I’ve been collecting books for a number of years. I’m sort of a book collector, but everything I have ever found worth any “collectors value” built me quite the collection. I collect all sorts of things.
DVDs/Movies (Laserdiscs for some of the covers)
Basically, anything of pop culture value, I try to get a good deal on it. Most of the time, this has involved rummaging the local Goodwills Stores, Salvation Army Stores, Thrift Shops of various charities, garage sales, ebay, and the occasional craigslist posting. The general rule I have is to pick up a solid hardcover if A)I want to read it B)It is a first edition in good quality C)Is something I know someone else wants. I probably have over 1500 books. Half of which are boxed up (because I have a serious book problem).
Today, I figured I would spend a couple hours before Game of Thrones to see what was out there. I visited 3 Goodwill Stores and came home about $20 lighter in the wallet. Some scores today included a first edition of Lord the Isles (by David Drake) an Pet Peeve (by Piers Anthony). I really like hardcovers to collect, however I do buy paperbacks because they are easier to read on the go. I have not read Jeffrey Eugenides but Middlesex won the Pulitzer Prize, so I figured why not gamble on a couple of his books. I’ll probably try to read Middlesex in May. Next are a couple “now a new motion picture” books: Blow & Paper Towns. I watched Blow with a girl about fifteen years ago, in a screwed up relationship that totally blew. I watched Paper Towns last year, based on John Green’s novel, and figured it couldn’t be much worse than the movie.
I found a pretty cool large education of “The Ultimate History of Ferrari” by Marks & Spencer. It retails for $12 on ebay, so this was a solid $1 find.
There was also a comic book I found for the low price of a buck, which retails for $12 I guess too. If any of you are super collectors of Ben Katcher, let me know. I’ll trade.
The highlight of the short shopping excursion was an autographed copy “The Rowan” by Anne McCaffrey. Niiiiiiiice. She is one of the original “Dragon Authors” who wrote about dragons before they were cool (ok, maybe they were always cool). This is the type of score I usually get excited about (Sci-Fi author autographed book). Usually when there is one autographed book, there are a few to follow. Unfortunately, I only had ten minutes to scrounge the store. I checked maybe twenty more hardcovers of certain authors, but no more autographs were to be found.
I’m not sure what it is worth, but I don’t care. I’ll add it to my collection for safekeeping the next 50 years unless someone wants to trade.