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Kent Messmer
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Hi, I have someone that has the loose leaf, original Tarbell course in magic in its binder that would like to know if it has much value.

Does anyone here have an idea of its value?
I would appreciate any information you could give.

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Unfortunately I believe the value to be very low. I posted a complete set on ebay about three years ago twice on ebay at an opening bid of $50 and it did not generate any interest. The 8 Book set usually sells better on ebay.
Even at collectors meetings nobody seemed to be really interested in the original individual lessons.
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I would almost have the loose leafs than the books...but that is just me.
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I also had the original Tarbell lessons in the original Tarbell binder. All was complete, and I think I managed to sell it to an individual for $100. At the time, I hadn't found the Tarbell coin and shell that I had in the collection/estate at the time I sold the course. The coin should've gone with it. That's about a fair to high price. I'd love to have it again if your friend wants to sell it. might be the same one I originally sold!

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There may be some items in the original course that was not included in the book versions...?
Kent Messmer
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Thanks for the information.

The person who brought it into me really just wanted someone to have it that would enjoy it, so he gave it to me. I told him that if it was worth a lot of money that I would feel bad about just taking it. I told him that if I found out it had a high value I would want to pay him something.

I don't think I will be selling it as I have a few older items I have collected over the years and since the Tarbell course is a staple in most magicians library having an original one is great.

My "book" Tarbell set 1-5 have a 1941 to 1948 copyright. The one I just recieved is a second edition 1927 copyright.

Anyway...thanks again for the help
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The original Tarbell course was call: "Tarbell System"
I also have these. My is a 1927 copyright.

Their are a lot of things in the Tarbell System that isn't in the Tarbell Course.

I also got the ebook of the Tarbell System. This is nice! If you don't want to read the page, the computer will read it for you.

You can get the ebook from:

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I have a used post binder tarbell course that is almost complete. The original owner was a pharmacist who became a part time magician through this course.I purchased it 20+ years ago from his widow and I would like to sell it if there is any interest.
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That's Unbelievable

I've been saving these mail order courses that were originally purchased by Jim Swoger.
Im the second owner. I can't believe they have no value. I might as well throw them away instead of selling them.

I'm seeing the same thing happen with cataloges. I have 600 cataloges that should probably just be thrown in the recycling bin.
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Jay, Don't throw the catalogs in the trash. Send me a list or a rough idea of what there isand I might know some one who would give them a good home.

I was at the convention when Burton Sperber started disposing of his catalog collection. Sad but they were grabbed up and treasured by other collectors. Of course, a lot depends on the catalogs you are talking about.

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