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Post Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:39 am 
 

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This auction, which ended last night, has a version of the 'Retail Order Blank' I haven't seen before. The auction stated it has a date of June 1982, and it came with the 1982 'Morley the Wizard' version of the Gateway to Adventure catalog. Also an interesting 'Mayfair games Role Aids info sheet' and a standard-looking RPGA membership form.

All of the previous 'Retail Order Blanks' that I've seen are dated March 1981, and simply say 'Retail Order Blank' at the top without the additional 'Dungeon Hobby Shop' title. There are three of these posted earlier in this thread, starting here:

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It's hard to make out, but they may have changed the logo of "The Dungeon!" as well. The page count is also higher in the 1982 version (36 versus 24).

I threw in some bids near the end of the auction, but I didn't have a chance: two last second snipes were more than twice my highest bid. lofenloc won for $28.50 (+$4 ship).

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:11 pm 
 

This is actually the 3rd set that the seller has auctioned off.  I picked up the first one for under $10:


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On a side note, I also picked up this other auction for a similar Dungeon Hobby Shop catalog with some extras:


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One thing to point out is that the colour catalog with the wizard is the TSR catalog and the other is the Dungeon Hobby Shop one so they may have been sent along together but they don't really go together.  The RoleAids sheet is an extra sheet of games sold by The Dungeon Hobby shop so that's why it belongs.

I also finally got around to posting my TSR related catalogs on the Tome of Treasures so there is a good selection there now:

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:20 pm 
 

I haven't been searching ebay much lately, so I missed those previous auctions.

Great work on the catalogs at Tome of Treasures! That's the perfect site for organizing this material. Much better than this motley thread.

I see now that the Dungeon Hobby Shop logo on 1982 Retail Order Blank is the same picture as on the cover of 1984 Dungeon Hobby Shop catalog (Dragon coming through door with swords to each side - possibly Holloway art?). The March 1981 Retail Order Blank has the older logo which is the picture of the cave with eyes from the Blackmoor supplement. Also, the 1981 Retail Order Blank is in blue ink. (I don't see this one up at the Tome yet).

There was a switch over the years 1981-1985 from The Dungeon!/Dungeon Distributors to The Dungeon Hobby Shop to the Mail Order Hobby Shop.

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:45 pm 
 

zhowar wrote:The March 1981 Retail Order Blank has the older logo which is the picture of the cave with eyes from the Blackmoor supplement. Also, the 1981 Retail Order Blank is in blue ink. (I don't see this one up at the Tome yet).


This is one of the catalogs I am still missing (no envelope either).  Mail Order Hobby Shop 1987 is the other one I know I am missing.  Also missing a bunch of UK and other foreign ones.  If anyone has any spares send me a PM.

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 3:09 pm 
 

grodog wrote:Better than that, I scanned the entire article.  If anyone has a copy of the UK version, it would be interesting to compare the two, to see if any differences exist (beyond the simple dialectic ones).  edit:  I'll have to repost it, looks like the filename's not working right :(


Fixed: http://www.greyhawkonline.com/grodog/te ... eprint.pdf


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:46 am 
 

Thanks, grodog. I missed your post until just now.

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:01 am 
 

Here's a tiny catalog I've seen a few times, but I don't think I've posted it here:



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from this auction, if anyone's interested (I'm not bidding):


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It's an odd TSR catalog because of the tiny size. I think I've seen it before with Mentzer Basic Sets. It looks like the catalog includes the D&D plastic toys (see 2nd picture above).



I don't think it's up on Tome of Treasures yet (but I may have missed it).

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Post Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 8:22 pm 
 

Here's an oddball hybrid TSR/retailer catalog (previously posted in Interesting Items thread by misterspock), just ended for $2.25 + $5 shipping (I didn't bid on it):


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Pics & auction text for posterity:

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(Looks like they took a TSR catalog and personalized it with their company logo)

"Up for auction is a Warehouse copy of a Hobby Shop Catalog from MAY 1979, featuring ,then, new TSR items. Used, paged through pretty well. Cover page is pink, back page is green , middle 3 are white with prices. 5 pages total. Prices include: D&D Basic Booklet LIST $5.00/ COST 2.50. 3 of the 5 pages have D&D items. Corners are not square, rolling and back page is creased at lower and upper right . Staples are good, no rust. White pages are just beginning to yellow/ 10%. Warehouse is out of business some years now. (My connection worked there and spoke with Mr. Gygax on the phone because of the 'misprint' of the original DMG...) Hand-typed/ Xeroxed. Typing on inside front cover shows through to front. Interesting early piece. NOT TSR published , but worthy of a look, if only for price comparisons."

