That's the way I feel about the afghans in "Vanna's Afghan's All Through The House." I have had the book for about 15 years and the patterns are still better than many you see out now.
I also have another book I received as a gift in 1973...it's called "A Golden Hands Pattern Book: Crochet" and was originally published in 1972. If the models had different hair cuts, you could swear some were brand new patterns.
Time to quit buying books and to start making goodies! Working on a baby dress for #2 granddaughter and finishing up an afghan for her. Both are way too cute!