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Post Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 2:14 pm 
 

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bclarkie wrote:I hope that this is not who I think it is.... :(


I'd guess Aneoth.

It's a damn shame when people sell and then regret it.


When I was over at his house the day after (I only bought $300 worth of stuff so no evil vulture jokes.  :twisted: ) he announced he was selling his collection I could see his reluctance to sell a lot of the items.  I wasnt there when he sold the remainder of his collection to Badmike but he said it was pretty gutwrenching.  Mike told me about the same thing a few weeks after that.  Aneoth and I spent a few Saturdays hanging out and doing stuff after that but I havent heard from him in quite a while.  But the last time I did see him he was over at my house checking out all the stuff I have and he seemed more than a bit uncomfortable.

Since he sold all of the stuff for a very good reason I can only assume that he may no longer have any regrets about it but who knows.

  

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Post Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 2:15 pm 
 

When I first discovered FRP marketplace and Ebay I thought what a goldmine.  I sold a few of my items and then felt almost empty.  Since I have bought back everything plus another few thousand items and am going strong.  Now I only sell extras after upgrading.  Like many of you I go through phases, I settle down for a while then go nuts for a while and so on and so on.

I remember saying to my wife and myself a few years back I would never buy the rares, now I have a bunch of them and I am looking for more.  Amazing what a better job and near complete collection of the common stuff will do for motivation.

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Post Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 2:15 pm 
 

My collection is shrinking. I am on the edge of fitting everything in two boxes. My goal is one box. Everything I have is either my original stuff from the 80's or stuff that I wanted back then but didn't get. I don't collect rare stuff; I have nothing more rare than a Metamorphosis Alpha. If I had any of the rares, I would probably sell them. This is just a personal preference; my current living space is very limited and I would worry also about preserving the items properly.

The Acaeum interests me as a repository of information about the history of D&D products. I love reading about printing variations and oddities and all the other information that is discovered when collecting these products. For that reason I respect everyone who does buy the rare items or multiple printings, because you are the ones that are doing the real work to make this site interesting.

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Post Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 3:48 pm 
 

I've pretty much bought and sold every worthwhile item. I'm still trimming out the things I won't use, but I have 20 huge Sterilite buckets going into storage. Nothing major besides things Like PoVQ, DG, etc.
Over the years I've had just about all the heavies at one time or another, 3 C1's, 5 C2's, a few Fazzles, blah blah blah. I find I do not miss them. Having once owned them and gotten to see/read them firsthand was enough for me.
I did the same thing with Magic cards. I collected cheaply, and had at least one of every set and card ever printed at one point. Then I sold them all off to a Japanese buyer for twice what I had into them. Don't miss them a bit.


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 3:49 pm 
 

I am not buying role-playing publications.  I am buying the past.  

   In the best episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Picard is zapped by an alien space probe and lives the entire life of a member of an alien race in a few hours of real time.  

    In the end, Picard picks up the flute that he loved in his alternative life and finds that he now knows how to play it.  He plays a favorite song from a life that never happened...it is possibly the most poignant moment of that series.

    I can identify with that moment.

    I remember places and people...some of whom never existed.  Collecting the old publications gives me the feeling that there is someone else who still remembers the old days.  Having the old books on the shelf gives me the comfort that maybe someone else will still remember in years to come.

   Also...mark my words...in a distant time one of you will see my daughter on the future version of Antiques Roadshow with my game collection on proud display.  Even the commons will have become rares.


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 4:00 pm 
 

MShipley88 wrote:I am not buying role-playing publications. I am buying the past.


I can definitely identify with this.  But I am specifically buying the past that I wished that I had.  My girlfriend still doesnt understand why I still have an Atari 2600.  :D

  


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 4:05 pm 
 

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MShipley88 wrote:I am not buying role-playing publications. I am buying the past.


