This is a bit outside my wheelhouse, so I'm looking for suggestions.
I've just acquired an accumulation of world booklets from the 1960s through early 2000s. I wouldn't go so far as to call it a "collection" as everything is still in glassines, not worked up for display. It's also seemingly not a dealer stock as there is virtually no duplication. I think it may have been a collector's acquisitions for a future project that never materialized (boy do I know THAT scenario
While it is dominated with the usual suspects when it comes to booklets (Sweden, United Kingdom, Germany), there are also what I would consider to be "nonstandard" countries for this sort of material even if not in major quantity (Denmark, Finland, Faroe Islands, Netherlands, Thailand, Indonesia, misc. Pacific Islands, misc. British Commonwealth, Vatican, a few Middle East countries, etc.). Also in the mix is a small run of intact French Red Cross booklets from the mid-1960s to mid-1980s.
From the spot checking I've done, all appear to be fully intact booklets, not just panes. I'm not going to differentiate between exploded and unexploded as I don't know which ones were issued sealed vs. not. Some of the West Germany and Berlin booklets are definitely unexploded.
All told I'm guesstimating 1200-1400 complete booklets. Very clean. Would make a great starter collection for someone in this area. I'm not expecting to find any scarce items and most are low-catalog-value (the highest cat item I found in a preliminary scan was $65), but just on quantity alone even at a buck or two apiece the cost would add up.
1. Flip it intact, only going so far as to do a count by country and some general images. (Least time and effort; lowest profit potential)
2. Separate into country groups for listing on eBay
, imaging all the booklets, or at least outer booklet covers. (Middle scenario)
3. Go down the road of imaging, lotting, and listing individually on eBay
. Is there enough demand for this? (Most labor-intensive)
4. Given the (somewhat) esoteric nature, is this material better suited for the APS store? (Slightly less labor-intensive than #3, but smaller audience)
It's a question (as always) of labor and time vs. return. For those of you who collect booklets, how do you acquire material and what do you look for in a listing? Do you prefer buying groups or individual booklets despite the shipping cost then having a major impact?
I'll try to do a count by country this weekend to better be able to provide context as to the composition of the group.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.