Friday, August 22, 2008

Nancy Drew UK Girl Detective Movie Set Update

I received my set of Girl Detective books from the UK.

Not sure if this is a new item or not, but I found a 7 pack set of the UK Girl Detective books along with the Nancy Drew movie novelization all shrinkwrapped together--which I highlighted in a recent Blog entry here.

The back has a card showing the book covers and the movie novelization cover with the blurb, "Now a Major Motion Picture." So this is a neat UK collectible for the movie. The movie novelization has the words novelization as novelisation and word color as colour--keeping in the style of their spelling. So the noveliz(s)ation itself may likely also have things changed within. I'm not opening my shrinkwrapped set, so if anyone has one of these from the UK, maybe you can see if there is a difference inside as well.

I was just happy to get the set of UK Girl Detective books at a good price, but to find it's a movie-tie in collectible is an added bonus!

I've updated my movie section at the website--if you're interested in seeing all of the fun collectibles out there, check it out:


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Nancy Drew Convention Merchandise!

Fellow Nancy Drew Fans,

I think we've outdone ourselves this year for our Nancy Drew Sleuth convention merchandise! We have officially licensed Nancy Drew again and have expanded greatly on our merchandise both as to artwork styles and as to products available! Lots more art and more products. Also all sizes, kids/jrs/women/unisex for the clothing and many more clothing selections this year.

Limited quantity/limited time--sales only through October 31st. I won't have a lot of this at the convention due to space/leftovers issues so Cafe Press is the place to shop! You can learn more about the shop, see sample images of what we're using on the products and see sample product images at our website:

Or go straight to our Cafe Press shop and start shopping:

We really went vintage this year and are using a lot more vintage Nancy Drew cover art as well as the cute and whimsical blue multi pic endpapers! Plus the Witch Tree covers--our theme--and a neat Nancy Drew silhouette hex sign created by Sleuth Kelly that turned out great!

We've got mystery slogans, kitschy humor/slogans all using vintage images as well as a fabulous collage of Nancy Drew images and actual phrases from the classic Nancy Drew books spoken by Nancy and her chums--each collage has different phrases on it. I think everyone will be pleased with the way the shop has turned out!

It's located as usual at Cafe Press, and it's designed by sections--each section is by image, so click on a section and you'll see all products available with that particular image. Very user friendly, very easy to shop.

And a bonus, soon to be available only at our Sleuths website (NOT Cafe Press), in September, will be very limited quantity altered art items using vintage book covers: beaded handle Nancy Drew Handbags with vintage covers, altered art Nancy Drew charms, scrapbooking kits, and journals using vintage book covers.


Monday, August 18, 2008

Nancy Drew Week at Blogs!

It's Nancy Drew week at a Blog near you! I noticed that The Stiletto Gang is having a Nancy Drew week:

Also, at The Thrillionth Page Blog, they're having a fun Nancy Drew week complete with fun facts, reviews, writings, commentary, interviews, and giveaways! Check them out:

If you're interested in joining a fun group of Nancy Drew fans with annual conventions and an ongoing discussion group, check out The Nancy Drew Sleuths:


(Image above, TM/copyright 2006, Nancy Drew Sleuths!)

Old-Time Nancy Drew Book Ads

I just received my latest book ad that I purchased at eBay--it's a 1941 Montgomery Wards catalog page which features the Nancy Drew book, The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion, and lists some of the other volumes available. What I enjoyed about this ad, is that it stated, "Now in the Movies." In reference of course, to the 1938 and 1939 Warner Brothers Nancy Drew movies. I found it interesting that they mentioned the movies in the ad in 1941, and wonder if they were still showing them in some theaters, perhaps as fillers before a main movie, at this time?


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Nancy Drew Finds at eBay

I thought I would highlight some Nancy Drew finds I've made on eBay recently--some odds and ends. The above picture is a set of the UK Girl Detective books which have a fun cartoon-like Nancy on the cover which I always liked since at least you could see Nancy on the cover. The regular Girl Detective books until recently just featured a clip art type graphic which was rather boring. You could order these through Amazon.UK but the price got pretty steep with shipping. There was a UK seller selling a whole bundle of them along with the movie novelization and with shipping it only came to about US $55.00 and so I thought that was reasonable!

