by Pamela Palmer

#150, 20 November 2010


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.

NOTE: Items numbers are now included in this article. They are in the individual auction comments section below the author and title. Click the links to see the listings.

The Antiquarian & Collectible category is often notable for its international sellers and high bids. Not so in October 2010. The sellers were from diverse locales - Coweta, OK; Nashville; Boston; and Austin, TX. These sellers were joined by a Canadian who sold the single US focused title. Wonder what November will bring?

Fiction Top 10
October 2010

#1 $2,999.99 IAN FLEMING - LIVE AND LET DIE - RARE UK 1ST 1954 W/dj
#2 $1,799.99 Stephen King THE STAND SIGNED LIMITED LEATHER 806/1250
#3 $1,500.00 Flowers in the Attic
#4 $1,476.00 Blood Meridian Stated first 1985 Cormac McCarthy HC DJ
#5 $1,200.00 THE STAND by Stephen King signed limited edition!
#6 $1,151.78 Before Adam by Jack London (Signed)
#7 $1148.50 Jack London: Smoke Bellew Inscribed and Signed
#8 $1,026.26 Philip Pullman *The Northern Light* 1st ed 1995 SIGNED
#9 $999.99 John Grisham / A Time to Kill: SIGNED TRUE 1ST WYNWOOD
#10 $840.00 A Killing Kindness by Reginald Hill/1st /ed.UK/1980 HCDJ

Live and Let Die
Ian Fleming

The VG+ 1954 UK 1st ed. in a fine, unrestored dust jacket sold for $2,999.99 after a single bid. Item specifics, however, refer to a 1997 reprint. Wonder how that happened?


The Stand

Steven King

Signed by Steven King and Bernie Wrightson, the limited edition leather book is #806 of 1250 printed. It was in new condition and sold after a single bid.

Flowers in the Attic
V.C. Andrews

Llsted with no description, the 1st edition, like new book sold as a best offer.

Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy

The 1st edition in very good condition with near fine dust jacket sold after 20 bids.

The Stand
Stephen King

The near fine limited edition is #122 of 1250 signed and numbered copies. It came in a wood display box. It sold after 1 bid.

Before Adam
Jack London

The 1907 signed limited edition attracted 9 bids. It was listed in near fine condition.

Smoke Bellew
Jack London

The 1912 signed limited edition was sold by the seller of #6. It sold after 6 bids.

The Northern Light
Phillip Pullman

23 bids took the signed 1st edition to $1,026.26. It was listed by a British seller. A "official signed raven bookplace" was included.

A Time to Kill
John Grisham

The signed 1st edition was described as in very good condition.

A Killing Kindness
Reginald Hill

After 7 bids, the 1st UK edition sold for $840.