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  • #16
    Re: Chess Books at Auction

    Originally posted by Wayne Komer View Post
    Chess Books at Auction

    February 19, 2018

    There is a program on television called Storage Wars.

    When the rent is not paid on a storage locker for three months, the contents can be sold by auction for cash-only. Professional buyers visit storage facilities throughout the States and bid on these lockers. Before each locker is auctioned, the buyers are given five minutes to inspect the contents from the doorway, but may not enter the locker or touch any of the items.

    After the day's auctions are completed, the winning bidders sort through the lockers estimating the prices they will set on the content.

    Now, suppose you won your bid on a locker with dozens of closed boxes of books but you could not read any of the titles. If they were chess books, what would you do after?

    Well, today, on eBay, an auction was announced, with a starting price of $4,500 for 94 boxes containing 3976 mint chess books. 20 of the boxes are full of Chess Life magazines.

    The auction, with photos is at:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Chess-Books...8AAOSw9LlaihoH

    The hitch is that there are multiple copies of each book. The two Keres books are quite collectible but I doubt whether 64 copies of The Romantic King's Gambit could ever be sold.

    The second problem is that you must pick them all up from the storage unit located in Athens, Alabama!

    I give below, the whole listing:

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    I have a storage unit located in Athens Alabama 35611 of Appx. Total 94 Boxes. Vintage mint/new paperback Chess Books Including 20 Boxes of Chess Life magazines. Buyer Pickup, from Storage Unit Only.


    The list of new/mint vintage paperback chess books are:


    1.The Complete Najdorf, John Nunn- 5 boxes x48 =240

    2. The Road To The Top, Paul Keres- 2 boxes x63 =126

    3. The Quest for Perfection, Paul Keres-6 boxes x55 =330

    4. Chess Tactics for the Advanced Player, Yuri Averbakh-International Grandmaster-20 boxes x36 =720

    5. Chess MiddleGame Planning, Peter Romanovsky- American Chess Promotions-2 boxes x62 =124

    6. Dynamics of Chess Psychology, Cary Utterberg-Chess Digest- 6 boxes x64 =384

    7. New Classical King's Indian, John Nunn-4 boxes x49 =196

    8. The Romantic King's Gambit, Chess. A.E Santasler and Ken Smith,-1box 64 =64

    9. Alekhine In Europe and Asia, John Donaldson, Intl.Chess Interprises- 28 boxes x64 =1,792

    10. 20 full boxes - Chess Life-From 1990's and maybe 2000, 2001, 2002

    Total: 94 boxes

    3,976 new/mint vintage chess books
    20 full boxes Chess Life
    The problem with that is that only about 5 of the books (2 through 5 and 9) are worth anything from the point of view of a chess book collector and even a chess bookseller will be hard pressed to sell all of those copies of any particular title. The whole lot is probably worth about $160 to the typical chess book buyer who would probably be willing to buy at half that price and maybe $1000 to the seller of chessbooks. The market is very small. In Canada, maybe Chess and Math and Larry Bevand would be interested in one tenth of the collection. In the U.S. there are maybe ten booksellers who might be interested in part of it. For anyone else it would be too much of a bother. Maybe Amazon would be interested if they knew about it as that would be the only bookseller who could sell in such quantities.

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    • #17
      Re: Chess Books at Auction

      Originally posted by Vlad Drkulec View Post
      The problem with that is that only about 5 of the books (2 through 5 and 9) are worth anything from the point of view of a chess book collector and even a chess bookseller will be hard pressed to sell all of those copies of any particular title. The whole lot is probably worth about $160 to the typical chess book buyer who would probably be willing to buy at half that price and maybe $1000 to the seller of chessbooks. The market is very small. In Canada, maybe Chess and Math and Larry Bevand would be interested in one tenth of the collection. In the U.S. there are maybe ten booksellers who might be interested in part of it. For anyone else it would be too much of a bother. Maybe Amazon would be interested if they knew about it as that would be the only bookseller who could sell in such quantities.
      This sounds like stock from American Chess Promotions. I know the owner. He is a nice guy, but I heard he had health issues which may explain why he let the storage fees laps.

