own and cherish such a special item?
The “Through The Fire”, “Please Forgive Me”, & “The Cross” plaques can be seen in museums. Believe me I have a lot of Crabb Family treasures that will remain in my care until death.
That’s the way I see it. That’s the way it is. Anyone who wants to make something more from this is sadly mistaken. As far as the funds generated from this, it will probably be given away. I find great joy in giving.
May God Bless You All,
P.S. It would be very interesting if people would use their real name on these post .
That would be a real HOOT !
Update: Another songwriter (Joel Lindsey) weighs in:
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Many times, when a song goes #1, the writer receives multiple plaques…one from the Singing News, one from the artist, one from the record company, even from the publisher sometimes. Someone who has had as many #1 songs as Gerald can’t possibly find a place for them all.
My publisher gives out beautiful framed awards with the cd cover mounted with a metal plaque inscribed with the writer’s names, etc.. These are much more beautiful (and look more impressive hanging on the wall) than the SN plaques. Therefore, the SN plaques sit in a box in the back of my closet. If I thought I could sell them on ebay, I probably would.