Find the Value of New Standard Encyclopedias?

July 18, 2012

Volume on a desk.I have the 1954 New Standard Encyclopedia by Standard Education Society. I have a 10 volume set plus the yearly updates from 1954 to 1962 which are pamphlets bound in a hard cover.


Is there any market for these? They are very fancy and I would say in good shape.Closeup of cover.

By Craig L.


July 20, 20131 found this helpful

If you still have any of these, I would be interested. please contact me at franksoda AT

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I am interested if you still have these.
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April 8, 2012

Set of encyclopediasI have a full 14 volume set of New Standard Encyclopedias that are from 1972. We have decided to sell them to get some of the money we need to start a non profit foundation to promote S.I.D.S Awareness. The issue we have is that we don't know what the value of a set like this is or if there is any value at all. Anyone with any info about them please let us know. Thank you!

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April 10, 20120 found this helpful

I doubt you could get much more than maybe ten dollars for these, unfortunately.

You might consider looking into a charitable license so you could sell fundraising raffle tickets with the set as the prize. Your local newspaper might give you a bit of ink in the community pages, and help you solicit a few more donations too, to 'sweeten the pot'.


Good luck to you in this. My older brother died due to SIDS in 1955 and I don't think my family ever really got over the grief.

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August 26, 2020

I have a set (volumes 1-10) of 1929 New Standard Encyclopedias. Are they worth anything or do I need to wait 9 years until they turn 100? They are all in very good condition.

The cover of a 1929 New Standard Encyclopedia.
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The spine of a 1929 New Standard Encyclopedia.


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1929 New Standard Encyclopedia is probably as valuable today as it will be 10 years from now. If holding books for a few years until they reach the 'antique' status made them jump in value it would seem that collectors (or whoever) would buy them up and just hold on to them for a few years themselves (and save a lot of money?).


I seriously doubt the value will change very much unless for some, unknown reason, these books become more rare during those years.

Sets do still sell but maybe not quickly as some sellers leave their books up for sale for months/years and some never sell.

I have not found a sold set like yours except on LiveAuctions and that was sold in 2017 but never picked up.

here is a link to what is currently listed for sale on eBay so you can get a general idea of what sellers are asking for different sets.
I do not think you will find very much difference in prices for different years. Asking prices are not value as only a sold item can show what someone was willing to pay for that item.

You can check the sold items on eBay but I did not see any comparable sets listed:


Books can be a nightmare to ship so you might want to think about listing your set as pick up only.
You could post your set on sites like Craigslist, Facebook marketplace, offerup, letgo or other sites and start your price high with best offer and pick up only.
If not sold then you can lower the price.
You'll need several pictures of set and pages.
You did not mention the size of your books and some of these sets are the smaller books so be sure to mention the size.
You can post on several sites at the same time.

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It is a misnomer that age has anything to do with value in books in probably 95% of the cases. The thing with value is rarity, condition, and content and then the supply and demand of the pieces. I have hundred year old books that have no value and I can't even give them away and 25 year old books that are worth hundreds and the values increase and decrease as more are on the market (or fewer).


This set is rarer, but there is a large supply and low demand. People ask 8-19 a piece and they sit unsold in most cases.

You can always list them at $20 each and take best offer--which may be as low as 5 each.

Be aware there are many variables that can be in play here--like even a whiff of smell can make them valueless even if they are valuable when pristine. Also any water damage or condition issues.

Thanks for posting! Post back how your sale goes!

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January 21, 2021

How much is a complete set of 2002 New Standard Encyclopedias, Volume 20 worth? Great condition

A set of encyclopedias.


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This is a nice set.
Encyclopedia's do sell but may not sell very quickly. Years do matter as some are more popular than others but if you check out asking prices online you will see they run up and down and sometimes sold prices do this also.


Asking prices are just a price a seller would like to receive for their items but only a sold item shows value as it shows what someone is willing to pay for that item.

You can check out eBay's sold listings but I did find some sold listings for very similar sets:
Sold for $200 plus shipping.

Sold for $20 plus shipping

High and low figures so maybe you could list yours high and lower it if no one makes an offer or buys your set.

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November 8, 2017

I have a set of 10 volumes of the New Standard pictorial edition 1945, and a 1945 and 1946 World Progress standard quarterly review. The encyclopedia set is in excellent condition, the reviews are worn.

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The only time an old set of encyclopedias is worth anything is when they are 100+ years old. Unfortunately, nobody is interested in purchases a set of books such as this. Schools, libraries, and donation centers won't accept these books any longer. There are way too many people trying to sell them or give them away.

Your best bet is to list them on Craig's list in your area for around $25 to $35 for the set. Maybe someone is interested in purchasing them to make crafts or other items such as wood for a fireplace. Selling them online would not be profitable because of the cost of shipping these books to the buyer.