      We are not interested.

      Larry

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      • #18
        Re : Re: Chess Books at Auction

        Originally posted by Wayne Komer View Post

        Well, today, on eBay, an auction was announced, with a starting price of $4,500 for 94 boxes containing 3976 mint chess books. 20 of the boxes are full of Chess Life magazines.
        Actually, this is NOT an auction with a starting price of $4,500. Anybody willing to pay $4,500 gets the lot.

        At about $1.00 per book. this offer seems good, but who needs up to 1792 copies of the same title?

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        • #19
          Re: Re : Re: Chess Books at Auction

          Originally posted by Louis Morin View Post
          Actually, this is NOT an auction with a starting price of $4,500. Anybody willing to pay $4,500 gets the lot.

          At about $1.00 per book. this offer seems good, but who needs up to 1792 copies of the same title?
          It will go for a lot less than $4500.

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          • #20
            Re: Chess Books at Auction

            Chess Books at Auction

            April 10, 2018

            I am indebted to Michael Clapham's blog for information about the Bonham's sale of two Fischer books inscribed to William Lombardy:

            http://chessbookchats.blogspot.ca

            See Bonhams:

            https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24254/lot/1076/

            Lot 1076

            FISCHER, BOBBY. 1943-2008

            "An outstanding collection of items relating to Fischer's epic victory over Boris Spassky (b.1937) at the World Championships in 1972, including an original watercolor by Halldor Petursson of Fischer and Spassky, as follows:

            1. My 60 Memorable Games. New York: Simon and Schuster, (1969). 8vo. Some wear to jacket.
            FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED TO HIS COACH BILL [LOMBARDY] ON THE OCCASION OF HIS FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, "thanks a lot for your help and patience." Annotated and signed by Lombardy, "Sept 1st, 1972/ First autograph of Bobby Fischer as World Champion." Bill Lombardy was Fischer's coach from the age of 11 1/2 through the World Championships of 1972, ending on September 1st when Fischer famously defeated Boris Spassky, an event, Garry Kasparov noted, "treated on both sides of the Atlantic as a crushing moment in the... cold war."

            2. Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess. New York: Basic Systems, (1966). Illustrated boards, without d.j. as issued. Cracking to joints, some soiling.
            FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY FISCHER, BILL LOMBARDY'S COPY, with his signature to paste-down.

            3. Signed traveller's check ("Bobby Fischer"), accomplished in Fischer's hand to Bill Lombardy, and endorsed by Lombardy to the verso.

            4. Five Icelandic postal covers, each signed by both Fischer and Lombardy, dated 2.VII.1972 to 1.IX.1972 and numbered, with various representations of Fischer-Spassky, and including one dated the day of Fischer's momentous victory.

            5. Original watercolor by Halldor Petursson, depicting Fischer and Spassky, along with Lombardy, lettered in English, pen and ink with watercolor, 367 x 478 mm, inscribed by the artist to "Grandmaster William Lombardy", Reykjavik, July 1972, lower right, small tear to left hand margin, not affecting image.
            BEAUTIFUL WATERCOLOR DEPICTING A VICTORIOUS FISCHER emerging from a doorway marked "Ping Pong" and being tended to by Lombardy, while a beaten and worn Spassky stumbles away, cradling his crown. Petursson created some of the most iconic images of the World Championships with a series of 18 cartoons published as post cards. He annotates "(Rev) William Lombardy" beneath his image, and inscribes the painting in the month of their first matches at the world Championships. As Spassky won the first match, and was awarded the second on a forfeit, one can only imagine that this was accomplished only after Fischer beat Spassky for the first time in his life in game 3, before going undefeated in the next six matches throughout late July."

