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Post Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 3:44 pm 
 

That copper buckle is cool, but I like the dual lizardmen best.  8)

  

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Post Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 4:18 pm 
 

Nice listing, Frank. :)
ExTSR wrote:1. TSR Hobbies, with flanking mirror-image lizard men
Brass casting, undated
Marked obverse: Spec-Cast, Rockford (IL)
Earliest known official TSR buckle
Rarity: 9 of 10

Would you mind terribly if I downrated this, or was I lucky in picking up the surplus TSR stock via Aaron (NKG) some years back? Think I had eight or nine at one point and was giving them away as freebies...

(Slightly less common with the pin intact, perhaps!)

ExTSR wrote:3. TSR "The Game Wizards", with "face" logo
Brass casting, Deluxe TSR '80s buckle, using same mold as brass
Rarity: 6 of 10

Pewter; but do you have any idea where the old backstory came from that the pewter edition was /originally/ "staff only"; or was that never the case?
I know the one Dave Sutherland wore on a day-to-day basis was brass rather than pewter, anyhow.

ExTSR wrote:4. TSR "The Game Wizards", with "face" logo
Copper alloy casting, Test buckle, not produced in quantity
Rarity: 10 of 10

Don't recall seeing this one, sorry, and hoping that I didn't give away any without thinking twice about color differences!


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Post Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 4:50 pm 
 

ExTSR wrote:1. TSR Hobbies, with flanking mirror-image lizard men
Brass casting, undated
Marked obverse: Spec-Cast, Rockford (IL)
Earliest known official TSR buckle
Rarity: 9 of 10


(#2-7 Marked obverse: Bergamot Brass, Delavan WI, 1980; but prolly cast around 1982)

3. TSR "The Game Wizards", with "face" logo
Brass casting, Deluxe TSR '80s buckle, using same mold as brass
Rarity: 6 of 10



I have #1 and #3...
The #1 is exactly as you stated, though I cannot speak to the rarity of this or any other TSR buckle.

The #3 I have is also Pewter, and is marked as follows on the obverse side:
(upper plank)
c  1980 TSR Hobbies Inc.  (Dont know how to make the little copyright sign)
All Rights Reserved
(lower plank)
MANUFACTURED BY
BERGAMOT
BRASS WORKS
DARIEN WISCONSON

I obtained both of them from two seperate auctions on e-Bay by Paul Stormberg of items from the collection of William Hoyer.

In any case, the Lizardman Buckle is easily one of my favorite game related collectable items.

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Post Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 5:00 pm 
 

faro wrote:or was I lucky in picking up the surplus TSR stock via Aaron (NKG) some years back?


You were lucky to pick them up from Aaron.  I had them in shopping cart and almost clicked the purchase button a few times :)  A nice buy.

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Post Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 5:15 pm 
 

Mars wrote:You were lucky to pick them up from Aaron.  I had them in shopping cart and almost clicked the purchase button a few times :)  A nice buy.

Same here, Mark! They were on his site a long time but no-one quite got around to asking how badly he wanted to shift them.


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Post Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 5:41 pm 
 

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Awesome pic, seeing them all lined up side-by-side! Thanks for sharing.

ExTSR wrote:7. TSR /RPGA "Wing" logo with "world dodecahedron"
Pewter casting with enamel inlay, RPGA buckle for TSR Executives only
(Note: known inlays are blue, red, or green)
Rarity: 9 of 10


Minor quibble: isn't the RPGA "world" a 20-sided die (icosahedron rather than dodecahedron/12-sider)?


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Post Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 5:46 pm 
 

Hearing that about NK praps the original should go to an 8/10... but certainly no lower (and consider that all the hard-core collectors are prolly on this site). Outside of Acaeum members, prolly a 10. ;>

Typos fixed, thanx.

