Sunday, May 04, 2008

Sleuthing at eBay for Nancy Drew #6

More eBay commentary on what's up for auction every once in a while to help educate collectors and--well, have snarky fun too:) So, I'll highlight a few interesting finds, crazy listings, and eBay Nancy Drew flubs and the like. Chime in, in the comments section with your thoughts or questions! Copy the item number and go to and enter it into the search box to view the following auctions:

(Disclaimer: No offense meant to any seller or bidder/potential bidder--I'm sure you're all lovely people:)...)

This time I've got current auctions, surprising results from recently ended auctions and HUH!?

CURRENT AUCTIONS (Be sure to bid and bid often on these babies) :



(Ends: 5/11) - Neither this book nor this printing are rare!

Item Number: 150243849798 Description: NANCY DREW #9 Applewood Twisted Candles Carolyn Keene

(Ends: 5/11) - I would never pay this much for a reprint! An Applewood reprint, and it's just a 4th printing. Opening bid of 44.99.

Item Number: 200220434797 Description: Rare! ~ NANCY DREW POSTCARDS ~ BEAUTIFULLY ILLUS ~ 30pk

(Ends: 5/07) - Since when is a modern stationary collectible still available to purchase in stores/online rare!?


Item Number: 360045577319 Description: Vintage Nancy Drew LOT OF 9 BOOKS WS white spine hc dj

(Ended: 4/29) - 9 later printing in dust jacket, the way values have been down on eBay the last several years, I'm surprised this set sold this high.

Item Number: 110246117047 Description: 1934B-2 NANCY DREW MYSTERY # 11 Broken Locket SECOND

(Ended: 4/29) - I was surprised to see this auction end for a 2nd printing of Broken Locket at 197.77. Even stranger was when I noticed it had 50 bids and then I clicked on the bidding history and someone with "a....n" had bid up most of these 50 times, which always seems a bit suspicious to me, especially considering they only had 15 feedbacks.

Item Number: 230246623368 Description: ARE APPLEWOOD CLUE OF THE BROKEN LOCKET Nancy Drew

(Ended: 4/27) - Someone actually bought it now for 90.00--An Applewood Books reprint of Broken Locket! Shaking head...

HUH?! :

Item Number: 130216727583 Description: 1978 Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Meet Dracula TV book EX!

(Ended: 4/29) - Ended on 4/29 with no bids and a starting of 125.00. HUH?! And relisted for the same amount! You'd think the seller would get a Nancy Drew clue that this opening bid is beyond excessive!

Item Number: 140226752160 Description: 1979 RARE Nancy Drew Pamela Sue Martin photo cover #15

(Ended: 4/29) - Ended on 4/29 with no bids and a starting of 74.99. Relisted for same. Another HUH?!



Jennifer said...

On the auction with 50 bids, I believe that the bidder must have been using the One-Click Bid feature which bids only the next increment. I know who the bidder with the a**n is - it is the same person who won item # 140224360417. You'll notice the same bidding pattern.

There is one auction that just closed that had me dumbfounded about what I felt was the gross exaggeration of the rarity and desirability of the book. It is item #230248692209, the first printing of Whistling Bagpipes with the tri-fold ad. The seller says that "it is one of the rarest and hardest to find Nancy Drew books" and that it is "one of the most desired by cherry picker Drew collectors." Certainly, the book is highly desirable, but I'm not sure that it warrants quite that description. When I read the listing, I felt like I was reading a description of the 1930A-1 Old Clock with dust jacket. Now THAT is what I call one of the rarest and hardest to find Nancy Drew books.

By the way that copy of the Whistling Bagpipes with tri-fold is not in very good shape.

Jenn said...

Interesting Jennifer, on the one-click bid feature. Interesting bidding pattern.

I agree with you about the Whistling Bagpipes auction and the description--you're right it's like they were talking about a first of Old Clock!