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The E-Sylum: Volume 3, Number 10, March 5, 2000, Article 6


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 duplication."

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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