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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:09 am 
 

Hi folks,
Firstly apologies if this is in the wrong place, and also for the fact that I'm not a D&D collector or follower!
I'm hoping that someone here can shed a little light on the value of what I believe to be a 1st Edition of the original D&D (1974).
It is in a (off)white box with a woodgrain effect and contains 3 booklets, pencil but no dice.
It looks a bit like this one only with a textured box:

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I've had it a very long time, but I would rather see it in the possession of someone who really appreciates it, to that end it's not the money that matters, but at the same time I don't want to be ripped off!

It would also be good to know the best place to sell?
Many thanks for any help!
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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:39 am 
 

If the books are in good shape, I would guess that it would sell for $150-$200 on Ebay, possibly up to $250.  It is a 4th or 5th print of OD&D set.  You should check the books to see if they mention "hobbits" or "haflings".



The set didn't come with dice or a pencil.  It should have the 3 books and a set of reference sheets.



For comparison, here is a recent set from Ebay where the box looks in worse shape than your copy:



http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0310870187

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:59 am 
 

Use this page to help you figure out what you have:

http://www.acaeum.com/ddindexes/setpages/original.html

  

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:32 pm 
 

Mars wrote:For comparison, here is a recent set from Ebay where the box looks in worse shape than your copy:


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I thought that  
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would've gone higher but that didn't have a "woodgrain effect... textured box" like the OPs, either. ;)



@Vix: are y'meaning like on http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/ ... erfire.jpg ? (Wikipedia doesn't help at all, either, since that has a trimmed-down, ripped-off scan...).


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7.4 TAKING THE GAME SERIOUSLY: Don't"

  


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:43 pm 
 

Thanks for that, it has 3 booklets, no reference sheets unfortunately. I will get some pictures of it this week.
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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:53 pm 
 

faro wrote:@Vix: are y'meaning like on http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/ ... erfire.jpg ? (Wikipedia doesn't help at all, either, since that has a trimmed-down, ripped-off scan...).


Faro, the box is entirely white - well "aged" white really!  but there is a texture to it, which although not overly obvious looks like wood grain/bark.

  


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:52 pm 
 

Vix wrote:
Faro, the box is entirely white - well "aged" white really!  but there is a texture to it, which although not overly obvious looks like wood grain/bark.


= bumpy textured?


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:54 pm 
 

Vix wrote:Faro, the box is entirely white - well "aged" white really!  but there is a texture to it, which although not overly obvious looks like wood grain/bark.

Neat trick! Looking forward to that photo. :)

Have you managed to ascertain whether that fits the 4th or 5th print otherwise, yet? (Presuming price on the front of the box and no starburst).
Not all of those have the same box but it's unusual to see more than a hint of vertical "grain" resulting from storage conditions.

"Woodgrain" box (per previous pic) with a 1st-3rd print would've been nice, though!

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:56 pm 
 

Not quite sure how to describe it, it's a deliberate texture rather than caused by age etc, but it's slight not blindingly obvious if that makes sense!

It's residing at my parents house (and has been since I moved out 20 years ago!) I'll pic it up during the week and post some pics  :wink:

  


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 5:05 pm 
 

Faro, there is no starburst on the box, the texture is deliberate I'm sure, not a product of age or storage.
I'd doubt it being a 1st run. More details when I have it to hand! Thanks all for your input so far!
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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:08 pm 
 

Vix wrote:I'd doubt it being a 1st run.

*nods* Think I'd be surprised now... or if that's anything other than an apparent narrow vertical "grain". Will see!


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:10 pm 
 

I'm betting on 4th.  My 4th box has some minor "texturing" to it running vertically.  

It's noticable under bright light and tilting -- though I would have to assume it's accentuated by wear and age.  (I don't have a Mint copy to compare.)

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:19 pm 
 

deimos3428 wrote:I'm betting on 4th.  My 4th box has some minor "texturing" to it running vertically.

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There is some "overlap", though.


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:34 pm 
 

ok folks, here goes! Sorry about the picture quality, they're taken on my mobile as I've left my camera at work  :roll:

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I think, going by your listings it's a 5th with 6th booklets! the covers are the same colours inside and out, a beige colour.

  


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:28 pm 
 

That's a 4th/5th printing box, and 5th/6th printing books -- so I'm guessing it's a 5th printing.  However, the pictures show something more interesting.  Note the truncated GK logo on the second book.  

Can you confirm (preferably with a closeup picture!) that the books have a grid texture pattern?  Also, are you in the UK by any chance?

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Post Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:55 pm 
 

The books have what I'd describe as a kind of woven texture to them, here's the second book scanned in (sorry if this stretches the thread!!)

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Post Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:56 pm 
 

Oh, and yes, I'm in the UK - Scottish Borders to be exact!  :wink:

  

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Post Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:56 pm 
 

Heh, kinda cool. Looks like it was gridded.


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:07 pm 
 

Here is a close up (cropped) scan of the back of the box, you can just about make out the woody texture I was trying to describe!

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Post Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:15 pm 
 

Aha, I thought so.  I have one of these as well, but without the box.

This is a 5th "Alpha" printing -- though I believe these days we just call it the UK 5th printing.  

Here's what we think happened, see these links:

viewtopic.php?p=107264#107264
viewtopic.php?p=68659#68659

One sold for $300+ in 2006, I believe it was in somewhat better condition.  I'd estimate it's rarity to be closer to that of the 4th printing -- we haven't seen many of these.

viewtopic.php?p=67821#67821

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