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the value of a .december 7 1941 first extra newspaper from

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the value of a .december 7 1941 first extra newspaper from honolulu,hawaii about the bombing of pearl harbor and manila......printed honolulu star-bulletin
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  TOPHATSELLS replied 5 years ago.

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From your submittal, I believe you have a nice item. I buy and sell similar through my Antiques Gallery. After researching recent sales data, comparables, and having knowledge of today's marketplace, depending on condition, regional differences, rarity, etc., I would place a Fair Market Value in the range of : $ 50 OR LESS IS WHAT THEY CURRENTLY SELL FOR. (AS DO MOST NEWSPAPERS OF HISTORIC EVENTS...)



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Expert:  Diana F. replied 5 years ago.
Hi and thanks for choosing Just Answer.

There were about 250,000 newspapers originally printed. There were actually 3 editions printed that day and there have been reprints since then.

There are 'authentic reprints' from the time period. For instance, that following Sunday paper was actually a reprint of the Saturday paper, and the back pages are almost identical to the Saturday edition. If it says 'Dec. 7, 1941,' at the top of the inside pages, then it's a reprint.

Also, on most original copies, there was a bit of an ink smudge between the "A" and "R" in the word "WAR".

The reprints are valued around $25 to $50.

If you have an original first print, they are valued in the range of $2000 to $3000.

Here's a copy of an auction where it an original paper sold for $2500. You can also see the ink smudge in the picture.


You definitely want to make sure you have an original because they have the potential for a very high value.
Pricing will depend on your condition and where you try to sell it. What you really need for something like this is either a private sale or an auction house, such as heritage auctions or cowans. Both of these auction houses deal with vintage and antique historical memorabilia and very highly respected. They do both consignments and auctions, so you can look into a few different routes to take.
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