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Post Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:05 am 
 

aia wrote in Introduce Yourself, Fellow Collectors:@ Foul: pls mind that this thread went over the 100 pages!

I'm aware.  :)  The 100-page restriction was in place for the old version of the forum software; with this newer version, it's not particularly needed any longer.

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:15 am 
 

Patch wrote in Introduce Yourself, Fellow Collectors:Anyway, my paperbacks mostly escaped scrutiny as long as I avoided some of the more intriguing Frazetta and Vallejo covers.  D&D had the unfortunate combination of rolling dice, shouting matches, B.A.D.D., and large books with red, horned creatures on the covers.  Honestly, I can kind of see it coming across as gambling with your soul.....and parenting styles in the early 80's didn't exactly incorporate listening to the "reason" of 5th graders.


My parents were so wrapped up in their careers (such as they were) that they really didn't care what I was reading or doing as long as it didn't intrude into their awareness. I was fortunate in that I had a Vice Principal in High School who was willing to listen to my pitch for playing on school grounds with an open mind and allowed us to form a small group.

  

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:37 pm 
 

Hi Everyone,

I found this site a couple of weeks ago as I was contemplating buying my old DM's collection from him. He was my DM when I was 12 back in 1988, and I really hadn't seen him more than a couple of times since those days.  I will always remember Iuz killing my cavalier with a Finger of Death in the Temple of Elemental Evil.

I had my own personal collection of D&D material but nothing spectacular.  I still had my red box (minus the box) basic set which I received at age 9, and bought more D&D all the way up through 5th edition, but never for collecting reasons, always to use/play with.

Well I went ahead and decided to buy the collection from my old DM.  He was giving me a pretty solid deal (perhaps 40-50% of "ebay" value I estimated) as he was moving and didn't want to bring it with him.   I had to rent a van and drive to Michigan to pick it all up, and it filled the van!  The best item is a 6th printing OD&D which appears to be in Very Good to Fine condition (still learning how to grade things well).  I had to buy a couple of very large book shelves and convert my office to a D&D library.

Amongst the items are quite a few boxed sets (some sealed!), sealed modules, and many modules and books in like new condition.  500+ items plus a full set of Dungeon, and most of Dragon, much sealed.  Most of the books it appears he never touched.  11 "banana" boxes (from Meijer) filled to the gills, and 5 magazine boxes.

Now that I bought the collection I am not sure exactly what to do with it!  I'm not really a collector, but seeing all this on display is sure "fun".  I feel I'll sell off the valuable stuff and try to keep as many of the modules as I can, because as a DM myself I can use those for ideas, or simply run a group through a 1st edition adventure as is.

I'm really sort of torn though.  My wife will probably be not that happy if I don't sell SOME of the stuff, as it really is just too much for myself.  Maybe if I sell off a few things here and there I can stall and keep the collection for as long as possible.  ;-)

Expect more posts out of me as I learn the ins and outs.  Although I still don't know if I'm a true collector, the knowledge you guys have here is very valuable to me in this situation, so thanks!

  

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:07 pm 
 

Welcome to the forum! If I were you, I 'd try to keep it all  :D  :lol:

  

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Post Posted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:02 am 
 

Welcome aboard Roakak. Sounds like a cool collection to pick up.

That's something every Collector has to decide and it ain't easy regardless of what you collect (unless the Collector is a "I want everything!"). You're doing it the opposite way of most by picking up a huge amount and then paring it back. I did the same thing when I got back into stamp collecting - I bought 40 full collections and then sat down and tried to figure out what I liked the most about what I had. You might want to take a similar approach, spend as much time as you can with your collection and see over time what means more to you. It might be a lot or almost none of it. You have a great advantage (I think) in that you aren't going to be doing a lot of searching and wishing you had stuff. You'll be trimming away and then when you do search - you can have the attitude "Yeah, I used to have five of them, no big deal ;)" I would think it would make you a "cooler" buyer if you do end up needing to add later on. Also, you'll gain experience as a seller of this type of stuff, which will also make you a better buyer by understanding both sides of it.

