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Post Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 10:29 pm 
 

I just went through 2-3 hours of intense bidding on Frankfromgermany ' s Dungeons and Dragons miniature auctions.  Won about 25  - 30 of them though so I am happy.  Lots of last minute bidders of this large set of auctions.

Oh well!!  Out of cash for another few weeks,  Looks like I will have hold off on bidding on Deadlords  ghost Tower #59 auction. :roll:  :wink:


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Post Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 6:46 am 
 

Hey good to hear that.
I can`t get the ebay site to work ATM, but I`ll get back to you about those minis soon. I have some multiples so if you missed on some of the auctions or want multiples of any minis that can be dealt with.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:34 pm 
 

Frank,

I'd be interested in some. Can you send me a list with their prices?


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 6:17 am 
 

Some of them did psychotically good.  Im jealous.

Im not disappointed you got some great sales but some of those winning bids were just specatularly dumb.  $70 for a lord soth blister pack? eek...


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 11:33 am 
 

Deadlord: I sent you an email with my lists.

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:-)  Yes I`m quite content with the outcome. Though Blackmoor got some minis at prices so low that i`m even losing money. But overall it went very well.  

$ 70 for the Soth is very high you`re right. (To think that i had two more of those but sold them for under $ 20 ...) But then it`s a very cool figure and I believe quite rare. In my last big sale two year ago i got similar prices for the Maralith and Pit Fiend minis on a regular basis.

  


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 11:48 am 
 

Minis are hot right now, real hot.


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 11:55 am 
 

The Ral Partha official AD&D minis line is especially hot now since it's improbable they will even be reissued due to licensing, they're really good sculpts and the current line of official minis are plastic... gak...
I've been actively picking up these blisters for the past year and am about 90% of the way to a complete collection.  Some of the rare ones can get quite pricey.  If you ever want a Pit Fiend then be prepared to spend at least $40 for one blister pack.

  


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 1:25 pm 
 

I dont usually pay attention to blisters and the selling prices on them are usually dirt.  thats the reason I almost fell out of my chair when I saw what some of those one/two figure 25mm blister packs sold for.  I think the only one I wouldnt mind having is the super hero frazetta rip off.  

Ill have to look a bit more closely to the AD&D ones for a while and see how they go.

dathon wrote:The Ral Partha official AD&D minis line is especially hot now since it's improbable they will even be reissued due to licensing, they're really good sculpts and the current line of official minis are plastic... gak...
I've been actively picking up these blisters for the past year and am about 90% of the way to a complete collection.  Some of the rare ones can get quite pricey.  If you ever want a Pit Fiend then be prepared to spend at least $40 for one blister pack.


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Post Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 10:46 am 
 

Heh, everybody stop bidding or talking about this stuff.  Old mini's are crap!! Stay Away damn you until I have had my fill  :wink:

Seriously I collect mini's both loose and packaged and the prices some go for over last last year or so are getting high.  They are still very common is some places though, lots of good deals to be had. :D


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Post Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 10:48 am 
 

frankfromgermany wrote:$ 70 for the Soth is very high you`re right. (To think that i had two more of those but sold them for under $ 20 ...) But then it`s a very cool figure and I believe quite rare. In my last big sale two year ago i got similar prices for the Maralith and Pit Fiend minis on a regular basis.


I do not think Soth is that rare, just popular.  I have several and keep getting more in loose lots.


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Post Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 3:39 pm 
 

... and here is the much talked about Pit Fiend on eBay ... (currently at $31)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 5950623407


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Post Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 4:15 pm 
 

Ralf Toth wrote:... and here is the much talked about Pit Fiend on eBay ... (currently at $31)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 5950623407


I picked one up for $13.00 canadian (about $10.50 US) just last week from a small hole in the wall shop here lcoally :D


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Post Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2005 10:56 am 
 

I also noticed the $70 death knight. That helped the average I bet, huh Frank? I also noticed the red & gold dragons going for cheap ($20)

I only went after one blister this time, and I was shocked to see that I got the Sahugin I for only $32...saw a blister of those buggers go for about $70 a couple of weeks ago.


Is anyone up for swapping doubles lists? I think we could help each other out.  I need about 100 to complete the entire 11 series.....anyone else close?

  


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Post Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2005 11:50 am 
 

So this has become the miniature collecting thread. Then I might as well post my questions here...

I am sometimes adding miniatures to my AD&D collection. Not seriously, minis are not in my collecting focus (yet). However, I noticed that with most of the blisters I bought or saw on eBay, they were far from mint condition. I doubt that mint condition even exists for the old (15+ years) miniatures. Have you ever seen such condition? Also, I am thinking, that my miniatures would look much better painted than inside the blister. Currently I have them all inside their unopened original blister packs. How do you store your miniatures? Do you keep them inside the blisters and lock them away or do you paint and use them, as could be seen on invincible's photos?


