I bought a bunch of Tom Swift books with dust jackets.
The spine condition places the dust jackets at the low end of the value range, but I am still very pleased that I found them. My problem is that I do not collect Tom Swift and do not follow the auctions. I have no idea which ones are worth more and how to price them. Of course, I do know that duotone jackets and higher-numbered titles are usually worth more, but I'm going to have to watch Tom Swift auctions for a while to try to get some idea. If possible, I would prefer to sell them at fixed price on Bonanza, but this will require me to figure out specific prices.
I bought some Judy Bolton books with dust jackets.
The books are from around 1940 with good quality paper and a glossy frontispiece illustration. The only one that might be a first printing is Midnight Visitor. A few of the books have been chewed by mice or insects.
I hesitated briefly before I grabbed every book by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
At $3 to $5 each, I was not sure since these books are Grosset and Dunlap reprints that do not have dust jackets. However, I am aware that even the G&D reprints are very collectible. I did some checking upon arriving home, and a few of the books have sold for $10 to $35 on eBay in similar condition. Be aware that I am referring to sold copies, not unsold copies. Unsold copies can never be used to assess value, unless the unsold copies are priced at $1.00, and then one knows that a book has no value.
The red Happy Hollisters in the above picture is Midnight Trolls, the last and most scarce title in the series. I left all of the other Happy Hollisters books that did not have dust jackets.
Here are some Tom Swift, Grace Harlowe, and other books.
Here are some miscellaneous books as well as a few Judy Bolton books.
I found one Judy Bolton, Fog Island, as well as a few Cherry Ames, Connie Blair, Brains Benton, and Trixie Belden books. There was a stack of Random House Black Jacket Mystery books, but I only took one. There were also stacks of each title from the recent Bobbsey Twins series, but I did not take any of those.
I bought some Black Stallion books.
I bought these hardcover Nancy Drew books.
I probably got all of the blue books, but I left all of the flashlight editions and many of the matte books. A preteen girl was looking over the matte books when I finally found their location, and she was carefully selecting titles. I left the area so she could finish. I then went back and selected primarily higher-numbered titles.
I bought just some of the softcover Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books.
I probably bought most of the Nancy Drew Files and just some of the Boxcar Children.
I concentrated on higher-numbered Nancy Drew Girl Detective books. I did not own any of the books above around #32. I was pleased to find books that are not library discards. They have some bumping and minor wear, but I am pleased not to have to pay the full price of a new copy.
This year, I did pass on a number of books, as already mentioned above. As usual, I did pay too much for some books and wish I had not come home with some of them. I always place a sticky note inside each book with what I paid for it, and I reconcile my mistakes by adding to my cost of the better books, such as the Tom Swifts and Judy Boltons. That way I can rid myself of my mistakes without feeling bad about them.