Low Numbers - do they really add value?

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Low Numbers - do they really add value?

Post by igotdblues » Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:01 pm

Hi,

I am fairly new to book collecting, and there is something I am curious about - Why do low numbered limited editions seem to fetch higher prices? What typically is considered a low number?

Let's say you have #4 of 750 and number 400 of 750 of the signed limited edition of from a Buick 8 (not that I have either, but just for arguments sake) how much of a premium would the #4 have?

Thanks,

Chris



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Re: Low Numbers - do they really add value?

Post by Mr. Rabbit Trick » Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:25 pm

For me, not a cent. Only number 1 or letter A would make me pay a premium.

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Re: Low Numbers - do they really add value?

Post by jhanic » Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:59 am

I'm sure most collectors will feel the same way. There are those, however, to whom low numbers DO mean something. (I'm not one of them either.) I'm sure they are willing to pay a slight premium for those.

As to what a "low number" is depends on the individual collector. I have #5 of 450 of "Life in the Cinema" with King's Introduction. To me, that's a low number, but I put no special value on it.

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Re: Low Numbers - do they really add value?

Post by ur2ndbiggestfan » Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:44 am

I agree. Low numbers or letters are nice, in their own way, but mean nothing to me as to the book's actual value. The only comparison to value I can think of are the three different dates King used on the signed FIRESTARTER. For some strange reason, the ones he signed on the first day are considered more valuable then the others. I wish he had signed them all on the same day, but his hand probably got tired.

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Post by dainierljeji » Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:52 am

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Re: Low Numbers - do they really add value?

Post by TheCollector » Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:41 am

Of course you could ask the same question to owners 801+ of Little Sisters of Eluria.....

It's actually somewhat interesting from a matching persepective. Grant typically and Cemetery Dance to some extent will give preference or attempt to match numbers of the last book they produced.

So as we've seen this year, if a previous title print run is larger than the current title the folks with high numbers will be left out. That would certainly be a good reason to try for a lower number.

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Re: Low Numbers - do they really add value?

Post by Jhenry » Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:56 pm

Let's say you have #4 of 750 and number 400 of 750 of the signed limited edition of from a Buick 8 (not that I have either, but just for arguments sake) how much of a premium would the #4 have?

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Re: Low Numbers - do they really add value?

Post by jimimck » Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:05 am

Jhenry wrote:Let's say you have #4 of 750 and number 400 of 750 of the signed limited edition of from a Buick 8 (not that I have either, but just for arguments sake) how much of a premium would the #4 have?
To me, no premium at all. I'd pay the same price for either number.

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Re: Low Numbers - do they really add value?

Post by TrueNorth » Fri Apr 24, 2015 3:53 am

I can't help but liking low numbers.
If a SL Stand came up for sale what would I prefer #10 or #1112. Give me #10. Is it worth more? I want it more so maybe it is to me. Shouldn't be....but in my twisted thinking it is.

The DT Series is the exception to the low number values. Anything under 500 has a premium. With only 500 Volume 1s, anything higher makes it impossible to complete the set.

I would rather have a PC DT series then a mix matched number set.

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Re: Low Numbers - do they really add value?

Post by Mr. Rabbit Trick » Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:56 am

IMO a S/L Stand numbered 666 is worth a lot more than one numbered 10.

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