by Pamela Palmer

#113, 28 December 2008

BookThink's Top 10 Ten on eBay
October 2007

Top 10 on eBay

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Which fiction and non-fiction books are winners on eBay? Each month this series answers the question and, along the way, looks at the listing strategies sellers use to bring in big bucks. To learn more about what's in and what's out of the lists, read our Top 10 on eBay Parameters.

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Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous titles dominated the October non-fiction list, filling half the slots, while Harry Potter took 3 places on the fiction list. The big news, though, came from the Antiquarian & Collectible Top 5 where a 3' 50 lb. heavyweight came in at #1 after garnering 41 bids and $25,655. Shipment was by crate only with the US seller calculating the price based on the winner's location. The "mammoth medieval - renaissance choir book, Office of the Dead, illuminated manuscript in Latin on original parchment [Spain, 1541]" started at $1 and sold on October 8 for $25,655.

Fiction Top 10
October 2007

#1 $2,975.00 THE HOBBIT - 1st USA PRINTING by Tolkien
#2 $2,025.00 FINE1st prin ltd THE REIVERS signed by William Faulkner
#3 $1,482.00 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows****SIGNED!!!!!****
#4 $1,285.00 Jack Kerouac On The Road (1957) 1st ed hc dj excellent
#5 $1,250.00 To a God Unknown - John Steinbeck - 1st British Edition
#6 $1,200.00 20th CENTURY GHOSTS Joe Hill SIGNED/DELUXE 200 COPIES
#7 $1,125.00 Signed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K.
#8 $1,000.00 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows SIGNED by Rowling!
#9 $875.00 Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (990) 1st/1st Signed
#10 tie $850.00 Stephen King Colorado Kit #3/33 copies SIGNED by King
#10 tie $850.00 KURT VONNEGUT A Man Without a Country SIGNED 1st/1st HC

The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien

19 bids took this US first printing with original dust jacket to $2,975. Interestingly, it was purchased off eBay earlier this year by the seller.

The Reivers
William Faulkner

The signed first edition is #65 of a first printing of 500. Listed in fine condition in the original mylar wraps, it received 21 bids.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling

Signed by Rowling with a letter of authenticity, the book was auctioned to raise money for 2 children with serious illnesses.

On The Road.
Jack Kerouac

A first edition was described as "Overall, a nice 50 year old classic book with original dust jacket." It attracted 21 bids.

To a God Unknown
John Steinbeck

Listed by a US seller, the first British edition is described as "a near fine copy ... in a very good plus dustwrapper."

20th Century Ghosts
Joe Hill

Sold as a BIN, the numbered limited deluxe edition is described as fine in a fine dust jacket.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling

With hologram and ticket stub to the New York signing event, the new copy was opened only for Rowling's signature.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling

Another copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was signed at the same event as #8.

Eye of the World
Robert Jordon

Described as a "very rare first edition (1500 true first edition were sold...," the book sold as a BIN.

#10 tie
Colorado Kid
Stephen King

A Man Without a Country
Kurt Vonnegut

A Puppet Show
Jeffrey Thomas

Tied for #10 at $850, the trio of hypermoderns ranged from King's signed limited edition in a traycase and Vonnegut's signed first edition (both sold as best offers) to Thomas' "ultra rare, ultra limited ... in an edition of 26."