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June 23, 2005

Collectible Magazine Online Price Guide Newsletter
June, 2005
posted by Rick Gagliano

Greetings, dealers, collectors, and magazine lovers.

If you'd like to read this newsletter in your browser, follow this link:

In this edition of the newsletter,
Some questions and answers about the Price Guide
Search engine results
Yahoo and Amazon auctions
Updates on the Price Guide and site
New Products
Top Sellers

Some questions and answers about the Price Guide:

Q: Where do you get the prices for magazines?

A: All prices are from actual individual magazine sales, from auction sites, dealers, shops and bookstores.

Q: How often do you update the prices?

A: Prices are updated as often as possible. Usually, if a new high or new low is reached, that price is updated and the average adjusted. All prices are checked and entered into the database at least annually. Older prices (prices recorded more than a year earlier) are factored into the updates.

Q: How reliable are the prices in the Price Guide?

A: The prices are as reliable as I can make them. Nothing is made up or estimated. Of course, it's not possible to track every issue of every magazine completely, so you may buy or sell a magazine for less than our low or more than our high. You can send information on prices paid to and these may be added to the database. I've actually shied away from allowing everybody in the world to submit prices paid because it encourages a lot of fraud. By verifying sales personally, the prices are generally more accurate. It should be noted that this is a "price guide" not the word of God, and it is therefore not always perfect.

Q: Sometimes I see #DIV/0! or the same price as low, high and average. What does this mean?

A: #DIV/0! means no price has been found for that particular issue. In the case of the low, high and average being the same, that means only one sale of that issue has been found.

Search engine results

On May 21, Google began updating its index and the price guide, which used to rank very high (#1 in many cases) for a variety of search terms, was pretty much trashed in Google's rankings. For instance, a search on Google for "collectible magazine price guide" will return our page at anywhere from #96 to #108.

Basically, most searchers are not going to go ten pages deep in search results. Therefore, since that time, traffic to our site has been about 1/4 of what it used to be and ad revenues and sales are way off. Being that donations to the site are nearly non-existent (for the first six months of 2005, contributions from users has totaled less than $20.), and search results from Google are still horrible, the continued existence of the site is endangered.

Contributions are accepted via PayPal. Any amount is appreciated and will help keep the site functioning. You can contributed any amount you wish by ending a PayPal payment to

Yahoo and Amazon auctions

Yahoo! Auctions recently announced the elimination of all fees for auctions. While traffic is very slow there, it is still somewhat amazing that so few people bother to list and/or buy. With fees for listings on eBay continuing to escalate, one would think an alternative would be welcome, especially a free one. However, buyers and sellers alike flock to where the market is being made, and that is at eBay.

Yahoo! Auctions will not allow any adult material, including any and all issues of Playboy. The only reliable place to sell Playboy and other adult titles, other than eBay's Mature Audiences section, is still Amazon Auctions, though traffic and sales are very sporadic. Their fee structure is lower than eBay's as well.

Updates on the Price Guide and site

The Life Magazine section has been completely redesigned and prices adjusted and updated. Rolling Stone and National Geographic sections will be updated by the end of June.

I' ve also changed many of the topic pages on the main site (, and will be adding material to make the site more useful to collectors as well as those interested in general activity in the media world - TV, print, wireless, music, etc.

New Products:

I've added two new products to our select offering of magazine-related items, linked below:

Custom Storage Boxes for magazines

Economy Shelf files for magazines

Of course, you can still purchase high quality PROTECTIVE SLEEVES FOR MAGAZINES, LPs and 45s with PayPal or though our shopping cart.

Selected Top sellers for June:

