Last week, regarding the 2008 special edition "Red Book" Dennis Tucker wrote:
The 2008 ANS Limited Edition will probably be very rarely seen in the marketplace, since it was distributed to a small number of people for their personal collections. It was never offered for sale; each recipient got one (and only one) copy, as a memento of a historic occasion (the sesquicentennial of the American Numismatic Society). It might be a generation or two before any copies appear publicly for sale or auction."
David Gladfelter writes:
A copy of this edition was given to each member who attended the American Numismatic Society's banquet in 2008. My wife, who is neither a member nor a collector, but a good sport nevertheless, came with me to the banquet and also received one. We donated her copy to NBS to be auctioned as a fund raiser. With Brad Karoleff taking (extracting?) the bids, it brought a humongous price. So there has been at least one appearance on the secondary market but don't take Brad's price realized as a market indicator.
You had to have been there. I'm told that Brad has a night job as a stand-up comic. He had John Adams diving for cover under the table during the club benefit auction. I did go up to thank the guy who bought it (for something north of $1K). He was very good natured – think he actually enjoyed parting with that much cash to benefit NBS.
That's one of my Red Books that I treasure. The other is the 2004 regular edition short-snorter signed by everyone in attendance at the 2003 NBS meeting in Baltimore, including yourself of course, and all the other good guys. I got that one for ~$100 if memory serves. Well worth it.
David Fanning writes:
I sold a copy in my first auction sale, held in October 2008 (lot 304).
Dave provided a copy of the lot description. Thanks!
304. Yeoman, R.S. A Guide Book of United States Coins. 61st edition (2008). Kenneth Bressett, ed. Atlanta: Whitman, 2007. 8vo., full leather, gilt; gilt page edges; silk bookmark. Limitation leaf; 416 pages. American Numismatic Society 150th anniversary celebration bookplate on pastedown. Fine.
One of 250 copies prepared with a special bookplate in honor of the ANS's sesquicentennial, of which this is copy 158 (and copy 643 of the 3000 printed of the 2008 limited edition Red Book).
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
QUERY: 2008, 2010 SPECIAL EDITION RED BOOKS
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