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Book on shotshell boxes?

Postby Fin2Feather » Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:02 pm

Can anyone recommend a book on shotshell box collecting? I'm thinking of something with lots of pictures that gives some dating and maybe some pricing information. Maybe too much to hope for, but I'm thinking along the lines of those paper bound collector's guides. Google searching has produced a website/on line-type resource, but that's really not my cup of tea. Suggestions appreciated; thanks...
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Re: Book on shotshell boxes?

Postby JasonPeck » Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:57 pm

Old thread I know. If you can find it, The Encyclopedia of Shotgun Shell Boxes is the Bible in this area. Out of print for many years.

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Re: Book on shotshell boxes?

Postby Fin2Feather » Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:57 am

Just saw your response; thanks!
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Re: Book on shotshell boxes?

Postby Mike of the Mountain » Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:29 am

That book would be a nice addition to any sporting book collection.
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Re: Book on shotshell boxes?

Postby Researcher » Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:27 pm

If one is into .410-bore shotshell boxes there is this 180 page book.

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Encyclopedia of the 410 Shotshell in America 1914 - 1942


These are getting quite old and the pictures/drawings are black & white --

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Re: Book on shotshell boxes?

Postby JJ ROBERTS » Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:14 pm

There are two book's on shotshell box's you can purchase at the NRA gift shop. J.J.
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Re: Book on shotshell boxes?

Postby eightbore » Fri May 01, 2020 10:03 am

You can buy old Ward's catalogs but I don't know whether they come with price keys. They sell groups of them at every auction.
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Re: Book on shotshell boxes?

Postby Fowlgunner » Sat May 02, 2020 9:10 am

Many years of kicking around different collectible sporting items has taught me to throw the price guides away.

Buy what you like at whatever it costs, within reason of course, and let the next generation figure out what it's worth.

A friend of mine would say, "if I thought enough of it to buy it, why would I sell it?".

Sage wisdom.

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Re: Book on shotshell boxes?

Postby eightbore » Sat May 02, 2020 4:14 pm

Ward's price key is an actual list of prices of things that have sold. That is way different from a "price guide" which has nothing to do with the selling price of anything. Your friend's "sage wisdom" would put most of us in an old folks home.
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Re: Book on shotshell boxes?

Postby Fowlgunner » Sun May 03, 2020 9:39 am

Bill is exactly right in that Ward's gives you a free market indicator of what people of like interest are willing to pay for an item.

Unless you have the catalog you cannot match up pricing to an item and just as importantly condition! unless you do it in the month following the auction as their prices realized data only reference "Item Number" and "Sale Date".

You should be very aware that buyer's premium may be included in prices realized but their other fees are typically not and this can be from my experience up to $40 for a single box of shells, whether it is a $5 box or a $500 one.

Don't want you in a "Rest Home" yet Bill you have too much valuable information to share.

Let me know when you're ready to part with that 10-E, might help you keep sanity in these trying times!

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