Good luck, biggest thing of course is to have fun, I'm sure you will.

  


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Post Posted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:03 am 
 

Yep. Keep it all!

I have every D&D thing I ever bought, from Red Box in 1983, to 5E stuff of today. Miniatures included.
They are currently in my attic (minus the 2E modules) in 12 60-quart plastic containers (soon to be 13 - recent purchases need to be put away).
The 2E modules are in a standard-size footlocker, which is filled to the brim, with no room for shifting about.


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Post Posted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:04 am 
 

Mister Yuk wrote in Introduce Yourself, Fellow Collectors:Welcome aboard Roakak. Sounds like a cool collection to pick up.

That's something every Collector has to decide and it ain't easy regardless of what you collect (unless the Collector is a "I want everything!").



Yep. I'm one of those.


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Post Posted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:51 am 
 

jkason wrote in Introduce Yourself, Fellow Collectors:
Mister Yuk wrote in Introduce Yourself, Fellow Collectors:Welcome aboard Roakak. Sounds like a cool collection to pick up.

That's something every Collector has to decide and it ain't easy regardless of what you collect (unless the Collector is a "I want everything!").



Yep. I'm one of those.


That's the beauty of Collecting. Set your own guidelines and make your own rules. You just have to be happy with what you are doing to be successful at it.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:45 am 
 

Roakak wrote in Introduce Yourself, Fellow Collectors:Hi Everyone, I found this site a couple of weeks ago as I was contemplating buying my old DM's collection from him.


Glad you found us! I remember your post on Facebook. Impressive collection and, yes, you got a STEAL on it. I told my wife about it and even SHE knew it was a steal of a bargain. Welcome to the fine, fun, crazy world of collecting!

  

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Post Posted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:12 pm 
 

Thanks for the replies everyone, glad to be here!

MadCatUSA wrote in Introduce Yourself, Fellow Collectors:
Roakak wrote in Introduce Yourself, Fellow Collectors:Hi Everyone, I found this site a couple of weeks ago as I was contemplating buying my old DM's collection from him.


Glad you found us! I remember your post on Facebook. Impressive collection and, yes, you got a STEAL on it. I told my wife about it and even SHE knew it was a steal of a bargain. Welcome to the fine, fun, crazy world of collecting!


That wasn't me as I've not posted anything on Facebook related to the purchase.  My DM, who sold it, might have posted, but not me!

  

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Mister Yuk wrote in Introduce Yourself, Fellow Collectors:Welcome aboard Roakak. Sounds like a cool collection to pick up.

That's something every Collector has to decide and it ain't easy regardless of what you collect (unless the Collector is a "I want everything!"). You're doing it the opposite way of most by picking up a huge amount and then paring it back. I did the same thing when I got back into stamp collecting - I bought 40 full collections and then sat down and tried to figure out what I liked the most about what I had. You might want to take a similar approach, spend as much time as you can with your collection and see over time what means more to you. It might be a lot or almost none of it. You have a great advantage (I think) in that you aren't going to be doing a lot of searching and wishing you had stuff. You'll be trimming away and then when you do search - you can have the attitude "Yeah, I used to have five of them, no big deal ;)" I would think it would make you a "cooler" buyer if you do end up needing to add later on. Also, you'll gain experience as a seller of this type of stuff, which will also make you a better buyer by understanding both sides of it.

Good luck, biggest thing of course is to have fun, I'm sure you will.


This seems like great advice.  As I mentioned I'm really grappling with the... NOW WHAT?, part of this.  As of yet I've sold nothing but I've done research on how to properly ship rare books, and been thinking about what I really want to collect, and what I should get rid of.

I can see why people have such a hard time parting with their collections that is for sure.  I just got this collection and it's already hard to break it up!

  

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:52 am 
 

Roakak wrote in Introduce Yourself, Fellow Collectors:Thanks for the replies everyone, glad to be here!

