Front covers from Rouleur magazine
One of cycling’s newest magazines with just 14 issues to date (30-Oct-2009)... however has recently become a bit of a collectors item. Certainly eBay buyers have been chasing Rouleur back issues - with several going for £15+. But the most surprising bit of collector mania, so far, was a copy of Issue 1 that reached £73 (today - 20-Nov-2009) with another 5 days still to run. Update 25-Nov-2009 - Issue 1 sold for £101 (167 USD). Update 10-Jan-2010 - The rush for copies of Issue 1 continues with sellers getting £129, £153 and £137 respectively for 3 copies sold within just a few days. Also the interest has spread to other out-of-print editions - with Issue 13 already up to £70 when last I checked. Update 3-Nov-2010 - Issue 1 is as difficult to find - and expensive - as ever but a few eBay sellers have gone “over the top”. One seller is hoping to shift Issue 3 for £70 + postage when it’s still available from the publishers at the cover price of £9.
If you want to avoid the stress and wallet-damage of bids over the cover prices then try out our cycling friends at Prendas or Wiggle - who have (had?) many of the back issues still available. Indeed when I checked with Rouleur themselves they had copies of every issue except numbers 1, 5 and 13 available for purchase at the cover price. Update 16-Jan-2010 - strong demand is emptying the shelves. The out-of-stock and out-of-print signs are now also up for issues 4, 6 and 10.
ps Prendas still has some copies of issue 10. pps They are also now out of stock! (Thanks, Rob)
Update 12-Nov-2010 - ALL issues out-of-print and out-of-stock almost everywhere except for Issues 3, 16, 19 and 20
Update 9-Dec-2010 - Issue 20 is now sold out at Rouleur. Update 14-Feb-2011 - just Issues 3, 16 and 22 still available
Update 16-Jan-2012 - For some reason Issue 21 is now back in stock but 23 has sold out. Overall the rush for back issues has declined from its peak in 2010 - even though all issues up to #20 are no longer available from Rouleur themselves
Update 28-Jan-2012 - The latest four issues are available as a special deal from Rouleur
Update 19-Sep-2012 - Prices have fallen slightly as demand has declined
Update 3-Jun-2015 - Guide prices for out of print issues have been removed due to unpredictable market