I can definitely identify with this. But I am specifically buying the past that I wished that I had. My girlfriend still doesnt understand why I still have an Atari 2600. :D


Hell yea, I actually bought a bunch of Atari 2600 games back about 6 years ago on Ebay. I also bought a bunch of Commodore 64 games and accessories too. :wink:One of these days I am going to go after Collecovision and Intellivision stuff too. :o


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 4:05 pm 
 

MShipley88 wrote:Also...mark my words...in a distant time one of you will see my daughter on the future version of Antiques Roadshow with my game collection on proud display. Even the commons will have become rares.


You know I'm still waiting for them to show something like that..

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Post Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 4:09 pm 
 

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I can definitely identify with this. But I am specifically buying the past that I wished that I had. My girlfriend still doesnt understand why I still have an Atari 2600. :D


Hell yea, I actually bought a bunch of Atari 2600 games back about 6 years ago on Ebay. I also bought a bunch of Commodore 64 games and accessories too. :wink:One of these days I am going to go after Collecovision and Intellivision stuff too. :o


I just got outbid on an Intellivision w/15 games and a Colecovision.  I think I went up to $75 on the Intellivision and around $50 on the Coleco.  What really burns me is the Intellivision that I decided not to bid on because it didnt have any games went for only $26 the other day.  :x   Oh well.  I still have my Sega, Ataris, and Nintendos to keep me busy.  :D

  

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Post Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 5:06 pm 
 

I think the furious pace is what has go you. My entire collection is probably half of that, and I have been collecting in one way or another for 20 years - although it was more like accumulation than a collecting hobby.

That all changed 9 years ago after my first was born. My only contact with the game is through collecting on ebay. It is my thin and distant connection to my early days of gaming. Although a few of my old buddies are now trying to put together a once a month D&D night. Everybody is married with kids so it just isn't easy to set up a good night for everyone.

I also created a closed set of rules for myself (mostly by accident). I only use "ebay" money for my collecting. I buy and resell (often just to get a specific item out of lot of 20) and use the profits (if any) to finance my next purchase. I bank some money which I add to my kids mutual fund accounts and keep the rest in paypal for ebay purchases (This is also the reason you do not see me hit the big dollar stuff - everytime I hit about $1k in paypal, I disburse to mutual funds - ain't the internet cool). It is a closed system and I don't use any "family" money to keep it going. That makes the collecting part fun as I don't have an open check book (which I could do without problem) for my purchases.

Of course, I am also extremely limited by time. I just don't have much free time to pursue and purchase and resell. I'll accumulate stuff for a few months, then do 50+ item dump on ebay.

All that said, I tend not to get bored because I am not putting that much time into it. I prefer the chase and fun of finding that odd missing piece from time to time, rather than going all-out. Otherwise, I would be in the same boat - Got it all...now what???


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Post Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 7:48 am 
 

bbarsh,

Damn good post.  Makes me think of selling off some of my seconds for the retirement fund.  The idea of rules also intrigues me.

Well I guess my approach to collecting is going to change.  Set up some rules.  Slow down the pace.

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Post Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 7:24 pm 
 

MShipley88 wrote:  In the best episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Picard is zapped by an alien space probe and lives the entire life of a member of an alien race in a few hours of real time.


Nothing new I can add here that someone else has not said already. I just wanted to take the time to echo the comment about "The Inner Light". This was without a doubt in the top 10 episodes across all the various series.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5, Episode 25: The Inner Light - TV.com

...back to the topic at hand.


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Post Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 8:11 pm 
 

I've been renting the entire TNG series from Netflix for several months now. I'm on Season 6. The alien probe one hasn't turned up yet.


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Post Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 8:28 pm 
 

MShipley88 wrote:I am not buying role-playing publications. I am buying the past.

In the best episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Picard is zapped by an alien space probe and lives the entire life of a member of an alien race in a few hours of real time.

 In the end, Picard picks up the flute that he loved in his alternative life and finds that he now knows how to play it. He plays a favorite song from a life that never happened...it is possibly the most poignant moment of that series.

 I can identify with that moment.

