I started in bonsai in Jan. of 1984. Going on almost thirty years ago. Living in the central valley I did not find out about Bonsai Today until 1990. It was at this time that I started buying the magazine and filling in the issues that I was missing. It took the better part of 5 years to find those back issues. Back then I had a few places that sold the magazine and carried back issues of the magazine and I was able to purchase them a few at a time untill I had the whole set right up until the magazine was bought out by Bonsai Europe and changed to Bonsai Focus.
ohh… I almost forgot…I had every issue except issue number two. For the last ten years I have searched and searched and never found a copy. I could find groups for sale like one thru ten or things like that. Then there was always the price for the issues. Many would want like two hundred dollars for ten magazines*. While maybe they are worth that, the other nine were useless unless I just wanted to piece them out. I don’t.
Finally yesterday, I held my breath untill the ebay auction closed and voila! I was able to score a pristine condition issue number two of Bonsai Today magazine. I have read it cover to cover since a friend made me a photocopy issue many years ago to read, but now I have the whole set. 1 thru 108. Yippee!
PS, I was able to snag it for $19.50. What a steal! ….*EDIT: which would make ten issues worth about $200.00….hmmmmm..