I think that’s the term in pro sport when a club signs a star player. Like when the L.A. Galaxy signed David Beckham, or a few years ago when my beloved New Zealand Warriors contracted Steve Price. ‘Marquee signings.’
This morning I picked up one of the marquee titles in the Gnome Press line-up. Science Fiction Terror Tales edited by Groff Conklin. I didn’t really mean to win it either. It started at $195 and I put in a maximum bid of $251. About 30 seconds from the finish someone trumped my max bid. I thought about it a bit and came to the conclusion of “What the hell,” and just as a token I submitted a bid of $260. I was in a rush as time was obviously ticking away and in the last couple of seconds I got it in. Unbeknown to me, I had inadvertently hit the ‘9’ instead of the ‘0’ and entered $269 by mistake. This rushed mistake won me the auction – beating the other bidder at $266.88. A happy mistake. Now all I have to do is pay for it. So, I’m also going to pay for this mistake.
For what looks to be at least a VG copy of what is by popular wisdom the rarest of the GP titles, it’s a fair price. I am very excited about receiving this.
It’s also, incidentally, the first book in the 50 – 75% bracket of books obtained. A great way to kick off the third quarter.