Bill Hoyer was my right-hand man in starting the RPGA, but I didn't know his background at the time. Much later I found out about his membership in the IFW, LGTSA, etc. and role in the foundations of the hobby.  :oops:

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Post Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 6:10 pm 
 

ExTSR wrote:Hearing that about NK praps the original should go to an 8/10... but certainly no lower (and consider that all the hard-core collectors are prolly on this site). Outside of Acaeum members, prolly a 10. ;>

*lol* What's new there, Frank? :)

Ah... having checked the records I stand corrected on the number Aaron still had left at the end - and that the amount paid for those /was/ rather higher than for the face logo buckles. Still probably would've been six or seven (pairs of) Lizardmen on the shelf in total at that point.

Zenopus wrote:Minor quibble: isn't the RPGA "world" a 20-sided die (icosahedron rather than dodecahedron/12-sider)?

Duh... I missed that, too! ^^

Not even one of Zocchi's original (withdrawn) lopsided d12s looks like a d20. *g*


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Post Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 10:35 pm 
 

Been lucky enough to hit on some local kijiji ads... first, a decent enough OCE - nothing like being able to see what you're buying & eliminating the possibility of postal damage :)

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And, got a head start on my new SW collecting hobby - can't say for certain if it'll stick - but the price was right :wink:  

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Finally, found a softcover 3.5 PHB - never seen one before - and happy to add to the shelf :)

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Post Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 6:40 am 
 

The price WAS right on those-I saw the Kijiji ad-emailed the guy and he said he was holding them for a potential buyer and he would contact me if things didn't work out. I knew it had to be someone on this site. Congrats...I guess  :(


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Post Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 7:55 am 
 

flyingmelon wrote:The price WAS right on those-I saw the Kijiji ad-emailed the guy and he said he was holding them for a potential buyer and he would contact me if things didn't work out. I knew it had to be someone on this site. Congrats...I guess  :(


Sorry Mate!  It was a bit of a drive to pick them up, and the picture in the ad wasn't the best so I wasn't 100% sure what I was getting, but absolutely - I was pleased when I saw them :)


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Post Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 10:37 am 
 

davidc wrote: It was a bit of a drive to pick them up, and the picture in the ad wasn't the best so I wasn't 100% sure what I was getting, but absolutely - I was pleased when I saw them :)


Is that the one from Kingston? I inquired (when it was still available) but didn't follow up with an offer.  I've picked up 3 nice lots in KW over the last few weeks from Kijiji too.  The last one was a nice stack of Judges Guild stuff where I found the CanGames tourney.  Kijiji is great!

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Post Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 11:30 am 
 

Mars wrote:
Is that the one from Kingston? I inquired (when it was still available) but didn't follow up with an offer.  I've picked up 3 nice lots in KW over the last few weeks from Kijiji too.  The last one was a nice stack of Judges Guild stuff where I found the CanGames tourney.  Kijiji is great!


Just stay on your side of the map, lol, Eastern Ontario is mine :)

(The OCE came from Kingston along with a few common mods, the SW lot came from Oakville and was a bargain... except now I have to deal with the urge to re-buy every 1E mod in shrink!)


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Post Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 1:17 pm 
 

davidc wrote:... except now I have to deal with the urge to re-buy every 1E mod in shrink!


Congratulations!  You have just taken the first step on the road to enlightenment. ;)


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Post Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 2:05 pm 
 

smarmy1 wrote:You have just taken the first step on the road to madness.



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Post Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 5:27 pm 
 

:lol:


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Post Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 5:48 pm 
 

smarmy1 wrote:
Congratulations!  You have just taken the first step on the road to bankruptcy. ;)


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Post Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 6:03 pm 
 

8O

Sad but true...  :cry:


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Post Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 6:47 pm 
 

davidc wrote:Just stay on your side of the map, lol, Eastern Ontario is mine :)


I'll say out of the East as much as you stay out of the West :)  I picked up a very nice Planescape collection from out East about a month ago.

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Post Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 9:30 pm 
 

Do y'all know about the softcover PHB... were they part of a boxed set?  When were they available?


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