Two odd ball items: 1993 TSR mug & TSR map publishing gu
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Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:28 pm 

I have two items I am trying to track down information on. The first is a 1993 TSR logo coffee mug. Never been used, perfect shape. Couldn't find much about them online.

The second item is a bit more interesting. It's a soft cover bound 8.5x11 44 page internal TSR publishing handbook/guide to map making. It includes "Map Requisition Sheet" documents, freelance guidelines for maps and map copy, grids and charts for mapping, and extensive letratone and formatt samples and codes (used for making the actual maps - basically all the known map symbols and textures commonly used in a TSR map, talk about a gold mine!!). This was published as a guide for all Dungeons & Dragons products. It looks to be circa 1987-1990 time frame given the map styles that are used throughout. It's basically a style-guide for publishing maps with TSR. Appears to be used by artists working for TSR to understand how to submit maps for publishing and for illustrators to use to construct them once submitted. It's a great piece and one I have no idea where to find info on.

Any suggestions or interest would be greatly appreciated. Both pieces are/will be available for sale once I understand a little more about them!


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:35 pm 

The maps piece sounds interesting, Jason:  can you post some pics please?

Waiting for Steven to chime in on the mug ;)

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:33 pm 

I have a few of the mugs.  I always think they sell for less than they should - usually in the $10-$25 range.


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:15 pm 

I would try contacting one of the other cartographers. They'd be the best bet.

btw, what ever happened to the map art, etc? Did that sale go through?


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Post Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:00 pm 

grodog wrote:
Waiting for Steven to chime in on the mug ;)

Hey Allan  :D Hope all well - have been stuck with study deadlines, so not been about much.

Yes, the MUG is the best collectible of them all - with both intrinsic and instrumental value (esp. filled with a nice cup of tea). Plus the logo is nicely embossed out. Bafflingly they do not regularly sell for a huge amount (although they really ought to, hundreds I'll say).  Mars is spot on. With some pimping here you could get $20 - maybe a bit more. That is the kind of range I would pay as I have a few (more than Mars I reckon  :lol: ), although I am always happy to have some more...

ALSO, there is at least one Gencon china mug as well, rarer, but also just as effective at delivering a hot cuppa.


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