1902- First edition - The Life and Adventure of Santa Claus
1912- First edition - The Sky Island
1900- First edition - The Navy Alphabet
1967- Oz Hand Puppet
Do you remember Wizard of Oz books?
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Guess what? Not only can you enjoy the Wizard of Oz books, but in addition to that, you can consider them an investment just like you can with other collectibles.
Many people are only aware of the original Wizard of Oz story that was written by L. Frank Baum in 1900; but in reality, Baum wrote 14 Oz stories, as well as stories either directly or indirectly related to the Oz series. Even after his death, his publishers kept the series going and 26 more official Oz books by Ruth Thompson and other completed the series!
This segment about me and my Oz collection aired on January 5, 2012 on Maryland Public Television as part of Chesapeake Collectibles show.
Did you know that the original story was
written at the tail end of the 19th century? The Wizard of Oz books were a phenomenon, and
were unrivaled in fame. The popularity of television shows and book series like
Harry Potter have only a portion of the popularity the Oz books enjoyed,
specifically because they were the main form of entertainment for children and
adults alike. The original story was made famous a second time by the MGM movie
in 1939, whose fame overshadowed that of the books, and which stays in the minds
and hearts of America. The Wizard of Oz books are so popular around
the world that there is even an organization devoted to all things Oz. The
International Wizard of Oz Club has been in existence for over 50 years, and
holds annual conventions and issues quarterly publications. What do these people
all have in common? A passion for the Wizard of Oz books.
When I discovered that there were other first Oz books in addition to the original Wizard of Oz,
I became very excited. I remembered how much I enjoyed the story as a
When I started my quest for other Oz books, I realized that
later editions never had color illustrations, because those were eliminated to
reduce cost of printing. Then, I remembered reading an article pointing out that
early edition books appreciate in value, while later editions usually
depreciate. Therefore, if I wanted books with color illustrations, I had to find
copies that were printed before 1935 since that was the year color plates
were discontinued in the Oz books.
Through my research, I realized that
Wizard of Oz books, in general, are the most valuable childrens book series. Thus, I
decided to get involved with them both as a collector and as a hobby.
Identification of the Oz books is so
complicated that the International Wizard of Oz Club even issued a special
reference book to help collectors and dealers figure out what editions they
have. In general, I am detail-oriented and have a lot of fun with Oz books since
almost every title has ten different points which determine edition, such as
misspelling of certain words on specific pages, different illustrations,
captions, plates, page signatures, and more factors too numerous to mention
Here's why Wizard of Oz books are so valuable
After 1956 when the copyright for The Wizard of Oz expired, the story was
translated and published almost in every language. Many countries created many
Oz cartoons and movies in their own language.
In December of 2007, the SciFi channel created a 6- hour Oz mini-series. According to SciFi news, it was the most watched show out of all the series ever shown on that channel
That information is a reaffirmation of my observations that the Oz trend
is still alive and growing. Since I am working exclusively with Oz books and not
film memorabilia, I know there is a huge demand for collectible Oz books
I recently found an article that lists the 100 most valuable children
books from 1863 to 1963 and guess which books photo was at the head of the
Many people shy away from book collecting
because they don't quite understand how to determine a books value. On this
website, I'm going to give you all the information and tools you will need to
successfully collect, sell, and buy these Wizard of Oz books.
You can watch 6 minutes video that I put together to introduce novice to all 40 first edition Wizard of Oz books.
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Oz books information (wikipedia)
Information about collectible books (pricing, publishing, official titles, Non Oz books by Frank Baum, Collecting terms, First Editions)
by Gregory Maguire. Signed limited edition with certificate of authenticity
Wizard of Oz pop up by Robert Sabuda. Signed limited edition 7 of 50
Exact replica of ruby slippers. Hand made
One of the rarest Oz game from 1905
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