Harry Potter and the (Junior Library Guild) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?

Updated Post with new Info, January 6, 2019. Earlier, I discussed how the only valuable book club edition (BCE) of the US Harry Potter series is the Junior Library Guild (JLG) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone–this is still true and they’re quite valuable in almost any condition. And, while rarely seen on eBay and other book selling sites and shops, they’re around. But, the Sorcerer's Stone JLG may not be the only JLG Harry Potter book club edition. The Junior Library Guild website also lists a Chamber of Secrets next to the Sorcerer's Stone, but I have yet to knowingly see one and the same can be said for my other Potter collector friends and dealer acquaintances who collect. So if we

Junior Library Guild Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone BCE: the ONE exception to (almost) valuel

As I have discussed previously, Book Club Editions (BCEs) are in most cases valueless for collectors of fine books, and are generally considered to be worth no more than the readability of the book by this group. However, there are a fair few BCEs that have some collectible value. In the case of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the Junior Library Guild BCE is the one exception. Why is this book club edition different from the others? For one, the Jacket has the coveted Guardian quote found on the back jacket ( this quote is found on first prints) rather than the ubiquitous Publisher’s Weekly quote found on later print jackets. This guardian quote is very rare and adds value immediatel

BEA Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix–A Cool Book Potter Collectors Should Want

The publishing history of Harry Potter includes some incredibly neat books, some expensive (like a Philosopher’s Stone first edition/print) and some not so much. The Book Expo of America’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix happens to fall on the cheaper side (GREAT!) and also happens to be rare (WIN!) Okay, so what IS the Book Expo of America (BEA). Well the BEA is considered to be the number one outlet for book and author events, and at this expo, publishers showcase upcoming and popular titles as well as allow authors to network within the publishing community. At the 2004 BEA, Scholastic featured a cool, little softcover of Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix (first edition o

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Book Club Editions–Valuable?

I have been collecting Harry Potter books for roughly 10 years. When I first started, I did not know enough to know the difference between a first edition, first print, trade edition, book club edition, or state. All I noticed at first was that some of the books that looked similar to ones I owned sold for very high prices (upwards of $2000), and I was not quite sure as to why the books I was once so proud weren’t considered as valuable as the the high sellers. For starters, I had a shelf full of Harry Potter book club editions (BCEs). In my naivete, I did not recognize the difference when I purchased those first BCEs and thought that because it was Harry Potter it had value. By now, most

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