In the past, when youth was still reading, the Bob Evers series was an incredibly popular boy's book series. HBS friends Arie Roos, Jan Prins and their American friend - yes - Bob Evers competed with crooks, pirates and the like.
Writer Willy van der Heide may have been one of the first writers to see the light of business. In the books, Shell gasoline, Droste chocolate, the Encyclopaedia Britannica and other brands and products regularly increased.
Only later did it become clear that van der Heide was being paid for this.
Tough adventures of course also include cars and chases.
Cars that appeared in the series were always rare and special, such as Buick, Lincoln, Packard, and foreign twoseaters. Transport in the city was often done by taxi, with (fat, red-haired and richly sprayed) Arie conducting the initiated dialogue with the driver.
The pockets from the Bob Evers series are currently popping up fairly massively at church fairs, flea markets and similar locations where you have serious trading money with four euros in your pocket.
The investment in a vague smile and the full layer of nostalgia is thus almost free. And that - with the knowledge of today - you clearly notice that Van der Heide was a traditional bread writer?
That only makes it more endearing.
After Van der Heide's definitive stopping, Bob Evers was lovingly taken over by a few other writers. Fortunately, they also wrote about cars, about classics now. When starting your own Bob Ever collection, think of investments between the 10 cent and maybe even a euro. But there are undoubtedly also collector's items that could easily cost several euros.
There is even a Bob Evers Society: www.bobevers. Nl