Re: RARA-AVIS: Black Mask

From: Jeff Vorzimmer (
Date: 08 Mar 2006

As a starting point 20 cents in 1925 is worth $2.27 in 2006 dollars. There is an issue of Black Mask on eBay from 1925 with the Hammett story "Dead Yellow Woman" and has a Buy It Now price of $499 or best offer. So far, there are no offers. I suspect it is worth considerably less than that, though. The seller is selling it as is, so it can't be in stellar condition. There are actually four Black Masks from the 20s with Hammett stories in them in eBay stores at present, one of which has or had a price tag of
$1199, but I think it ended unsold.


> I need help folks. If there ever was a group that would know the
> answer to my question it is this one. For a plot point in a story I
> am writing I need to know what a mint condition copy of Black Mask
> December 1925 would now sell for. We are talking about the issue that
> contained Dashiell Hammett's classic story "The Gutting of
> Couffignal." I believe it originally sold for 20 cents. What would
> it sell for today? I don't care if it really exists. I mean mint,
> perfectly preserved. The higher the price the better. Does anyone
> have any idea?

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