Detecting the true value of old Nancy Drew books


January 03, 1993|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune

Q: When I was a girl, every Christmas I got Nancy Drew mystery books. I still have those books and would like to know their value.

A: "Farah's Guide," which lists prices for all Nancy Drew books from 1930 to 1979, is available for $50 postpaid from author David Farah, 2036 Pauline Blvd., Apt. 1B, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48103, (313) 665-2661. According to Mr. Farah's article, "Collecting Nancy Drew Mystery Books," in the September 1990 issue of Mid Atlantic Antiques, all pre-1943 Nancy Drew books with dust jackets can range in price from $20 to $1,000. The guide tells how to distinguish the more valuable and earlier Drews from the more common examples that were printed long after the copyright dates they bear. A book marked with a copyright date of 1932, for instance, may also be marked "This book, while produced under wartime conditions, in full compliance with government regulations for the conservation of paper and other essential materials, is complete and unabridged," revealing that it was not printed in 1932.

Q: Where can I find an Elvis Presley clock to add to my collection of Elvis memorabilia?

A: Movie-star pendulum, battery-operated wall clocks, including a 12-inch-high Elvis, are available for $15.99 each plus $5 postage and $1.28 tax from With Best Wishes, 999 Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect, Ill. 60056, (708) 870-1500.

Q: How can I find out the value of some old fishing lures that belonged to my grandfather?

A: For a free appraisal of lures and any other old fishing-related items, write to collector Dan Basore, 3S375 Herrick Road, Warrenville, Ill. 60555, (708) 393-3474, enclosing a photo or description of the items and an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply or offer.

Q: Where can I find information on reproduction vintage clothing?

A: A beautiful all-color catalog of reproductions of popular vintage fashions is available for $2 from the 1909 Co., in care of Elisa Cass, 70A Greenwich Ave., Suite 309, New York, N.Y. 10011, (800) 331-1909. Information also can be found in the bimonthly Vintage Clothing Newsletter, available for $17 a year, or $3 an issue, from Box 1422, Corvallis, Ore. 97339.

Q: Where can we find an antique sleigh in usable condition?

A: Martin Auctioneers specializes in antique sleighs, wagons, carriages, coaches and other antique vehicles. Contact the firm at Box 477, Intercourse, Pa. 17534, (717) 768-8108; enclose an addressed, stamped envelope for auction notification.

Write to Anita Gold at the Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611. The mail volume precludes a personal response.

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