There is currently one auction scheduled for PulpFest 2013. It will be held on Saturday night, July 27th. Any member of the convention can submit items for inclusion in this auction. Your PulpFest badge number will be used when buying and/or selling during the auction.
Pulp magazines and related materials, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old time radio shows and books about them and Golden and Silver Age comic books as well as newspaper adventure strips will be allowed in the auction. Modern graphic novels and comic books featuring pulp heroes will also be allowed. Sexually explicit magazines such as Playboy, Penthouse and Oui will not be allowed. All lots submitted must have a minimum value of $10. All lots that do not receive a bid of $10 will be passed.
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. The convention charges sellers 10% 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, PulpFest charges 10% of the reserve. Due to time constraints, limitations may be placed on the number of lots a seller can include in the auction. All auction lots must be submitted to PulpFest prior to 2 PM, Saturday, July 27th. 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 2013 will also have 115 lots consisting of approximately 250 books from pulp collector and scholar Al Tonik’s huge library of hardcovers, paperbacks, pulps, dime novels, comic books, fanzines, and reference books in this year’s auction. Most of what remains are hard-to-find reference books and author biographies. Over many years, Albert Tonik was one of the leading scholars of pulp history. The winner of a Lamont Award in 1994, Al researched aspects of pulp history previously covered sketchily and loved to share his knowledge with our community.
For a look at what books will make up the Tonik lots, we are providing an auction spreadsheet. The Tonik lots will be lot numbers 1-30, 56-85, 111-140, and 166-190. The gaps of 25 lots between the Tonik segments represent the 100 lots of consignment material that PulpFest will be accepting from registered attendees during the actual convention. To examine the spreadsheet, click the “auction spreadsheet” link above.
PulpFest welcomes estate auctions for the simple reason that we would like to see collections stay within the pulp community, helping us to remember the people to whom such collections once belonged. Many of us do not like the idea of making out a will, but it is a good idea to do so in order to make sure that the collections that have meant so much to us find a good home. It is also wise to give your loved ones instructions as to whom to contact for the dispersion of one’s collection. If you’d like to submit an estate for auction at PulpFest, please write to Barry Traylor.
For questions about the auction or about estate auctions, please write to J. Barry Traylor at 1767 Crooked Oak Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601 or via email at email@example.com.