- Series: Identification and Value Guides (Krause)
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Krause Publ; First Edition edition (August 25, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873496973
- ISBN-13: 978-0873496971
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Zippo Lighters: An Identification and Price Guide (Identification and Value Guides (Krause)) Paperback – August 25, 2004
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Well, physically it's an attractively produced book with lots of nice Zippo photos. That's a big plus. There are a lot of vintage print ads and old advertising memorabilia, which personally I find very interesting. I like the factory and production line photos.
I'm sure all these photos were hard to come by and took a lot of work to acquire and get permission to use.
"Identification Guide": If you're new to Zippo collecting, this would not be the very first book I would buy. As other reviewers mention, there are a number of factual errors here, and you don't want to start off with misinformation. In fairness to the author I don't believe that is the author's fault, since he was not able to complete it and his incomplete manuscript was taken over for completion. It's very difficult to work from someone else's notes and files, and it's admirable that the book was completed, after all.
"Price Guide" :The problem with any kind of written price guide is that they are outdated and obsolete even before they are published. That's just the nature of inflation, and the rise and fall of trends within any category of collectibles. Hot sub-categories come and go, and quickly.
It's always fun to browse a price guide, but don't spend your hard earned money based on the prices in this book (or any book, until you've gotten the feel for current market prices yourself).
You can browse around eBay, search the 'Sold' prices that Zippo's have recently sold for, and be surprised that this model is so cheap, or that other model so expensive. Track prices for a while and you will be well prepared to recognize a true bargain when you see one (and you will). (The WARMAN'S price guide isn't bad, but it's best used to get a feel for general trends, not for current actual prices).
This book is well worth having and adding to your collector's library, just because it's a nice collection of photos and old adverts on the lighter we all love. I'm glad it was published.
But if I were looking to buy a first book on Zippo's, especially as a gift for someone else, I think I would first get the Avi Baer book, and also the book by Poore.
Each of these are also beautifully produced, but were not interrupted during production and both the information and the photos (in each) are a great introduction and orientation.
I hope this is helpful. Happy 'clicking', everybody.
It is unfortunate that Mr. Pope didn't have the opportunity to finish the book he started, perhaps more research of facts would have been done before publishing.
While the book that David Poore wrote years ago is a bit outdated on the values, it is a very valuable piece of reference material for the novice and seasoned Zippo collector. I would strongly encourage anyone thinking of buying a book on Zippos that they consider Mr. Poores book instead.