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Mercurypgm
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posted 12-05-2012 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mercurypgm   Click Here to Email Mercurypgm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought quantities of these books and am putting them up for sale. While I may know space autographs, utencils, etc., I really have no idea what to price these books at. I will list them and then hopefully some of you can provide me with some idea as to prices. Thanks...

All books are hardcover unless noted. Most were in person signature.

  • Shepard: Moon Shot (Bookplate)
  • Glenn: Memoirs
  • Carpenter: Deep Flight (standard paperback)
  • Schirra: Schirra's Space (large paperback)
  • Cooper: Leap of Faith
  • Aldrin: Encounter with Tiber
  • Aldrin: The Return
  • Apollo 12 comic Moon Shot signed by the crew
  • Apollo 12 comic Moon Shot signed Bean and Gordon
  • Mitchell: Way of the Explorer (bookplate)
  • Duke: Moonwalker
  • Cernan: Last Man on the Moon
  • Nimoy: I am Spock (bookplate)
  • Nimoy: I am Spock (signed on Book)
  • Nichols: (Uhura)
  • Takei: (Sulu)
  • Barbara Bush. Reflections (bookplate)
  • Dan Quayle: Autobiography
  • Marilyn Quayle: Autobiography
I have very limited copies of other books so I am not listing them. Some are space books others are sports, celebrities, etc. All in all I have several thousand books.

Anyway could use some help on pricing these. Once I get some feedback I will post prices on the thread. Thanks.

JasonB
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posted 12-05-2012 01:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think most of the space books are in the $50 range, though I think Cooper's book is harder to find and worth more than that — maybe $100-$150. The Apollo 12 crew comic also is worth more — maybe a couple hundred possibly. Of course a lot depends on condition and if they are personalized or not.

fredtrav
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posted 12-05-2012 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sent you an e-mail on pricing.

mjanovec
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posted 12-05-2012 03:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With all due respect, I am of the opinion that those who buy and sell large quantities of space related material (aka dealers) should take the time to research their own prices.

There seems to be a growing amount of dealers (and speculators) who expect others to do their homework for them... usually for free.

Checking the prices realized for these items on eBay is a good place to start, if in doubt.

Mercurypgm
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posted 12-05-2012 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mercurypgm   Click Here to Email Mercurypgm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been collecting space items for 40 plus years and am not a dealer per say. You may disagree with that but other than selling some items through Regency-Superior and to a few select clients (most of whom rely on me to get items signed that they are not able to get themselves as I live in Houston) and have many contacts. I formerly sold on eBay (I DO NOT go to eBay any more and haven't for probably 5 years) as there are too many forgeries. I did sell on Astro-Auction till Kim shut it down... but I probably spent more with Kim than I sold.

Anyway, I did buy quantities of some items and also paid many of the early astronauts to do private signings. Now that I am 61 I have decided to sell much of my collection and am starting with items I have in bulk. I could have very easily said "$75 a book" and be done with it but I asked for input so that I could price things fairly. If that is wrong, so be it...

I am not here to argue with anyone so I will take your comments in stride and move on. I appreciate those who sent me e-mails on pricing. I am very grateful to them. I am VERY knowledgeable in many areas of space collecting with a collection second to none except for possibly Havekotte.

The books were bought in volume (I do not deny that) but as to their value today I was simply looking for feedback in order to try my best to be fair.

Mercurypgm
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posted 12-05-2012 08:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mercurypgm   Click Here to Email Mercurypgm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Due to someone else's post I will not put prices on any of the books and will only entertain offers to purchase them from me via e-mail. Feel free to make an offer if something appeals to you and we can work out a transaction to our mutual satisfaction. One other thing is that I received such a wide variety of price responses, this seems the most "logical" way to proceed. Live Long and Prosper.

Mercurypgm
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posted 12-06-2012 02:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mercurypgm   Click Here to Email Mercurypgm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Folks, please be patient as I have been swamped with orders and questions. Seems like when someone posts a negative comment up front I sell more stuff Back to reading e-mails and packaging up books...

Oh, just sold another JFK/Shepard package so see my other thread for details... Thanks.

Mercurypgm
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posted 12-08-2012 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mercurypgm   Click Here to Email Mercurypgm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Finally caught up. Thanks to those who ordered.

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