 I remember places and people...some of whom never existed. Collecting the old publications gives me the feeling that there is someone else who still remembers the old days. Having the old books on the shelf gives me the comfort that maybe someone else will still remember in years to come.

Also...mark my words...in a distant time one of you will see my daughter on the future version of Antiques Roadshow with my game collection on proud display. Even the commons will have become rares.


Excellent post. I think many of us are in that exact boat. The collection is simply a physical link to specific moments in time that are meaningful for one reason or another.

I also think this is not universal. My group of about 10 guys (known since we were in grade school) all were equally heavy into gaming and just a couple of those that are still single, still play. We still see each other after 30s! But to my knowledge, I am the only collector of the group. Sure some of the guys have massive Warhammer collections, but none have the D&D stuff that saturated our youth. I think D&D (gaming in general) may have been more important to me (though I may not have known it at the time) than it was to my freinds. I'll just say that I needed the escape more than they might have. Therefore, my connection to the game transferred into collecting when the gaming stopped.

I think my collection is my version of a photo album. It is my window into a time when gaming was a big part of my life and, more likely than not, something that impacted me in a positive way and got me through. If I did not have that connection, I probably would not be a collector. But then again, this stuff is still cool after 30 years!


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Post Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 4:13 pm 
 

bbarsh wrote:I think my collection is my version of a photo album. It is my window into a time when gaming was a big part of my life and, more likely than not, something that impacted me in a positive way and got me through. If I did not have that connection, I probably would not be a collector. But then again, this stuff is still cool after 30 years!


    My inner circle of gaming friends still gathers every year for the Super Bowl...no gaming (aside from poker), just talking and drinking.  It is an annual tradition that has continued from our late 20's and on into our early 40's.  Distance is no excuse for non-attendance and no one would willingly miss it.  Most of them are professionals or businessmen with incomes at least two or three brackets above my teacher salary.  (These are guys who fly to the Philipines to talk business with former dictators or who currently lead groups of insurance claim experts in the Gulf Coast.)

    At the last party, I was astonished to learn (through casual conversation) that all of them still consider me to be the central figure in our group.  I was the DM, and they still regard me as the honorary leader and keeper of the traditions.  

    D&D was always more important to me than it was to my friends, but it turns out that they still draw comfort from the idea that the old game is still going on...sort of like the comfort of knowing that your parents still live in your childhood home and your old room still has your high school posters on the wall.  

    Given such an emotional responsiblity, how could I not be a game collector, even if I weren't already an enthusiast?   8)


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Post Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 8:27 pm 
 

Prufrock wrote:On that note, I have decided I will not sell. Just take a break from going after everything that my eye fancies. I would like one day to have the collections some of you have.


Probably a good plan, Prufrock.  I've always felt the bug to collect moreso when I've been playing in a good game, so I recommend you put your collection to use:  gather some friends, roll some characters up, kick down some doors and put those goblins to the sword! :D


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Post Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 10:19 pm 
 

bbarsh wrote:Excellent post. I think many of us are in that exact boat. The collection is simply a physical link to specific moments in time that are meaningful for one reason or another.


Yup. This is also why, imo, the old D&D books won't keep their values long-term. Very, very, very few folks in their 20's or even early 30's played with the old D&D stuff. At 24, I'm one of the folks that started with D&D, and moved straight to 2nd Edition, without ever playing 1st. So not many of the 1st Edition books have much meaning for me.

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 10:25 pm 
 

GraysonAC wrote:
bbarsh wrote:Excellent post. I think many of us are in that exact boat. The collection is simply a physical link to specific moments in time that are meaningful for one reason or another.


Yup. This is also why, imo, the old D&D books won't keep their values long-term. Very, very, very few folks in their 20's or even early 30's played with the old D&D stuff. At 24, I'm one of the folks that started with D&D, and moved straight to 2nd Edition, without ever playing 1st. So not many of the 1st Edition books have much meaning for me.


Did about the same, but having an older brother get me started in the game I was able to use 1st Edition modules with the 2nd Edition rules when I moved to them from D&D...

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