The year before in 1986 I got a call from the author, Henry Wiencek, who got my name from TLG USA in Enfield CN. I spent several hours talking with Mr. Wiencek about the history of LEGO sets and parts, and I am the ONLY AFOL mentioned in the book (on page 30).
I have been collecting LEGO for 52 years, and Mr. Wiencek was a novice when it came to LEGO (he's an author, not an AFOL). Anyway after that (in 1986), I was rather excited, but didn't hear anything further... until 1987, when his publisher sent me a copy. I thought it was autographed, but I no longer remember if this was the version he autorgraphed or my other copy which I sold 2 years ago.
Anyway... this first printing book is a LEGO publishing classic! If someone would want me to autograph it (how pretentious)... I would be willing... $24.
P.S. Due to the heavy nature of this book, I was only planning on selling it to a USA collector... but if a European really wanted it... I could alter the settings on EBAY... (it weighs 800 gr., so shipping to Europe would be about $15).
Edited by LEGO Historian, 03 September 2012 - 05:36 AM.