When the Nancy Drew movie was released in the UK, this wide version of the poster was used to advertise. I finally broke down and ordered one from a UK seller.

I like to do searches for Nancy Drew in odd places and in stores and came up with this book reports set that I'd seen at auction before but never bid on. It features Nancy Drew in one of the chapters.

If you like gossip this may be the collectible for you--Pamela Sue Martin reveals why she left the 1970s Nancy Drew TV Show in this issue of Toni Holt's Movie Life. Who is Toni Holt?!

I also recently purchased at eBay the 2nd printing of The Password to Larkspur Lane. It has the same dust jacket as the first printing, so I now just need to find the first printing book (listing both 1932 and 1933 on the copyright page) to go with it!


Tuesday, August 05, 2008

eBay Sleuth #13: The Case of the Not So Sneaky Image Thieves

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:)...)


The Case of the Uninflated Nancy Drew eBay Prices!

Has anyone else noticed, that Nancy Drew books are now selling way back to normal levels?! For awhile, they were selling at insanely high prices, and now they seem to have leveled off for once. So it's a buyer's market again it would appear for most things:)

The Case of the Not So Sneaky Image Thief:

Item Number: 230275472046 Description: ~NANCY DREW~Vintage Cover Art~ Altered Art CHARMS~

(Ended: 8-02-08 ) - Someone decided to pilfer images from my website to make unlicensed altered art charms;) Of course, I being a Nancy Drew collector would never notice this as I never check eBay;) Whatever! It really annoys me. It's such a double edged sword. I like to have a nice website with images for people to enjoy, but the drawback is that I have to put up with people like this who steal images for their own use--and one of them I took a little more time to work with graphically rather than just straight scanning of a book cover. You want some cool altered art charms? Well, we'll be selling some for the Nancy Drew Sleuths convention this year, so check back at my website and the Sleuths' website in mid-August. Also Nancy Drew handbags and journals made from vintage covers, officially licensed from S&S!

What a Way to Recycle!

Item Number: 200244555117 Description: MILEY OOAK Repaint By Pamela Inspired by Miley C. ~ 50/50 30 lay-away available!

(Ends: 08/08/08) - Wow what a use for a Tonner Nancy Drew Doll! Remade as Miley Cyrus ?! Let's hope this doll doesn't have racy photos surface on the Internet;) I think Nancy would be horrified;)

Nancy Drew Collectible Finds:

If you're looking to add collectibles to your collection, here's a few you might check out:

Item Number: 250279371733 Description: Nancy Drew 2003 Calendar. Great Condition!

(Ends: 08/12/08) - If you missed getting this calendar in '03, here's your chance. Could cut it up for use in scrapbooking too:)

Item Number: 250278023446 Description: NANCY DREW MYSERIES LUNCH BOX 1977 3-D

(Ends: 08/07/08) - A 1970s TV Show lunch box with Pamela Sue Martin as Nancy Drew!

Item Number: 260261632685 Description: Nancy Drew Adventure Deck Mummy's the Word Tangled Tale

(Ends: Store Listing, so indefinate) - They're not making this game anymore, to my knowledge, so if you never got one, here's your chance!


Nancy Drew in Brenda Starr Comic Strip

Collector Joe Dixon sent me a link to Brenda Starr Comics online at

Nancy Drew has been a side-story in the Brenda Starr comic strip main story line for the past week or so. The books were seen in the past two Sunday strips (August 3 and July 27), and in one of the dailies in between. Not sure if there will be more in the future, so bookmark the comic link above and check back.


Nancy Drew Event at Univ. of MI

The University of Michigan at Dearborn is having a reception on Sept. 12th to go along with an exhibition on children's series books including artwork that will be displayed. There will also be a nice display of Nancy Drew books and memorabilia. They contacted me about speaking at the reception. I will speak at around 5:30 to 6pm on the 12th. If you are in the area or want to attend, here is more information about it:

Click on the flyer images in this Blog for more details. I will be speaking about Nancy Drew and the history of the series as well as talking about the illustrations over the years!