Buying Vintage and New Time Magazines

Whether you're just a fan of America's first weekly news magazine or you're looking for specific historically related articles, Time magazine back issues can be found online, if you’re looking to add a specific magazine to your collection. eBay has one of the most extensive online magazine inventories, including current to vintage issues.

Are Time magazines worth anything?

As a trusted source of world news, Time magazines are valued for accurate content covering the most pertinent and important issues of the day. Hence, you can buy old Time magazines with content contributing to your interests in a particular person or event. Even newer issues, such as a Time magazine special edition 2018, can be of interest for their relevant content. Some considerations in determining the value of old Time magazines are:

  • The date: categories include pre-1850, 1900-1939, 1940-1979, 1980-1999, and 2000-current
  • Special interest articles or notable writers. Special interest categories include subjects like automobiles, music, fashion, history, or general news.
  • Celebrities covered, such as actors or sports stars
  • Cover and interior art and photography
  • Issue type: This includes weekly, monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, or a special issue.
  • Condition: brand-new, like-new, very good, good, or acceptable
How can you determine the condition of a magazine?

First of all, remember that magazines are not necessarily constructed to last for long periods of time. For this reason, grading may be a little more lenient than for other types of books. Below is a list of factors to look for. However, the content of some vintage Time magazines for sale online can outweigh the physical condition of the periodical itself.

  • Conditions of corners, such as blunting or wear
  • Tearing or creasing
  • Fading, discoloration, or staining of pages
  • Spine damage such as rolls or splits
  • Missing pages or pieces such as a corner of the cover
Is Time-Life magazine the same as Time magazine?

Time and Life magazines were joined together for special books and music collections beginning in 1961. However, Time and Life still remained separate publications, and as of 2018 Time magazine is no longer owned by Time, Inc. This may or may not add value to Time-Life offerings. Again, content is key, and you may find your interest leaning more towards subject matter matching your particular interests. eBay is a great place to find these affordable sets or individual books. Comparing prices with similar items can help determine the most outstanding deals.