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Post Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 5:41 am 
 

The question of collection size has come up in a recent thread . . .  most responses seem to have led down the road of humorous animosity or (ahem) references to certain aspects of the physical body.

We won't worry about who has what, but how many of you have those true rares in your collection?  You know, the irreplacable, vintage books that you bought yourself from Kay-B-Toys or the local gameshop/Con. ?  Anyone have all their vintage stuff (or at least the majority)?

I, myself, have all my original 1st edition Hardcover books.  Some are fairly beat up (but not nearly as mangled as some of the stuff I have purchased in lots over the years. . . sheesh, doesn't anyone take good care of their books?).

But all my accessories & modules are gone.  So are my Dungeon Mags and all my other gaming items:  Warhammer, Star Frontiers, Marvel Super Heroes & others as well as all my wargames:  Avalon Hill, MB Gamemaster Series, Supremacy, etc.

At least they went to a good cause -- back when I discovered eBay and started buying comics, I quickly found I didn't have enough cash to meet my collecting desires.  So, I dug up my RPG items to fund more purchases.  Once this was gone, I noticed my local comic shop had a very large amount of RPG items tucked away in the back corner.  

I figured I could make a little reselling cash if I only knew what was worth something.  This, in turn, led me to the Acaeum and these forums.  Reselling led to more comics, but when the need for money outweighed my collecting desires, reselling became a sort of "hobby" in itself.

Yet. . . I just couldn't part with my hardcovers. . .  no way the small amount of cash they afforded me would be worth loosing them for all time.  As for the rest. . . well, they are gone now, but I know that some of them have found a home with others on this forum.  I think Nev purchased my H4 Throne of Bloodstone way back a few years ago (hard to remember for sure) and in my latest "freebie" give away I sent grodog my very first B2.

So, any tales of lost & gone "first time" books?  Any collections that have withstood all attempts to sell them?


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 10:10 am 
 

I have my off-the-shelf Deities with Cthulthu. Beat to hell, but has to be worth at least $500. I think my Player's is still here. I never bought any true rares when I started.


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 1:06 pm 
 

Yeah I found the site by the same venue. I seen all my stuff in the closet then said oh why not. Posted here and did some research. The people here offered me WONDERFUL advice.

I sold alot of my stuff but retained My original Players Handbook, DMG, and Monster Manual I also kept a Fiend Folio I got from a friend. I just could not part with it.

The majority of the rest was sold off.

I found it fun so I started to resell. Then I had some issues to deal with, and after a year almost a year and half now I have the time to get back into it. I am currently doing a database of all the AD&D, D&D items old and new. I have it about half done now in three days. ( Listings only) then I will use my Andale and pull up average prices for the items I can find.  Add them to the items, and have it all databased.

Anyone here interested for it when it is complete I will send a copy too. It may or may not be totaly complete. But I am doing my best. The database is in Works Format. When its done  will post and send it to anyone who requests it.


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 1:24 pm 
 

Ogreden wrote:Yeah I found the site by the same venue. I seen all my stuff in the closet then said oh why not. Posted here and did some research. The people here offered me WONDERFUL advice.

I sold alot of my stuff but retained My original Players Handbook, DMG, and Monster Manual I also kept a Fiend Folio I got from a friend. I just could not part with it.

The majority of the rest was sold off.

I found it fun so I started to resell. Then I had some issues to deal with, and after a year almost a year and half now I have the time to get back into it. I am currently doing a database of all the AD&D, D&D items old and new. I have it about half done now in three days. ( Listings only) then I will use my Andale and pull up average prices for the items I can find.  Add them to the items, and have it all databased.

Anyone here interested for it when it is complete I will send a copy too. It may or may not be totaly complete. But I am doing my best. The database is in Works Format. When its done  will post and send it to anyone who requests it.


I'm not sure if you've read any of darkseraphim's auctions lately, but he's compiled a similar database in Excel.  I'd be interested in looking at your version as well and/or cross-referencing the two.

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Post Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 5:35 pm 
 

We still have 99% of our items we bought back in the day. All of the hardbacks and about 75% of the 1st edition modules. For some reason the only non-TSR items that I remember being sold arround south Indianapolis were from Mayfair(never cared for their stuff). The only rares that we bought originally were the WSG w/Wild Things and DSG w/Dark and Hidden Ways, which we sold a while back.

  


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 5:37 pm 
 

burntwire wrote:The only rares that we bought originally were the WSG w/Wild Things and DSG w/Dark and Hidden Ways, which we sold a while back.

I hope you got good money for them, I had both and sold them for far too little.  I had no idea they were valuable until started hanging around here.

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Post Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 6:56 pm 
 

deimos3428 wrote:I hope you got good money for them, I had both and sold them for far too little.  I had no idea they were valuable until started hanging around here.


I think they went for about $85 each. We only sold them because we had picked up shrinked copies. We sold those for $125 each about 3 months ago.

