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Post Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 9:38 am 
 

I managed to snap up some early Dragons for a good price -



cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewIt ... 5223914135



23 early issues, including #1, 2 & 3 for $195 USD. Not quite in the same league as the auction Harami posted last week (300 Dragons for $300) but a good price nonetheless. I held off posting as a fun find until they arrived, as the description of the mags condition was somewhat vague - but I was happy when they turned up. All in one piece, staples still good, no hole punches, no tears or creases, just some wear on the spines, and wear & scuffing to a few covers.



Best part of the deal was the shipping - not often you find a decent lot out here in Australia. The seller was only 100 miles or so from me, so shipping was a very cheap $5.



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Post Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 12:15 pm 
 

mdr003 wrote:I managed to snap up some early Dragons for a good price -



cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewIt ... 5223914135



23 early issues, including #1, 2 & 3 for $195 USD. Not quite in the same league as the auction Harami posted last week (300 Dragons for $300) but a good price nonetheless. I held off posting as a fun find until they arrived, as the description of the mags condition was somewhat vague - but I was happy when they turned up. All in one piece, staples still good, no hole punches, no tears or creases, just some wear on the spines, and wear & scuffing to a few covers.



Best part of the deal was the shipping - not often you find a decent lot out here in Australia. The seller was only 100 miles or so from me, so shipping was a very cheap $5.



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Nice win.  I had a $200 snipe on this.  I figured that US$200 would be OK for #1 alone if OK and the others would be a bonus.  But I then forgot to convert to AU$. :cry: Glad to see they went to a good home.

  


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 1:59 pm 
 

mdr003 wrote:23 early issues, including #1, 2 & 3 for $195 USD. Not quite in the same league as the auction Harami posted last week (300 Dragons for $300) but a good price nonetheless. I held off posting as a fun find until they arrived, as the description of the mags condition was somewhat vague - but I was happy when they turned up. All in one piece, staples still good, no hole punches, no tears or creases, just some wear on the spines, and wear & scuffing to a few covers.


Even at $1 each for those in the 20s, that's a very good deal! :P

From past experience, I wouldn't have expected much in the way of condition from that "very well read" description.



Congrats, Mike. :) And certainly a lot cheaper than 15-20 years ago.



mdr003 wrote:The seller was only 100 miles or so from me, so shipping was a very cheap $5.


Neat. Would have been four times that much over here... :roll:



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US$200 = AU$260, John. Wouldn't have been enough even if Mike's bid hadn't been any higher... Still a pain when ya do tricks like that, though.

  


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 7:52 pm 
 

Sometimes it pays to obsessively hit refresh -- almost lost it to a sniper.



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Post Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 8:07 pm 
 

deimos3428 wrote:Sometimes it pays to obsessively hit refresh -- almost lost it to a sniper.

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Was watching you on that lot and not going anywhere near, Deimos...

  


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 8:46 pm 
 

harami2000 wrote:
deimos3428 wrote:Sometimes it pays to obsessively hit refresh -- almost lost it to a sniper.

cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&a ... T&rd=1


Was watching you on that lot and not going anywhere near, Deimos...


Awww...am I that predictable?  I knew you (and Brian) would be watching...

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 1:46 am 
 

I have noticed some pictures of the original AD&D books on Ebay.



    I was of the generation of high school gamers who bought these books as soon as they appeared



    Anyway...



    The pictures I see all have a yellow band at an angle across the upper left corner, which reads:  "Advanced D&D"



    These books also have the wizard logo for TSR.



    I distinctly recall that the first run of these books did not have that yellow band.  I also recall that the first run did not have the same shiny patina of these books and the green ink on the Players Handbook was a lighter shade.



    My books are in platic bins, in storage, so I cannot look at them right now...but I think I may be right.



   Anyone?     :?


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Post Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 8:45 am 
 

MShipley88 wrote:I have noticed some pictures of the original AD&D books on Ebay.



  I was of the generation of high school gamers who bought these books as soon as they appeared



  Anyway...



  The pictures I see all have a yellow band at an angle across the upper left corner, which reads: "Advanced D&D"



  These books also have the wizard logo for TSR.



  I distinctly recall that the first run of these books did not have that yellow band. I also recall that the first run did not have the same shiny patina of these books and the green ink on the Players Handbook was a lighter shade.



  My books are in platic bins, in storage, so I cannot look at them right now...but I think I may be right.



 Anyone?   :?


The PHB and MM did not originally have the yellow band.  The DMG always did.  I'm not sure about the patina/green ink points you noted, but it's worth investigating further.  The Acaeum has the various printings documented quite well:



http://www.acaeum.com/DDIndexes/SetPages/DMG.html

http://www.acaeum.com/DDIndexes/SetPages/Monster.html

http://www.acaeum.com/DDIndexes/SetPages/PHB.html

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:00 pm 
 

Well here is one that I just won today.  Truthfully it isnt a huge deal, but I am still pretty stoked considering what these things have been going for the last 8 to 10 months:



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



Granted this is my 2nd one, but hey I need one to open and read the contents. 8O  :wink:


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Post Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:11 pm 
 

bclarkie wrote:Well here is one that I just won today. Truthfully it isnt a huge deal, but I am still pretty stoked considering what these things have been going for the last 8 to 10 months:



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



Granted this is my 2nd one, but hey I need one to open and read the contents. 8O :wink:




$62???  Figures.  I didn't even bother figuring it would end up much higher.  Man, the rich get richer....  :roll:  :wink:

  


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Post Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:29 pm 
 

bclarkie wrote:Well here is one that I just won today. Truthfully it isnt a huge deal, but I am still pretty stoked considering what these things have been going for the last 8 to 10 months:



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



Granted this is my 2nd one, but hey I need one to open and read the contents. 8O :wink:


Sorry Brian, I was rooting for the 2nd bidder (a somewhat confused collector, but a collector nonetheless).

