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Post Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2006 1:31 pm 
 

With MERP enjoying some currency on another thread, and the values sneaking up again on Ebay, I was curious to know what the MERP collectors here on the Forum felt was the rarest MERP/ICE item.  There are a few pieces that I still don't have, but then again I don't actively search for them either.  I don't have any of the HARP or newer stuff, limiting my collecting interests to the ICE material that was concurrent with MERP--Rolemaster, Spacemaster, Cyberspace.  My rare MERP/ICE or what I think is rare are The Iron Wind 1st & 2nd, the black box sets, the blue box set(s) (not ST1000), and Rolemaster Standard Rules (5510).  I also have an Umbar that has a printing error (double pages/other pages missing).  The three things I'm still looking for, presuming they exist, are:

1870 The Lord of the Rings--MERP/ICE edition of the Tolkien books
2100 Poster Flat--The folded one is also numbered 2100
4000 Northwestern Middle Earth Campaign Atlas, not to be confused with 4001 or 4002

The 1870 is a huge curiousity.  When I was collecting MERP, every time a new item came in I would look for the section with the other products and add them to my list.  This is where 1870 came from.  I seriously doubt that it ever got printed, given that the Tolkien estate would have to sever printing contracts with other publishers.  I'm pretty sure 2100 flat is out there, but I'm not sure about 4000.  Any ideas?  Thanks.

  

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Post Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2006 1:41 pm 
 

4000 = 4001 + 4002 combined. Possibly loose?
http://asp.merp.com/products.html
There is one listing with both products in single(?) SW.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 12:05 am 
 

The poster, 2100, I can confirm exists because I have one.  
I don't think 4000 exists except as a bundle of 4001 and 4002.  I haven't seen it otherwise, but who knows...

  


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Post Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:07 am 
 

Ditto.

I have never seen a 4000.  Not sure what the rarest items are...  price really does vary with condition.  properly mint stuff still gets good prices.  but the price of much of the other stuff is lower than it was (although I have not been following these prices very recently).

  

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Post Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:35 am 
 

tfm wrote:My rare MERP/ICE or what I think is rare are The Iron Wind 1st & 2nd, the black box sets, the blue box set(s) (not ST1000), and Rolemaster Standard Rules (5510).

You do not mention this, but do you have the original Arms Law ziploc with the orange cover insert? Is much rarer than Iron Wind or the black boxes, I think.
Have seen one copy at Noble Knight at $75 and that sold quickly.

  


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Post Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 10:25 am 
 

oh, actually I have a question for people with a copy of the early Arms Law.  How many pages does it have ?  I have a copy and the loose sheets with weapons tables do not run all the way through (i.e. there seem to be missing pages).   But I am not sure which weapons (if any) are actually missing.  If someone has a handy set to hand - could they check?  I would be v. grateful.

...as to rare stuff, Armies of Eriador is one possible (although when it does come up it doesn't seem to go for that much), I actually think the flat (rolled) maps are very rare - you see them much less often than Ardor/Lake Town etc.. although they, again, don't seem to go for too much.  I did manage to snag a hand-drawn Middle Earth map drawn by one of the MERP illustrators which he threw in alongside the MERP modules he sold me - which I suppose is my rarest item.

  


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Post Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 10:35 am 
 

oh, I just want to add that I still love the MERP stuff - in terms of research, detail, atmosphere, cartography, covers, scope and ambition, they were beyond par.  The actual adventures were often a bit shit, but with everything else to marvel at, who cares!

  
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