eBay's Largest Collection Part 1
Finally, the first two packages arrived on Monday, February 29, but
alas, they contained just Nancy Drew books. Unsurprisingly, they were
not packed well. Both of the following photos show exactly what I saw
when I opened the packages.
books in the first package were fine. Several books were damaged in
the second package, one of them badly. The second package looked like
it had been rolled around and tossed around. The seams were split and
retaped, which worried me since I didn't know whether any books were
missing. I needed to receive all of the packages from the transaction
before I would know if any books were lost.
hadn't received any Hardy Boys Digest books yet, I had to purchase even
more of them in local stores. I received the tracking numbers for the
reshipment of the six packages that had been returned to the seller, and
those packages were finally on the way.
Three of the
six packages arrived on Monday, March 7. Most of the Hardy Boys Digest
books were in these three packages. Yay! At this point, my stress
level went down greatly. Here are those three packages, and in each case, what I have pictured is exactly what I saw when I opened the box.
next two packages arrived on Tuesday, March 8. The contents completed
the set of Hardy Boys Digests, so I had now received the books that were
most important to me.
package remained. I needed it before I would know whether any books
had gone missing and before I could figure out how to divide up my total
cost between all of the books. That package was delayed until Friday,
March 11 when it finally arrived.
The shipping label had been torn, which had caused the delay.
later realized that I was very fortunate, because if the label had been
ripped off completely, I would have never received that box. The
seller didn't put a packing slip inside, so the shipping label was the
only identifier for the package.
This is what I received altogether for a grand total of 684 books.
Nancy Drew #1-90, 92-175, Sleuth Book, Ghost Stories
Hardy Boys #1-190, Detective Handbook, Ghost Stories
Nancy Drew On Campus #1-25
ND/HB Supermysteries #1-36
2 Hardy Boys/Tom Swift Ultra Thrillers
Hardy Boys Casefiles #1-127
Nancy Drew Files #1-124
ND/HB Super Sleuths 1 and 2
box that contained the lower-numbered Nancy Drew Digests was the box
that had split seams which had been taped, so I believe that Nancy Drew
#91 fell out of that box during shipment. I am very fortunate that I
lost only one book out of the entire lot. One book is of little
concern, especially since I received all of the books that were
important. Here are pictures of the books put in order by number.
seller told me that these books were an inheritance, so this was
someone's complete set of modern Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books. The
Nancy Drew hardcover set is primarily books with double oval
endpapers from the 1980s, but the Hardy Boys set is from the early to
middle 1970s. Some of the Hardy Boys books have the first revised text, and Twisted Claw has the Nancy Drew list on the back cover.
Except for some of the early Wanderer Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, all of the softcover books are first printings. Nearly all of the softcover books are in excellent
condition with almost no wear. I assume that the collector purchased every single softcover book new when released, which is why all are first printings.
It took exactly four
weeks from the day I won the auction for me to receive all of the
books. The experience was stressful, but I felt confident that the
seller had been honest, which helped me through my long wait.
Even though stressful, the purchase was definitely worth it.
The purchase netted me the complete set of Hardy Boys Digests plus the complete set of Hardy
Boys Casefiles, should I decide to read them.
I had sold my sets of Super Mystery books and On Campus books years ago when I decided not to read them. I am keeping the sets from this purchase for now just in case.
I had purchased a set of flashlight edition Hardy Boys books so that I could read the revised text books in January. It was another case of needing books fast, and the flashlight edition books fulfilled that purchase. I swapped out 25 flashlight editions with the matte picture covers from this lot.
I upgraded nearly
my entire set of Nancy Drew Files books, since nearly every single book
from this lot was in better shape than the copies in my set. I estimate that around 110 Files were upgraded. I also
upgraded around 30 of the Nancy Drew Digests.
I would never have considered purchasing this lot if not for the complete set of Hardy Boys Digests that were included. The set of Hardy Boys Casefiles made the lot even more desirable. I knew that I would keep the Super Mystery books and On Campus books just in case, but I did not expect to keep any other books from the lot. This turned out much better than expected, since I will be
keeping around approximately 485 out of the 684 books. That's pretty impressive. This was a very successful and satisfying purchase.