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Post Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 6:43 pm 
 

Guy Fullerton wrote:The back of the module says it includes "Color Maps -- vivid renditions of the Shire in T.A. 1640 and in T.A. 3018."


There are black and white maps of the Shire in TA 1640 and TA 3018 on pages 190-200.  Are the colour ones the same as the ones inside the book?

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Post Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 7:06 pm 
 

Dunno, sorry. I don't own The Shire. (I don't collect 2nd ed MERP stuff.)


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:47 pm 
 

They seem to appear on Ebay without the maps, but it is this one by Sheriff Frog that states explicitly that it includes the map, that makes me think there is one:




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Post Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:20 am 
 

For a shrinkwrapped item, the seller may be making an assumption.  You should ask him about that.

  


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:52 am 
 

Hi there

I have a copy of The Shire (#2017) and it does have a colour poster map inserted into the book. On one side is the The Shire, TA 3018 and the other side is The Shire, TA 1640.  It is not like the other maps that you usually find in ICE MERP supplements - more cartoonish.

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:41 pm 
 

Ryhope Wood wrote:Hi there

I have a copy of The Shire (#2017) and it does have a colour poster map inserted into the book. On one side is the The Shire, TA 3018 and the other side is The Shire, TA 1640.  It is not like the other maps that you usually find in ICE MERP supplements - more cartoonish.

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:47 pm 
 

Don't know much about MERP collecting details, but remembered the map discussion when I saw this:  
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Post Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:22 am 
 

Didn't realize these things could be valuable... I've got the following MERP 2E, all in Very Fine - NM condition:

Angmar
Lake-Town
Elves
Mirkwood
Dol Guldur
Moria
Palantir Quest
The Shire

Along with several MERP 1E items, as well. Heck, I could retire!  :o  I just wished I'd picked up more of these BITD...

  


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 3:53 am 
 

Here is a 'Shire' with maps, four days to go and the bidding is already at $98!




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Post Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:47 am 
 

Ryhope Wood wrote:Hi there

I have a copy of The Shire (#2017) and it does have a colour poster map inserted into the book. On one side is the The Shire, TA 3018 and the other side is The Shire, TA 1640.  It is not like the other maps that you usually find in ICE MERP supplements - more cartoonish.

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Post Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:36 pm 
 

HermitFromPluto wrote:Here is a 'Shire' with maps, four days to go and the bidding is already at $98!


I guess the question that remains is: Is the map really worth $85?  I picked up the one without the map for $15.50.

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Post Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:06 pm 
 

Mars wrote:
I guess the question that remains is: Is the map really worth $85?  I picked up the one without the map for $15.50.


Ah. But aren't all us collectors completionists?  :wink:

Mind you, $15.50 great price for a play copy.

  

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:17 pm 
 

HermitFromPluto wrote:
Ah. But aren't all us collectors completionists?  :wink:

Mind you, $15.50 great price for a play copy.


This week I got a fair to good condition Lost Realm of Cardolan at Half Price Books for $5.98.

How did I do?  

There's no separate map or anything.  Is there supposed to be one?


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:53 pm 
 

Lost Realm of Cardolan doesn't include a fold-out map, but it does include 8 pages of color maps that initially come stapled into the center of the module:
- two-page city map of Tharbad
- two-page overland map of northern Cardolan (shows Bree and Amon Sul near the top edge)
- two one-page overland maps of southern Cardolan
- one page city map of Suduri + map key
- one page showing the three overland maps in smaller scale with annotations


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:54 pm 
 

Guy Fullerton wrote:Lost Realm of Cardolan doesn't include a fold-out map, but it does include 8 pages of color maps that initially come stapled into the center of the module:
- two-page city map of Tharbad
- two-page overland map of northern Cardolan (shows Bree and Amon Sul near the top edge)
- two one-page overland maps of southern Cardolan
- one page city map of Suduri + map key
- one page showing the three overland maps in smaller scale with annotations


Naturally.  :cry:


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Post Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 6:35 am 
 

FormCritic wrote:Naturally.  :cry:

HPB takes returns on books . . . I have returned a few books because they were incomplete (no map) or because I changed my mind.

And, yes, maps always seem to go missing on MERP modules.  :(

  

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Post Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:52 pm 
 

JohnGaunt wrote:HPB takes returns on books . . . I have returned a few books because they were incomplete (no map) or because I changed my mind.

And, yes, maps always seem to go missing on MERP modules.  :(


Going back would cost more than the module did.

Also, once an item is on my shelf I get attached to it even if it isn't perfect.  That's the sort of Emo collector I am.


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Post Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 5:32 pm 
 

Anyone want to weigh in on whether I should bust up my MERP for sale or offer it as a lot? I'm not terribly concerned about milking every penny I can out of it, but if it would make a $500 difference, I'd rather break it up. I have most everything, some shrinked, and multiple printings of a lot of them. Everything has the appropriate maps.


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Post Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 5:38 pm 
 

Whale Tagger wrote:Anyone want to weigh in on whether I should bust up my MERP for sale or offer it as a lot? I'm not terribly concerned about milking every penny I can out of it, but if it would make a $500 difference, I'd rather break it up. I have most everything, some shrinked, and multiple printings of a lot of them. Everything has the appropriate maps.


Normally I say break it up, but ebay has been crazy with the auction lots lately. Anyone following the merp auctions on ebay?

If you know what you want for them you might consider offering them for sale here or DF or RPGmarketplace with buyouts (since there is no fees).


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Whale Tagger wrote:I'm not terribly concerned about milking every penny I can out of it, but if it would make a $500 difference, I'd rather break it up.

I think the answer depends on exactly what you mean by "most everything" and which items you have multiple printings of.

These days, I'd have no interest buying MERP stuff via a large lot. There are only a few printing variations I'm looking for, so a large lot removes at least me from the bidding.

There are about 100 items in a complete MERP condition, if you ignore printing variations. Only about 20 of those are on the high end of MERP valuation, going for $50-100 or more. Maybe 40 or so are are in the middle range, going for $30-ish. The other 40 are low end, going for $10-20. (Those are all approximate values for ideal conditions and a healthy auction environment, and I'm out of touch on some of them, so YMMV.)

*Very* roughly that puts a total value somewhere in the $3000-$3500 range in a robust situation.

That's a high enough number that -- if it were me -- I'd assume I'd lose $500 of that if I sold it as a lot.


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