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Issue # 10       August 1998       Editor: Robert W. Finnan
  Bayport Beat  

Welcome to the Bayport Times.

This month featuring my review of The Tower Treasure, new collectible discoveries, auction news, letters & more!

Two issues back I ran an article on scarce Hardy PC editions and I forgot to mention the first printing of The Witchmaster's Key. The 1st printing is the only edition that doesn't carry a teaser for the next title. When this was added in the 2nd printing, the last two pages were extensively modified rendering the 1st a unique and scarce edition.

Oops! When commenting on the success of the April South Jersey Series Collectors meeting in NJ, I completely forgot to mention the tremendous contribution made by John Moffet and his family. Sorry guys ;-)

I've added a message board feature, The Bayport Connection, to my Hardy Boys Home page. This board will be subject to moderation to prevent any abuse.

SCANS NEEDED: Those of you who have visited my Hardy Boys Cover Art Gallery may have noticed I've used scans of the Applewood reprints for some covers. I need scans of the original Rogers art for Tower Treasure, House On The Cliff, Hunting For Hidden Gold and Shore Road Mystery. Please e-mail if you can supply any of these. Thanks.

See you next month.

  Hardy Boys News  
  • New Collectible Discoveries
    * Super Sleuths 2 - A promotional edition for Hastings. The other known promo edition of this book was a collaboration between Walden Books & Kool-Aid. Makes me wonder if other promo editions exist?!?!?
    * "Wanda Kay" Costume - from the Filmation animated series, manufactured by Collegeville. I've seen a "Frank" costume from this series also but don't know what, if any, other costumes may exist.
    * The Shaun Cassidy Story - Unauthorized biography of Shaun Cassidy. Hardbound book with slipcover.
    * Adventure Activity Books (1-3) Boxed Set - There are significant variations on the covers of these books from those that were sold singly. The prices are either omitted or blacked out. Book # 1 has a line with the volume number in a circle over the title, like the other two. The single edition of Vol. 1 doesn't have this line. ISBN #'s are omitted on these books.
  • Some eBay Auction Results
    Hardy Boys Guitar - $20
    Original artwork from Casefiles 101 - $375
    Wanderer hardcover edition of Samurai Sword - $10
    Casefiles Gift Set #2 - $6
    Parker Stevenson "Frank Hardy" costume - $20
    Hardy Boys Radio (really nice shape) - $80
    Secret Warning in DJ - $6
    Mystery of the Flying Express probable 1st - $168
    What Happened at Midnight 1941 printing - $152
    Hardy Boys Lunchbox with Thermos - $98
    Hardy Boys Record Player - $91
    Leslie McFarlane - Ghost Of The Hardy Boys in DJ - $89
    "Joe" doll - $64
    Shaun Cassidy "Joe Hardy" costume - $50
    Boxed set of Adventure Activity Books (1-3) - $51
    House On The Cliff revised text in DJ with "This Volume Free" overprinting - $50
  • New On The Shelves
    Digest #151: The Rocky Road to Revenge

