Some fellow is auctioning off a first edition hardcover of Old Man’s War on eBay. No idea what the reserve price is, but the “Buy It Now” price the dude has listed is $490. Four hundred ninety dollars. And it’s not even autographed! See, now, that’s just nuts. Flattering, yes. But nuts.
However, it does suggest to me that if you do have a first printing of the hardcover version of the book, you might want to tuck it away somewhere. The first printing was indeed only 3,800 copies, and even if from here on out I buy an express ticket to Suckville and write only pure crap, OMW was a Hugo nominee and I did win my Campbell primarily because of it. It has collector’s value independent of me now. Possibly not $500 worth; I think this fellow is being charmingly optimistic about that. But some.
I do promise that I will try to increase its value for you by attempting not to suck. I can’t promise anything — I think sometimes writers take the express to Suckville whether they intend to or not — but, you know. I’ll try to stay off that particular line.