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Post Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:45 pm 
 

I'm in process of writing an article for DM Magazine regarding the most collectable GURPS books and I'd like some feedback. So far I have identified as 'rare' these products:

1st and 2nd edition boxed sets (of complete)
Prisoner
Middle Ages (first edition)
Conan
GURPS Traveller: Behind the Claw

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Horseclans
GURPS Traveller: First In
China
Bunnies & Burrows
Riverworld
Illuminati
Russia
Up Hauzburk (for Horseclans)

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GURPS Traveller Planetary Surveys
Wara Against the Chtorr
GURPS Traveller: Starships


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:57 pm 
 

Horseclans?


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:01 pm 
 

serleran wrote:Horseclans?


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:04 pm 
 

how about " First In "


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:12 pm 
 

Blackmoor wrote:how about " First In "

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:30 pm 
 

Alexander1968 wrote:I'm in process of writing an article for DM Magazine regarding the most collectable GURPS books and I'd like some feedback. So far I have identified as 'rare' these products:

1st and 2nd edition boxed sets (of complete)
Prisoner
Middle Ages (first edition)
Conan
GURPS Traveller: Behind the Claw

Any comments? Infos?

EDIT:

Horseclans
GURPS Traveller: First In

UNCERTAIN STATUS
Planetary Surveys for GURPS Traveller



I'd add:

Bunnies & Burrows (Last ebay sale: $40)
China (last ebay sale: $40)

Generally, any GURPS item not reprinted is sought after by completists...

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:37 pm 
 

Badmike wrote:I'd add:

Bunnies & Burrows (Last ebay sale: $40)
China (last ebay sale: $40)

Generally, any GURPS item not reprinted is sought after by completists...

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+original manuscripts if in scope?? bunnies known sold may be others


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:37 pm 
 

GURPS Traveller Starships used to be sought after as well.


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:03 pm 
 

I've heard that Riverworld is hard-to-find, along with Chtorr I think.  Illuinati was OOP and pricey for awhile, too??


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 6:48 am 
 

Thanks guys. I added Russia too. What about Ice Age?

  


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:53 am 
 

Ice Age varies.

Sometimes it seems hard to find and you have to fight off other interested parties, other times it seems like the market is flooded and you can pick up a copy for the opening bid.


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:02 pm 
 

g026r wrote:Ice Age varies.

Sometimes it seems hard to find and you have to fight off other interested parties, other times it seems like the market is flooded and you can pick up a copy for the opening bid.


I can't sell a copy in my ebay store for $15.  So, I'd say no.

Ice Age was once harder to find (as several other GURPS items) but I don't think it was every truly "rare".  This seems to happen with various GURPS titles over time, and then when the market is flooded the prices go back down.  I remember stuff like Witch World and Riverworld selling upwards of $50 back in the day, now they are lucky to sell at $20.

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:07 pm 
 

g026r wrote:you can pick up a copy for the opening bid.


I think this is pretty typical of most of the GURPS books listed here so far.  None of them seem to be consistent high priced sellers.

A good example are the GURPS Traveller books such as "First In".  A while back we discussed this one because it was selling for a high price even though you could still find them at various places on the shelves.  Some of this price bubble remains when you see copies in Ebay stores for $90+ but in an open auction, they are currently selling in the $20-$25 range.

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 6:31 pm 
 

grodog wrote:I've heard that Riverworld is hard-to-find, along with Chtorr I think.  Illuinati was OOP and pricey for awhile, too??

I sold a Riverworld copy about two years ago in the $20-25 range... I don't know if that qualifies as 'rare.'

  


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Post Posted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:56 am 
 

Mars wrote:A good example are the GURPS Traveller books such as "First In".  A while back we discussed this one because it was selling for a high price even though you could still find them at various places on the shelves.  Some of this price bubble remains when you see copies in Ebay stores for $90+ but in an open auction, they are currently selling in the $20-$25 range.


When I cleaned out my GURPS Traveller stuff a few months back, I think I got about $15-25 each for First In, Behind the Claw, and Starships.

I have seen them go for more than that (before I got Starships for cheap, I had been watching numerous auctions that eventually ended in the $40+ range), but it's definitely not consistent.


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Post Posted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:53 am 
 

How about The Scarlet Pimpernel?  I've been told it is one of the rarer ones to pick up.  And the fact that my local Half Price Books has one on the shelf priced at $50 has to say something.  Of course the fact that it has been sitting there for the better part of a year also says something.  Either it is so rare that people arent willing to touch it and possibly devalue it, or it is simply a pile of crap and no one would be nuts enough to pay that much for it regardless of it being a rarity.  :roll:


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Post Posted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:38 pm 
 

Well, I'd say that a lot of GURPS books - third edition ones especially - can be bought dirty cheap, especially when coming in lots. $ 20-25 for an used (?) gaming book is not so bad after all. But we could work on some kind of rarity level. For example, we could use a rating varying from 1 (easy to find) to 5 (very hard to find)

1st and 2nd edition boxed sets (of complete) 2 (3?)
Prisoner 4
Middle Ages (first edition) 3 (4?)
Conan 3
GURPS Traveller: Behind the Claw 4
Horseclans 3
GURPS Traveller: First In 3 (2?)
China 3 (4?)
Bunnies & Burrows 4
Riverworld 2 (3?)
Illuminati 2 (3?)
Russia 3
Up Hauzburk (for Horseclans) 4
GURPS Traveller Planetary Surveys 2-3
War Against the Chtorr 3
GURPS Traveller: Starships 2-3
Ice Age 3
Scarlet Pimpernel 3 (4?)

Then there is Roleplayer. They are dirtty cheap when you find them, IF you find them, but the first issues perhaps are not that common - I worked quite a lot to find them (luckily a friendly US Marine sold me its entire collection some years ago after not getting any offers on eBay - I got lucky :))

It seems there is a significant number of GURPS collectors our there...  8)

  
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