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Post Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:25 pm 
 

So last summer, Invincible Overlord managed to track me down and ask me a lot of questions about things that happened thirty years ago.  I'm still hoping someone does the same thing to him, one of these days :).

By way of explanation:  a long long time ago I was a teenager who illustrated a bunch of products for Wee Warriors, a few for Dave Hargrave's Multiversal Trading Company, and a few things for The Dragon magazine.

But back to our story.  Once I'd completed my move I was packing for at the time I did go through all my things and eventually found a small number of game items I'd worked on back then - not much, really, and you can imagine how I now wish I'd kept more.  But I do have the booklet editions of Palace of the Vampire Queen, The Dwarven Glory, and The Misty Isles.  About all I've got beyond those is a couple of Arduin items and those copies of The Dragon where I had illustrations in print.

But it seems like the Wee Warriors modules are the ones in demand, so I'm interested in putting them up for auction on eBay - where I've done much more buying than selling, up to now.

So I'm looking for guidance about a few things...

1.  Exactly where to list them there, and what keywords I ought to stuff into the item names to make sure that interested parties can find them.

2.  Whether these copies' provenance as the illustrator's copies makes any difference to collectors, and whether there's anything I can do to support that.

3.  In the case of POVQ and DG, I can see some valuation information here on the site; I haven't seen anything similar for The Misty Isles.  If I were to set a reserve I just have no idea what it would be for that last module.

4.  Whether I should set a reserve price, and whether it's smart to start with a very low opening bid.

5.  And I know that people tend to overestimate the grading information on their own copies - and honestly, I've never graded anything myself.  I have some scans of the covers:

Palace of the Vampire Queen
The Dwarven Glory
The Misty Isles

They've all been stored in a bookshelf for, well, years, and were never read as a buyer would have read them.  You can see that the Misty Isles has a slight crease in the front cover, and through the early pages of the book; otherwise they're all in pretty great shape, though of course the pages are slightly yellowed.

So if you've got any insights or advice, I'd sure love to read them!

PS:  Possibly there should have been a #6, which would be, "Did I just ask the wolves to tell me how to protect my sheep?"  :)


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Post Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:35 pm 
 

I'll throw in my two cents on a couple of these:

Formerly Known As Morno wrote:1.  Exactly where to list them there, and what keywords I ought to stuff into the item names to make sure that interested parties can find them.


D&D accessories should do it.  Posting them here in the Classifieds will get you a lot of lookers as well.

2.  Whether these copies' provenance as the illustrator's copies makes any difference to collectors.


Oh, yes, most certainly.

4.  Whether I should set a reserve price, and whether it's smart to start with a very low opening bid.


Sure, if you feel it's necessary to get a fair price, but I'm sure you would anyway.

PS:  Possibly there should have been a #6, which would be, "Did I just ask the wolves to tell me how to protect my sheep?"  :)


See answer to #2 above.

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:46 pm 
 

FKA Morno - to be honest, you shouldn't have to do much work in the way of marketing to sell these at a good price.  Just list them under Roleplay/Fantasy/Dungeons & Dragons/Accessories and put Wee Warriors and the item name in the title when you list.  That and posting them in the Acaeum classifieds will be all you need to get the attention of everyone who will be interested.

It won't really matter if you start you bidding at 99 cents, $9.99 or $99.00.  There will be an initial flurry in the first one or two days and then a flurry of snipes in the last 10 seconds.

You could always set a reserve (however, I don't think you will need to and you will probably be pleasantly surprised with the outcome).  I forget exactly what the last Misty Isles went for (wasn't it around $250?).

You shouldn't have to worry about "grading" them if you don't feel comfortable.  Just post some good, clear pics and give accurate, detailed descriptions and that will serve just as well.

And don't worry about "Asking the Wolves".  They are more than eager to send some cash you way!

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:47 pm 
 

Don't bother with a reserve price.
You might want to offer to autograph them. Also, you might field private offers here.

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 4:20 pm 
 

Deadlord39 wrote:Don't bother with a reserve price.
You might want to offer to autograph them. Also, you might field private offers here.


yeah i dont think you will have any shortage of offers here somehow. if you invite private offers in the classifieds here, i would highly doubt there are many on ebay who would peak them offers, but hey i like em on ebay too, as it gives everyone a chance to have a bash at them!

good luck and i certainly look forward to hearing more!

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 5:34 pm 
 

Don't place any reserve price, they tend to discourage bidders, when they see they can't beat it. Anyway, they will reach very interesting prices, especially if you start the auction low. They will anyway, but auctions with low starting bids sometimes reach values incredibly higher than the same items auctioned with high starting ones.

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 10:22 pm 
 

You just asked the wolves.  But the wolves are a pretty decent lot, really.  ;)  Go with eBay, and you don't need a reserve...they'll go for what they're worth.  Make sure to add a post in the Classifieds Forum here, in case people don't see the eBay auction.

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:19 am 
 

Morno, welcome aboard.  I asked for similar advice from the guys awhile ago, and you can see the suggestions in the thread at
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 2:57 pm 
 

Thanks, everybody - I should have listings up shortly, and I'll post in the Classifieds forum when I do.


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 7:10 am 
 

Formerly Known As Morno wrote:Thanks, everybody - I should have listings up shortly, and I'll post in the Classifieds forum when I do.


spotted em before i read this, but have stuck some bids in anyway just to liven up the fun.

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:55 am 
 

Rest assured, all the usual names will already have spotted them and have them on their watch list. Whilst the price may appear to remain low up until the last hour or so, the number of watchers will indicate how much of a fight there will be at the end.

Your number of watchers for an item will appear next the your listing in your my eBay page. Only you can see this figure. All the buyers are blind and don't know how much interest there is in an item.


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