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National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest


Book collecting is often thought of as a pursuit for your more mature years, I only would ever agree to that because if you are not careful it can cost a small fortune to buy all of the books that excite you, and often those means only come a little later in life. However expenditure does not dictate the quality of a collection and this is why I find the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest to be such an interesting event.

No one is more broke than a student, even a student with means lives most frugal existence that they will ever know, and thus I think this contest is the best showcase of what it means to be a great book collector, dealer, or scout. The ability to finding hidden gems in the stacks that were passed over by others is a skill that money cannot buy.

If you are wondering what kind of collections students put together you can read an interview we did with one of the past winners.

Entries for the 2010 competition must be submitted by June 4, 2010. Each contestant must be the top prize-winner of an officially sanctioned American collegiate book collecting contest held during the 2009-2010 academic year. Contestants can sign up here.

If you know of an aspiring book collector be sure to let them know about the contest, prizes range from $250 to $2,500 and are awarded to the collector and their school libraries for a collection of rare books. Everyone wins!

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