  Building A Hardy Boys Collection  
Building a complete set of the original Hardy Boys books (58 titles, 38 revisions, 96 books in all) can be as easy and inexpensive or as difficult and expensive as you care to make it. If you just want copies of the 58 titles and that's it, you can still buy all these from your local book shop. On the other hand, if you're trying to assemble a set of every type of DJ and PC, you can spends years and 1000's of dollars in this pursuit! This doesn't even take into account the other series of Hardy books and all the collectibles!
A full collection of picture cover books would contain all but 4 of the original text stories and can be assembled for a reasonable amount both of time and money. This set could be refined by collecting first PC editions, most of which are still fairly easy to locate and would still be affordable to most collectors. This set could be further expanded by including the different cover art styles.
A full set of books with DJ's (the first 40 titles and 3 revised texts) is a slightly more difficult and expensive task. This would be a mixed set of yellow spine (or white spines if you can afford it!) and wrap spine DJ's. It would probably cost at least twice as much as the PC collection, if not more. With the advent of web book sales and auction sites, dedicated collectors should have no problem locating the volumes they need.
A set of first editions (58 stories, 38 revisions) is an expensive and time consuming task. Such a set would consist of 43 DJ (white, yellow and wrap) editions and 53 PC editions. With early Hardy firsts selling for $100's and even $1000's, the expense can be daunting. Even, should you be so fortunate, if money is no object, it could still take years to locate a full set. If you add 1st editions of new cover art and major text variations, add another year or two onto your search time!
Hardy Boys paperbacks (Digests & Casefiles) are going out of print and, in addition, many of the digests have different types of cover art. These are going to be hard to assemble sets in the not too distant future. A full set of the recent paperback Tom Swift series is currently selling on eBay for 2 or 3 times it's original cost.
Hardy collectibles like games, action figures, lunch boxes etc., add a nice touch to any collection. Many of these items are easily available for a small price.
The complete fanatic collection has yet to be assembled (but I'm trying!). This set would have a copy of every type of DJ and PC book, all the paperbacks, activity books and every other book with the Hardy name slapped on it. Then, of course, is a copy of every single collectible, some of which haven't even been discovered yet! Magazine & newspaper articles and books about the Boys are included as are all videos. If anyone has managed to assemble such a set, I'd sure like to hear about it!
I would like to encourage my readers to write in and share the details of their collecting activity.
  Hardy Boys Gift Set Update  
  • Wanderer Editions
  • 1981 - #59,60,61 - Gold Box - Samurai Sword art
  • 1982 - #59,60,61 - Green Box - Samurai Sword art
  • 1982 - #67,68,69 - Green Box - Samurai Sword art
  • 1983 - Hardy Boys Gift Set: 3 Volumes - Box unknown
  • 1984 - Night Of The Werewolf Gift Set - Box unknown
  • 1984 - Mystery Of The Samurai Sword Gift Set - Box unknown
  • 1986 - #68,70,71,83 - Box uses art from 70 & 83 on front & back covers
  • Minstrel Editions
  • 1987 - Hardy Boys Boxed Digest - Box unknown
  • 1988 - #86-90 - Box unknown
  • 1989 - #91-94 - Orange Box - Shadow Killers art
  • 1990 - #95-98 - Orange Box - Shadow Killers art
  • 1991 - #99-102 - Orange Box - Shadow Killers art
  • 1992 - #103-106 - Blue Box - Smoke Screen Mystery art
  • 1994 - #107-110 - Blue Box - Secret Of Sigma Seven art
  • 1997 - #86,96,131,133 - Blue Box - Secret Of Sigma Seven art
  • Archway Casefiles
  • 1987 - #1-5 - Box unknown
  • 1988 - #1-5 - Gift Set I - Box unknown
  • 1988 - #6-11 - Gift Set II - Box unknown
  • 1989 - #1,9,12,13,15 - Gift Set - Dark Blue Box - Genius Thieves art
  • 1990 - #16-20 - Gift Set 1 - Dark Blue Box - Dead On Target art
  • 1990 - #21-25 - Gift Set 2 - Dark Blue Box - Number File art
  • 1991 - #26,28,29,30,31 - Gift Set 1 - Dark Blue Box - Dead On Target art
  • 1991 - #32-36 - Gift Set 2 - Dark Blue Box - Number File art
  • 1992 - #1,2,3,4, "Shock Waves" - Gift Set 1 - Dark Blue Box - Mob with torches art
  • 1992 - Gift Set 2 - Books and cover art unknown
  • 1993 - #49,50,53,54, "New Years Evil" - Gift Set 3 - Red Box - Web Of Horror art

  Hardys In Review  

This Month: The Tower Treasure
#1 in the series - 1927
Written by Leslie McFarlane
The Plot: One sunny day, Frank & Joe are out motorcycling on the Shore Road, having a pleasant conversation, when they are nearly run off the road by a red-headed speed-demon in a touring car! They then head over to the Morton farm and find their buddy Chet in a highly agitated state. Seems some no good rat had made off with Chet's pride and joy, his yellow roadster. The boys immediately launch an investigation and have a humorous encounter with some local hayseeds.
They go to report the theft to the dopey Bayport cops and find out that steamboat office has been held up by a man driving a yellow roadster! It seems no one is sure if the thief had red hair or not.
    That weekend, the Boys go on a picnic with their chums and find Chet's roadster hidden in some bushes. While reporting their find to the police, they are informed that the Tower Mansion of eccentric stamp collector Hurd Applegate has been robbed of jewels and securities! To make matters worse, Henry Robinson, Applegate's caretaker and father of the Boy's pal Slim, has been arrested for the crime. Seems Mr. Robinson suddenly came up with 900 bucks and stubbornly won't explain whence it came.
    The Boys vow to investigate and commence by locating a red wig in the wreck of the touring car that nearly drove them off the road in Chapter 1. They enlist Fenton's aid and he goes to New York and discovers the wig was stolen from an actor by the nefarious Red Jackley.
    Fenton persues Jackley but Red is badly injured in a smash up and is hospitilized, unable to talk. Later Fenton gets a call informing him that Red is about to croak but, if he hurries, he may be able to question him. The Bayport cops also are determined to question Jackley and it's up to the Boys and their chums to delay the coppers. They do this by planting a purported Black Hand "bomb" in the pushcart of an Italian fruit seller. This leads to one of the funniest scenes in all Hardy literature and succeeds in delaying the cops.
    Fenton discovers that Jackley had, indeed, robbed the Tower Mansion and hidden the loot in "the old tower". The scene shifts to the Applegate mansion and the Boys launch a thorough investigation of both towers but discover nothing. Baffled, the Boys mope around for a week and then decide to take a ride in the country on their motorcycles. They discover an old railroad water tower and, knowing Jackley once worked for the railroad, decide to investigate. They find the treasure, Mr. Robinson is cleared, the Boys get a reward and a big dinner party for them and their chums at Applegate's mansion.
Comments: Since it's the first book in the series, this is probably the most read Hardy Boys story. Everyone seems to know the basic plot (Sure, why not? It was recounted in chapter 2 of just about every one of the next 57 books!) Nevertheless, this is the book that launched a dynasty. Nancy Drew, Rick Brant and every other juvenile hero that followed owes something to this book and this series. Of course, the Hardy Boys owe a debt to the paripatetic and socially maladjusted Rover Boys but I digress.
    There's plenty of action and plenty of laughs to be found here. Who can forget the "time bomb" in Rocco's fruitstand? The Bayport PD is hilariously portrayed as a group of bumbling incompetents, a depiction that would be toned down considerably in future volumes. It's no wonder, with such a police force, that Bayport is beset with crime of every type! This story is further improved by the lack of the obnoxious Aunt Gertrude. The Boys do some decent detecting and Fenton lends a big hand. Of course, their finding of the lost treasure is, as usual, pretty much a matter of dumb luck.
    According to Leslie McFarlane's autobiography, Ghost of the Hardy Boys, he poured all his not inconsiderable talent into this story and it shows. The plot moves right along, the characters seem fairly realistic and the dialog is pretty snappy.
    I've often wondered why, after all the trouble old man Applegate caused him, Mr. Robinson went back to work for the old geezer instead of slapping him with a wrongful arrest suit and maybe even giving the old coot a well deserved sock on the jaw! Then again, based upon his actions, Mr. Robinson is hardly the brightest candle on the birthday cake!
The plot of the revised text version of this story sticks pretty close to the original but the prose seems hurried and lacks the charm of the original.
Rating: A+   Revised text: C+
This book is available from The Tower Treasure
  Bayport Mail Bag  

