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Post Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:32 pm 
 

My second post and, yes, it's aother appraisal post...

Now Traveller was a game that I loved the idea of (big Sci-Fi buff in my youth) but I never really got into the swing of it to be honest.

So, I was looking for general thoughts on the books below.
Some of these books have been covered with sticky plastic which has helped the books better survive the rigours of being boxed up.
They are UK printed (by Games Workshop it seems) under licence.

Books 0 to 5
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Supplements 2, 4, 7, 10, 12 and Special Supplement 2 (from Journal #17)
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Adventures 1, 2, 3, 3 (again), 6, 9 and 12
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:33 am 
 

Also there is:

Double Adventure 2
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And a collection of other books
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I am assuming that this is all readily available, but would like some advice on whether it would be best to try to sell on as a group, or split in seperates, as well as a feel for what this may be worth.

Thanks in advance :)

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Post Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:26 am 
 

Set probably worth $40 - $50


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:12 pm 
 

Books 1-3 are 1977 prints, before the rules were revised in 1981. The line "Science-Fiction Adventure in" is the dead giveaway, as the revised prints moved the word "in" to the second line. There are some rules in the 1977 print that didn't make their way to the revised printing, notably the random X-boat route table.

Look carefully at Book 5 as you may also have a first print of that book. Easy way to tell is to look at the copyright page for a mention of pages 17-52 being changed. If that mention is NOT present, then you have a first print. The first print commands a bit of a premium over the later prints, but more as a curiosity than anything else. The starship design sequence (pages 17-52) was messed up in the first print.

Special Supplement 2 was part of Challenge Magazine. It's quite often sold by itself, but without the rest of the magazine I doubt you'd have many takers if you sold this seperately.

Supplements 4 and 12 are somewhat scarce for different reasons. Supplement 4 is the most popular supplement while Supplement 12 is the least popular. In general the larger supplement numbers had lower print runs. In the case of the supplements I believe they tailed off to one printing of each book around Supplement 10. Yet it's popularity that drives the value of the supplements more so than scarcity. You simply see more of these than the other two.

Adventures 9 and 12 tend to have a slight premium over the other adventures, especially Adventure 1. Unusually, you have two copies of Twilight's Peak, which was notable as being the only 64-page adventure in the LBBs.

In terms of value though, Blackmoor's got it right. The scarce item in the entire group would be High Guard, and only if it was the first printing. However, even then what knocks these down is condition. They've been played (naturally) and the core rules are missing their box. If these were all pristine then you would be looking at about $80 for the set.



  

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Post Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:08 pm 
 

Traveller wrote:Books 1-3 are 1977 prints, before the rules were revised in 1981. The line "Science-Fiction Adventure in" is the dead giveaway, as the revised prints moved the word "in" to the second line. There are some rules in the 1977 print that didn't make their way to the revised printing, notably the random X-boat route table.

Look carefully at Book 5 as you may also have a first print of that book. Easy way to tell is to look at the copyright page for a mention of pages 17-52 being changed. If that mention is NOT present, then you have a first print. The first print commands a bit of a premium over the later prints, but more as a curiosity than anything else. The starship design sequence (pages 17-52) was messed up in the first print.

Special Supplement 2 was part of Challenge Magazine. It's quite often sold by itself, but without the rest of the magazine I doubt you'd have many takers if you sold this seperately.

Supplements 4 and 12 are somewhat scarce for different reasons. Supplement 4 is the most popular supplement while Supplement 12 is the least popular. In general the larger supplement numbers had lower print runs. In the case of the supplements I believe they tailed off to one printing of each book around Supplement 10. Yet it's popularity that drives the value of the supplements more so than scarcity. You simply see more of these than the other two.

Adventures 9 and 12 tend to have a slight premium over the other adventures, especially Adventure 1. Unusually, you have two copies of Twilight's Peak, which was notable as being the only 64-page adventure in the LBBs.

In terms of value though, Blackmoor's got it right. The scarce item in the entire group would be High Guard, and only if it was the first printing. However, even then what knocks these down is condition. They've been played (naturally) and the core rules are missing their box. If these were all pristine then you would be looking at about $80 for the set.


Is there and Acaeum-like site for Traveller info? Printings, etc.


And I could've bought these damn modules off the 1$ rack!!!

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Post Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:35 pm 
 

http://www.travellerbibliography.org is the only site that actually shows images of the various printings. The print runs themselves I get from my copies of the "big floppy books", aka the Traveller Reprint volumes.



  

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Post Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:57 pm 
 

Traveller wrote:http://www.travellerbibliography.org is the only site that actually shows images of the various printings. The print runs themselves I get from my copies of the "big floppy books", aka the Traveller Reprint volumes.


Awesome. Bookmarked!


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Post Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:35 pm 
 

Book 5 was the later printing in 1980 with the corrections. Good for making sense of the game, bad for that little extra value :)

There was a second post to this with a few extra odds and ends, nothing major I'm sure that seems to have got lost in the 'waiting for admin to approve' process.
I'll take another stab at it after this post as it may be the inclusion of images that disrupt it somewhat.

The extras were:
 Double Adventure 2, Across the Bright Face & Mission on Mithril (1980)
 Paranoid Press: Scouts and Assassins (1981)
 Paranoid Press: Merchants and Merchandise (1981)
 Paranoid Press: SORAG handbook (1981)
 Games Workshop: IISS Ship Files (1981)
 Best of the Journal Vol 4 (from Journals 13 to 16) (1983)
 Journal 17 (1983) from where Special Supplement 2 is from

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Yep, it's the pictures that require approval.
Probably a wise move :)

  


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Post Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:37 pm 
 

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Post Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 4:32 pm 
 

Well, I split them up into groups and shoved them up on eBay.
Let's see if they can find another good home :)

  


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:59 pm 
 

Not sure if anyone here went for these items or not (I had no PM's so I assume not).
I broke them down into clusters of similar items and they all sold.

Real world value for these turned out to be a total of £119.09 which equates to $192.18

I think I got lucky in that two people were hunting the same sets and drove the price of those up, whilst other people picked up the other items with a single bid.

Thanks for your help folks; appreciate it. :)

  


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:44 pm 
 

Congrats on your sales.

  

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Post Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:30 am 
 

I hope you did reasonably well with the Paranoia Press stuff. Those are fairly popular and somewhat scarce.

P.S. I would love to get my magazine names right.  :oops:



  


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Post Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:26 am 
 

On the characters that I did create for Traveller I must admit to really liking the skill sets that came out of the Scouts and Assassins book; that book was always my favourite.

The three Paranoia Press books went for £11.01 ($17.77) and went to Australia.
Hope these selling figures are of use to anyone else who searches these forums in the future; but I have also since learned that doing an eBay Advanced Search and ticking the 'Completed Auctions' option, is another way to get an insight.

  
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