...why so few 4th print OD&D sets?
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Post Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 3:59 pm 
 

Hmmm,

From 25,000 copies, there seem to be very few 4th prints that crop up (or perhaps I just miss them  :) ) and even fewer in good condition.

Perhaps less than that number were actually printed.  Perhaps I am forgetting the famous fourth print calamity of '81 which destroyed most of the remaining stock.  Perhaps I should occupy my thoughts with something more rewarding.  Any bright spark have any ideas?

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 5:23 pm 
 

Olllllllllddddddddd topic..... :D

  


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 5:52 pm 
 

whoops - showing my newbie knickers again!

aahh, you old guys - you have discussed everything already  :wink:


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 7:13 pm 
 

IIRC, the 25,000 figure was a quote from Gygax, who's memory on such minutae has been suspect in the past.  It wouldn't surprise me if 25,000 was the total print run of 4th & 5th print, or even the (first?) run of 6th print.

Unfortunately, the sales data from TSR in those days has either been lost or (more likely) destroyed, so we're left to the recollections of various industry figures, many of which disagree!

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 7:21 pm 
 

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 7:28 pm 
 

FoulFoot wrote:IIRC, the 25,000 figure was a quote from Gygax, who's memory on such minutae has been suspect in the past.  It wouldn't surprise me if 25,000 was the total print run of 4th & 5th print, or even the (first?) run of 6th print.

Unfortunately, the sales data from TSR in those days has either been lost or (more likely) destroyed, so we're left to the recollections of various industry figures, many of which disagree!

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Thanks for replying, Scott.

red_bus wrote:aahh, you old guys - you have discussed everything already ;)

Per last post on viewtopic.php?t=2025 and elsewhere.

Extrapolating sales figures and comparing rarity both internally (4th vs. 5th) and externally (with woodies and 6ths), it's just about possible to shoe-horn 25,000 copies into 4th & 5th combined, although that doesn't leave much space for upturn at the end of the period.
A split somewhere around 6,000/19,000 - 7,500/17,500 would be borderline workable, though.

Which is why you ain't seeing 4ths all over the place (save amongst the dozen or so people who went out of their way to pick up a copy, it would seem).

  
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