Selling an Item

We are always looking for new and interesting pieces.  If you have an item that you would like to sell, please contact us.

When selling an item it is important to know how the process works.  People can get offended when they receive an offer for their item and it does not meet their expectation.  This comes from browsing the net for similar items for sale or from auction sales.  There are three values that can be put on an item these are;

1. Collector value is what a collector will pay for an item.  If a collector requires the item to complete their series they will pay a higher than expected price to gain that item.

2. Reseller value is the value that will be paid to sell on.  There needs to be some profit margin in the item.

3. Retail value is the price you would pay if you walked into a shop to buy the item.

In the case of A Little Piece of History we buy items as a reseller and as a collector.

If you are interested in selling an item to us, just follow these easy steps:

1. Contact us to see if your item is of interest to us.  We will need an accurate description of the item.  Things to include are:

2. Books signed and unsigned;
– Publisher and publication date.
– Condition of the book, binding, cover, pages, dust jacket present or missing, below is a descriptive of book condition see which one fits your item.
– Signatures that maybe present include previous owners.
– History or provenance of the item purchase as well as the signature.

3. Autographs;
– Describe the autograph, see the terms used to describe autographs below.
– Condition of the signature, see below descriptions
– History or provenance of the item purchase as well as the signature.

4. Make a copy of your item.  This can be a scan (preferred) or if your item is too big to be copied such as a framed or mounted item, take digital photos of your item.  When making your scans or photos, please take a close-up image of the actual signature (see examples below).  Details such as the frame or in the case of signed clothing the manufacturing label as well as an image of the overall item.  If your item is framed please leave it in the frame and take a photo as removing it from the frame may damage the item and isn’t recommended.

5. Send the scans or photos of your item to us.  For the fastest response, email the images to  You may also send us the copies or photos via mail, to our address as shown above, to the attention of Blair Poulton.  Please make sure to include your contact information, including name, address, phone and email, so we know how to get a hold of you once we have reviewed your material.

6. We will review the scans or photos of your material, and contact you usually via email and within one week.  We then give you an estimated range of what we would be willing to pay.  The range will be dependent on condition and authenticity.  If that range is of interest to you, we then request that you send us the originals of the material and any requested material with fully covered insurance.  After examining the originals, we can then contact you with a firm price.  If you agree to the price we offer payment within three business days of your confirmation.

If you choose not to accept the offer, we will gladly send back your material covering postage and insurance.

Packaging hints.

When sending us any original items consider the following;

Waterproofing, place the item in a sealable water proof bag to stop water damage.

1. Wrap the item in bubble wrap sealing all openings with tape to assist  waterproofing as well as allowing for cushioning.

2. If your item can be damaged by bending e.g. postcards, letters or manuscripts, place the item between two pieces of stiff cardboard (note cardboard from a box will not give the support needed) then place in a sealable waterproof bag and wrap in bubble wrap.

3. If your item contains glass such as a frame we suggest you take the item to a packing store, such as local post office or stationary supplier (Office Works) as they carry specialty packaging product.

4. It is also recommend that you use a delivery carrier that provides the ability to track a package.  Your Post Office can show you the various postal options, other carriers such as Federal Express and UPS, can provide a tracking service as well.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Confidentiality:  It is our policy not to divulge to another party the source of any purchases.

Terms used to describe autographs

Autograph condition

Mint – A superb condition autograph, very light skip (unrecognizable to the naked eye), a slight acceptable variance in boldness of the autograph, location of the autograph does not hinder the eye appeal of the autograph.

Near Mint – Very strong autograph, entirely legible to the naked eye, small degree of even fading to the entire signature, minor blemish to one of more letters, more significant skipping or bleeding are present, yet insignificant to the overall presentation of the signature.

Excellent – Signs of aging is evident, lost lustre of a bold autograph, clear to decipher with the naked eye, few minor smudges in a limited area of the autograph, minor areas of fading or skipping, a more significant retrace with still limitation of 25% of original signer.

Very Good – Exhibits a clearer eye appeal, noticeably faded throughout, lost up to 50% of it visible content, exhibits mild flaws.

Good – Exhibits mild significant loss of eye appeal, exhibits significant flaws, lost up to 75% of its visible content, difficulty in deciphering but clear enough to authenticate.

Poor to Fair – Exhibits extreme loss of eye appeal, difficulty in deciphering, worn and or faded, fold linen over the autograph.

Autograph types

LS/DS – This can be either a typed letter or a document such as an award that has been signed.

SP/SPC – Signed Picture and Signed Postcard

SO – Signed object such as a football, boxing gloves, shirt etc.

ALS – A letter that the signer has written

SIG – A signature on a card or clipped from a document/letter.

AQS – A quotation written by the signer.

Mint – Without faults or defects, unread, in the same immaculate condition in which it was published. Very few “new” books qualify for this grade, as many times there will be rubs/scuffs to the dust jackets from shipping, or bumped lower spine ends/corners from shelving.

Fine – Approaches the above, but not crisp. May show signs of having been carefully read, but no real defects or faults.

Near Fine – A book or dust jacket approaching fine but with a couple of very minor defects or faults, which should be noted.

Very Good – Very light wear to book, and/or jacket; no large tears, or major defects.

Good – The average used and worn book that has all pages or leaves present.

Poor – A book that is sufficiently worn that its only merit is the complete text, which must be legible. May be soiled, scuffed, stained, or spotted, and may have loose joints, hinges, pages, and so forth.

Ex-Library – The dust jacket has library markings (the book was at one time the property of a lending library) but is in otherwise good condition.

Example of a good scan