Value of Vintage Encyclopedias

I have a 1958 set of the World Encyclopedia in good condition. Do they have any value/


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April 16, 20180 found this helpful
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Different years/editions of encyclopedias are valued for different reasons so occasionally a set will be of value.

  • The 1958 set was not a "stand out" set but there have been several sets sold on eBay this year which is a little unusual. The sets did not sell for a lot of money but still - money is money.
  • Here is the link to the sets that sold so you can see if one is similar to your set. There are two different bindings (you did not say which binding your have) but it looks like both are selling. The sets sold for $12 - $80 but packing and shipping is a real job.
  • You may want to think about trying to sell them on your local Craigslist as the price may be close to the same and there would be no shipping involved.
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  • Craigslist is easy to use (they show instructions) and usually free but you would need several photos and a good description.
  • eBay is more difficult and unless you list the set as "pick up only" you would have to pack and ship and shipping cost only adds to what the buyer is paying but no more money to you.
  • You can start higher and lower if no one shows an interest.
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April 16, 20180 found this helpful

Unless is is over 100 years old and complete, it has very little value.

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April 17, 20180 found this helpful

Not until it's 100 yeaRs old. It's best to try to find a local buyer to pick them up. They don't sell for much more than $30

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