Nancy Drew Collection

My ND book collection, a work-in-progress

Yes, I’m obsessed with Nancy Drew. I read about her, I write about her, I collect anything with her image. I’m not alone. There are lots of Nancy Drew fanatics out there, and we meet once a year at Nancy Drew Conventions.
I currently own 55 out of the 56 classic Nancy Drew ‘picture cover’ hardcovers. (Yes, only one more eludes me!) There are older, more valuable copies out there — the very first Nancy Drew was published in 1930 — but the yellow picture covers are the ones I remember as a girl. They make a nice backdrop for the pair of Nancy Drew bookends I picked up at the 2012 Nancy Drew Convention in Phoenix, AZ. And of course, now I’ve begun to collect the older Nancy Drew versions, also!

Then I saw a Dana Girls book, and I liked the soft green covers — and Cherry Ames — I needed that one to honor my nursing past. Alas, the slippery slope of book collecting. You see a book with a nice dust jacket, so you buy it. Then you need to have the other 26 volumes. Book collectors are organized and anal. They like to see all the numbers, in order, on their bookshelves. 

Nancy Drew Paper Dolls

On the left is a photo of my Nancy Drew paper doll collection. The booklet features 3 Nancy paper dolls and 24 costumes from favorite mysteries of the 30s, 40s & 50s. This paper doll collection is available at The Sleuth Shop, along with tons of other merchandise. I also collect charms and jewelry from convention visits — earrings, a necklace, and bracelets, even a watch. I also collect pins. No, I’m not a hoarder. Hoarders have no idea what they have in their stuff. I know exactly where everything is. 
Nancy Drew lunch box

Nancy Drew lunch box

My latest acquisition is my Nancy Drew lunch box, autographed by Pamela Sue Martin, television’s Nancy Drew of the seventies. I’ve wanted it for a long time, and recently won it in a raffle at our latest convention in San Diego! I was able to meet Pamela Sue, and also Parker Stevenson, who played Frank Hardy on the television show. Very cool!


2 Responses to “Nancy Drew Collection”

  1. lori riffle October 21, 2012 at 2:46 am #

    my mother died 5 yrs ago and left me 26 nancy drew books she had collected. I need help understanding their value and how to sell them ….. please help me.

    • nancyelizabethlauzon October 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      Hi Lori,
      I would recommend the following site: which has a lot of information concerning Nancy Drew book formatting. It’s run by Jenn Fisher, who is an expert on Nancy Drew collections. Best of luck finding the right home for your collection =)

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