States of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone jackets: there are more than two!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released over 20 years ago AND incredibly, the 1st edition book is STILL in print. Needless to say, in the 20+ years the 1st edition of this book has been in print, changes have happened, AND these changes can affect value. AND in book terms, these changes are what create different states of the book. As a reminder, a State in relation to books is when small changes are made, but these changes aren’t enough for a new edition to be printed. Throughout these years, the jacket has changed the most. So, what are the changes? The 1st state jacket is the most well known it seems, in the mainstream Potterverse. This jacket is the one that's also most collec

If A Book Is Rare, Is It Also Valuable?

If you’re like me, you scour book auction and sales sites to find the best deals available in order to grow your collection in the most inexpensive way possible. However, while scouring, there is usually plenty of crap to sift through–namely ads proclaiming, most likely in ALL CAPS, that their item is RARE with a hefty price attached. Situations like these beg the question, if it’s rare, is it also valuable? And, like many other topics when working with collectible items, the answer is muddy. Yes, SOME items that are rare ARE also valuable, like a first print of Bloomsbury's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. A first print of this book is rare in that there weren’t that many of them pr

If A Book Is Rare, Is It Also Valuable?

If you’re like me, you scour book auction and sales sites to find the best deals available in order to grow your collection in the most inexpensive way possible. However, while scouring, there is usually plenty of crap to sift through–namely ads proclaiming, most likely in ALL CAPS, that their item is RARE with a hefty price attached. Situations like these beg the question, if it’s rare, is it also valuable? And, like many other topics when working with collectible items, the answer is muddy. Yes, SOME items that are rare ARE also valuable, like a first print of Bloomsbury's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. A first print of this book is rare in that there weren’t that many of them pr

Spotlight on Language: Kalaallisut -- Greenland

Kalaallisut AKA Western Greenlandic[1] Kalaallisut: Inuit language in the Eskimo-Aleut language family; Closely Related to Alaskan and Canadian Inuit languages (I.E. Inukitut) Speakers: Approxiamtely 61,000 speakers throughout Greenland and Denmark (54,000 Greenland and 7,000 in Denmark) Rating: Only Arctic language that is not endangered Area: Greenland and Denmark Primarily Kalaallisut is often used as an umbrella term for Greenlandic language, but actually it is actually the most prominent dialect of the Greenlandic language and was made the official language in 2009 by the Greenlandic government. The other two main Greenlandic dialects are East and South; however, Thule[2] (North) dialec

A Junior Library Edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?

A few years ago, a collector friend I've known for quite a few years said he's not only heard of but knew of some one who had sold a Junior Library Guild edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets -a book that myself and every other Harry Potter book collector have never knowingly seen in the wild. And from those who read my post from April 25, 2018 about this top must know, my curiosity has been piqued ever since. For those who don't know about the Junior Library Guild (JLG) Harry Potter books: of all of the Sorcerer's Stone Book Club Editions (BCEs), the JLG Sorcerer's Stone is the ONLY book Club worth quite a bit of money (despite what you read on eBay). It has the relatively rar

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