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How do I get an appraisal on my collection of mad magazines

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How do I get an appraisal on my collection of mad magazines and paperback books? I have issues 1, 24,27,29,30,32,33,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,49,50,51,53,54,55,56,57,59,60,63,65,66,68. Annual editions the worst of Mad, More Trash (treasures) from Mad, Second Annual Edition More Trash From Mad. 5 W. Gaines paperbacks some say they are original publications. Thanks for your help!!!
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Will replied 6 years ago.

Hi! My name is Will and I can assist you. Could you please provide an image of your #1?

Expert:  Will replied 6 years ago.

Thanks...just got this today. I used to LOVE that stuff when I was a kid!


MAD was first published in 1952 in a comic book format with a cover date of October/November 1952. Beginning with issue #24 (July 1955), MAD converted to a standard magazine size format. The MAD editorial and publishing staff celebrates September as their anniversary month, as the magazine first hit the newsstands in that month of 1952.


Originally priced at 10¢, MAD increased the cover price to 25¢ when it changed formats and became a magazine (issue #24). Prices have risen accordingly ever since, even though the magazine still employs the plug CHEAP right under the price, on every issue.


For an overview of value:

Consecutive run estimates (ranges from good to mint):

  • Issues 1-10: $1200 - $7500
  • 11-23: $950 - $3800
  • 24-100: $650 - $1750
  • 101-200: $500 - $1500
  • 201-300: $375 - $850
  • 301-428: $200 - $650

Key Issues:

Volume 1, #1: Initial publication
Issue #24: 1st magazine format issue.


If you want to search individual volumes, here is a link to current active prices:



MAD began publishing paperback books with The MAD Reader in December 1954 and ended with Spy vs. Spy The Updated Files #8 by Bob Clarke and Duck Edwing in August 1993.


Between 1954 and 1993, 220 paperbacks books were released. Ninety-four contained previously published material. Bristling MAD (#93, June 1993) was the last reprint book. MAD has resumed producing paperback books again, starting with a reprint of How to Be a Successful Dog (December 1999). The books do not have the collector following of the magazine, however, and the only one of major interest is the first (1954) which can retail up to $125.


Hope this helps! Best, Will



Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Thank you. I had found like info on the web. Do you know of dealers that could be contacted if we decided to sell the collection? I was unable to find specific dealers.