Collectible Children's Books on eBay

First edition book first edition Dr. Seuss We started a thread on the eBay Bookseller's Forum to identify higher value children's books sold on eBay, with $300 being the 'bottom' threshold. The thread can be found here: Valuable Children's Books Sold on eBay. The thread covers a broad range of children's books, from a $12,000 Hardy Boys first edition book to a $400 pop-up book.

Prices realized on eBay auctions tend to be closer to wholesale than retail, so perhaps 30%-50% below a 'book store' price. Often first edition books sell at eBay auctions which do not surface regularly in the regular book market (ABE , Alibris, Amazon, Bookfinder, live auctions, etc...), therefore it's difficult to make an analogy from an 'eBay price' to 'market value'.

Many booksellers and book collectors do not seriously consider eBay a venue for collectible books. On the other hand, many do. We know of several ABAA booksellers who source some of their inventory from eBay auctions, including some of the premier childrens booksellers in the country.

We have been active book buyers on eBay for over a decade, and have purchased 100's of first edition childrens books, often at very good prices relative to the market. In addition, the knowledge we have gained is invaluable through the thousands of collective hours searching and investigating possible first edition books. We do have a fair idea of the frequency with which certain first edition books surface on eBay, providing a barometer for the book's scarcity.

eBay Booksellers Forum

The Booksellers Forum on eBay is one of the better learning centers for experienced and new booksellers, and contains valuable information for book collectors. The non-moderated forum does have its share of political and various ranting threads, but the concentrated book related information is unmatched on the internet. Some helpful threads:

If you do not want to take the time to page through the thread on the eBay Booksellers Forum, you can download a PDF of the thread from our website.

Completed eBay Childrens Book Auctions

The following is a list of some completed eBay auctions for first edition children's picturebooks. From our experience, the eBay auctions tends toward wholesale prices rather than retail prices. Tends toward; every auction is different with a different group of bidders, so this is not a hard and fast rule.

This list is dominated by Dr. Seuss books. Notice the recent activity in Little Golden Books, complete with punch outs.

We will update this list monthly with completed auctions we think you might find of interest.