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Post Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2005 9:13 pm 
 

Ralf Toth wrote:So this has become the miniature collecting thread. Then I might as well post my questions here...

I am sometimes adding miniatures to my AD&D collection. Not seriously, minis are not in my collecting focus (yet). However, I noticed that with most of the blisters I bought or saw on eBay, they were far from mint condition. I doubt that mint condition even exists for the old (15+ years) miniatures. Have you ever seen such condition? Also, I am thinking, that my miniatures would look much better painted than inside the blister. Currently I have them all inside their unopened original blister packs. How do you store your miniatures? Do you keep them inside the blisters and lock them away or do you paint and use them, as could be seen on invincible's photos?


Minis still in the sealed blister pack go for a lot more $$ than loose ones.  Loose, unpainted minis go for more than painted or primed minis unless the paint job is extraordinary (they're usually not).  Condition of blister packs can be a nit-picky issue.  Do you mind if the price sticker is affixed?  Does it matter how large the price sticker is and what it covers?  How much card wear is acceptable?  How about bends and creases?  And how does one feel about cards that have been clipped or otherwise truncated by sellers to save space?  
Personally I prefer my minis collection in sealed blister packs with minimal wear.  For my box sets shrinkwrap is nice but not necessary as long as the box is in very good condition with all of its original contents, inserts, components, etc.  I never buy painted unless the paint job is extraordinary.  Once in a blue moon I'll buy a large lot of loose, unpainted minis for playing one day.  And one more thing, I absolutely detest plastic miniatures of all kinds.  Plastic minis should have been made illegal, not lead.   :wink:

  

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Post Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 1:30 pm 
 

I'm with you Dathon, I prefer the "mint" blisters (that's what I collect). I also like to have a loose version to handle, but find it impossible to come across some of the versions in loose from.

The condition of the blister is a major factor to me. Slight wear i can deal with but any tears, major bends, crushed plastic holder, etc...turns me away. If it's cheap, it can always make a good filler though until a better one comes along.
I don't like big price stickers...I don't know if that is more common with the overseas blisters? Some sellers like "robsfigs" always has the big sticker blisters.
A small sticker in the top corner is preferable.

I also like the looks of the 1st edition blister over the 2nd and "overseas" version. I also prefer the foam insert in the plastic, can't stand the mini rattling around.

At the moment I am making a wall mount for my blisters. I can't wait to have the entire 11 series on display.

  

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Post Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 5:40 pm 
 

Ekim Toor wrote:I don't like big price stickers...I don't know if that is more common with the overseas blisters? Some sellers like "robsfigs" always has the big sticker blisters.
A small sticker in the top corner is preferable.

I also like the looks of the 1st edition blister over the 2nd and "overseas" version. I also prefer the foam insert in the plastic, can't stand the mini rattling around.


Big price stickers are annoying, and packs without foam just don't feel right.  I think the difference came with the transition from lead to ralladium at Ral Partha.  It seems all the lead AD&D blisters have the foam while the Ralladium ones do not.  I also don't like my minis rattling around inside the package...

  


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Post Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 6:48 am 
 

So, William, are you going to paint that Pit Fiend or will he have to stay inside his blister?  :lol:

The problem I had with blisters is, that, most of the time they are damaged in the way you described above. Those ancient price stickers are a real pain in the ass. Plus, if you put those blisters on display, it doesn't look very nice if they are not truly mint. That's the difference with books. I need to see my collection on the shelf. If I were collecting minis and had to store them in a closet, that would be frustrating to me. So, I'd either have to paint them or they are minty-mint and can be put on display.


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Post Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 12:50 pm 
 

I am a big collector of mini's.  I buy multiples of packs and try to get at least one mint example of each one.  Preferably I get one in the pack and one out of the pack; the one out of the pack may eventually get painted by my very talented wife (check out mini painting website Blackmoor Miniatures Home)

Do painted mini's go for more than unpainted mini's?  You bet, we get between $80.00 - $220.00 for each one either by auction or consigment.

After obataining virtually a complete D&D and AD&D collection, branching to miniatures was a natual progression for me and personally I like the Rallidium/Pewter ones better, they tougher and stay shiny while the lead ones eventually turn very dark if left unprimed/painted!!  :D


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Post Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 4:36 pm 
 

Ah, the Pit Fiend stays right in the blister pack.  For starters, I can't paint worth a dime and I would only buy painted ones that were truly extraordinary.  Two, it gives the little fiend a little extra protection when in storage.  It's hard to get minty packs and getting the price stickers off can be a pain, but it can be done.  After I finish off the 11 series then I'll have to check through all of them and figure out which blister packs need an upgrade.  This way the collecting never ends...  :wink:

  
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