I have some old maganizes and is wondering....

United States
November 18, 2007 1:35pm CST
I'm doing some serious house cleaning and I forgot I have a couple of Jet maganizes from July 1974(The cover of this one have Dr Martin Luther King's mom on the cover) one from 1963(I beleive)this one have John F. Kennedy on it, and so much more. Do anyone think they could be worth anything? There in good condition because I have them stored in zip locks so no air can get into them. If you think the are worth anything where can I go to see? Thank you in advance. I actually got them from my grandmother(they actually was my grandfathers)but she was about to trash them and I told her no I'll take them because they can be worth something 1 day I hope I was right LOL.
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• United States
18 Nov 07
I would take them out of the ziplocks. Moisture can be trapped in there and detriorate the paper (even if you think its dry). I would go to your local comic book dealer and buy acid free sleeves or go to lightimpressions.com and order some. This way the magazines won't get brittle or musty. Condition is extremely important. And book and magazine dealers look them over with a fine tooth comb. Are all the page there? are the pages folded? is there yellowing from age or a musty smell (with some paper discoloring from age is acceptable but it all depends on scarcity). If I were you I would hang on to them as a family memory/heirloom at the moment and don't sell them. The are worth from under $25.00 each right now, but could appreciate in the future especially as big anniversaries of deaths, etc, come up. Also, if someone does a book about Jet, or there is some sort of an exhibit they can increase in value as demand goes up.
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• United States
18 Nov 07
No theres no discoloring plus there in black & white and some are in color but theres no fading or yellow tint to them. I have them in the zploc but I made sure all the air is out of them and no they don't have any odors to them at all. Oh ok thank you so much.
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• United States
19 Nov 07
It is not if there is air in them or not the plasticky material that ziplocks are made of are not ph nuetral. They are fine for food or storing things short term, but over time moisture just out in the environement can affect the paper and make it brittle or mildewy even if there are no apparent wet spots in the bag. Paper needs to breathe. That's why a laminated piece of paper can sometimes still turn colors if its newsprint. That is why the US Constitution is behind glass with temperature controlled air behind it rather than just between too sheets of glass. It is better to store them in an acid free plastic like glasine, but even better, buy an acid free folder or box to put them in and lay them flat. I think older magazines are very cool. I keep neat stuff like that from my family (some people say I keep too much!) but I definitely think you aren't keeping them for no reason - they will be a great connection to your grandfather. We tend to remember the big things generations later - like how many kids someone had but its neat to know/have little things they may have handled day to day like magazines they read or current event stuff they thought about.
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@azimsay (545)
• India
19 Nov 07
We must see carefuly when we clean the house because we will loss some urgent and very imp things.You must see properly and through out of house.
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
19 Nov 07
the best thing to do is to go on to Ebay and do search as if you were buying, to see if the same sort of magazine sells then do a search to see if articles on the particular people in the magazine has good sales value, I know here in Australia 60's and 70's magazines on music sell very well so it depends I guess what people want at the time...Good Luck
@megumiart (3781)
• United States
18 Nov 07
There's bound to be collectors out there willing to buy old magazines, maybe post yours on Ebay or something. :]
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@muralimn (535)
• United Arab Emirates
19 Nov 07
I think you should check in ebay for something similar so that you get an idea. They must be worth I think. Nothing more.
@anniepa (27242)
• United States
19 Nov 07
I'd recommend that you check on eBay and also maybe do a search on magazine collectors. If they're in excellent condition I'd guess they certainly should be worth much more than the original cost but they also will likely continue to increase in value. Good luck! Annie