Playboy Magazine December 1953, 1st Issue $2025.00
Playboy Magazine December 1953, 1st issue - $2000.00
Playboy Magazine December 1953, 1st Issue - $1525.00
ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE VOL.1 NO.1, 1967 - $1,118.00
Playboy Magazine December 1953, 1st Issue - $1,000.00
Surfer Magazine Vol 1 # 1 - $810.00
SURFER MAGAZINE VOL. 2 NO. 4 - $624.00
1894 TRUTH MAGAZINE, Yellow Kid 1st appearance - $610.00
PLAYBOY magazines 1959 complete year - $501.00
Flair Magazine All 12 Issues - $405.00
1956 PLAYBOY MAGAZINES, full year - $386.00
Playboy July 1955 - $385.00
1894 TRUTH MAGAZINE, Yellow Kid 4th appearance - $385.00
Weird Tales, October 1934 - $327.00
Weird Tales, January 1936 - $313.00
STRAND Magazine SHERLOCK HOLMES Conan Doyle 1891 - $281.00
Playboy Magazine - February 1954 - $262.00
Fine Woodworking magazine set of 125 Issues #1 to #125 - $255.00
1955 January Playboy magazine featuring Bettie Page - $251.00
National Geographic Magazine April, 1900 - $234.00
ELLERY QUEEN'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE - 2 Issues (Nos. 2 & 3) - $233.00
PLAYBOY magazines 1960 complete year - $203.00
The Spider, March 1936 - $192.00
NEST Magazine V1 #1 1997 - $191.00
1931 TIME MAGAZINE VOL 18 #3 Nikola Tesla Cover - $190.00
NATIONAL LAMPOON Magazine Collection 1970-82 144 issues - $168.00
INTERIORS Magazine April 1947 - $152.00
1 - 18 Taunton's FINE COOKING Magazines - $149.00

That's it for this month! TGIS (Thank God It's Summer)

Rick Gagliano, Publisher

June 14, 2005

Spinning Jacko
How television is treating Jackson's acquittal
posted by Rick Gagliano

A year after Michael Jackson was accused of child molestation, a jury of citizens found the king of pop not guilty on all counts. While some progressive commentators are downplaying the importance of Jackson's acquittal, network television can be counted on to rehash the details ad nauseum.

With the acquittal coming late on Monday, the continuing story falls nicely into the weekly morning news program's cycle. NBC, CBS and ABC will drag it out through the week or at least until another sensational saga takes up the #1 spot on the producers' absurdity-of-American-life radar.

NBC wins the award for Tuesday morning quarterbacking, assembling an "All-Star Legal Panel" consisting of former O.J. Simpson Dream Team defense attorney Barry Scheck, former NYC prosecutor Linda Fairstein and Nancy Grace of Court TV and CNN Headline News.

With Katie Couric bringing the questions, only Scheck asserted that justice was really done in Jackson's case. Fairstein and the shrill, undignified Grace reiterated the claims that Jackson was "not-guilty by reason of celebrity."

Fairstein could be excused for being a former prosecutor, but Grace seemed ready to file an amicus brief calling for an appeal. In Grace's mind, Jackson was, is and always will be guilty - of anything and everything. It's a shame she's stuck on CNN because her fair and balanced views would be a perfect fit for FOX.

ABC and CBS took the path of least resistance by speculating on whether Jackson could make a comeback in the glitzy world of pop music. Just a day after the trial decision, leave it to the networks to fast-forward to the future.

The commentors nearly all agreed that Jackson needed some time off to recover and reenergize. Maybe the networks should take heed of that advice as well.

What's been surprising about the coverage - from the cable nets to the late night gaffes - was how Michael Jackson had been portrayed as already guilty. CBS even went so far as to run a story on the prison to which Jackson would have been sent had the verdict fallen against him. So much for objectivity and due process, at least as far as TV media is concerned.

One name which won't be mentioned very often is that of Santa Barbara district attorney Tom Sneddon, whose heavy-handed investigation and scurrilous search warrants were the driving force behind the entire get Jacko pedophile prosecution.

Sneddon's team spent millions of taxpayer dollars on a celebrity witch hunt that turned up evidence that was either shallow, unreliable or even contrary to the case they were trying to make.

For his part, Sneddon, always the stalwart, right-minded hard-head, said he was not sorry for how he conducted the investigation and trial and would not apologize to anybody. That's a shame, because Sneddon should be very apologetic, not only to Jackson and his family, but to the American public, who were dragged into hearing and watching this charade unfold.

Another name that won't hit the airwaves very often in relation to this story is that of veteran newsman Geraldo Rivera, who conducted his own investigation, read the complaints and interviewed Jackson back in February. Rivera's conclusion was that Jackson was being framed by Sneddon and his team of prosecutors and that Jackson would eventually be exonerated.

Leave it to the networks to casually forget one of their own who happened to be right only because they were so unwaveringly wrong.

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