Collecting the Victor Book for Boys
When I was a young boy I was mad keen on the Victor comic and the Victor annual, better known as the Victor Book for Boys. I used to live for Mondays when the comic came out and wait impatiently for 12 months until the next annual came along ! The first annual was published in 1964 when I was 8 years old. The last was published 30 years later. I believe that on average there were 200,000 copies sold each year. I cannot be more exact as to the number of copies printed year by year as the publisher will not disclose the figures !!
In 2000 I decided to start collecting the annual as an investment. I could have bought a complete set of the books but at a ridiculously high price. This didn't really appeal to me so I set out to get the books in excellent condition but at a reasonable price. Now, many years down the line I have got every single one of the Victor annuals that were published, and all are in excellent condition.
My collection does not include any of the annuals that came to me as a boy - I ruined them by constant reading, throwing them on the floor, and generally abusing them! If I remember correctly my young sister decided to eat pages from one of them.
I spent hours scouring the internet for the annuals and was quite sucessful there. I spent hours and hours searching charity shops in the UK but only ever found 1 Victor Book in very good condition - the rest had torn pages, ripped spines, were price clipped, defaced etc - no use to the collector. More on this can be found on the 'Buying Guide' page.
If you want a collection as an investment, the books HAVE to be in very good ( or better ) condition. I got there in the end, and what money I did invest should appreciate quite a lot over time.
My Victor Book Collection is Complete
As my searching is now over I have decided to help those of you out there still looking for that elusive copy in great condition by putting together the best online sources of the books here on one website.
This site gives you the ability to check out all the Victor Annuals for sale on Amazon without having to search ! Just go to the 'Book Sales' page from the menu and find a book of interest, click on it, and away you go. Now is a great time to invest in a collection, the credit crunch has caused prices to fall and there are bargains to be had !
If you are not a member of Amazon already, you can sign up as soon as you click.. or go to the banners on the sales page. Good luck buying and bidding ! The listings are live and taken from the parent site. The benefit for you is that they are all here on one page.
Feel free to contact me as many of you have already done. Its great to see so many people collecting the Victor Book for Boys !