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Post Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 10:20 am 
 

Anyone want to see my woody?   :D

Have been meaning to post it, since I'm so excited about finally getting one, but haven't found the time to take some pics.


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Post Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 10:32 am 
 

Go-on then, whip it out, you exhibitionist you.

I'm surprised it's the first one you've had :wink:

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Post Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:11 am 
 

Bring it on! ;)


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Post Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:15 am 
 

bombadil wrote:Anyone want to see my woody?   :D

Have been meaning to post it, since I'm so excited about finally getting one, but haven't found the time to take some pics.


When did you pick a Woody? Was it on Ebay or someplace else and what print is it? Just curious. :)


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Post Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:58 am 
 

He's got a First Print (nicely done!), not from ebay, and not from a regular Acaeum member.

Hope you don't mind me spilling a teency bit of info. Stephen  :D


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Post Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 12:09 pm 
 

Not at all.  And thanks again for helping me with the deal.  

Pics to come...


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Post Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 1:06 pm 
 

good deal bombadil. grats.

  


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Post Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 7:04 pm 
 

That's certainly something worth getting excited about!


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Post Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 8:25 pm 
 

Stephen SO deserves it.


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Post Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 4:31 am 
 

Deadlord39 wrote:Stephen SO deserves it.


i totally agree!



  

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Post Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 7:36 pm 
 


** expired eBay auction **


I'm currently buying (just to read,but potentially to play) wargames at the moment and I was quite pleased with this.

I'm sure I've seen these go for more - possibly the TRS rather than TSR in the listing didn't help with potential searches.

So, now I've read it, anyone want it? (looking for trades of - FR stuff, polyhedrons, Imagine #9 and certain wargames items if you're interested!!)

  


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Post Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 7:42 pm 
 

gyg wrote:
** expired eBay auction **


I'm currently buying (just to read,but potentially to play) wargames at the moment and I was quite pleased with this.

I'm sure I've seen these go for more - possibly the TRS rather than TSR in the listing didn't help with potential searches.

So, now I've read it, anyone want it? (looking for trades of - FR stuff, polyhedrons, Imagine #9 and certain wargames items if you're interested!!)


Hey Carl, I'd be interested. :)   What FR stuff are you looking for?


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 3:09 pm 
 

So minty, you need protective gloves to avoid slicing yourself on the edges:



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Post Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 3:13 pm 
 

What printings?

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 3:18 pm 
 

It's really the one on the right that I'm excited about  True 1st.  But the Eldritch is also a 1st printing.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 6:05 pm 
 

Howdy Stephen,


bombadil wrote:It's really the one on the right that I'm excited about  True 1st.  But the Eldritch is also a 1st printing.


Heh that's funny! I have that exact picture in my email files! :lol:

Apparently we were bidding blind against each other on that same set! If I'd known it was you I'd have backed off. I was bidding out of pure speculation and research. Sorry for driving it up.  :oops:

I didn't go more on it because it was a vertical woodgrain, early 1975 Tractics box with 1st print vol. 1 and 2 booklets and a 2nd print vol. 3. However, I am now regretting it because the set (your set now) was the set that made me finally decide the vertical woodgrain, no-label sets were put together between January and September of 1975 in Tractics boxes.

Indeed, that is a pretty important hybrid set you now own as far as research is concerned. It gives a clear demonstration that a) vol. 3 had run out by January 1975, b) vol. 3 with the variant cover stock had also run out by January of 1975, c) Tractics boxes were being substituted for 1st print D&D boxes sometime after the release of the Tractics set in April of 1975, and c) vol. 1 and 2 booklets were still available as late as January of 1975.

I am also beginning to think that the variant coverstock for vol. 3 was produced as a substitute between October 1974 and January 1975. According to Tim Jiardini's mother, who worked at the printing company during 1974-75, the company filled an order for vol. 3 booklets and none of the 1st print cover stock was left so they substituted a "cheaper cover stock".

Whether there was an overprint of vol. 1 and 2 or whether inventory of vol. 3 sold out asymmetrical to the other volumes (you could order each booklet seperately without the box - that is why they each have a cover price - you'll note that $3.50 + $3.50 + $3.50 does not equal the box cover price of $10.00) or whether there was a flaw, loss, or damage to the vol. 3 booklets from the 1st printing, I don't know yet.

In any case it seems clear that the vol. 3 variant cover stock was a later, seperate printing and not part of the 1st printing at all. I would even venture to guess that this reprinting happened between October of 1974 and January of 1975.

(edited after I check my notes)


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 6:08 pm 
 

Howdy All,


Regarding the above. Does anyone have the images of the woodgrain with the original sales receipt set that sold just this year to addermcone? Perhaps addermcone himself could provide images? Did it have a 1st print cover stock vol. 3?

I am thinking, if his vol. 3 is a 1st print, that the sales receipt for that set from October of 1974 indicates that the vol. 3 booklets with the 1st print cover stock had not run out as of that date. So the variant cover stock prints were made after this date.

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 6:15 pm 
 

Howdy All,


Didn't someone also mention recently they saw a TSR ad in a catalog about being able to buy volume's 1 & 2 as a special combined offer? That might indicate when the vol. 3 stock intially ran out.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 6:52 pm 
 

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Heh that's funny! I have that exact picture in my email files! :lol:

Apparently we were bidding blind against each other on that same set! If I'd know it was you I'd have backed off. I was bidding out of pure speculation and research. Sorry for driving it up.  :oops:

I didn't go more on it because it was a vertical woodgrain, late 1975 Tractics box with 1st print vol. 1 and 2 booklets and a 2nd print vol. 3. However, I am now regretting it because the set (your set now) was the set that made me finally decide the vertical woodgrain, no-label sets were put together between April and September of 1975 in Tractics boxes.

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Okay, where the heck was I when this auction was taking place?  :?


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:00 pm 
 

Howdy Brian,


An old time wargamer contacted me about it but said he had another interested party. We both lodged bids and Stephen won. I didn't even get a counter bid, it was a one shot deal.

I had no idea it was Stephen but I suspected it was a saavy collector from his bid. I thought I'd see it turn up on eBay in a few weeks with the books swapped out to make it a killer 1st print set. I was quite surprised to see the same pictures emailed to me by the seller posted by Stephen today. However, when Stephen mentioned he'd finally gotten a woodgrain, I started to suspect.

In any case, congrats to Stephen, this is a great set from the original owner. Fantastic provenance and great research data.


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