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.