CRIME DOESN'T PAY; NEITHER DOES BINDING
In response to Ben Keele's question about binding,
George Fuld notes:
"When I had my original library which
was sold in 1971, I had bound 90% of my auction catalogs
and journals and found that when they sold, the value was
about the same as if they were not bound. Thus even though
binding was much cheaper then, it didn't pay. However, I
bound them for a different reason -- when using them for
research, when not bound everything would get out of order
and I couldn't find things. So binding is much more helpful for
this -- its effect on value is questionable."
Dave Lange writes:
"It's been my experience that binding is
worthwhile if you intend to keep your periodicals for a
number of years and use them frequently. Don't expect
to recover the cost of binding when you go to sell these
publications. I've noticed that even nice sets of periodicals
in matching bindings bring somewhat less than it would
cost to replicate such binding. I always try to buy long runs
of periodicals already bound. This has proved less expensive
than trying to assemble sets piecemeal, with all the resulting
In summary, George Kolbe adds:
"In my experience, the
money spent on binding numismatic periodicals (and most
books and catalogues) is rarely recovered in full upon their
sale, but they're surely a lot easier to consult in that form.
As for book storage: cool, dark, dry (but not too dry)."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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