Value of a 1961 Set of Compton's Picture Encyclopedia?

How much is a set of 1961 Compton's picture encyclopedias worth? I found a set at my mother-in-law's house and don't know if we should sell it or trash it?


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March 25, 20200 found this helpful
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Is this your set:

If so, it sold on eBay recently for best offer of 90.00 plus shipping.
My source for what the best offer was, tells me they took $50 for it. It is a website I use...I don't know the seller or any one associated with the auction.

Many people mistakenly think ALL encyclopedias have no value OR have a value if they are over 100 years old, but this is not a tried and true rule. There are thousands of types of encyclopedia out there and many do still have a value--but not for what you think!

Yes, there are collectors who still want paper, but most of the sales (in my experience) are for artists and crafts people. They want them for paper collage art OR for using the really pretty covers and books for things like turning them into lamps, coffee tables and other cool things.


What you will fetch (dollar amount) for them is based on a number of factors:
--if they have any smells that can really devalue them.
--if the spine is intact or not
--if the pages are tanned/yellowed or not
--if there are pages missing or torn
--if there are pages stuck together
--if you have all of the volumes
--if the covers are clean

Depending on what the potential buyer wants for them, they may ask a lot of questions. I try to be proactive and answer all the questions in my listings, but I do find people don't read, so I answer questions when I get them!

Post back how your sale goes!

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March 24, 20200 found this helpful

Encylopedia's are not worth anything.We have to much technology.People do not want to lug around a big book,they use a computer.

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March 25, 20200 found this helpful

Selling these books might not bring in a lot of money. You might want to try a woman's shelter to donate them to. There are many small children in these shelters and they may need material to read or learn by.


Other than this you can try to post this on Craigslist in your local area and see if anyone might be interested. Most books like this are not selling well right now because they are bulky and hard to store or carry around. People today perfer a tablet to find information on.

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March 31, 20200 found this helpful

In the world that exists today, very few things have inherent value as in are easy to convert into cash. Same can be said for books - especially for books, some might say.

Since they're about to become 50 years old, that has a certain cache s vintage, though you need to hold onto them another 50 years before they become antique.

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