War Birds ’30 – ’31 auction
“War Birds” auction ended Wednesday, March 12
The 92 historic issues of “War Birds” pulp magazine began with the March 1928 issue, and ended with the October 1937 issue. Most of these issues are in the H.L Schreiner Estate collection.
The 1930 and 1931 issues are posted here now in chronological order. The 1930 issues in the estate collection are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12-1, and 12-15. The 1931 issues are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12-1, and 12-15. The point at which the 1931 photos begin is marked, “Begin 1931”. These issues are now open for bids.
Interested bidders are encouraged to refer to the latest edition (2005) of “Bookery’s Guide to Pulps & Related Magazines” for the pricing guidelines which are used by the vast majority of collectors and auction houses. Being familiar with this guide is not required, but it will likely improve your chances of winning. Although the world of comic book collecting publishes pricing guides every year, there have been only two pricing guides published for pulp fiction magazines in the last decade.
There are at least six or seven views of each issue to help you to have full confidence in their condition— a major factor in determining their value. The date of each issue can be verified by the table of contents page. Any defects that exist are revealed by the photos. No other defects exist. Click on any image to enlarge it. All issues are complete and stored in new high quality sleeves.
Of particular interest is the inclusion of a “rotagravure section” in some of the 1931 issues (see 5/31 and 9/31 for example). Although the overall content of “War Birds” is fiction, there are some entertaining non-fiction articles here and there. The 5/31 issue features an excellent article by W.E Barrett about the war planes of WWI, followed by a few pages of handy tables listing the German, French, and British planes. (W. E Barrett’s book, “The First War Planes”, was published in 1964). The 11/31 issue features a story entitled, “The Balloon Buster”, about the famous American ace, Frank Luke, including an excellent photo of him. If Frank Luke had survived the war he would likley be as famous, or more famous, than Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker. The 11/31 issue also features an amazing true story about another famous American ace, Capt. Alan Bott, referred to as the war’s luckiest pilot.
Please email your best bid for each issue that you wish to purchase to: email@example.com. Winning bidders will pay USPS mail cost or other preferred carrier. No handling fees or buyer’s premium will be charged. Payment is accepted via PayPal or by check from established buyers. In the rare event that two or more buyers bid the same amount, they will be given the opportunity to raise their bids or to decline. If all such buyers decline to raise their bids, the bid first received will be the winner.
Enjoy these historic treasures and happy bidding!