Despite the picture, my two year old nephew Caleb is not quite ready to read the Hardy Boys yet. At two, though obviously brilliant and a handsome rascal like his uncle, there is some time before he will venture into the wonderful world of series books.
As his uncle, I certainly feel responsible to insure that he will be indulging in quality reading, so I have a plan. I want to put together for him a nice set of blue spine matte Hardy Boys books. That complete set will represent books 1-58 with as many original text books that this format allows. I'm hoping to find good copies that have held up well over the years. Nice quality copies from the 1960's and 70's would be ideal. I'll have to figure out how many have the tan endpages versus black and white endpages. I've only casually looked on Ebay, and I admit to feeling a little overwhelmed. It seems that many sellers of Hardy Boys books do not give good descriptions as to printing year or to book listing. Somehow yellow spine Nancy Drews seem to be identified better on Ebay.
Does anyone have any collecting tips for me before I start on this venture? I think we have some time before Caleb finishes The Disappearing Floor so I welcome your advice.