Oh, my heart was going pitter pat when I opened the latest swap book that arrived in the mail and saw this practically pristine copy of Larry's Party, a hardback upgrade for my Orange Prize collection.
I was holding my breath as I peeked inside and saw that yes, it's a first edition!
I may even have felt a few tremors in my fingers when I checked abe.com to see what a fine/fine copy of the first edition is worth.
I got a good laugh about it, too. This baby is worth . . . can you guess? . . . $1.00.
This time the joke's on me!
(Can you tell I also collect souvenir pencils?)