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Re: Collection For Sale - Various Items (Advice)
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stuie wrote:
I hope there is a fan that can advise me. I have many items for sale. After 25 years of collecting, I have made the decision to put my collection up for sale, but it's so diverse. Books, art, figures, games, LP, Tape, CD, DVD, collectables from the Tolkien Society (inc a 1st edition Nigglings), badges, T -Shirts, plates, stamps, a pen knife and the list goes on. This if a difficult one to take forward due to the variety and volume of items, into hundreds. I hope someone can give me some good advise.


I suspect you would struggle to sell the collection as a whole, given the diversity (i.e. the likelihood of finding someone with the exact same set of collecting requirements as yourself is probably slim). That said, there is a chap in Brisbane called Peter Kenny who collects all manner of Tolkien stuff, so there are people out there.

I think most people end up going through the hassle of listing things individually (or in related sets) on eBay. Unless the items are especially rare, eBay will probably be a good starting point for knowing what people are paying for similar items, as well.

Worth pointing out some of the things may not have huge value relative to what you may have paid for them, especially if you bought them new (things like collector plates might only be worth a small fraction of the original retail price, for example), so it is important to have realistic expectations, especially where items have been produced in large volumes.

You could always list what items you have for sale up here as well, including a link the any auctions, which might help drum up interest. For UK books, there are definitely people that frequent the site that would have some idea of value, probably also for US ones.

The downside of any collecting is getting rid of everything if/when you lose the bug. I think this is particularly the case with collections that span many types of item.

Posted on: 2016/3/2 13:07


Re: Silmarillion printer's flaw
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Berelach wrote:
Thanks Stu!


Now you just need to find some rare postage stamp where part of it is printed upside down, and you might get rich (although from what I understand, stamp collecting is in a bit of a lull)!

Posted on: 2016/3/1 20:53


Re: Silmarillion printer's flaw
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Not specifically seen it on the Silmarillion, but have seen it occasionally on other books, including a Morgoth's ring 1st. It is one of those random cock-ups that seems to happen for time to time. For most books, it seems to render them worthless (not necessarily uninteresting, though!), unless the error denotes some specific early state.

Posted on: 2016/3/1 13:51

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Re: Tolkien Obituary
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I doubt it is worth anything, but it has interest value and adds a little history to your RU set, so it is lucky, IMHO. Hopefully it hasn't discoloured any of the pages in the book, though?

Posted on: 2016/2/20 16:42


Re: Songs for the Philologists
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Someone sold one (or more) photocopies of Tolkien's copy on eBay a couple of years ago. Did you get one of those?

Posted on: 2016/2/16 13:14



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