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Finding the Value of Collier's Encyclopedias?

May 13, 2022

How much is my collection of 20 Collier Encyclopedia books (1943 to 1953) worth?


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May 16, 20220 found this helpful
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Collier's Encyclopedia was first published in 19501951 in the United States by Crowell, Collier, and Macmillan (all volumes published by 1951). Collier's Encyclopedia was continuously revised.
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So you can't have Collier Encyclopedia volumes published in 1943-1949.

I found 1953 20 volume set Collier's Encyclopedia black red gold at $75 www.ebay.com/.../143920628940

1953 Collier's Encyclopedia 20 volume set at $451.25 www.biblio.com/.../1289792931

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February 27, 2022

What is the value of a 1928 Collier encyclopedia set?


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February 27, 20220 found this helpful
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Unfortunately, unless a set of encyclopedias is at least 100 years old, at which point they are classified as antiques, they aren't worth much. Ebay has sets with asking prices of $150 to $200, but that is ASKING price. If you search for SOLD sets, if they even sell, they go for much less - maybe under $50 or about $1.00 per book in the set. The library I work at, doesn't even take them for our summer book sale anymore. Most people just look stuff up on-line, and it is more up to date info.

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Even if a thrift store will accept them, they usually wind up being sent for recycling. If you have the time, you could check with used book stores or try selling or giving them away through Craig's List or Freecycle. There are many craft ideas for using old encyclopedias and other books, just Google "crafts using old books". If you can't find someone that wants them, at least recycle them so they don't wind up in a landfill. Good luck.

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November 10, 2017

I have a full set of 16 volumes of Collier's Encyclopedias copyright 1992. It is still in new condition. What are they worth?
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November 11, 20170 found this helpful
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I am so sorry to have to tell you BUT I doubt if your set of Encyclopedias are of any value money wise. They are so out-date that a lot of the information is of no help today.

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Most high school kids and college students get their information on the internet and also go to the library to look any thing up.

Have you considered donating them to a local thrift shop, you will find most will give you a receipt that you can then write off on your tax form.

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April 27, 2018

I have a full set of Collier's Encyclopedia with Bibliography, plus 10 year books from 1973 to 1982 and a Funk & Wagnalls dictionary, International Edition and am looking to find the value in order to sell them.

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April 28, 20181 found this helpful
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Encyclopedia sets are difficult to sell but there are buyers for some so it is up to you to do your research to determine the price someone might pay as well as where they may be selling.

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  • This set is not too popular and does not appear to have a high resale value.
  • It does appear that some sets are selling for $65-$$150 but I did not see your edition among the sold. You do not state the year but I assume it must be before 1973.
  • Shipping is costly for these sets and also a difficult task so many sellers list this type of set as "pick up only" and that means a potential buyer would live in that city.
  • There seems to be more individual books being sold from this company but the prices vary (around $6-$10) and it takes a long time to sell even one book.
  • eBay, amazon and Abe's books are the biggest book sellers so those are the sites you should check for what others are asking for this brand of books.
  • Most sellers keep books/sets listed for months and even years and sometimes they never sell.
  • Here is what is currently listed on Google:
  • www.google.com/search?q=Collier%27s+Encyclopedia...
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  • Here is what has sold on eBay over the past several months:
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=Collier...
  • You may be able to find something that will help you but you may want to think about listing them on your local Craigslist as people like to see items like this and there would be no shipping involved.
  • You could list them at whatever price you wanted and reduce it if no one shows an interest.
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April 25, 2018

I have a mint condition Collier's Encyclopedia set with two dictionaries. Are they worth anything or what can I do with them?


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April 29, 20180 found this helpful
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My husband is a part time antique auctioneer. In our area, at the most, they would bring $25. Usually they are thrown away. However, different areas of the US and world value things differently.

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It all depends on if someone wants it and how much they are willing to pay for it.

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November 27, 2016

I have a full set of Collier's Encyclopedias. There are 8 volumes. What price could I sell it for?

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January 31, 20170 found this helpful
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I have sold books just like this before. YOu can expect to sell them for $5 to $8 each.

The real problem is, a lot of folks don't want these anymore, thanks to the internet.

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April 26, 2019

I have a full set, of Collier's Encyclopedias, in mint condition, printed in 1959. Though I realize these are incredibly outdated, is there any value in keeping/attempting to sell these?

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April 26, 20190 found this helpful

They wont have any valid until they are 100 years old, and considered antique. Donate and take the tax deduction.

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May 12, 2018

I have 24 volume set of Collier's encyclopedia, 1968 to 1977 year books, and A through LOBAR, LOBATE through Z are they worth anything.
Thanks.

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May 13, 20180 found this helpful

They are worth very little. Encyclopedias over 100 years old are antiques and have value

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May 13, 20180 found this helpful

My husband auctions part time. They throw encyclopedias out all the time because no one wants them, for no value. Sometimes crafters buy them for a few cents, to make crafts with.

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May 13, 20180 found this helpful

I am afraid you will find that these Collier's Encyclopedias are not of any value, they are not only out dated on the information but any one can get answer's by using a computer.

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May 16, 20180 found this helpful

6 years ago or so i had good luck selling an entire encyclopedia britannica for close to $1000 so i believe that it is still possible to sell them though don't know about Colliers, people still list them on ebay for $1 to $6 per book

i have a ton of old books too and i have this belief that in a few decades they will be worth more than they are now

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February 24, 2017

I have a complete (24 vol.) set of Colliers Encyclopedias, 1994 edition.
They are in new condition, what might they be worth?


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February 24, 20170 found this helpful

In general, eBay.com or amazon.com are places where you could find out what these sorts of books cost. Though there's not a very lively market for these, they still have some value, especially as a set. When I was selling books I could expect to get anything from $60 to $200 for a set, but it took a long time, even years, for the right shopper to come along.

If you really want to get rid of them, you could find out their value, donate them to a school and take a tax write off

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February 24, 20170 found this helpful

Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value, a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias, dictionaries and reference books but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.
You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigs List and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.

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March 2, 20170 found this helpful

It is a shame that nice books like this are rarely worth very much and sometimes even difficult to give a way. Most of your thrift stores will not take them because that take up so much space and many time just do not sell - even with a 5.00 price tag.
The Internet has made these a thing of the past.
Maybe you can find a family that home schools or someone that does crafts as these may be the only way to give them away.
You can place an ad in Craig's list or Freecycle and maybe find someone to pick them up - otherwise you may just have to discard them.

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August 24, 2019

Can anyone give me an idea of the value of a full set of Collier's National Encyclopedia, 1936 edition, including "Revision Service" volumes dated 1936 and 1940? The condition is good.Value of 1936 Collier's National Encyclopedia - red bound volumes

 

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November 12, 2018

I have a set of 10 volumes plus the index of Colliers National encyclopedia, copyright date 1932, 1933, 1934. What are they worth?


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August 30, 2018

I have a full set of Collier's Encyclopedias dated 1963. Are they worth anything?


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July 23, 2018

I was wondering what a set of Collier"s New Encyclopedias, copyright 1921 would be worth if anything?

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