Question: Where can I find information on various collectible items and their value? -- Alice Edison, Salt Lake CityAnswer: Price guides would be your best bet. Popular guides includes the 31st edition of the "Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price List 1999" by Ralph and Terry Kovel (Random House; 410-848-1900). It is available for $17.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659. Also check out the "Antique Trader's Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 1999," edited by Kyle Husfloen (ATB; 319-588-2073). It is available for $18.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises.
Question: Can you provide me with any information on eight-track tapes? I'm wondering if they'll be a collector's item. -- Ruth Dilling, N. Fort Myers, Fla.
Question: I have come into possession of a red case of 24 "Peerless Classics" eight-track tapes consisting of symphonies, concertos and other classics by the London Stadium Orchestra, The American Symphony and the New York Concert Orchestra. Only one has been opened while all the others are still sealed as they were shipped. Would they be of value to anyone? -- Sara Bedsworth, Exmore, Va.
Answer: Used eight-track tapes are of sentimental value to owners of classic cars equipped with eight-track tape decks.
Write to eight-track tape lover Steve Tkacs, 241 Main St., East Greenwich, RI 02818, or phone him at 401-884-8668. He'll take for free any used eight-track tapes to give to classic car owners. As a token of appreciation, Steve sends an original movie videotape to anyone who sends him free eight-track used tapes. However, he will pay for certain sealed, never-opened eight-track tapes.
Write Anita Gold, P.O. Box 597401, Chicago, IL 60659; enclose an addressed stamped envelope. Due to the high volume of mail, not all letters can be answered, but priority will be given to those that include a copy of the column and the name of the paper it ran in. (C) 1999 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service