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value of older playbills?

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value of older playbills?#1
Posted: 5/14/08 at 3:30pm
Can anyone tell me the value of older Playbills? A family member has asked me to sell a bunch of them for her. She used to work in different box offices of Broadway theaters and has a collection of excellent condition Playbills, that are 40-50 years-old, that she wants me to list on ebay. Any ideas if I should have a minimum amount per Playbill? Are they really worth anything? Is there a website or something that might have values? Thanks for any help!
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re: value of older playbills?#2
Posted: 5/14/08 at 3:33pm
If it's a special one, like opening night, one year, closing blah blah blah it's probably worth more. And how well the show did, or how good it was etc
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re: value of older playbills?#2
Posted: 5/14/08 at 3:41pm
You can sell it individually, by lots of 5's, 10's or sell it as a whole package.

Playbill sells mint condition opening night's for $10.

I have bought playbills from price ranges of $5 up to $60 for a lot of about 30 playbills.

It just depends how popular they are.
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re: value of older playbills?#3
Posted: 5/14/08 at 3:59pm
Unfortunately, ever since the advent of the internet and especially eBay, Playbills as well as any collectible nor longer bring in the crazy prices they used.

Reason? The internet has helped bring the world to each of us so things that were once rare are no longer rare. Before you had to spend years hunting travelling antique shows or collectible shows. Now everything is a click away on a computer.

I remember about 15 years ago a 1964 Playbill for FUNNY GIRL (with Barbra Streisand) easily fetched about $350 on the collector's circuit. You can easily find one on eBay (during any time-frame of her run in the show) for less than $10.



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re: value of older playbills?#4
Posted: 5/14/08 at 4:10pm
Thanks for the info. I will tell her not to expect too much. I believe that she was thinking they would be worth more since they are fairly old.
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Posted: 5/14/08 at 4:16pm
Speaking of older playbills, I'm looking for a 'A Little Night Music' one. I've had little luck on ebay... any other leads for me?
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re: value of older playbills?#6
Posted: 5/14/08 at 4:23pm
Maybe you can also remind us if you have already put them up for sale and it could trigger a healthy bidding competition :P
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re: value of older playbills?#7
Posted: 5/14/08 at 4:25pm
??? There are a slew of Playbills for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC on eBay. Where you been lookin', boo?

http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37&satitle=little+night+music+playbill&category0=

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re: value of older playbills?#8
Posted: 5/14/08 at 4:27pm
Holy sh*t, clearly I suck at ebaying.
Thanks, BrodyFosse!
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re: value of older playbills?#9
Posted: 5/14/08 at 4:31pm
I bought an ALNM playbill on ebay. I don't think they go for too much unless you find someone who is really interested in them. The biggest prices go for the ones that are sold in groups.
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re: value of older playbills?#10
Posted: 5/14/08 at 4:40pm
antonijan - I will let you know when I put them up. She is bringing them to me on Saturday. Not sure if there are any good ones or not.
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re: value of older playbills?#11
Posted: 5/14/08 at 4:53pm
i just bought on ebay an OBC playbill of gypsy (i think) from 1961 with Ethel on the front. i wonder if that is or will be worth anything?
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re: value of older playbills?#12
Posted: 5/14/08 at 4:53pm
I need help with Jersey Boys London Programme :P
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re: value of older playbills?#13
Posted: 5/14/08 at 5:02pm
JERSEY BOYS London/West End/UK Programme: http://www.dresscircle.co.uk/product.asp?StockID=33845

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re: value of older playbills?#14
Posted: 5/14/08 at 5:27pm
Thank you Brody!
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