Surfing through EBay on a regular basis, I found something that I did not know existed. A Cruise book for USS Saratoga for her Desert Shield/Storm involvement. Of course I got all excited and patiently waited the few days left on the auction. As the final day of the auction arrived, I prepared to send my salvo of a bid to win this book. Fox 1! My bid was sent and it was the highest at that moment.
30 seconds left on the auction.....20.....oh no, my winning bid was no longer the highest! Rushing, I sent a tomahawk of a bid to win this auction....5,4,3,2,1....I won! I bought the book for more than I wanted it for but soon, it would be worth it. 80 dollars later and looking at a much younger me, I looked at my wife and told her it was worth the wait and expense. Maybe I will scan that picture of me and post it here.
Anyhow, I just wanted to tell everyone to check out EBay for items like cruise books that you never thought of having or thought existed. Shoot, buy and donate to the Navy unit museum/association you belong too. The buyer who sold me the Saratoga cruise book goes by the name 'Skir' and his prices have been the best so far. I have seen others try and sell items like cruise books for hundreds of dollars. Just shop around and use common sense.