Welcome back to the Profiles & Premiums Newsletter!
I was going to rush to get this out to you last night, so it'd be waiting for you in the morning, but I tired out a little earlier than expected, so I figured I'd spend a little more time on it today. Hope you didn't mind the delay too much!
I've got the Movie Cards and Collectibles stock in the eBay Store beefed up to just a hair under 1,000 items right now and my plans are to keep it growing. If only there were more time I'd have a lot more listed, because the stuff is sitting here waiting for me to get to it! This also means more Photo ID Guides coming. We have 2 this month, one brand new and one a further revision of the 1936 R95 premiums which I'm pretty proud of. The R95 page includes 40 new images and even more names to add to the checklist--I had some outside help from a fellow collector with this one, plus I purchased about 100 myself...which are all currently at auction or offered for immediate sale on eBay - over 100 items at this time.
Next issue you can look for significantly updated Photo ID Guides for the popular 1934 Carreras oval set and 1921-22 Picturegoer Supplements page -- expect to see items from both of these sets offered on eBay in the coming month as well. And, oh, both of those ID Guide pages have the old look and feel of the site, that will be updated to the new look as will several other pages still awaiting their makeover. This past week I just fixed up the pages for 1954 Star Pictures Premiums and 1955 Skye Publications Premiums. The goal is now to have the entire site updated with the new look and feel by the end of the year. It's a lot of work for one person, especially when I'm trying to add new material as often as possible, but it will get done!
Once again speaking of eBay, the changes keep rolling out, and we're told to expect more. Scot Wingo covered some huge changes coming for buyers in his excellent post Mega Finding 2.0. I commented on that post, congratulating Scot on his fine work and letting him know this is the first thing I've seen written that gets me excited about the coming buyer experience on eBay. I had been afraid they might ruin it, but this definitely gives me hope!
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Speaking of Amazon, Randy Smythe of My Blog Utopia just got back from the Amazon conference in Seattle and has a brand-spanking new post up today titled Musings About Amazon! which I also found excellent. If you just buy and don't sell, you may notice a growth in collectible items showing up on Amazon--they are really going after third party sellers such as myself, and while eBay is still #1 to me, Amazon has begun to offer a nice alternative for sales. Right now I'm only offering Media Products on Amazon (DVD, VHS, CD) and sell through their Fulfillment program (FBA), which means buyers who qualify for free SuperSaver or Amazon Prime shipping can get my items shipped to them for free. If you're interested in rummaging through my Amazon stock, here's my Storefront.
I was recently contacted by Marci Kawar, author of The Crazy Collector, and was treated to a review copy. I've been very busy lately, so I couldn't promise Marci a review, but I did want to mention her fun book here just in case I couldn't get to it elsewhere. It's brief, admittedly a fast read, but it packs a fair amount of chuckles into its 85 pages. The book is subtitled "201 Sure Signs That You Are Certifiable" and includes items on that list such as "You Walk Around Sunset Blvd. with your Polaroid and Sharpie" and "You opt to be late on your rent, because that was the best pose of Dopey you've ever seen." The book covers all collectibles, not just Hollywood, but if you do collect there have got to be a few lines in there that get you to laugh...because as with most humor it's just a little twist on reality! The Crazy Collector also has a couple of short appendixes with some notes on the history of collecting. If you're interested you can check out the book's website here.
It will be focusing on magazine back issues, but an interview with me will be appearing on the ephemera blog sometime before the end of July. I did try to make some movie references. Great site for collectors of ephemera (obviously!), but really, it covers just about anything that can be collected!
That covers about everything I had in mind. This month's profile is by Susan M. Kelly and takes a look at Lana Turner. Lana Turner will be one of the star's spotlighted on TCM next month during their "Summer Under the Stars" feature with 11 features airing on August 14. TCM set up a pretty nice micro-site for each of the stars being covered in August, you can check out Lana Turner's here (But don't let that stop you from reading Susan's piece!). A few of the films mentioned by Susan are going to be shown including Johnny Eager, Madame X, and Imitation of Life, as well as one of my personal favorites, Honky Tonk, co-starring Lana with Clark Gable and supported by Frank Morgan and Claire Trevor with Albert Dekker as the villain. It's fun old flick!
1935 De Beukelaer Film Stars Photo ID Guide
I recently acquired Series 8 of the De Beaukelaer Film Stars, cards numbers 701-800. Cards feature color-tinted black & white photos on high gloss front such as the Carole Lombard sample pictured here, plain white backs. The Photo ID Guide features a complete checklist as well as 27 images of cards from the set.
Updated Photo ID Guide: R95 -- 1936 Linen 8x10 Photos
The biggest update yet to this page includes 40 new images in the gallery (including the shot of Jean Harlow shown at the right), text additions, and an accounting of 221 differing items within the set. And don't forget to check out my auctions as several R95s, both old and new to the checklist, are listed at sale and auction.
by Susan M. Kelly
From her legendary discovery to her torrid love life, off-screen drama always seemed to overshadow big screen success for lovely "sweater girl" Lana Turner. Despite the many turns her life would take, she stuck with her first love and left behind an acting legacy as unique as her glamorous looks.
Julia Jean Mildred Francis Turner was born in Wallace, Idaho on February 8th. The year of her birth was a cause of dispute throughout her life...
Susan M. Kelly is a freelance writer who lives and works in Dunellen, New Jersey. Susan is a regular contributor to The Movie Profiles & Premiums Newsletter.
That's all for now. I think we covered a fair amount of ground here. All of the features are up live on the main site, though I won't have time to update the home page or general navigation until later tonight...so if you're reading this as quick as you get it then the only access to the features is through the links in this newsletter. Enjoy them and have a great month!