Okay, don't tell my wife just yet, but after packing up 18 boxes of chess books, DVDs, and memorabilia (FIDE keychain! Botvinnik Memorial program! KasparovChess Online Grand Prix poster! Kramnik's discarded cigarette butt!) I realized how little of it I really care about or need anymore. Some of the computer stuff is obsolete, though I guess some people out there might appreciate Fritz 8 if they don't have any chess software. And the dozens of ChessBase Magazine CDs and training CDs and DVDs are high quality goods without expiration dates. Most are still sealed. (Wow, somebody is trying to sell some even more ancient chess software, asking $200. Good luck!)
As for the books, I'd keep a hundred or two of my favorites -- mostly history/biography, old tournament books, rarities, and game collections I've always appreciated. But since I'm not a real chess journo anymore and since I've discontinued the newsletters, I have no use for the many hundreds of instructional, opening, and general interest books. I probably won't find much use for a decade or more of Chess Life and a complete run of Inside Chess, either. (I've been putting stacks of Chess Life on the stoop along with old computer design and programming manuals. The pregnancy and first year baby books my wife put out went much quicker. If you stop by, ours is the apartment with the air conditioner supported by four old Informants.) New In Chess is sort of like National Geographic in that it's somehow too good to throw away. Would love to have them all in PDF instead of collecting dust.
I'm not really motivated enough to put everything up on eBay individually or in lots. I don't need the little money it would bring and it's too much work. Plus, most of what I'd be selling is hardly collectible quality. Libraries usually have little interest in such collections and chess clubs, are there still clubs? Most of this stuff isn't really apt for kids. Basically I would just like to see it all be of use and appreciated. How about "a box of Mig's chess junk" as prizes? But then shipping costs come in and I don't really want to take a loss on the project. Maybe eBay in lots and put the money into the NiPMiF? (How much for that cigarette butt?) Suggestions needed.