Boomers and Books

Baby Boomers Collect Books They Loved As Kids

By KAREN HAYMON LONG, The Tampa Tribune
Published: March 9, 2008

“TAMPA – Baby boomers, as a whole, have been fighting aging since they started turning the dreaded 30. Now, they’re returning to their childhoods in droves by buying the books they loved when they were young.

Old children’s books are very collectible now, says Mike Slicker, owner of Lighthouse Books in St. Petersburg…

Those original, old childhood favorites can come at a steep price: First editions of the Hardy Boys series can run $300 to $1,000, although newer copies sell for as little as $3 or $4 used, Slicker says.

Some of the original Little Golden Books, which came with dust jackets, can sell for $175 if in pristine shape.”

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