|taped inside Pet Sematary|
ebay.com current bid: $6.50
Why not to mess with signed editions: Because publishers have figured out signed is better and have made it a business. The days of sending your personal copy of a book to the author and getting it signed and returned are gone. Authors no longer do as may signings, and publishers don't like the author to sign books when they run into fans because it devalues their signature. So what was fun is now just a money game.
Taped inside a copy of Pet Sematary is a note signed by King. Now the book itself is not signed, it's on paper. But, think about this -- it's the same signature. So I'm asking -- what's special about his handwriting inside a book as opposed to on a paper?
I think inscribed books are better than flatsigned. I love seeing the ones where little personal notes have been written from the author to the book owner. Some people prefer flatsigned books. They don't want the writing that is directed to someone else. However, that is part of the books history -- part of the signing -- and I think it's delightful. I don't own a book King has insribed,but I own other boosk with little notes from the author, and it's great!
Here's a couple I spotted that I think are cool:
- Four Past Midnight: "For Rick, don't stay out late."
- Firestarter: "To Dianne -- on her 25th -- with love from Scott and Stephen King, 8/19/90."
Someone should put together a list (book) of the things King has written to fans when autographing them.
An interesting thing is that the more expensive signed books are the old ones and the more recent ones. A copy of Doctor Sleep signed is $400+. Why? Because that's where Cemetery Dance set the price, and people were ready to fork that over. I think at $400 you should also get a couple of new tires and a Walmart gift card.
Know what I notice? Signed books from the mid portion of King's writing don't cost as much. Check it out on ebay! (Not that I recommend buying signed items on ebay.)
- Bag of Bones, $250
- Christine, $150 (Hold on! Why is this so low and Doctor Sleep so high? A signed Christine seems like it would be very valuable because it's more rare to have those than the current super novel)
- Rose Madder, $175
- Eyes of the Dragon, $195
- Bag of Bones, $150 (advanced reading copy)
- Four Past Midnight, $149
- Firestarter, $375
- Full Dark No Stars, 112.50 (current bid, not final selling price)
- The Shining, $2,800 (seriously -- that's a lot of money.)
- BETTS BOOKSTORE: Dolores Claiborne, $75 (www.bettsbooks.com)
Okay, my point is really just how subjective this all is. The books prices are pretty standard until King autographs them, and then BAM! the price can go anywhere. Salem's Lot signed goes for about $3,000. That doesn't mean anyone will pay that, but it is what someone is asking.
Tell me --
how important is a signature?
How much would you be willing for fork over?
What King books do you have signed?