  


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 9:55 pm 
 

I've posted this before. This is my most treasured D&D item.   :) 8)

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Post Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2005 2:55 am 
 

I've got everything I bought back in 1974 to about 1982 when I was actively playing.  Anybody else have 4 issues of Strategic Review with their own name on the mailing label?  I've even got a complete Xerox copy of the fourth printing of the original three books that Kerry Lloyd of Thieves' Guild fame made me for $3.  I'm sorry I didn't keep the programs and badges from Origins I thru III though.  

I just wish I had bought more stuff back then.  Definitely brings back memories though.

  


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Post Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2005 8:13 am 
 

How many of us also could KICK themselves for not Buying ALL the items that their Hobby stores had in them before they went out of business?

I had several stores here in the Mid 90's go under. One was the place I used to buy all my items when I was younger. It had a gazillion leads for dirt cheap. All their books too.  I never bought a thing.   :roll:

The other was a comic store in the local area I live now. It went under in the Late 90's and I never even thought about it as I had the items I wanted.  :evil:

Now I can drive an hour and a half to get some picked over older stuff and a bunch of newer crap. The whole time the woman there stares at you because she is wating for you to steal something. Heck she even follows me on my heels and glares when I tell her I don't need help.

Otherwise we have a used book store in town and he charges a pretty penny for anything. I can get stuff cheaper on ebay.

I tell ya its all garage sales and emails now to find stuff.   :cry:  :cry:


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Post Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2005 10:05 am 
 

Don't really have any rares in my collection, but the collection just keeps growing, as I can never bring myself to part with anything that has given me so much pleasure over the years.

Fortunately, I have a very understanding wife who, while not happy with my collecting habits, understands them none the less.

I will have to start selling off by duplicate, lesser-grade copies of stuff already in the collection. Nothing super, just some Dragon Mags from issue #50 & up, and some 3E stuff.

(I know, most of the people on here are at best, tolereable of 3E, but I believe it has generated a renewed interest in our game, and now it's up to us to convert them to the "right" way to play the game.)

  


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Post Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2005 11:19 am 
 

I'm pretty lucky in that I not only kept everything I ever bought new, but I was also very, very careful with my books - to the point where I wouldn't let most people touch them.  Twenty odd years down the line, the first books I bought are still in fantastic shape (better than any others I've ever seen for sale anyway) despite being used on a weekly basis.  I would say that about 90% of the stuff I bought when it first came out could pass for NM condition.  I only wish that most of the stuff I've bought on the collector's market in recent years was as well preserved.

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Post Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2005 3:33 pm 
 

Similar story to others.  I still have my original books, I did not purchase any of the modules when they came out, we made up our own worlds.  I did purchase a lot in Rota Spain in 1983, they had a rummage sale in the PX parking lot where I got a box of stuff for $10.  After carrying it around for years I listed it in an auction on AOL May 1995.  David Papay purchased my first print A series modules, I followed the link to his site and was hooked.  I too went the resell route for several years until Ebay put me out of business.  My sources dried up when Ebay became popular. :(

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Post Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2005 6:53 pm 
 

I sold most of my more valuable original stuff---the early SRs and TDs, my OCE box and supplements, my MtG collection---back in the mid-90s, though I kept all of my 1e hardcovers, modules, etc.  

In fact Paul Stormberg and Jason Zavoda ended up buying most of the D&D stuff IIRC ;-)


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Post Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2005 7:15 pm 
 

Damned skippy.  I have all my stuff from 78 and on, now to find something to display it in or on.  They would have to tear the the revised '79 edition of the DM's guide from my cold dead hands before I even thought about selling it.

  

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Post Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 12:05 am 
 

Here's one.  I sold a brand new R1-R4 set to a friend of mine in 1988 for $30.00.  At the time he tried to back out on the deal after he had asked me to get them for him, even though I told him that they would probably be highly collectible one day.  I should have let him back out since I'm sure he probably tossed them out ultimately.  Also had a few item stolen/borrowed permanently by supposed "friends".  Not much you can do about that...

Other than that I've pretty much kept everything.  I didn't take care of the items as well as I should have early on.  Of course at the time I collected them for use more than as collectibles.  I even was foolish enough to remove the SW from the items after purchasing them and then bagged and boarded them.  Who would have thought that SW would be such a big deal at the time!

  

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Post Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 4:28 am 
 

I was a collector - player from my earlist days (about 1979-80)  I bought some stuff to use and some to collect.  I hit it right on the spot when I bought a copy of the OD&D rules and never used it (still mint today!).  I also hit it wrong when I figured the Feind Folio would be worth millions :?

I know ther are more people like me out there, that is why many items can still be found in shrink wrap today!!


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Post Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 8:42 am 
 

Yep - I got your H4 Paul.

I have 100% of all my old D&D - which isn't saying much cos I never did have all that much. Photocopied rulebooks  :oops:  (it was my brother!), the original Basic set, B2 (of course), and a few other things. I used to go into game stores to see what new D&D stuff was coming out and just imagine being able to buy it...  :(  I had some friends with fairly extensive collections though.  :D



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