So far this year I've been listing fewer items on eBay as I attempt to shift more time to my writing. At the same time I've become much more selective in what I buy, so I really love the items I've listed for sale the past few weeks.
Short version: here's a link to items on sale in my eBay store. Longer version follows.
Throughout March I listed approximately 200 different 5" X 7" fan photos from the 1920s and '30s. These have always been a favorite—they are the "signed" (most often printed or stamped signatures) pictures that the old-time movie fans would receive back in the mail upon writing to their favorite star. Everybody had them so there's a huge range of possibilities for collectors across the spectrum of all Hollywood stars, often in multiple poses.
They typically look something like this:
That "signature" is printed into the photo, but it is a real vintage photograph, in this case, from the late 1920s.
In April I picked up a couple of collections of the R95 8" X 10" linen-textured premium photos that were issued through multiple outlets, but that I've come to realize are most associated with the EMO Movie Club*
* Here's a bit of trivia, the EMO Movie Club was named for company founder Eli M. Orowitz, whose initials were EMO. Mr. Orowitz had a son, Eugene, who became a pretty well-known movie and television star under the name of Michael Landon. I'll add that bit to the Gallery page the next time I update it.
The R95s were mass-produced premiums sent out monthly to members of the club between 1935-1938. The later issued premiums from 1937 and especially 1938 are much rarer than the 1935 and '36 prints. To give an idea of just how many of these there were, I have about 120 different listed on eBay at the moment.
Here's what the R95s look like:
I have a bit more info about them on THIS page, which also includes a gallery of all the different pieces that I've ever seen.
I had sent out an announcement about the fan photos being available in an early issue of the Classic Movie Daily. They've been selling well, but I suspect most regular shoppers have already seen them, so they are currently being discounted at 15% off their original marked prices.
I don't believe I'd announced the R95s until now. While I've sold a couple of dozen, several big names remain available. They're on sale for the first time at 10% off.
The current sale runs through Tuesday night at midnight Pacific time (eBay time). My apologies for the short notice, but there's a good chance that I'll extend the sale for another week.
Once again, you can access all currently discounted eBay listings HERE.
In addition to the sale prices, US buyers spending $25 or more will receive free shipping—you must use eBay's "Add to Cart" function for the sale to apply.
For those who prefer to shop collectibles at Amazon, I'm still in the process of transferring these listings to my Amazon store. I always start them on eBay simply because it's easier to create a listing over there.
Thanks for shopping!
PS: New eBay listings in May will mostly consist of various vintage still photos from the 1920s-50s.