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February 5, 2020

I have the 1955 Chicago Standard Education Society Encyclopedia set. What is its value?

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Some encyclopedia sets still sell for good money: it all depends on the brand, age/edition, condition, full set, type of binding and sometimes location (if sold as pick up only).
This particular set does not seem to be very popular but you may still be able to sell it for $50-$60 plus shipping (media mail).
I did not see a 1955 edition but there is a 1953 edition listed on eBay for $94.99 with free shipping so you might place a watch on this one to see if it sells. If it sells you would have a favorable idea of the current value of your set as I cannot find any significant difference in the sets.
The big problem is how long it may take to sell as sellers leave their books listed for months/years and occasionally they sell a book or set.

I did find one seller that has the 1955 books for sale and I see that they have theirs listed by individual book ($6 plus shipping) and one has sold but this is a hard way to make money as they may not sell another book anytime soon.

You might want to try listing the set on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace or another site and list them as 'pick up only' so no shipping required.
This way you can start your price higher and lower it if necessary.

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October 1, 2017

I have a 1952 set of New Standard Encyclopedias consisting of 10 volumes. It is in excellent condition. What might this be worth?
Thank you!

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First - are you sure you have a complete set? There were not very many encyclopedia sets published with only 10 volumes is why I am asking. This year and publisher may have been the exception.

  • In general, most encyclopedias are not very valuable and many times even difficult to give away.
  • New Standard Encyclopedias are also known as Funk & Wagner so you can check prices on either name. eBay sells sets so you could check out their site for 2 or 3 months to get a better idea of what is selling and for what price.
  • It seems the current value would be from $10 - $45 but may be difficult to sell even at that low price.
  • You may see some sets with asking prices much higher but those are just that - asking prices and rarely sell for high prices.
  • All most encyclopedias are very slow sellers and auction site sellers may keep relisting sets for months and even years and still may never sell them.
  • The Internet has almost all of this information and up to date material and it is free so not many people actually have any need for these books or want to use up space keeping them.
  • It is true however, some sets are exceptions but this brand was a lower end set and is rarely a collectors item.
  • Here is what one appraiser stated:
  • An asking price is probably not a selling price, but what a seller hopes to get.
  • What they actually sell for is another story. A story of what they're actually worth to someone, and I'm afraid to inform you, that value is for less then ten dollars.
  • Ask yourself these questions. Were they mass produced? Do they represent current knowledge? Are there places where you can get the same knowledge today for free? See what I mean?
  • Most likely a buyer of these will use them as fuel for their wood stove.

If you are interested in selling your set, I would suggest you list it on Craigslist or any other local auction site so someone can take a look at the set and if sold, no shipping involved. You can ask whatever price you want and change it if no seems interested.

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November 5, 2018

What is the value for a like new, complete set 1987 New Standard Encyclopedias with World Progress Yearbooks thru 1994?

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September 2, 2017

What is the value of New Standard Encyclopedia Vol 12 1983? Also, included is the Encyclopedia Dictionary & Popular Mechanics Do It Yourself books.

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January 5, 2012

I have a set of New Standard Encyclopedia, 1981, and The Science Library that is in mint condition. Can anyone tell me how to find out if they have any value?

By Claudia Anderson


January 5, 20120 found this helpful

I checked ebay and there is a set on there for $113.00 . That doesn't mean they will get it but it might give you some Idea. There isn't a real big call for these anymore since the internet made information so easy to get to.

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January 6, 20120 found this helpful

Check I did a search for "New Standard Encyclopedia" and the going rate from used booksellers for a set is $1.00. As a librarian, I'll tell you that encyclopedias are updated every year, so no one wants a set from 1981 for doing research. However, your encyclopedias could be re-purposed as stage props in a local theater production; used in an art project if there's artists in your town who work with old books or collage; used for door stops or to raise up computer terminals to eye level; or simply turned to pulp at your local recycling center. If you've got a freecycle group in your area ( offer them as a giveaway.

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The pictures in them might be useful for kids school projects but I doubt anyone will pay anything for them.

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July 16, 2018

I have a set of the New Standard Encyclopedias and was wondering what is the value of them today. The set is in outstanding condition; they have never been used.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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April 29, 2018

I have a set of New Standard encyclopedias including the index book and 2001 & 2002 World Progress yearbooks. I was wondering if they have any value?

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August 4, 2015

I have a full set of the New Standard encyclopedia, copyright 1931. It consists of 25 books plus the study book and the 1933, 34, 35, 36, and 37 year books.

I am just wondering how much this complete set with the upgraded extras that came with them would sell for. The books are in very good condition.

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