MadCatUSA wrote in Introduce Yourself, Fellow Collectors:
Glad you found us! I remember your post on Facebook. Impressive collection and, yes, you got a STEAL on it. I told my wife about it and even SHE knew it was a steal of a bargain. Welcome to the fine, fun, crazy world of collecting!


That wasn't me as I've not posted anything on Facebook related to the purchase.  My DM, who sold it, might have posted, but not me!


Huh... Then there's more than one lucky SOB out there that just bought a huge collection from an old friend! LOL

  


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:54 pm 
 

Hello!

I'm just getting into collecting RPG books.  I've been an on and off roleplayer for about 17 years.  I grew up in a very strict religious household, so D&D was verboten, but by high school, I managed to convince my folks to let me run a West End Games Star Wars RPG a couple times a month.  Since then, I've played various games, including D&D 3.0, Hackmaster, more WEG Star Wars, 5th edition, and I'm just now getting into Swords & Wizardry.  I've always loved old-school gaming, and I've joined up here to both learn more about it.  

My collection is pretty small right now.  I have some collector's editions from Frog God Games, an original World of Greyhawk folio, and Modules G1-G3.  I really love early adventure modules, so I'm hoping to focus my collection on that.  

Nice to meet everyone!

  

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:02 pm 
 

catholicfan wrote in Introduce Yourself, Fellow Collectors:Hello!

I'm just getting into collecting RPG books.  I've been an on and off roleplayer for about 17 years.  I grew up in a very strict religious household, so D&D was verboten, but by high school, I managed to convince my folks to let me run a West End Games Star Wars RPG a couple times a month.  Since then, I've played various games, including D&D 3.0, Hackmaster, more WEG Star Wars, 5th edition, and I'm just now getting into Swords & Wizardry.  I've always loved old-school gaming, and I've joined up here to both learn more about it.  

My collection is pretty small right now.  I have some collector's editions from Frog God Games, an original World of Greyhawk folio, and Modules G1-G3.  I really love early adventure modules, so I'm hoping to focus my collection on that.  

Nice to meet everyone!


Welcome!  Sounds like you have caught the disease infectious collectoritis!  This is a great community to help you learn about all kinds of things you didn't even know you wanted!  

Interestingly, there's several real-live clerics who actually participate in these forums, so even though some people discriminate against us, we don't discriminate against them.  However, if you are a big fan of 3.5, you may want to try some other forum....just kidding....kinda.   8O


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:17 pm 
 

Welcome Catholicfan.

I'm fairly new here too - it's a lot of fun and a great group of people. Little jealous here, I still haven't scored a WoG Folio but it's definitely on my list.

A little warning on when that collecting bug gets you. Oh I'm just getting a few modules - a few years later, hmm I might need a bigger house now  :D

  


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:25 pm 
 

Mister Yuk wrote in Introduce Yourself, Fellow Collectors:Welcome Catholicfan.

I'm fairly new here too - it's a lot of fun and a great group of people. Little jealous here, I still haven't scored a WoG Folio but it's definitely on my list.

A little warning on when that collecting bug gets you. Oh I'm just getting a few modules - a few years later, hmm I might need a bigger house now  :D



:lol: Yes, that collecting bug is vicious.  I've been a collector in other genres before (video games, comics, etc.), so I'm well aware of the dangers.  Thankfully, I've gotten to a place where I can say no to things if they're not right for me, or the timing isn't good.  Still hard, though!

  

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:54 pm 
 

catholicfan wrote in Introduce Yourself, Fellow Collectors:Hello! I'm just getting into collecting RPG books.


Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! Don't mind us... The bark is worse than the bite.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:05 pm 
 

Hi all, I'm Ben L. I've been visiting the Acaeum for a long time now, but I decided to stop lurking and come out in the open. I live in Chicago. I'm not as hardcore as a lot of folks on here, but I do collect. Mainly Judge's Guild, Jorune and Empire of the Petal Throne.

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