On eBay this weekend I learned a couple of things. First, the #1 issues of Darkhawk and Sleepwalker that I have kept in plastic since my 1991 comic book phase are worth exactly what I paid for them. And second, issues of C&EN are not only available for sale, but are actually more valuable. The “eBay store” NightSpirits is selling relatively recent issues for the “buy it now” price of either $1.50 or $3.99. I would have thought that the April 2003 issue, where we juxtaposed a molecule with an arachnid on the cover to tout a story about scorpionate ligands (to hammer home just how much the ligands look like a scorpion), would have been more sought after by collectors. There is also a bound Vol. 61 (the second half of 1983) for sale for $18.95 from Cecil’s Book Sales. I was actually looking for an article from 1983 the other day in the library at C&EN’s New Jersey office and the issue I was looking for was missing.
I wonder how much boxes full of C&ENs without the address labels could go for.