I was looking at this and know that they are generally available in the 60-90 range or so. Is the limited substantially different than the trade version? Also welcome any opinions as to price. Many thanks.
There's no law against buying a copy and binding it how you like. I agree with MJP that BSP kind of disappeared up its own ass with the limited editions for the completist market.In fairness, the different colored spine cloth on the numbered edition is quite nice. That price seems a bit high. There's a "pristine" copy on abe for $161.50. Interestingly, the same seller has a second copy with the same description (except the number is 2 different from the other copy) at $181.50.
Well, there is no doubt that it's a must-have book, unless you come across the PDF that's out there. I got mine from Seamus Cooney and it was in pristine condition. Which is NOT what I wanted. It's a resource book for those who use it in the right way. I grab for it every time I need it, whether I've just been eating Kentucky Fried Chicken or not. This site is incredibly awesome, but that book is an equally incredible reference. The man did his work and presented it in a very clear way.
Ah, that's a tricky question, because Fleer and Donruss are both kind of "pre-collectible-boom" brands, and you could argue that Black Sparrow had a history of publication before they went over the top with worthless issues. But if you look at the history, BSP is definitely Upper Deck, since Martin was issuing "collectibles" from day one.So is BSP Fleer, Donruss or Upper Deck?
So at the end of the day, we're both right. But one of us has spent a lot of money for nothing.
I enjoy Ed Blair's copy of Dorbin's 1969 bibliography, which is used and written in and a little bit mangled (and signed by Bukowski).
Easy now...Looks like our friend from PBA used it as a hammer to hang a picture after eating bbq ribs.