            There are good photos of the items on the Bonhams site.

            The lot sold for Sold for US$ 1,875 (CA$ 2,396) inc. premium, which I consider a bargain.

            Michael adds this note: "Lombardy's inscribed copy of My 60 Memorable Games was sold, along with some other items, at Bonhams, New York last December for $1,875. I understand that this copy of Fischer's book is now being advertised for sale for $50,000!"
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            On the Bonham's site there is an old auction, from June 10, 2009

            https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/17109/lot/3372/

            Lot 3372

            "Library of books and documents derived from the Pasadena storage unit where Fischer's belongings were held after 1992. Fischer had defied the U.N. embargo against travel to Yugoslavia for his re-match against Boris Spassky and never again returned to the U.S."

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            • #21
              Chess Books at Auction

              June 20, 2018

              A possibly unique collection of chess tournament books is up for auction.

              See:

              http://www.chesslund.com/detail.asp?...congress-books

              Collection of 350 tournament, match and congress books

              Very extensive collection with rare and precious specimens.

              The collection contains many original first editions, rare and expensive copies, copies signed by the writer, printed signatures of grandmasters, signatures of famous chess book collectors such as Nielsen but also more recent collectors.

              The books differ, some are hardcover, some softcover and some entirely of paper. All copies are complete and thus all images, photos and portraits are present. (491 pictures)

              More pictures can be found here:

              https://gielkortman.nl/tournament-books/

              All covers are photographed, some of the books also the first page and an extra photo. Please view the photos carefully to form your opinion.

              Seventy titles taken at random:

              No Venue Year

              1 Wiener Internationale1873
              2 St. Petersburg 1895
              3 Lasker vs Marshal1907
              4 Lasker vs Tarrasch 1908
              5 Karlsbad1911
              6 Stockholm 1912
              7 Temesvar1912
              8 Rice Memorial New York 1916
              9 Kaschau 1918
              10 Goteborg1919
              11 Alechin-Teichmann1921
              12 Bad Piestany1922
              13 Teplitz Schonau 1922
              14 Hastings1922
              15 Scheveningen1923
              16 Paris 1925
              17 Baden Baden 1925
              18 Semmering 1926
              19 Hannover1926
              20 Semmering 1926
              21 Kecskemet 1927
              22 Berlin 1928
              23 Wien1928
              24 Bad Kissingen 1928
              25 Karlsbad1929
              26 San Remo1930
              27 Bern 1932
              28 Warsaw Olympiad 1935
              29 Amsterdam 1936
              30 Nottingham 1936
              31 Stockholm 1937
              32 Prag1937
              33 Euwe-Aljechin 1937
              34 Bad Oeynhausen 1938
              35 Noordwijk 1938
              36 Munich 1941
              37 Salzburg1942
              38 Prag1942
              39 Prag1943
              40 Salzburg1943
              41 World Chess Championship 1943
              42 Hastings1946
              43 Moscow v Prague 1946
              44 Zaanstreek 1946
              45 Mar del Plata 1947
              46 Sextangular Tournament Buenos Aires 1947
              47 New York1948
              48 Den Haag-Moskou 1948
              49 Dutch Championship 1950
              50 Staunton Centenary 1951
              51 Reggio Emilia 1951
              52 Helsinki Olympiad1952
              53 Goteborg 1955
              54 Dr. Dyckhoff Fernschach-Gedenkturnier 1956
              55 Wageningen Zonal Turnier 1957
              56 Lessing J. Rosenwald New York1963
              57 Sousse, Tunisia 1967
              58 Maribor 1967
              59 Kizlovodsk 1968
              60 Soviet Union vs Rest of the World 1970
              61 Netanya 1971
              62 USSR Championship Moscow 1973
              63 Sochi 1973
              64 Nice Olympiad 1974
              65 Tallinn 1977
              66 Tilburg 1978
              67 Niksic 1978
              68 Buenos Aires Olympiad1978
              69 Montreal1979
              70 Riga Interzonal 1979


              The total weight is 75 kg. and the entire lot will be sent by registered mail in 4 or 5 shipping boxes. Therefore check the shipping costs for your country.

