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Old Porn Mags

I have a big cupboard full — several hundred — that I never look at. Most of them belonged to a guy who died of AIDS: his whose partner was disposing of them, and thought them too interesting and potentially valuable to end in land fill. But although the cash would be nice, selling them on eBay seems such a chore. Has anyone tackled the porn resale problem?

by Anonymousreply 2011/21/2020

Pics?

by Anonymousreply 111/21/2020

Yes! Mine were too sticky to sell.

by Anonymousreply 211/21/2020

no. I inherited a pile of playboy magazines. I wonder if they are worth anything...

by Anonymousreply 311/21/2020

Playgirl doesn't sell for as easily or as much as the harder to find magazines usually do. Certain issues might fetch more money that others do.

by Anonymousreply 411/21/2020

Yes, it's a chore. Some never sell (old Advocate Men, Mandates, In Touch) while others go for $30-$50 (pristine Colt or vintage). I would take pics of covers/inside pages a dozen at a time, upload, sort, find other websites' full descriptions of contents, then sell or not sell. Made about $1000 in one year, but yeah, the packaging and mailing is tiresome.

Fortunately, I was allowed to pay into my work postal meter (now you can link a Paypal account to pay for postage labels), so I didn't have to go to the post office. The last time I went (mid-COVID), the line took an hour. I still have about 100 mags, would prefer to just dump them off to one interested collector.

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by Anonymousreply 511/21/2020

Leave them scattered on the church pews of your local Evangelical church.

by Anonymousreply 611/21/2020

Yes. When I sold books online, I would buy private libraries, and one guy's collection of approximately 10,000 books also included more than 10 years worth of Playboys, several years worth of Penthouse, and a bunch of cheaper Hustler-style and more hardcore magazines, along with 100 or so mass market size porn paperbacks, many of them about incest porn, including incest porn with young girls who were just starting to go through puberty.

When I loaded everything to haul it away, I left the paperback "novels" there, as I didn't want them in my possession even long enough to burn them.

Initially I thought I would sell the Playboys, Penthouses, etc., from a different account, because I didn't want my primary account associated with them, but eventually I just took them all to the recycle center, where the employees all had to stop working and come look at them and take some of them.

I checked the values at the time and they were potentially worth some decent money, but I just didn't want to deal with them.

by Anonymousreply 711/21/2020

My university might be interested in acquiring your collection.

by Anonymousreply 811/21/2020

[quote] Some never sell (old Advocate Men, Mandates, In Touch

Thanks for the informative post R5. There’s a fair few of those as I recall. I wonder why they’re not valued? I also have a shitload of After Darks which I know are worth a bit, but not much as they used to be. I wonder whether a lot of potential collectors died of AIDS, and gaylings don’t know how fabulous they are.

by Anonymousreply 911/21/2020

You might want to see if the University of Illinois Library (or some other research library) will take them. They seem to have a nascent collection. (Link)

I notice they have several gay titles (Blueboy, Freshmen, Hombre, Unzipped, etc). Maybe they're interested in adding or filling gaps.

I've got several complete years of Freshmen that I was going to see if they wanted.

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by Anonymousreply 1011/21/2020

this thread is too gay...

firestarters.

by Anonymousreply 1111/21/2020

I would love to get copies of some more obscure titles:

STROKE

FIRST-HAND (the Readers Digest of gay porn)

TORSO and HONCHO (not obscure, really, but they were my fave of the pictorial monthlies in the 80s/90s)

by Anonymousreply 1211/21/2020

Donate them to science!

by Anonymousreply 1311/21/2020

Donate them to the local Boy Scout troop!

by Anonymousreply 1411/21/2020

give them to the tenacious DVD hoarders.

by Anonymousreply 1511/21/2020

Actually R12, there ARE some First Hand and a similar title in the same format amongst the mags. I did note them because there’s work in them by Mike Kuchar whose gay cartoons are now sold in galleries.

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by Anonymousreply 1611/21/2020

I have a bunch of Colt mags and calendars from the 90s, in near perfect condition. Aside from the content being classy compared to some of the trashy mags, the physical production quality is so much higher (the paper, etc.). I have the box in my storage unit and haven't opened it in years. When I purged everything else, I couldn't handle the thought of just trashing these.

by Anonymousreply 1711/21/2020

I have a sealed copy of Madonna's ridiculous book Sex. Not quite the same thing, but I'm waiting for her to die so the value will go up and I can donate it to my local lgbtq community center's silent auction. Now that I think of it, I'll donate it this year and get it out of my house.

by Anonymousreply 1811/21/2020

[quote]I couldn't handle the thought of just trashing these.

Give them to your local gay archive if you can't be bothered selling them. (But as the poster upthread suggested: they're in demand and worth money.) I think it's important that there are many duplicates in libraries and gay archives as one can't discount the threat of future destruction, censorship and deaccession. By sheer chance I was able to view the private basement of a university library that had purchased a certain gay collection in the early 80s en bloc for quite big money, and was genuinely shocked at the scandalous conditions the collection was stored in. Very valuable Victorian-era gay books just jammed in bent and twisted, covers ripped etc etc. Clearly the new generation of librarian frauen upstairs didn't give a fuck for it. Even 10 minutes of care would have made a big difference. It utterly enraged me.

by Anonymousreply 1911/21/2020

Land fill. There is very little from the past that is of value now.

by Anonymousreply 2011/21/2020
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