A series of articles to select the Top 100 Collectible
Children’s Picturebooks, providing the rationale for each book’s inclusion, with an objective of providing readers with the context
for valuing first editions within the genre.
Within the hobby value is a combination of scarcity and collectibility: very scarce and very desirable lead to very valuable. Scarcity is a function of the number of copies in the first printings and the subsequent attrition over time due to natural causes. Collectibility is more elusive, outlined heretofore as a complex intermingling of eight rated factors.
In the previous articles I've selected ninety-two of the Top 100 Collectible American Picturebooks. Today, the last eight books are selected. As expected, there has been a lot of internal strife concerning each of the eight, what with so many other books to select from, therefore this group of books is affectionately referred to as the Late Great Debatable Eight.
The following chart provides a single line summary of the rationale for the book's selection, along with the estimated market price. The market price is for the first edition book with the corresponding first edition dust jacket, both in Very Good or VG+ condition. The list is sorted in chronological order.
The value of several of the 'Late Great Debatable Eight' is higher than many of the books previously selected. To reiterate, value was not the penultimate attribute for a book's inclusion in the Top 100 Collectible American Picturebooks.
Since the selection of each of these was so contentious, I'll provide some commentary on each book:
Referring to the original article in this series, I rated each book across eight different, but related factors. The chart, above, provides a single line summary of the rational for the book’s selection of the 'Almost Nearly No Brainers', a simple topline synthesis of the ratings.
The following chart provides the 1-to-10 rating I gave each book along each factor. The market price is for the first edition book with the corresponding first edition dust jacket, both in Very Good or VG+ condition. The list is sorted in chronological order.
That completes the selection of the Top 100 Collectible American Picturebooks.
Over the course of the next couple of articles, the list will be dissected so the reader can view the Top 100 Collectible American Picturebooks from a number of perspectives. The Top 100 will be sorted chronologically, by scarcity, grouped by illustrator, grouped by author, and penultimately sorted from 1-to-100 by overall collectibility. Before presenting these perspectives, I wanted to show the entire Top 100 grouped according to the selection process which was employed.
To recap, the Top 100 Collectible American Picturebooks has been built using a sequence of partially logical steps. The sequence of steps segmented the Top 100 into smaller digestible bites, since selecting them as one large undertaking is overwhelming, both for the selector and for the reader. The partially logical steps:
The color coding alternates between groups to make it easier to view the groupings.
Top 100 Collectible American Picturebooks
To view the list in high resolution, click on the graphic, below.
The next article in the series will provide some different perspectives of the Top 100 Collectible American Picturebooks.
© Stan Zielinski
A serious collector having fun with fun books.
© Stan Zielinski. Author of the Children's Picturebook Price Guide
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