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Post Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 11:32 am 
 

I won this... it was cheap enough.

I will post more info once it arrives.


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:37 am 
 

Anyone familiar with the "Take us along on your adventure" Dragon advertisement in this lot?:

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(ends in 1+ days, I'm not bidding).

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This is what I heard back from the seller in response to my Q:

Dear grodog_of_greyhawk,

its a 1 page flyer that came with the basic set. its for dragon magazine. on the front it shows 2 pictures of dragon magazine,...on the back is the order form for subscription. it also lists dragontales anthology, the finieous treasury, best of dragon vol 1, best of dragon volume 2, and relms of wonder fantasy art calendar,...

- dougsstuffonline2011
      
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To: dougsstuffonline2011
Subject: Other: grodog_of_greyhawk sent a message about TSR D&D Basic and Expert sets w/Dice literature dungeons and dragons modules #190668131779
Sent Date: Apr-19-12 21:27:57 PDT

Dear dougsstuffonline2011,

Hi dougsstuffonline2011---Can you please tell me a bit more about the flyer titled "Take Us Along on Your Adventure": how large is it, how many pages, what's it discuss, etc.? Thanks! ....allan/[email protected]


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:01 am 
 

Anyone familiar with an alternate MM2 cover painting?  This was raised as a Q via a 1983 Sears Catalog ad, over @ http://hugeruinedpile.wordpress.com/201 ... -wishbook/


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:26 am 
 

That's pretty cool.

I zoomed it up to get a better look even though it gets pixelated
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It kind of looks to me like the catalog comp-type work that the artists all did a lot later in the TSR catalogs.

I have seen an alternate ink proposal that Bill Willingham did for an update on the MM cover (not MM2) from approx '81..obviously before Jeff Easley got there, but I've never seen this.

edit: that reminds me, in one of the other threads I was asking if anyone had an '83 or '84 TSR catalog to check out regarding the RPGA figures/box sets. Maybe in the '83 catalog it has a larger photo of this MM2 alt cover?

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Post Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:52 pm 
 

Here are some more catalog pages that had D&D stuff I found on http://www.wishbookweb.com/ and also from (I think) the same person's flikr page.
They're all scans from wishbooks of Sears, JC Penney and Montgomery Ward from the early 80's

JC Penney 1982
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The Sears 1982 one I posted in the Quadrille Graph thread.

Montgomery Ward 1983
I like how they have the older booklets in the photo with the wrong box sets...
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Post Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:13 pm 
 

misterspock wrote:I like how they have the older booklets in the photo with the wrong box sets...


Or new print :)

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Post Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:26 pm 
 

Damn, how did I miss out on that cool Knight Rider board game?   :D


And I could've bought these damn modules off the 1$ rack!!!

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Post Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:08 pm 
 

How did I miss out on these ads? My mom used to get Sears and JC Penny catalogs, and I don't recall seeing any D&D material.  :(

I recall hearing radio spots for D&D and Star Frontiers. I don't recall TV ads, except for the one for the plastic figures. "Take THAT dragonne!"


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Post Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:34 pm 
 

here's the Sears 1982 one, as requested to keep them all in the same thread..
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Post Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:39 pm 
 

misterspock wrote:Here are some more catalog pages that had D&D stuff I found on http://www.wishbookweb.com/ and also from (I think) the same person's flikr page.


Thanks for sharing! I went through some of the earlier ones back when the link was posted on Grognardia, looking for the Holmes Basic set, but didn't find anything. It seems that D&D didn't get into these types of catalogs until a bit later. Though the coverage is spotty, so others might turn up.

bbarsh wrote:Damn, how did I miss out on that cool Knight Rider board game?   :D


Or Krull or Zaxxon!

Grognardia did a retrospective on Shadowlord! I'd never heard of it before. It has promising looking artwork.


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