On Jan. 24 of this year, I posted about my terrific find at a local bookstore here in Austin. Just before Christmas I was browsing the shelves of our local Half Price bookstore. The first shelves I typically go to are the dollar discount ones. My eyes landed on a biography of H.L. Mencken. I knew some about the famous journalist, but thought the biography looked quite good. And it was tough to turn down a beautiful hardback for $1.00.
I was thumbing through the biography and out falls two letters from Mencken. I couldn’t believe it. A collectible store in Baltimore (Mencken’s home town) told me they were worth $400 and that they would pay me $200 for them.