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When you buy a very rare puzzle on the site, perhaps a puzzle that you have been searching for years, you want to be sure that it arrives at its destination in the same condition it left Rare Puzzles. Some visitors or new customers encourage me to pack their puzzles carefully. After that, they have…

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The title of this naval battle is Tribute to Nelson, by the British artist William E.D. Stuart. He flourished as a painter in the mid-19th century, but there is not much information available about this painter or his works. That is surprising, since he has left some exceptional paintings, like this one. We are assuming it…

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Many out of catalog puzzles are true collector’s items. Puzzle fans search for them and try to buy them in auctions websites. When the puzzle is really rare, the auctions final prices can reach surprising limits, since very motivated sellers keep bidding against each other. How much is a puzzle worth? It all depends on…

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This Bouquet was painted by Jan Brueghel the Elder in 1603. This painter was the son of Pieter Brueghel the Elder and brother of Pieter Brueghel the Younger. At the same time, he was the father of Jan Brueghel the Younger. There are many jigsaw puzzles in the market by all the different members of this family…

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I recently wrote a post saying that most people are honest. At least, I have come to that conclusion after having completed a lot of transactions with a lot of people everywhere. I have had my share of disappointments when buying puzzles, but even in those cases I try not to presume bad intentions. However,…

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The complete title of this painting is Suburbs of a Paranoiac-Critical Town: Afternoon on the Outskirts of European History, and the artist is the Spanish painter Salvador Dalí. Although Dalí has very strong supporters, he is not one of my favorite painters, and I don’t like this particular work very much. I think I bought the…

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I have been considering for some time the possibility of starting a service to replace missing pieces in old puzzles. Educa’s Lost Piece Service is useful, but when the puzzle is 8 years old, replacements are not available anymore. The Jigsaw Doctor is a great alternative, and the people that have used the service are…

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I once bought a puzzle that was described as new. I had specifically asked whether the puzzle was new or used, and the seller told me that it was new. Then, I received this: After having bought more than 1000 puzzles all over the world, I think I have been scammed in every continent. I…

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We all know how it feels when we buy a used puzzle and it is incomplete. Sometimes we know long before the puzzle is assembled, when we feel it’s impossible we have missed that corner piece, or there is no way the white piece we are missing will be among all the dark ones that are left.…

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Mar 13

Some Updates

Thank you very much to everyone who has provided input about features and appearance of the new website. The new WordPress theme has been giving me some trouble for some time, but some issues are being solved. Here are some updates: The problem with the display of the images in the catalog has been (finally)…

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Here we go. During the next coming days you will often see the site down for maintenance and going back and forth through different changes and variations. It is because I am testing the different modules to be sure that everything keeps working. I hope the transition will not bee too bumpy. Feedback and suggestions are…

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Jan 5

Raúl

This post is difficult to write, and perhaps I shouldn’t write it at all. However, now that the site is changing, it is important to provide some background on the genesis of Rare Puzzles and a reference for the future. The core and heart of Rare Puzzles is in this post. In March of 2015, my brother…

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The site will open for members to sell their own puzzles soon. I have been doing a lot of research in order to decide what type of software would do the work. Although the platform will remain the same, the appearance of the site is going to change. I hope it will be for the…

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… to count pieces of used puzzles. I recently received a beautiful card beautifully written from a friend and former customer, with an indeed beautiful photograph titled Florence under the Snow, Paris, 1950, by French photographer Édouard Boubat. It was a nice and elegant touch that I truly appreciated. Among the smart things that my friend…

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There is an important change that Rare Puzzles needed. When buyers outside of Spain wanted to get a puzzle, they contacted me first, then I reserved the puzzle for them, and finally I provided a shipping quote based on the size, weight, and country of delivery. By default, only addresses within Spain could order directly on the…

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Oct 7

Thank you!

It’s been a year. Rare Puzzles was launched around a year ago. Many of you know the very particular circumstances around the creation of the site. Now it is time for some changes. There were initially just a dozen puzzles available. After a year, puzzles have been sent to Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany,…