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Nov 21, 2013

Seller: olliesbookstore1 (988)
Ended Jan 18, 2014
Buy-It-Now:
AU $600.00
Submitted by: Urulöké
Seller: papertrail-maine (6457)
Ended Nov 21, 2013
$258.00
[10 Bids]
Submitted by: Urulöké
Seller: breviarium (2338)
Ended Nov 27, 2013
Buy-It-Now:
$56.00
Submitted by: Urulöké
Seller: 1cletocat (2897)
Ended Nov 24, 2013
$175.00
[0 Bids]
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Seller: silver-gryph (2271)
Ended Nov 24, 2013
£81.85
[13 Bids]
Submitted by: Urulöké
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Jan 11
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I won't say anything specifically about Dogfark, but I'd recommend taking a look at the 1st/3rd Hobbit he has for sale. Just looking at his auctions over time *for the same book* is enlightening as to how the "original" and "complete with no restoration" dust jacket has evolved over time.

For context, everything except the top of the spine comes from a later jacket. In the first image, it is clearly post-1951 because of the font on the Allen & Unwin. Interesting that the colour registration (how the three colours line up) is clearly different for the bulk of the spine (everything but the top bit to the curved cut just below the title)...

One must make their own judgement about whether the seller's own images (from several auctions for the same copy) paint a picture of a jacket that " has much paper loss to spine and spine ends, tearing and chipping, but otherwise complete with no restoration."...

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Jan 11
Does he actually make sales?
Jan 11

Paulies wrote:
Does he actually make sales?


Sadly, he appears to. Unfortunately, because of Tolkien's very wide appeal, older/rarer copies of his works often attract buyers who are not terribly well educated in what they are buying (and who don't realise that asking price on Abe/eBay don't necessarily reflect genuine market prices). It really is a case of buyer beware when buying any item with a high sticker price. Most Tolkien stuff isn't actually rare.
Jan 11
Yeah, Its like that box set of the Hobbit and Lord of the rings from 2013, the prices are like 400 pounds upwards, I think someone like him lists it for stupid money then the next guy assumes that is the worth then he lists it for that and then the next and the next.
Jan 11

Paulies wrote:
Yeah, Its like that box set of the Hobbit and Lord of the rings from 2013, the prices are like 400 pounds upwards, I think someone like him lists it for stupid money then the next guy assumes that is the worth then he lists it for that and then the next and the next.


Yep, that certainly does happen, but there are also just a few Tolkien eBay sellers that (IMHO) skirt the boundaries of integrity and honesty (and sometimes flat out cross them). When you see the same book sold with a very honest description, resold by a "professional" with a much more selective and optimistic description, it is hard to have much respect for the professionals in this market. There are certainly exceptions to this (some of whom are also members here).
Jan 11
So was that hobbit you posted doctored?
Jan 11
(edited)

Paulies wrote:
So was that hobbit you posted doctored?


The majority of the spine on the jacket is not original. Based on the photographic evidence, there appear to be parts from 4 different jackets. The chronology of images is quite damning in my opinion. I guess the seller forgets that people might be downloading copies of auctions that raise eyebrows (TCG scrapes the content of any auction that is linked to, FWIW).
Jan 12
Seller: rolfebus (3136)
Ended Jan 13, 2019
$9.99
[1 Bids]
Submitted by: Urulöké
Seller: rolfebus (3143)
Ends Jan 19, 2019 1:18:14 PM
$99.99
[0 Bids]
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Seller: rolfebus (3143)
Ends Jan 19, 2019 1:05:31 PM
$66.66
[1 Bids]
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Seller: rolfebus (3143)
Ends Jan 19, 2019 1:40:05 PM
$99.99
[2 Bids]
Submitted by: Urulöké
Seller: rolfebus (3143)
Ends Jan 19, 2019 1:23:29 PM
$77.77
[0 Bids]
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Seller: rolfebus (3143)
Ended Jan 17, 2019
$44.44
[0 Bids]
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Seller: rolfebus (3143)
Ended Jan 17, 2019
$44.44
[0 Bids]
Submitted by: Urulöké
Seller: rolfebus (3143)
Ended Jan 17, 2019
$44.44
[0 Bids]
Submitted by: Urulöké
Jan 14
Seller: applesun (2621)
Ended Jan 14, 2019
£122.00
[20 Bids]
Submitted by: Urulöké
Seller: applesun (2621)
Ended Jan 14, 2019
£67.00
[12 Bids]
Submitted by: Urulöké
Jan 15
Seller: rolfebus (3143)
Ended Jan 16, 2019
$44.44
[2 Bids]
Submitted by: Urulöké
Seller: robh2001 (2472)
Ends Feb 2, 2019 4:32:23 AM
Buy-It-Now:
$150.00
Submitted by: Urulöké
Seller: oshkoshsvdp (944)
Ended Jan 15, 2019
Buy-It-Now:
$49.99
Submitted by: Urulöké
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