However, if given a choice of outcomes between yourself and the 3rd, 4th or 5th bidders.... 8O :P



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Post Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:33 pm 
 

harami2000 wrote:
bclarkie wrote:Well here is one that I just won today. Truthfully it isnt a huge deal, but I am still pretty stoked considering what these things have been going for the last 8 to 10 months:



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



Granted this is my 2nd one, but hey I need one to open and read the contents. 8O :wink:


Sorry Brian, I was rooting for the 2nd bidder (a somewhat confused collector, but a collector nonetheless).

However, if given a choice of outcomes between yourself and the 3rd, 4th or 5th bidders.... 8O :P



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Man, that is true.  A veritable Rogue's Gallery...speaking of which, I saw one somewhere on ebay with a starting bid of $14.99...good luck.... :roll:

  


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Post Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:38 pm 
 

harami2000 wrote:
bclarkie wrote:Well here is one that I just won today. Truthfully it isnt a huge deal, but I am still pretty stoked considering what these things have been going for the last 8 to 10 months:



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



Granted this is my 2nd one, but hey I need one to open and read the contents. 8O :wink:


Sorry Brian, I was rooting for the 2nd bidder (a somewhat confused collector, but a collector nonetheless).

However, if given a choice of outcomes between yourself and the 3rd, 4th or 5th bidders.... 8O :P



eBay.com Item Bid History




You know what the funniest part of it is, look at the sellers feedback. In his almost 3 years on Ebay he has received exactly 2 neutrals and 2 negatives. Who is the bad feedback from the 2 neutrals are just recently from our old friend jonb7839 & the 2 negatives he received are from none other than the_game_emporium. :roll: Sadly the guy I did beat out has bought stuff from me before and IIRC he is a good guy, but I seriously wanted to have a set to read through the L3 and the History of TSR.


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Post Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:42 pm 
 

bclarkie wrote:
harami2000 wrote:

Sorry Brian, I was rooting for the 2nd bidder (a somewhat confused collector, but a collector nonetheless).

However, if given a choice of outcomes between yourself and the 3rd, 4th or 5th bidders.... 8O :P



eBay.com Item Bid History




You know what the funniest part of it is, look at the sellers feedback. In his almost 3 years on Ebay he has received exactly 2 neutrals and 2 negatives. Who is the bad feedback from the 2 neutrals are just recently from our old friend jonb7839 & the 2 negatives he received are from none other than the_game_emporium. :roll: Sadly the guy I did beat out has bought stuff from me before and IIRC he is a good guy, but I seriously wanted to have a set to read theough the L3 and the History of TSR.


I like the guy already.  :D

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:47 pm 
 

bclarkie wrote:...but I seriously wanted to have a set to read theough the L3 and the History of TSR.


Still a pain to have to de-shrink a copy for that. (Thinking in "investor" terms, of course...).



I was happy enough to wait for a set with the shrink already very carefully slit open. ~$50-60 would normally have been fairly good for that, IMHO.

  


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Post Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 5:00 pm 
 

bclarkie wrote:... but I seriously wanted to have a set to read through the L3 and the History of TSR.


Maybe you'll like it better than I did, Brian, but L3 seemed pretty blah to me. Perhaps there was a very good reason it wasn't originally published in the '80s ... ? (I'm in the camp, BTW, that believes the "found it behind a desk" story is more than slightly embellished).



I rather enjoyed the History of TSR booklet, though. I read it straight through in one sitting and thought it was time well-spent.



A good find, either way. The anniversary sets are fun items.

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 5:05 pm 
 

...oh, and the L3 I listed at the same time is already at $56 (still 3 3/4 days to go). Image

  

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 5:16 pm 
 

harami2000 wrote:...oh, and the L3 I listed at the same time is already at $56 (still 3 3/4 days to go). [ Image ]




i have four of them silver anniv boxes now :)



i read L3 to see what all the fuss was about. in consideration, i would give it maybe 4/5 out of 10. it aint that great and just felt so-so to me. but it seems to be a collectable item so its useful for one thing....



and david, don't f-in dare stick that link up again :D



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Post Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 6:10 pm 
 

I don't get this trend that I see from this guy's feedback list:



    From the seller's negative post, he is clearly responding to a negative post by the buyer.



    If I win an auction and pay right away I expect to get a positive response from the seller BEFORE my response is posted.



    I post a positive response when I get the item, and if any sort of good faith has been kept regarding its condition and shipment.  I have never posted a negative response.



    There is one seller who has not posted a feedback response for me despite my repeated requests.  He took his sweet time with shipping, but I gave him a positive response anyway.     :?


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Post Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 8:20 pm 
 

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



Granted this is my 2nd one, but hey I need one to open and read the contents. 8O :wink:


Hey, ho! $110 BIN for the next one; http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 5231555766



Surely this is one of those times money would be better spent on a reserve, rather than setting a BIN? :?

  
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