Value of 1912 Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia Set?

I have a 25 volume of Funk and Wagnalls encyclopedia from 1912. They are small books (4x6). It is a complete set. How much are they worth?


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November 29, 20190 found this helpful
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I see a post on eBay that looks exactly like yours where someone is asking $189.00. If those are yours and you fetch that much, that will be today's market value.

I have never seen a set like this with the white and blue (sold or listed before) so this auction may set the current market value.

Post back how the sale goes!

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November 29, 20190 found this helpful
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Funk & Wagnalls was a lower end encyclopedia and for a couple of years you could get a free volume each week at some grocery stores and gas stations (Compton's Encyclopedias were also given away) when you spent a 'certain' amount of money.
Although your set has several things that could make it more valuable - small size books & 1912 was the first edition; but, it takes a collector to pay big money for a first edition and I do not believe very many collectors are interested in this particular name/set.
You do not describe your books and pictures do not show spines and this is where fading usually happens and also damage from handling and condition is important.

I see that you have your set listed for sale on eBay for $189.00 plus $25 dollars for shipping. You also do not mention overall condition of books in your listing.
You show this as Priority Mail shipping but most sellers ship sets by media mail as it is much less expensive, especially since USPS changed how they charge for larger boxes.
You must have done some research to find this amount but I have not been able to find any set that has sold for over $60. Perhaps you have more information than is currently available.
Please let us know if your set sells as this would be an excellent current value.

Many appraisers as well as researchers use sold listings on eBay to set current value but I did not find any set of Funk & Wagnalls that sold for over $60.
I did not find any sold set from 1912 but I could have missed one. A books age or even first edition does not always mean it is more valuable than later editions unless there is something extra special about the book/year.

I did find something strange (at least strange to me) in that a seller has a 1912 set listed for sale on this site for $125:

And the same seller has the same set listed on eBay for $49.99.

Sets are listed for sale starting at $.01 and go to $500 so there is no way to even guess how these sellers have arrived at their asking prices but some sellers leave their listings up for years and maybe one day they sell??

Good luck with your set - it would be nice to see it sell for that amount.

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November 29, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks for all your info, I will update. Books are in very good condition considering the age. They have been sitting in a closed cabinet in my house for thirty years.

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December 1, 20190 found this helpful
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This set is not the standard size. The prices online are for the full size books so these prices do not work for the books you are asking about. I see the full size books being sold for or should I say the asking price to sell them starts at $25 and goes up to around $200 for the books. In your case you can determine your price based on this but make sure people know this is not the larger book size but the smaller books.

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November 29, 20190 found this helpful

Prices start at $25

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