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posted 03-13-2009 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TexasCharm   Click Here to Email TexasCharm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have to part with some items and wondered if this is the best place to sell a newspaper that announced the first successful walk on the moon? It has been in my family since purchase --- it is in a protective tube and is a full newspaper from San Antonio, Texas. Any advice on value -- or how to do this sale quickly?

Any help would be appreciated.


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posted 03-13-2009 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fabfivefreddy   Click Here to Email fabfivefreddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Newspapers have a nominal value because they were printed in such large numbers.


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posted 03-14-2009 07:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Colin Anderton   Click Here to Email Colin Anderton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
But most of them ended up round some fish and chips!



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posted 03-14-2009 12:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstronautBrian   Click Here to Email AstronautBrian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought an Apollo 11 complete paper from Montgomery, Alabama for just a few dollars at an antique store several years ago. Unfortunatly, newspapers are not worth that much. I did get it professionaly framed, however, and looks great on my office wall at work.


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posted 03-31-2009 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My brother-in-law found several, completely intact (i.e. all sections and inserts), copies of the Cleveland Plain Dealer from July 21st, 1969. Is there any market/demand for anything like this?

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posted 04-10-2009 08:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MoonCrater1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
IMO there is a market for old newspapers that have historical value. The Apollo 11 Moon Landing, the RFK Assassination, the Invasion of Normandy, etc. - all of these newspapers have value to collectors. The determining factor is CONDITION.

Last year I actually sold a few New York City newspapers on ebay featuring the Challenger Explosion on the cover page and throughout the issue. They did not sell for much, but they did sell. They were yellowing at the edges and I wanted to sell them before it got worse.

If your newspaper is in a tube, keep it there. You have to take it out once to photograph the main page and a few pages inside. Then, return it to the safekeeping of the tube. Yes, there are collectors who know its value and will pay to add it to their collections.

I should add that the reason why such newspapers increase in value is that as time goes by many of these newspapers are destroyed or lost in some manner. Some collectors prefer to frame the front page. That makes a very impressive picture. That is their choice. The remainder of the newspaper may be discarded.

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posted 04-10-2009 09:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by MoonCrater1:
If your newspaper is in a tube, keep it there.
The National Archives suggests that a tube is not the best place for storage. Part of the reason that modern newspapers are not highly collectible is that newsprint is rich in acid and the best you can hope to do is slow the process of degradation.
How can I preserve an important edition of a newspaper?

Newspaper preservation is a challenge because newsprint is an inherently unstable paper. Formulated to be inexpensive and expendable, newsprint is manufactured with large percentages of unpurified wood pulp which contains impurities that remain in the paper after processing. These impurities, when exposed to light, high humidity and atmospheric pollutants, promote discoloration and acidic reactions in the paper. Acidity causes the paper fibers to weaken and break, and is the major culprit in causing the paper to become brittle.

When newspapers are valued as artifacts, preservation requires a stable environment: 60-70 degrees F.; 40-50% relative humidity (RH); protection from light; and storage in non damaging materials. Newspapers should be stored flat, protected within a rigid box or folder. Special newspaper size boxes and enclosures are available from conservation suppliers. Added protection may be provided by interleaving the newsprint with thin sheets of alkaline buffered tissue, also available from conservation suppliers. Never laminate or use pressure sensitive mending tape on papers you want to preserve. If papers need to be relaxed or tears repaired, seek conservation services from a qualified professional.

When newspapers or clippings are valued most for the information they contain, and not as artifacts, copying the information onto a more permanent quality paper should be undertaken. Photocopies will far outlive newsprint when stored under normal conditions.


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posted 04-10-2009 09:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
EDIT: I see that in the ten minutes I took to type this (would have been less time, but my son woke up from a nap and demonstrated his new "whimpering like a lonesome coyote" skill), Robert already posted a better version above. I'll keep it in case it's useful:

As a side note, I wouldn't recommend using tubes to store old newspapers. They will conform to that shape, and when you want to actually see them you'll find that they want to stay rolled up, or even crumble, when you try to flatten them out.

Most arts and crafts stores will sell a large thin cardboard archival portfolio. (I'm not sure that's what it's called, but it's more than large enough to hold newspapers flat and open- that is, showing the whole front page.) Then you can buy online acid-free tissue-paper-like sheets large enough to put between each newspaper. In my experience this provides for good, safe storage.



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posted 04-11-2009 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for flight_plan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here in the UK my late father collected first, last and special edition newspapers for years. They were kept in a wooden self made box and kept flat and in the dark normally in a wardrobe not a loft/attic. I now have them and most are from the 50's 60's and even Titanic report when the Carpathian picked up survivors from 1912. Most are in as new condition as they are never removed from the said box except to photograph for ebay.

I had 4 Evening Standards with full colour wrap arounds showing, Elton John, David Cassidy, Osmond's and Slade a UK Glam rock band. All cost 8p in the 1970's and none sold for less than #30 each so a nice profit. I have Challenger newspapers but don't sit comfortable making money from such a loss that is close to my heart and interest in space so if sold will donate somewhere.

I have had many gulf War newspapers and Falklands War newspapers. All sold but for very little. I did have one where the SAS went into the Embassy in the early 80's shot the terrorist (shame that) only one survived (shame that too) but this paper went for #29.

1st moon landing I reckon will go for #10 or less but I would not buy it because it is an American paper I have never heard of. I would gladly pay #10 for a Daily Mirror 1st landing uit only to stick in a frame.

I have many many Royalty newspapers like weddings, engagements etc and they are worthless and do not sell unless you find a lucky bidder

Hope this helps.

P.S. I would not use a tube as they tend to stay curled up so its flat and in the dark for me away from any moisture.

Good Luck.

On edit: No offense to Americans (you have a nice place that I have visited often) or American newspapers and I am NOT looking for a Daily Mirror to buy.I have enough papers thanks!

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