31st Annual Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale

Sunday, March 21, the first day of Spring. I went to the paperback collector’s show, and it was good. Here are 6 of the 30 books I got.  

We got to the show about 9:3o, and after paying the entry fee of $5, we got inside and took our first look at… books. LOTS of books. Several people said there were more dealers and more books than there had been in years, and I agree.

I was looking for paperbacks in three series: Parry Mason, Mike Shayne and Shell Scott. I also had a half dozen SF authors I hoped to find. Plus anything else that I just had to have.

Upon arrival at the show, we saw my friend Art Scott, and after chatting for a few minutes he pointed out a dealer with a lot of choice things, mostly with Robert McGinnis covers. Naturally I went there first and I ended up buying about half of the day’s total from that dealer.

Good news: I had a list. Bad news, I’d forgotten to re-sort it into alpha by title, instead of by year published. This made it difficult, when looking at books to see if it was on my want list. Darn. It was a minor inconvenience, but still.

Then on around the room. I saw Laurie Powers there, of the Laurie’s Wild West blog, and we had a chance to talk and I got her to sign my copy of Pulp Writer: Twenty Years in the American Grub Street, which I’d taken to the show just in case.

Then to the other two rooms. The show is held in a little conference center, a complex of three rooms, in which I found the remainder of the mystery paperbacks I bought. The hunt is a lot of fun, and everyone at this show is helpful and nice. There were a lot more pulps and magazines that I’d remembered from the last time I was there a few years ago.

I had no luck with the science fiction I was seeking. The dealers who were there had little or no organization, one had box after box of books, not by author, or publisher or title, just boxes full, requiring one to get on the floor and paw through them. After about 20 minutes, we gave that up.

About the time I ran up to and just over my book budget for the day I noticed it was lunch time, so we went to a local place with Art and enjoyed a nice meal. Then, books safely in a box in the trunk of the car, we made our way home. A great show! I even got all the books cataloged and all relevant files updated before dinner.

Expect to see some of these turning up on Friday Forgotten Books posts in the near future.

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12 Responses to 31st Annual Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale

  1. Bill Crider says:

    Ah, my envy knows no bounds.

  2. Patti Abbott says:

    On my scanner, I’d have to rip the book off the book.

  3. Richard says:

    Bill, you would have had a great time!

    Patti, I guess that meant you have a feed scanner, not a lift top? I had to wrestle with mine this morning, which is why the post is up so late.

  4. Evan Lewis says:

    Like Mr. Bill, I am extremely jealous.

  5. Nice haul. You can third me after Bill and Evan.

  6. Scott Cupp says:

    Your comment about getting down and pawing through boxes was amusing. That was how I mnet Bill Crider. I had boxes under a table and he and Billy Lee were looking for Jim Thompson books. being 30 years and more ago there was an occasional Thompson there before I learned better. I think Bill decided that if I was buying that type of stuff, I mus tbe OK.

  7. Richard says:

    I didn’t spot any Thompson, but I did see a couple of pretty nice Hammett paperbacks, and some Fred Brown (Mimi, Jabberwock). LOTS of Carter Brown, for those with that interest, though I’m not one of them.

    There were quite a few Dell map-backs also, including the one I picked up, The Long Escape. Thanks for the Crider story. Never can have too many of those!

  8. Richard says:

    Randy, I’ll be posting more of the goodies, but suffice to say the Shayne books had the best McGinnis covers.

  9. Carl V. says:

    As I said before you went, I am happy for you and very jealous! Love the books you’ve shown and desperately want to see the rest.

    McGinnis is the absolute bomb! Seeing these makes me want to go read through the Paperback Covers book again and look through the few McGinnis paperbacks that I own. He is an amazing, amazing talent.

    I’m happy that the day was a fruitful one for you.

  10. I’ve always had a fondness for that TORRID TWELVE cover! Carl, I completed the March part of your FANTASY CHALLENGE. And, according to the legendary Art Scott, a second McGinnis book will be out later this year. Can’t wait!

  11. Richard says:

    George, Art mentioned the book is more likely to be out very late in the year. That means to me it will be possibly even early next year. The good news is he said it has gotten bigger. Yay!

  12. Carl V. says:

    I’m really looking forward to that new McGinnis book. It is a long time coming. While I truly love the Paperback Covers book and the Tapestry art book, a bigger and better collection of his work is something that simply must be allowed to exist.

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