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This is a really amazing statement, I have my finger on the general pulse of the WWII market but I had no idea these particular original maps were in such high demand! I have 12 original period WWII situation maps from the 5th Mountain Division done by hand at the front while stationed outside of Leningrad. I got them with a photo colloection for about $150 total along with about 500 or so original photos from the same unit.As someone who buys these maps I can tell you your prices are dirt cheap. Dirt cheap. For instance, there is a 1_100k 1st October Stalingrad situation map for sale currently at USD1,350. In truth situation maps rarely got onto the market for the obvious reasons. Even tactically marked originals command a high premium.
I recall his series and was very excited when I first hear about them and even more disappointed when I got my hands on one of the books. Frankly they were a noble attempt but in practice horrible and next to worthless. I couldn't even read some of the maps!Dr Glantz was earlier doing this with his Atlas series, selling them at US$50 (in 2003). So, the Kursk atlas with78 maps was US$45. This was for poor quality reproductions giving a net result like a bad fax. It was heart breaking to see it because the originals are striking as evidenced by the Leibstandarte map booklets.
Pricing these map sets is something that Matt and I have discussed at great length and we've gone to great pains to try and make them affordable to the masses. We aren't trying to get rich here but do of course need to help cover all the many costs associated with scanning them and offering them for sale. I think we've found a happen medium in that, for example, we can offer 156 operational maps from Finland for the entire war 1941-1944 for $110! That is a stunning value when you consider the amount of work needed to get those maps and how rare they really are. Many of these maps have never been seen by researchers in the past 50 years.You are proposing to sell the crown jewels. Digital copies may be inifinitely duplicatable and therefore close to zero in cost but as almost none of this is in the public domain, the scarcity gives them a high value.
Thanks for this vote of support! We really appreciate it and hope this new project goes really, really well.I have for many years wanted to find a researcher to pay to do this duplication. That someone is effectively doing this for free is truly noble, fantastic for those of not able to get to the archives, great for us amatuer historians and I would think scholarship in general. However, I for one would not complain if there was a bit more capitalism in the project and you made a decent turn.