Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by aronsamma, Oct 17, 2012.
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As for the book, it pretty much traditional that when authors sell their books, they sign them.
I have an Error Coin Encyclopedia thats signed by Fred Weinberg and also have a copy of the Franklin/Kennedy Half Dollar Book thats signed by Rick Tomaska.
Neither book has any premium associated with it due to the signatures.
I would say if you like the book, buy it and the signature is a bonus (should it be true, but who would fake it?).
Always go for the signed edition.
I think I have two or 3 of Scott's books signed.
If you watch Pawn Stars at all, and see the people bringing in items with alleged genuine signatures of notable people, like former POTUS', movie stars, music icons, etc., they always call in an expert to authentic the signature, or autograph, even without any documentation as to the authenticity.
Usually, one of the first questions they ask, "Do you have any documentation about the signature being real?"
Actually, one of the items brought in was a signed copy of a of Dwight D. Eisenhower book, Crusade in Europe. He authored it, and signed it as well. The expert valued the book at $1500, Pawn Stars bought it from the seller for $900.
Agreed within reason. I won't pay $50 more for a signed $30 book, but will pay a little more.
With incribed books, there are a couple of things you shoudl know. One, its best to have the first blank page or the title page incribed, and two, its best for it to not be personalized. A generic saying with a signature is fine, but if it says, "To Doug, best wishes" then an autograph its worth less than just an autograph.
Seems people don't like to be reminded an autographed edition was not autographed specifically for them!
It would appear that most people walking into the bookstore, and wanting a coin strategy book, would not put a premium on the signature. However, take the same 3 books to a coin show, and the signed book could go for $10-$15 or more because the market wanting that signature is present and concentrated.
IMO, it does not. Sure, he might be able to sell it for $10 or $15 to the right person. But $10 or $15 is not "significant" IMO.
$900 is significant.
$10 is only 2 gallons of gas.
BTW, I believe that Pawn Stars would laugh at a signed copy of a Scott Travers Book!
So would the Goldmans!
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