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Post Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 5:33 pm 
 

Feels nicer, but falls apart way more easily. I prefer non-glossy paper, but the crappily-bound covers are welcome to stay in the past, imo ;)

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 5:47 pm 
 

GraysonAC wrote:Feels nicer, but falls apart way more easily. I prefer non-glossy paper, but the crappily-bound covers are welcome to stay in the past, imo ;)


Well, if you're referring to the 1st Ed. Unearthed Arcana era books, then yes, they fell apart quite frequently.  The very early DMG, MM, and PHB were stitched, not glued -- and they hold up just fine over the ages under anything resembling normal wear.   (If you can break one of them, you should be thrown in jail for collectible abuse!)

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 6:36 pm 
 

Hrm, maybe I've just had cruddy luck with them then. Most of the 1st ed hardbacks that I've owned had their spines cracking away whenever I flipped through them. Didn't lose any pages that I can recall, but the spine/binding was definately loose :(



The 2nd Ed hardbacks (early ones, I don't know about the black-cover ones) were terrible for spine cracking and pages falling out :(

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 6:45 pm 
 

A few years back I took one of my Unearthed Arcana's which had fallen apart and zipped off a comb-bound copy.  Works great!  I kept the original just in case I have to make another.



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Post Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 6:47 pm 
 

bclarkie wrote:There certainly has been an increase in certain items recently, but without having my numbers right here in front of me, I am still pretty sure that just about doubles the highest receorded price that we have fpr a 1st print MM. I will have to check that when I get home and will post a follow up latter. IMHO, I think that that final is very high.




As promised, here is my follow up. The previous highest recorded price that I have is $148.00 for a Near MInt one back in 2004. The second highest price that a 1st printing went for, was back in 2001 and that went for $143.00 and was also Near Mint. The 3rd highest listing for a 1st printing was $128.00 also back in 2001 in Very Fine condition, and no other 1st print MM has even come close to breaking $100.00. Not including the 3 most recent ones, the last one to go up for sale on EBay was Aneoth's that sold for $36.65 back in the spring that Creepontheborderlands won(and tried to sell 3 seperate times unsuccessfully afterward for more than that :roll: ). Granted Aneoth's was not in great condition by far, but seriously, that is almost a $250.00 difference. 8O This auction was a complete abberation due to a few bidders that absolutely had to have it. It seems tauglorimorgorus specifically is newer to the collecting scene and either has very deep pockets or one hell of a Credit Card bill on the way, because he is bidding exhorbitantly high on everything. :roll:



Aside: The bidder who actually won this auction won an auction a few months ago that also raised some eyebrows:



http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 5186939431



I am sure most of you remember this auction, because it had the seemingly hidden(or so me and deimos thought :oops: ) 1st print DMG in Near Mint condition.  It also had a real nice condition 2nd print PHB.


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 6:59 pm 
 

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GraysonAC wrote:Feels nicer, but falls apart way more easily. I prefer non-glossy paper, but the crappily-bound covers are welcome to stay in the past, imo ;)


Well, if you're referring to the 1st Ed. Unearthed Arcana era books, then yes, they fell apart quite frequently. The very early DMG, MM, and PHB were stitched, not glued -- and they hold up just fine over the ages under anything resembling normal wear.  (If you can break one of them, you should be thrown in jail for collectible abuse!)




You know I absolutely love the UA and it is definitely one of my favorite books of all time(hey what can I say, I loved the Cavalier class and all the new spells :wink: ). Sadly, the one I bought when I was 12 fell apart partially after a few months of use. :cry:   Kind of traumatic on a 12 year old kid who spent $12.00 hard earned allowance dollars on a new book that fell apart. :x


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 7:03 pm 
 

(Those NM $148 & $143 copies are both now shown as VF. Part of the regrading process?).



bclarkie wrote:and no other 1st print MM has even come close to breaking $100.00.


Thanks for checking the records, Brian. The 1st MM is certainly one item that has been bubbling under for some time, regardless of how many copies were "stated" to have been printed.



I've paid $125 and have seen a copy offered (but not bought!) at $295.

On the Acaeum "estimated values" page, even a "Fine" copy is rated over $100.



I think the major reason for the premium on this auction was the (stated) condition which might fit in with recent trends on higher grade "rares".

