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    Trading a S/L Stephen King HC for a signed print...will I regret it?

    So today I stumbled upon a framed and matted print (print, not orig. art), signed and numbered, from a favorite (and deceased) vintage artist of mine, and the ABAA-certified bookdealer is open to trades. About the only thing I have that could make it close to a wash would be a signed/limited Stephen King. I'm thinking of offering my signed/numbered/slipcased edition of King's UNDER THE DOME...also comes in the special aftermarket slipcase that includes a separate storage tray for the cards.

    UNDER THE DOME was the book that brought King back in my life in 2009 after pretty much dismissing most of what he wrote in the ten'ish years before its publication (and found his '90s stuff hit and miss). That reigniting of Constant Readership lasted for a couple more books -- 11/22/63 and JOYLAND, both of which I loved -- before I once again fell off the bandwagon...tried one other one, DR. SLEEP, in 2013 and didn't care for it at all. I haven't read anything else of his since. I should also note that I have the signed/numbered limited editions of both 11/22/63 and JOYLAND (and CUJO) and two signed HC trade 1sts, so UNDER THE DOME is neither my only King limited nor my only signed King.

    As mentioned, I'm thinking of trading it...but:

    1). Since UNDER THE DOME reignited my King passion -- however briefly -- I do have some sentimental attachment to it, even though in the examination of things it's a stereotype-heavy, cliche-ridden book with a silly ending...not a bad book -- kinda fun, despite its faults -- but certainly not in the realm of 11/22/63 or JOYLAND (let alone his early classics). I won't be re-reading it.

    2). I can't underscore how hard of a time I have selling books of much lesser import and pride and value...sometimes I think there's a certain hoarder aspect to this book-collecting hobby of mine. So: casting off a signed/limited Stephen King feels wrong by any measure...under normal circumstances.

    3). But I reeaally want this signed print, so it feels like perhaps "normal circumstances" are not -- or should not be -- in play.

    But will I miss the book? Am I being too impulsive (just saw the print today), and will I severely regret trading it away? All I know for sure is that I can't justify the expense of the print without doing this trade.

    Not really sure about the point of this post, other than to put it down on paper, so to speak, and see if that helps resolve the issue....since rolling it around in my mind all day hasn't gotten me much closer to a decision. Any tips, advice, etc. anyone wants to throw my way is appreciated.
    Last edited by RonClinton; 08-05-2019 at 10:33 PM.

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    Go for the print! I can tell you really want it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhatchett View Post
    Go for the print! I can tell you really want it!!
    I do indeed. Plus I’m thinking that I can enjoy the print every day when entering my office/library as my eyes glance over at it on the wall…safe to say that the same can’t be said about the copy of King’s novel that just sits on my shelf, never to be read again nor probably even opened, except for once in a blue moon...and yet, and yet... :-/

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    I don’t think sharing my opinion should be a factor in your decision. We’re two different people with different sets of priorities and drives. So what will work for me might not work for you. But of course I’m going to share my opinion anyway.

    I wouldn’t trade the book for the print. If I couldn’t buy the print then I would pass. I wouldn’t give up such a nice signed Kind edition for anything other than maybe original art. I just wouldn’t want to lessen my collection. Much nicer to add to it. Especially for a book that holds some sentimental value.

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    Which would be easier to obtain in the future. If you make the trade and decide you really want the book in the future how easy would it be to find a copy? If you decide against the trade and in the future you really want the print how easy would it be to find another?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    Which would be easier to obtain in the future. If you make the trade and decide you really want the book in the future how easy would it be to find a copy? If you decide against the trade and in the future you really want the print how easy would it be to find another?
    Intriguing spin on it. The King would be infinitely easier to find...looks to be a couple dozen copies on ABE right now, in fact. Conversely, I can’t find another example of the specific print anywhere on-line. I can also see myself not worrying about replacing the King ever, while I can however imagine myself lamenting for a long time not having the print on my wall.

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