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Ten Valuable Vintage Western Paperbacks

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Valuable vintage western paperbacks include the titles Beyond the Rio Grande, Border Ambush, The Lone Ranger and the Secret of Thunder Mountain, Fighting Man, Cross Me in Gunsmoke, The Man on the Blue, Barbed Wire and Tough Hombre.

Vintage paperbacks continue to climb in popularity among collectors. Old western paperbacks offer a number of great titles, name authors and outstanding cover art with many books still moderately priced. Here are ten valuable vintage western paperbacks that are sure to please collectors and pop culture buffs, pardner...

Beyond the Rio Grande by William MacLeod Raine (Popular Library Eagle, 1955)

William MacLeod Raine's Beyond the Rio Grande was published as Popular Library Eagle #EB51 in 1955. "A Gunman on a Mission of Vengeance," reads the cover blurb. Find this paperback in excellent or better condition and it's worth at least $15.

Beyond the Rio Grande 1955 Popular Library Eagle #EB51 - Popular Library, Inc.

Border Ambush by Walker A. Tompkins (Dell, 1951)

Walker A. Tompkins' sizzling Border Ambush was published as Dell #632 in 1951 with cover art by Griffith Foxley. "He stormed a badlands stronghold," reads the cover blurb. Border Ambush in top condition is valued at around $10.

The Lone Ranger and the Secret of Thunder Mountain by Fran Striker (Bantam Los Angeles, 1940-41)

Fran Striker's The Lone Ranger and the Secret of Thunder Mountain was published as title #14 in the rare Bantam Books of Los Angeles paperback series in 1940-41. All 29 LA Bantam titles – some featuring cover art and others without – were distributed on the West Coast only and are highly sought after by collectors. The Lone Ranger and the Secret of Thunder Mountain is valued at $400-450 in excellent condition.

The Lone Ranger and the Secret of Thunder Mountain 1940-41 LA Bantam #14 - Bantam Publications

Fighting Man by Frank Gruber (Bantam, 1949)

Frank Gruber's Fighting Man was published as Bantam #212 in 1949. "The Marshal Was Wanted – by the Law!" trumpets the cover blurb. This paperback in top condition sells for $10-15 today.

Fighting Man 1949 Bantam #212 - Bantam Books, Inc.

Cross Me in Gunsmoke by Clement Hardin (Ace Double, 1957)

Clement Hardin's Cross Me in Gunsmoke was published as Ace Double #D-248 in 1957 with cover art by Walter Popp. The flip side novel is Longhorn Law by Ray Hogan. "He never drew first – or fired second," reads the cover blurb for Cross Me in Gunsmoke. Originally priced at 35 cents, this Ace Double is valued at $15-20 in top condition.

Lynch-Rope Law by Davis Dresser (Pocket Books, 1952)

Davis Dresser's Lynch-Rope Law was published as Pocket Books #906 in 1952. It was a Triple-A Western Classic as selected by Erle Stanley Gardner, the creator of Perry Mason. A first printing copy in excellent or better condition is valued at $15-20.

The Man on the Blue by Luke Short (Dell First Edition, 1954)

Luke Short's The Man on the Blue was published as Dell First Edition #31 in 1954. "A headlong story of a man with too many enemies," reads the cover blurb. The Man on the Blue is valued at $8-15 in top condition.

The Man on the Blue 1954 Dell First Edition #31 - Dell Publishing Company

Barbed Wire by Bennett Foster (Bantam, 1948)

Bennett Foster's crackling Barbed Wire a.k.a. Powdersmoke Fence was published as Bantam #252 in 1948. "Gunplay Rips The Open Range," promises the cover blurb. Find the special edition with the all-important dust jacket in top condition and this paperback can sell for over $100.

The Long Chase by James B. Hendryx (Dell, 1948)

James B. Hendryx's The Long Chase a.k.a. On the Rim of the Arctic was published as Dell #876 in 1948 with cover art by Stanley Borack. "A Texas cowboy bucks the Yukon wilderness," reads the cover blurb. Find this paperback in excellent or better condition and it's worth $12-18.

Tough Hombre by Dudley Dean (Gold Medal, 1956)

Dudley Dean's Tough Hombre was published as Gold Medal paperback #601 in 1956. "He had sworn an oath in blood: if he died – he would not die alone," reads the cover blurb. This paperback carries a value of $10-15 in top condition.

Tough Hombre 1956 Gold Medal #601 - Fawcett Publications, Inc.

There are thousands of other collectible western paperbacks bearing such titles as The Lone Gun, Man Tracks, Desperado, The Naked Spur, The Searchers, Oh You Tex!, The Outcast and Pardners of the Badlands to keep collectors busy for years.

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  • Riders By Night by Nelson Nye 1951 Pocket Books #754 with cover art by Sam Savitt $10-15 - Pocket Books, Inc.

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