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Post Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:18 am 

I recently bought an old module that ended up having a sticker on it that cannot be removed.  (I don't need help removing it - much practice has helped me understand which ones will come off with a solvent, and which ones will just leave a torn hole.)

My thought is, should I get another copy?  On one hand, I have an otherwise Near Mint book with a big sticker on it (back cover, not covering much of interest).  On the other hand, I could likely get a lower grade copy on ebay right now (looks about Fine-ish).

So, which would you rather have?


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:44 am 

ca depend.  

If you are going for a collection with fewer items (perhaps rarer, or high quality, or personally memorable or combination), then go for another copy and keep the stickered one for trade/sell/reading/loo roll.  On the other hand, if you have a lot of different items you want to collect, leave it aside for a few months and instead spend the cash on other purchases.  If you really can't stand it, you will find yourself drawn to buying another copy soon enough  :)


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:21 pm 

If the sticker is a price sticker, and the item is in near mint condition, I leave it on there are part of the provenance of the item.

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:00 pm 

Invincible Overlord wrote:If the sticker is a price sticker, and the item is in near mint condition, I leave it on there are part of the provenance of the item.

isn't that just wrong though? near-mint with a sticker?  :D

I would rather have the nm with sticker in my collection versus a fine condition but its more of a personal preference than anything else. If its an older book (late 70-early 80) there's not many left in near mint condition out there thats not already in a collectors hand. If, on the other hand, its a 3.5 ed, ... nevermind  :P


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:57 pm't...................have....................sticker..............oh.............the pain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry, I suffer from severe collector syndrome!

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

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Post Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:53 am 

Errr, what is the item?

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Post Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:23 pm 

This has happened to me quite often and it's always painful to decide.  But in the end, I have almost always removed them.  An exception might be a book that has a very porous surface.

Sometimes, it works out okay, other times it's pretty obvious.  The way I look at it, it's a defect both ways and I can't stand looking at a price sticker.  The key is to not damage the surrounding area or you will have lesser quality product!

Time for a story...

a few years back, I purchased an sizable lot of 1st edition modules in SW.  It was a great deal and was excited to receive them and marvel at my find.  When I finally opened up the box and started to go through the pile, I discovered, much to my horror that the previous owner had decided to remove the price stickers on the SW with a razor blade.  As one could imagine, the razor blade cut through the plastic and into the cover, leaving a rough cut square on the surface!  8O

I just about cried.  At least that's what I'll admit to here...

So, what's the lesson to be learned?  If the sticker is on the SW, don't be a dumbass and take it off with a razor blade...

Leave it alone, peel it off, or use a solvent!

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