(Not a trend I particularly favor since it feels like an increasingly "look, don't touch" outlook, even if that's not the full story).



bclarkie wrote:Aside: The bidder who actually won this auction won an auction a few months ago that also raised some eyebrows:



http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 5186939431



I am sure most of you remember this auction, because it had the seemingly hidden(or so me and deimos thought :oops: ) 1st print DMG in Near Mint condition. It also had a real nice condition 2nd print PHB.


Hmm... yet another overbid auction that Stephen still failed to win... :(

  

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:41 pm 
 

The one I picked up a couple of days ago cam close to the $100 mark. I don't think it is close to mint but looked to be in fairly good shape. There was something at the top and bottom of the bind and what looks like a ding on the bottom of the front cover. I may have overpaid but its the first 1st printing I have decided to see through no matter what the cost.



http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... %3AIT&rd=1


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 9:16 pm 
 

Following up further on this, I lied(although not intentionally). Sorry. :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:



The info I was going by earlier today was actually not including the most recent data that I had collected, however of the additional auctions that I did track, none come anywhere close to $285.00 either. although I did track some others that went over $100.00. There were 3 auctions that I did track for spring/early summer '05' that exceended $100.00, with auction totals of $109.46 VF, $135.03 NM, & $118.50 VF respectively. This of course explains why Fine lists for $100, however this just further proves that todays auction is out of the norm.


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 9:20 pm 
 

Marlith wrote:The one I picked up a couple of days ago cam close to the $100 mark. I don't think it is close to mint but looked to be in fairly good shape. There was something at the top and bottom of the bind and what looks like a ding on the bottom of the front cover. I may have overpaid but its the first 1st printing I have decided to see through no matter what the cost.



http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... %3AIT&rd=1




    It looks like a carefully used copy.  There are dings along the base and small dings on the binding.



    Probably, this copy was used but not abused and then put away.  The cover itself seems to show some signs of rubbing against other books.


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 12:17 am 
 

Don't know if anyone's seen this one yet, but I offer:



2nd Edition Dungeon and Dragons Books | eBay



What a steal!!


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 12:42 am 
 

Tempting...

  

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Post Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 12:47 am 
 

I like the line ....



Certainly a colletors item




Quick I must sell all my old stuff and get the highly collectable and rare 2nd ed.  Now all I need is to get themsignedby LW  :twisted:

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Post Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 12:48 am 
 

slydeshadowdart wrote:Don't know if anyone's seen this one yet, but I offer:



2nd Edition Dungeon and Dragons Books | eBay



What a steal!!




    Well, at least the seller was nice enough to offer the low rate of $16 for shipping?   :?


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 5:36 am 
 

afoolandhis$ wrote:Ahhh, the oft overlooked vice/art of book-smelling... :lol: Does that go hand-in-hand with dice-fondling?


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:57 am 
 

slydeshadowdart wrote:Don't know if anyone's seen this one yet, but I offer:



2nd Edition Dungeon and Dragons Books | eBay



What a steal!!




My question...



"I've been looking for these amazingly rare books for years. If you start your auction at 99 cents and put a BIN of $14.99 you might get a bidder. Although these are clearly highly valuable to you, the world is only buying the books, not your nostalgic love affair with them."



Wonder if I'll get a response?



Interesting buying history. 8O  :lol:


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 8:05 am 
 

mbassoc2003 wrote:
slydeshadowdart wrote:Don't know if anyone's seen this one yet, but I offer:



2nd Edition Dungeon and Dragons Books | eBay



What a steal!!




My question...



"I've been looking for these amazingly rare books for years. If you start your auction at 99 cents and put a BIN of $14.99 you might get a bidder. Although these are clearly highly valuable to you, the world is only buying the books, not your nostalgic love affair with them."



Wonder if I'll get a response?


Ahh, nothing like a little flame through email. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:  Somehow, I dont think she'll respond. :wink:



mbassoc2003 wrote:Interesting buying history. 8O :lol:




Large and kinky. 8O :P :lol:


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 8:10 am 
 

bclarkie wrote:...Somehow, I dont think she'll respond. :wink:...




Then again, I hope that I am not being too presumptious in assuming that it is a she. 8O


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