Completed eBay Book Auctions
Item Book Title Add'l Info Pub Amount Bids Ending Auction
1 Where The Wild Things Are 1st; w/DJ 1963 $8,900.00 46 02/01/04 3582581195
2 Where The Wild Things Are 1st; w/DJ 1963 $6,500.00 22 04/01/02 1526942066
3 Cat In The Hat 1st; "200/200"; w/DJ 1957 $4,272.00 9 07/18/01 1446174229
4 And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street 1st; w/DJ 1937 $4,062.00 7 01/02/01 1401040039
5 Green Eggs And Ham 1st; w/dj sticker 1960 $3,383.00 15 11/10/02 1578437920
6 Cat In The Hat 1st; "200/200"; w/DJ 1957 $3,383.00 18 12/15/01 1494897695
7 Cat In The Hat 1st; "200/200"; w/DJ 1957 $3,262.00 25 02/14/01 1412886488
8 Mike Mulligan And The Steam Shovel 1st; w/DJ 1939 $3,000.00 10 04/02/05 6954466390
9 And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street 1st; w/DJ 1937 $2,900.00 25 02/19/01 1409878275
10 Green Eggs And Ham 1st; w/dj sticker 1960 $2,255.00 15 06/17/06 7039248974
11 McElligot's Pool 1st; w/DJ 1947 $1,775.00 25 01/25/03 2907643511
12 Green Eggs And Ham 1st; w/dj sticker 1960 $1,682.00 10 05/04/01 1426510000
13 Cat In The Hat 1st; "200/200"; w/DJ 1957 $1,630.00 17 12/02/00 51203410
14 James And The Giant Peach 1st; w/DJ 1961 $1,526.00 21 04/23/04 4206947242
15 Eloise 1st; w/dj 1955 $1,247.00 14 04/14/02 1528845272
16 Cat In The Hat 1st; "200/200"; w/DJ 1957 $1,035.10 11 11/18/00 496526690
17 James And The Giant Peach 1st; w/DJ 1961 $898.00 9 10/23/04 6933458966
18 Poo-Poo And The Dragons 1st; w/DJ; signed 1942 $782.00 17 05/16/06 7030268919
19 Marvin K. Mooney, Please Go Now 1st; w/DJ 1972 $765.00 7 09/03/02 1559012101
20 If I Ran The Zoo 1st; w/DJ 1950 $688.00 16 01/08/01 1402027005
21 How The Grinch Stole Christmas 1st; w/dj 1957 $575.00 1 06/12/06 7037825311
22 Cat In The Hat Comes Back 1st, w/DJ 1958 $575.00 3 07/15/06 190002319906
23 The Lorax 1st; no DJ 1969 $555.00 10 07/24/02 1550851569
24 The Lorax 1st; no DJ 1969 $536.00 34 09/19/02 1563127460
25 Dr. Seuss's ABC 1st; w/DJ 1963 $485.00 12 05/02/01 1426771225
26 Secrets Of The Deep (Seuss) 1st 1934 $440.00 8 07/15/06 220001860457
27 How The Grinch Stole Christmas 1st; w/DJ 1957 $409.04 18 12/17/00 523860097
28 Walt Disney Annual 1st; w/dj 1937 $400.00 1 06/11/06 7038463628
29 The Shape Of Me & Other Stuff 1st; w/DJ 1973 $380.00 11 11/11/01 1482378665
30 Cat In The Hat Comes Back 1st; w/DJ 1958 $375.00 1 12/30/99 223503986
31 Little Red Riding Hood LGB; 'A'; w/punch outs 1959 $356.00 16 06/17/06 8074393576
32 The Seven Lady Godivas 1st; w/DJ 1939 $355.00 6 02/12/99 64798717
33 Dr. Seuss's ABC 1st; w/DJ 1963 $343.00 16 11/02/00 477947918
34 Ginger Paper Doll LGB; 'A'; w/punch outs 1957 $331.00 19 06/17/06 8074399826
35 Fox In Socks 1st; w/DJ 1965 $330.10 7 12/24/98 50039418
36 Elisabeth The Cow Ghost 1st; w/DJ 1936 $313.00 6 11/30/01 1489037864
37 The White Goose (Tasha Tudor) 1st; w/DJ 1943 $289.99 1 07/09/06 230003849148
38 The Paper Doll Wedding LGB; 'A'; w/paper dolls 1954 $278.03 18 06/20/06 8075362926
39 Hop On Pop 1st; w/DJ 1963 $275.00 4 11/13/00 488828169
40 Frog Went A Courtin' 1st; w/dj 1955 $269.00 5 06/20/06 7041325493
41 Nurse Nancy LGB; 'A'; w/punch outs 1952 $263.88 16 06/20/06 220007723810
42 How The Grinch Stole Christmas Clipped; w/DJ 1957 $260.00 7 06/25/06 8076567167
43 The Gremlins (Dahl/Disney) 1st; w/dj 1943 $257.52 5 06/18/06 8073631623
44 Story About Ping 1st; w/dj 1933 $255.00 4 06/25/06 7043169558
45 Nurse Nancy LGB; 'A'; w/punch outs 1952 $255.00 19 06/13/06 7038999226
46 The Phantom Tollbooth 1st; w/dj 1961 $250.00 1 06/15/06 7039568121
47 Poky Little Puppy LGB; 1st; w/dj 1942 $230.00 10 04/27/02 1532630044
48 Uncle Remus LGB; Disney; 'A' 1947 $227.50 35 06/12/06 7038636243
49 I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew 1st; w/DJ 1965 $209.50 25 12/03/00 511027040
50 Nurse Nancy LGB; 'A'; w/punch outs 1958 $207.50 11 06/22/06 7042055399
51 One Fine Day 1st; w/DJ 1971 $203.50 11 05/06/01 1427560114
52 Uncle Remus LGB; Disney; 'A' 1947 $202.50 20 06/12/06 7038717706
53 Happy Birthday 1st; w/DJ 1957 $202.50 5 11/10/02 1578482664
54 The Lorax 1st; no DJ 1969 $200.00 2 03/01/00 276796851
55 The Lorax 1st; no DJ 1969 $177.50 11 04/25/02 1531799502
56 One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish 1st; w/DJ 1960 $172.50 6 12/28/01 1400185156
57 One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish 1st; w/DJ 1960 $158.05 10 11/16/00 494437345
58 Dr. Seuss's ABC 1st; w/DJ 1963 $150.00 5 02/09/00 251842941
59 I Can Lick 30 Tigers 1st; no DJ 1969 $150.00 2 05/01/99 95587678
60 The Lorax 1st; no DJ 1969 $150.00 4 05/01/99 95588861
61 Snowflake Bentley 1st; w/DJ 1998 $124.01 16 05/06/01 1427557387




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