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ThomasJ
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My apologies in advance if this belongs elsewhere. Is there a go-to resource who appraises the value of historic magic books or ephemera? I am aware of Potter and Potter but was curious if there is an online resource as reference.

Thanks in advance
EvilClown
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If you mean to simply look up and get a price? I don't think so. I maintain a database of actual sales of magic books (not simply listed prices) with around 11,000 recent transactions. You can message me if there is a book or two you want data for.
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There is a subscription based website called WorthPoint that has a lot of collectable pricing data.

https://www.worthpoint.com/

I've never subscribed nor am I affiliated in any way. I discovered this site when researching magic book values in the past. Sadly, you can't see the values they assign unless you pay the subscription fee. As I understand it their data is made up from various internet sales sights and auction results.

Hope this helps,

Doug
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EvilClown
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You can also use LiveAuctioneers.com for similar information to WorthPoint and there is no charge. I source a small amount of my data from LiveAuctioneers.
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I don't know if either of these two fellows are still involved in selling used/rare magic books. Both were guys you would see at magic conventions. I have business cards from both, but they're quite old. I feel like either if they're still involved would have a good pulse on prices. It's sounds like EvilClown above is a good source above.

George Daily (I've bought thinks from him in the past on ebay)

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ThomasJ
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Thanks for the responses, I’ll be checking out these resources.
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