From the Buy Guy: Cool Collectibles from Austin’s South Lamar Store

Our store at 2929 South Lamar in Austin sees some real treasures come across the buy counter.  Here’s just a sample of the cool collectibles they have recently acquired, and are now offering for sale.

This inscribed first edition of Hunter S. Thompson’s The Great Shark Hunt is truly one-of-a-kind.  There is a lengthy three-page inscription to “Bob”—identified as Bob Braudis, Sheriff of Aspen, Colorado, and longtime friend of Thompson. 

(inscribed first edition, Summit Books, 1979: $1,750) 

This authenticated limited edition lithograph is signed by Looney Tunes animator and director Chuck Jones (1912-2002).

(#220 of 750: $500)


A beautiful treasure from over 150 years ago is Charles Robert Cockerell’s The Temple of Jupiter Panhellenius at Ægina, and of Apollo Epicurius at Bassæ near Phigaleia in Arcadia.  It was published in 1860 to commemorate Cockerell’s appointment as President of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

 Cockerell began the excavation of The Temple of Aphaea, which he incorrectly identified as “The Temple of Jupiter Panhellenius” in this work.  This piece is in excellent condition for its age.  The cover and spine are still firmly attached.  The prints are very detailed and some are hand-colored.

(London, John Weale, 1860: $1,000)


This copy of Fantastic Four #9 was signed by Jack Kirby, who not only penciled this issue, but co-created the title characters with Stan Lee


 Among the other special items the South Lamar store is also proud to offer:

  • a number of matted and framed signed celebrity photographs, including Bette Davis, Spencer Tracy, Irene Dunne, and Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (price range: $75-$900)
  • a program for the welcome dinner that was to take place in Austin, Texas, for President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, the day of his assassination ($400)

 Happy (Collectibles) Shopping!

— Steve, aka The Buy Guy

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