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Post Posted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 4:39 am 
 

I noticed some of you guys letting go of stuff on eBay(and I bought some of it), and I was curious:

Just how agonizing is it to get rid of a really cool item? I almost brought myself to selling my Hellbound box once, but The Pain kept it from happening, and I am glad now.

how do you overcome it?

  


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Post Posted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 7:08 am 
 

Probably with certain amounts of alcohol and once you have the right  "level" of dizziness you go and sell it on ebay. Then you go, lock the office room where the pc is and give the key to your better half. After 7 days you are allowed to go back in to prepare the package for the highest bidder.

  


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Post Posted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 11:39 am 
 

It requires a moment of clarity, when you realize you have enough invested in old sheaves of paper that you could buy a house.  Things flow quite easily after.
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Post Posted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 12:15 pm 
 

It is never easy parting with items, but sometimes it becomes a necessity.


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Post Posted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 1:28 pm 
 

The Pain is doubly worse knowing all the classic AD&D stuff I foolishly traded in to used bookstores for pennies on the dollar (of the cover price!) back in the Eighties... After all "I wasn't going to play anymore" and "it was always going to be around" I told myself.

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Post Posted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 1:45 pm 
 

lol compare that to the pain of having your entire collection stolen 100+ books, some would be worth major bank today.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 1:58 pm 
 

Sometimes when I look at all the "stuff" I have acquired I wonder how much money I have laid down. . .

Then I think:  " Whatever it is, it isn't anywhere near all the cash I have wasted on overpriced meals I didn't like, clothes I never really wore, movies that cost $8.50 a ticket and still suck and all kinds of other crap that is now faded and just a hazy memory.".

Just remember the last "so-so" nice dinner you had that ran you $75.00 and put 2 lbs. on your waist.  Then go grab you R1 or Amazing Spider-Man #129 and look at it for a few minutes. . . You'll worry a whole lot less about all the money you "could have had" . . . I guarantee it.



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Post Posted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 2:01 pm 
 

that and my MTG collection beta-revised I don't even wanna think of what that would be worth on ebay right now.  I used to buy mox's for $20-40, dual lands for $5, I had a beta lotus and a unlimited.  Tons of legends, arbain nights.....  I'd be pushing new car money but the freaken insurance company wouldn't cover any of this.  They just replaced my computer, TV, ext.

  


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Post Posted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 3:03 pm 
 

I actually had an odd experience in 1993-1994 - I got out of RPGs entirely, trading over 300 supplements (D&D, Cthulhu, BattleTech etc.) in to two game stores in Colorado Springs.  They gave me trade value only - over several sessions, I traded everything in for my then-current addiction, Magic:  The Gathering.  I got quite a few boxes of Alpha, Beta, Arabians and Revised.  I had 12 Lotuses at one time.  I sold out to various sources in 1996, and lived off the proceeds (~$33,000) for half a year without working.

I became quite the bastard then.  Which lingered until about 2001 or so.  Work suits my spirit much better.   :wink:   Fortunately, when I got bored I turned back to D&D.

  


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Post Posted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 7:09 pm 
 

most my money was in legends got a deal for a case of boosters :-) so I had an ungodly amount.  All gone well I had my playbox in my car with my hands and my sidecards which was about $2000 in cards they didn't get that.  Too bad I didn't play my lotus's I had them in nice plastic cases, so whoever got my stuff (I'm 99.999999% sure it was my Ex-roomates boyfriend, couldn't prove it they had to get a restraining order on me to keep from killing the guy, you gotta love the law) They took EVERYTHING pretty much, they left my bed and dressors, nieghbors saw the guys moving loads of stuff out but they said they thought I was moving lol.  
Only cards I have now are a ton of LOTR CCG cards which are worth like crap I spent about $2200 on cards and they are worth less now then they were when they came out.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 10:18 pm 
 

I remember when people were paying $75 for a black lotus. I thought they were insane... 8O

I am slowly dumping my entire MTG collection. They are pain to scan and sell, though. But as the mood strikes a load up 20-30 aucitons. Another one of those "coulda" "shoulda" deals. We got into the game fairly early (revised edition) but never bought too many cards. Shit, I only picked up a few Legends boosters...how is that for stupid. We played, and for ante every game, but that was it. None of us really collected. Crap.

But closer to the heart of this post. I have no problem dumping those cards.

I would have a huge problem dumping my core AD&D/D&D stuff. Most are original purchases...I bought my holy trinity for cover price when they came out! How could I possibly sell them?

There has been a rash of old-timer collectors dumping collections - Burnt is only the most recent. I would have a tough time doing the same. Of course, I am not in that class. My collection is pretty much restricted to AD&D and (Basic) D&D items published prior to the release of 2nd Edition. That makes my collection look pretty small compared to the heavy weights of collecting.


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Post Posted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 11:42 pm 
 

Well I have two collections, my personal collection mostly SW/MINT stuff just AD&D some D&D(looking to add a collectors box if I can find one for cheap  :lol: ) Then I have my Mass collection of doubles I resell when the mood hits me and I have time.... Selling out of the mass collection doesn't bother me at all, but I don't think you could get me to part with my personal collection, less you offered me big money then I'd just go buy more  :twisted:

  

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Post Posted: Tue Oct 26, 2004 12:09 am 
 

Since my collecting wasn't restricted to one particular area, I had a lot of items all over the place.  Many things I had no problem giving up.  A few things I chose to keep, simply because of what they were.  For instance, my bookshelf right now has about a tenth of the actual amount of gaming material I own.  Besides the obligatory D&D/AD&D material, which takes up just under 50% of the shelf, I have the games I absolutely refused to send to storage because of what they were. I'd be nuts if I took my copy of Dune: Chronicles of the Imperium to storage and risk having it damaged while cooped up in a plastic tote.



  

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Post Posted: Tue Oct 26, 2004 2:45 am 
 

Shingen wrote:I noticed some of you guys letting go of stuff on eBay(and I bought some of it), and I was curious:

Just how agonizing is it to get rid of a really cool item? I almost brought myself to selling my Hellbound box once, but The Pain kept it from happening, and I am glad now.

how do you overcome it?


No remorse at all!  As long as it's my backup copy I'm selling....

What?  Get rid of a really cool item I only have ONE of?  Are you crazy?

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