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Value of World Book Encyclopedia

I have the 1964 set of World Book encyclopedias with study guide. It is time to let them go are they worth anything?


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August 1, 20170 found this helpful

A person sold his collection with a study guide for $300 USD. If the books are in excellent condition, I don't see why you can't sell yours for the same.

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August 1, 20170 found this helpful

If you could get $300 that would be wonderful. This encyclopedia is not antique. They usually are not worth much. I wish you luck, however.

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August 1, 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. Libraries, 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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August 2, 20170 found this helpful

They get more valuable after they've aged a century, depending on the condition. You could try putting it up for sale for a couple hundred to see if there are any biters.

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August 2, 20170 found this helpful

There is a big misconception with the answer about a $300 value as the set they are referring to was sold in 2013 and the sellers had to pay the shipping which would have been close to $40 so that would be $260 but that is not true in today's market.


These sets are very plentiful and may not sell for even $100. This type of set is listed on eBay and Etsy more than any other site and sad to say but these are usually very, very slow sellers and some sellers relist these books for months and months and even years and may never sell them. Some are lucky and sell quickly but that is the exception and not the rule.
Here is a link to sets presently listed on Etsy with an asking price (not a selling price) and some may sell but most will not. Any book seller will tell you - do not buy any kind of encyclopedias if you are looking for an investment. Most thrift stores will not take sets (any date) because they cannot sell them and library book sales are the same way.
If you want to sell your set I would suggest trying your local Craigslist first with maybe a price of $200 and see if anyone is interested. You can change the price anytime. If you list on eBay or Etsy I would suggest the same price plus shipping.

Here is a link to books recently sold on eBay (your set may not be in the group but it will give you an idea of sales).

https://www.eba … d=p2045573.m1684

Here is a link to books presently listed on Etsy,

https://www.ets … Encyclopedia+Set

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August 12, 20170 found this helpful

My husband is a part time auctioneer, and usually these get thrown away. In our area, they are not worth anything.

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