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    On these pages, MAD stuff!

     

    Sunday
    Jul162017

    Another MAD Paperback Book uncovered in Dick's Gadget Warehouse!

    It's MAD TALES FROM THE SCHOOL OF HARD YOCKS!

    Written by Dick DeBartolo, Illustrated by Harry North.

    They've been sitting in a sealed carton since 1991! And if you don't believe me, just see the 'warehouse yellow' that has gracefully settled on most of the page edges!

    These are first edition, uncirculated copies. They're also unsold copies, which is why they're in the warehouse!

    The title of this book has very little to do with the contents. As William M. Gaines, MAD founder & publisher told me when I started writing original MAD paperback books: "You have to come up with a attention-getting presentation to get your advance. "So give them a catchy title. Then write a page of contents that sounds excting! Then once the publisher signs off on it, go and write the book you want to write! The contents can change from what you presented, but you have to keep the same title!"

    So Tales from The School of Hard Yocks is nothing about School - but it does come with a Diploma! It contains a mystery story solved by Lance Boil - more than a Notary Public, less than a Notary Private. There's a Show Biz Saga - "Give These Retards to Broadway" And a several part western: How the West Was One, How the West Was Two, How the West was Three & How the West was Four! There's even an opera: "If She Wants To Wriggle, Let 'er".

    I wasn't sure how to price this paperback book, so I turned to EBay. There are many used copies there starting at $10.45 a copy. I figured mine are brand new, so I'll price them at $10.45 too. And my book will be personally autographed to you (or someone else)! First Class postage in a padded envelope is $2.99, Cheap. (Sorry, but USA orders only.)

    So if you want the brand new, first edition, uncirculated, personally autographed copy click the BUY link below! If I sell 38 copies it will be enough to pay one month's rent on Dick's Gadget Warehouse. (Yes, true.)

    Sorry, but US orders only. Thanks.

    Your book comes with it's own OFFICIAL Diploma from THE SCHOOL OF HARD YOCKS! It's suitable from framing assuming you have a real cheap frame and don't care what kind of garbage you hang on your walls! Also cutting out the diploma ruins the book, because it's the back cover! Hopefully you'll buy a another copy if you do cut it out!

    Tuesday
    May112010

    A rare Alfred E. Neuman ATM Card. (Only about 100 were made.)

    FROM THE COLLECTION OF DICK DeBARTOLO:

    This item comes from the legendary collection of MAD Magazine's MADdest writer, Dick DeBartolo.  Produced in the 1980's as a giveaway at trade shows and other media events, this item was produced to look just like an ATM card.  This item is unused and in Mint condition.  Another eBay seller has been selling these cards, except they are blank, and have not been punched with the numbers "6-2-10  YRS".  This card has been stamped with those numbers.

    The postage cost for this lot will be $1.50, and will be shipped via USPS First Class Mail.  I will only ship with the US Postal Service.  The winning bidder will pay with PayPal, although I will consider other options.  Payments are due within 7 days after auction end.   Foreign bidders are welcome, but payment must be made in US $Dollars.  I will happily combine shipping costs if more than one item is won.  I always pack items that I sell with bubble wrap, foam peanuts, cardboard backing, or whatever else it takes to ensure safe travel.  Please check out my other auctions this week for more MAD, Alfred E. Neuman, Newman, William (Bill) Gaines, and EC (E.C.) Comic memorabilia, and more items from the GizWizBiz gadget warehouse. Happy Bidding and Good Luck!

     The Auction for this item ended. It went for $26. I was a little disappointed in that price since only 100 were made. I have two more & I might put them up on EBay again.  

    Sunday
    Apr112010

    The Alfred E. Neuman Twe Dollar Bill. A whole pack of 'em!

    This is not legal tender. And it's NOT illegal tender either. It's Alfred E. Neuman money.

    Another year we produced this package of Alfred E. Neuman Twe Dollars Bills as a giveaway at trade shows and other media-type conventions. This packet contains 14 identical TWE (Three) Dollar $ Bills. They are a bit smaller than a real dollar bill, most likely because MAD once in trouble by producing a regular sized fake bill that did not please the Treasury Department. This item comes direct from Dick's Gadget warehouse, and is in MINT condition.

    The auction for it is on now and runs through Monday, April 19th 13:42:50 PDT. 2010.

    This auction ended. The Alfred E. money pack sold for $56.00.

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