              SHIPMENT COSTS

              All the items will be packed save and send with registered mail.

              75 KG

              Netherlands € 120,00 / € 200,00

              Europe . € 200,00 / € 300,00

              World . € 475,00 / € 600,00

              PAYMENT DETAILS


              Current Bid:€5 959,00

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              Currently, the initial bid is about 9175 CAD.

              The seller at the Lund Auction site is listed as Gielcasper. At least one dedication in the photos is to G.J. Cieraad, a chess book collector from Gouda. He may have started the collection.
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              Please note that I am reporting on various chess auctions and not auctioning books off myself (Heaven forbid!!)
              Last edited by Wayne Komer; Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 03:01 PM.

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              • #22
                Chess Books at Auction

                June 22, 2018

                There seem to be any number of books out there signed by a multiplicity of grandmasters.

                This is presently on eBay:

                Chess. 1981. Autographs. 12 grandmasters signed the book

                Price: US $2,000

                Buy It Now or Make Offer

                https://www.ebay.com/itm/Chess-1981-...be2c%7Ciid%3A1

                Description

                12 grandmasters signed the book "Interzonal tournaments "Riga 79". "Rio de Janeiro 79" (publisher Moscow. Physical education and sport. 1980. The author Chepizhny V., Circulation of 100 000, 415 page, with illustrations. Russian language. Format 220x140 mm, Weight 540 g)

                These 12 original autographs I received personally from February 23 to February 28, 1981 in Moscow, in the weightlifting Palace of the Army Central Sports Club (Moscow, Leningradsky prospect, 39). On this day, the first round of the 2nd match tournament of the USSR national teams was held.

                Signature on the front flyleaf of the book:

                1. Karpov A. (23.05.1951), ex-world champion
                2. Kasparov G. (13.04.1963), ex-world champion
                3. M. Chiburdanidze (17.01.1961), ex-world champion
                4. Petrosyan T. (17.06.1929 – 13.08.2004), ex-world champion
                5. Smyslov V. (24.03.1921 – 27.03.2010), ex-world champion
                6. Taimanov M. (07.02.1926 – 28.11.2016)
                7. Geller E. (08.03.1925 – 17.11.1998)
                8. Bronstein D. (19.02.1924 – 05.12.2006)
                9. Belyavsky A. (17.12.1953)
                10. Polugaevsky L. (20.11.1934 – 30.08.2005)
                11. B. Spassky (30.01.1937), ex-world champion
                12. Tal M. (09.11.1936 – 28.06.1992), ex-world champion.

                Signatures A. Karpov, G. Kasparov and M. Chiburdanidze I have outlined their names next to the signatures.

                Signature of T. Petrosian, Smyslov V., M. Taimanov, Geller, E., Bronstein, D., Belyavsky A., Polugaevsky L., B. Spassky, M. Тal, I numbered their names are listed on the Verso of the title page of the book.

                Information about holding from 22 to 28 February 1981, the 2nd Match-tournament of the USSR national teams in chess is available in the book " Chess. Encyclopedic dictionary", page 241 (editor-in-chief A. E. Karpov, Soviet encyclopedia edition. Moscow. One thousand nine hundred ninety):

                "2nd match tournament, 22-28.2.1981. Dedicated to the 26th Congress of the CPSU. Participants-1st, 2nd youth teams of the USSR and the senior team. Participants: world Champions among men and women, 3 ex-world Champions, 28 international grandmasters, 2 international masters and 1 master of sports of the USSR. The game was played on 8 boards in 2 circles.

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                OVERALL RESULTS.… : Individual results: Karpov-3.5 points out of 6......"

                (see 3 photos of the book fragment).

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