Going, Going, Gone! Auctions at PulpFest

Nov 30, 2015 by

Spicy Adventure Stories (July 1935)Are you thinking about selling off part or all of your pulp collection? Has a relative left a pulp collection that you’re unsure what to do with? Consider using PulpFest‘s annual auction to sell it to an enthusiastic group of collectors.

PulpFestSummer’s Great Pulp Con! — has the buyers you seek. You’ll find collectors of pulp magazines and related materials, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as newspaper adventure strips.

That means your collection or that of a loved one will go to those who will treasure and appreciate it most. We like to see collections stay within the pulp community.

While we don’t enjoy thinking about our eventual passing, it’s a good idea to plan ahead to make sure that your beloved collection finds a good home. It’s also wise to provide your loved ones with instructions about whom you would like to handle the dispersal of your collection. If anyone would like to submit an estate collection or part of their own collection for auction at PulpFest or has a question about the convention’s auction, please write to the PulpFest auction director, J. Barry Traylor, at 1767 Crooked Oak Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601, or via email at barry@pulpfest.com.

PulpFest 2016’s auction will take place Saturday evening, July 23rd. Our auction director, Barry Traylor, endeavors to put together a range of material to make for lively bidding. Last year’s auction included the original typescript for the Philip José Farmer novel DAYWORLD, with notes and corrections in the author’s hand; a number of lots from the estate of Earl Kussman who, along with Ed Kessell and Nils Hardin, organized the first Pulpcon; lots of ARGOSY, ADVENTURE, STARTLING STORIES, and other pulps; the first issue of SINISTER STORIES; original artwork by Gahan Wilson and Jon Arfstrom; signed books, photos, and ephemera; fanzines; and much more.

Although the convention welcomes the selling of collections through our auction, any member of PulpFest 2016 will be able to submit items to the auction. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number.

All lots submitted to our PulpFest 2016 auction must have a minimum value of $20. All lots that do not receive a bid of $20 or more will be passed. If you plan to offer an auction lot with a reserve price, your reserve must be $50 or more. No lots with a reserve price of less than $50 will be accepted. PulpFest reserves the right to reject any auction material that is unlikely to meet our minimum bid or reserve price standards, as well as our content standards. (In addition to the range of items mentioned at the top of this article, modern graphic novels and comic books will be allowed in the annual auction only if they are related to the pulps. Sexually explicit magazines such as PLAYBOY, PENTHOUSE, and OUI and soft-core porn will not be allowed.) Due to time constraints, limitations may be placed on the number of lots a seller can include in the auction.

The convention charges sellers 10 percent of the selling price for anything sold in the auction. If a reserve price is placed on an auction lot and it fails to sell, there will be no charge applied. All auction lots must be submitted to PulpFest prior to 2 PM, Saturday, July 23, 2016. If you’d like to submit a large number of pieces to the auction, please contact Barry Traylor prior to the start of the convention. PulpFest makes no guarantees concerning materials submitted to the Saturday Night Auction. If you plan to bid on an item, please examine it before bidding. Time will be provided for an examination of all lots prior to the start of the auction.

Start making your plans now to attend PulpFest 2016 to see some of the great material that Barry Traylor hopes to assemble for this year’s auction. Although the Saturday Night Auction will take place on July 23, the convention itself will begin on Thursday evening, July 21, and continue through Sunday, July 25.

(Granted, the PulpFest auctions are a bit more tame than the sale of a slave girl, painted by the incomparable H. J. Ward’s as the cover for the July 1935 issue of SPICY ADVENTURE STORIES. Nevertheless our auctions are quite exciting. Over the years, we’ve sold the fanzine and reference collection of popular culture historian Albert Tonik, the manuscripts of WEIRD TALES author Everil Worrell, books and artwork from the collection of author Paul S. Powers, and much more. If you’d like to learn more about the convention’s auctions, please write to PulpFest’s auction director, J. Barry Traylor, at 1767 Crooked Oak Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601 or via email at barry@pulpfest.com.)

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