From: (Robert Neul)
"Good Work," he exclaimed with a grin.
I'm 48 and have been reading the HBs since I was old enough to read. I have all original editions until "The Whale Tattoo". I am impressed by your site and your 'zine. Please add me to your list of subscribers. I will contribute as time allows.
For my money, "The Mystery of the Flying Express", though flawed, is a great example of the thriller genre where the boys travel by different modes and meet different enemies. There is never a dull moment from the first "ach" to the final roundup of the thinly disguised nazi spys.

From: Frank Dachille (
Here's a link you can use to get more information about Bayport High School.
They would probably be able to arrange something to send you a jacket or other memorabilia. The only thing is that the school was consolidated with Blue Point in 1952 so the name has changed.

From: (Greg Gardner)
I LOVE the Hardy Boys site! My Site pales in comparison! I have always loved the cover artwork, especially the Gretta & Leone paintings.
I am wondering if there is any way you might consider sending a LARGE scan of The Sinister Sign Post - the Gretta cover. It is one of my all-time favourite covers, and it's one I don't have a copy of. It would be greatly appreciated!
Cheers! Thanks for a peek at all those old covers!
Editor: Can anyone help Greg get the scan he needs?

From: (Robert W Cahill)
Hi - I would like to be on your mailing list. I'm 10 - 11 in September - and I'm a Hardy Boys fan. I personally think that the casefiles are alot more exciting than the regular Hardy Boys books. My favorite book is "The Mark of the Blue Tattoo."

From: (Phil Hamilton)
Based on The Short-Wave Mystery, Bayport would have to be located in either New Jersey or New York. In the edition I have, Frank Hardy's amateur (ham) radio callsign is WB2XEJ and Chet's is W2RBR. The FCC divided the United States into ten different callsign areas, according to location. All callsigns from second call area (WA2, WB2, W2, K2, etc.) are either from New York or New Jersey. At the time The Short-Wave Mystery was written, you could not move from one area to another without getting a new call sign. For example if a W2 in New York moved to Maine, he would have had to change his call to a W1 callsign. In recent years, the FCC has changed this process, so if you move you do not have to apply for a new callsign. By the way, it was reading The Short-Wave Mystery when I was ten years old that started a lifelong interest in radio and electronics.

From: Only4Fun97 (Stephen Schroth)
Just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with the latest changes you have made with your web page. I thought it was about perfect and now you've gone and improved it again. I love the page with the cover art; it has been a tremendously helpful resource for me. The additional information regarding the television shows has been helpful, too. Thank you for all of your hard work.

Readers - This is your forum to tell the world your thoughts on the Hardys!
Letters may be edited for content, spelling etc. but, then again, maybe not!
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  The Great Hardy Boys Search  

Is there a Hardy Boys item you simply must have for your collection?
Let me know and I'll publish it right here in the very next issue!
One line per reader please!
2 in 1 Book Club PC: Secret Warning/Twisted Claw
#11 - While The Clock Ticked - White Spine DJ in Red Binding
Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys Meet The Mad Scientist
British Collins picture cover Hardy Boys titles #48-56
Several titles for his Hardy Boys research. Contact him for info.
Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys Be A Detective Mysteries Vols. 2-5
GAF View-Master - The Hardy Boys
Hardy Boys Casefile #11

  Hardys For Sale  
Hardy Boys T-Shirt - $15.00 postpaid
The One And Only! - Brown Logo on Tan Shirt
  Perfect when riding your motorcycle, motorboat or roadster!  

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