Cairn of the Skeleton King -- sale value?
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:31 pm 
 

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I've got a mint copy of Rob Kuntz' Cairn of the Skeleton King that I want to sell. Anyone have thoughts on what it is worth? It is mint, still in the original wrap, unopened. It is the Jim Holloway Special Priemier Edition, First printing.

It does have two flaws. The back cover has two small creases/indentations (each about 2" long) from resting on something else in a pile.

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:38 pm 
 

Onlondore wrote:Hi,
I've got a mint copy of Rob Kuntz' Cairn of the Skeleton King that I want to sell. Anyone have thoughts on what it is worth? It is mint, still in the original wrap, unopened. It is the Jim Holloway Special Priemier Edition, First printing.

It does have two flaws. The back cover has two small creases/indentations (each about 2" long) from resting on something else in a pile.

Thanks!


The sales range quite a bit honestly.
I have seen them sell for upwards of $75....
And also watched a couple of copies sell for $25 ish...


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Post Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:55 pm 
 

Generally, the numbered editions sell for between $25 and $40 ish.
If it's one of the 26 certificated Runic Copies, that price rises. I've seen Runics go for $40 and as high as $100+, but it's all pot luck on the day.


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Post Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:11 pm 
 

It does say Author's Copy #24 on the first page, and it is signed.


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Post Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:43 pm 
 

Onlondore wrote:It does say Author's Copy #24 on the first page, and it is signed.


This Might sound like a strange question, but what color is the signature in?
Anyway, I suspect an authors copy might sell for double or even triple the amount that a regular limited Signed copy would.

As stated above; The Runic copies can easily reach $100, as there were of course only 26 of those (Lettered A-Z) and they also came with a matching Authentication Letter from the author.


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Post Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:28 am 
 

IIRC there were 24 Author's copies. Were they signed in red? Or was that ToB?


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Post Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:10 am 
 

Gnat the Beggar wrote:This Might sound like a strange question, but what color is the signature in?


Sorry for the late response. I got kicked off of the server and re-registered as onlondore2.

The signature is in a metallic ink color; either gold, or some kind of bronze.

  

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Post Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:25 am 
 

Well, if it's an author's copy in open auction it's anyone's guess. I'd probably push it beyond $50 just to get it into my stock, but you may be able to get $60-80 without a problem, and higher if you place the classified ad's here and on Dragonsfoot, and get the timing right.


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Post Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:04 pm 
 

Thanks everyone. I'll try to put it up on ebay this week, with notices here and on DF. I'll plan to put it up Wed for a 10 sale, so that it ends on a Saturday night.

I also found the email Rob sent me when I bought it (9/2006), and I'll include a hard copy of that email with the auction. It authenticates the piece from Rob, to me, to this sale.


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Post Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:26 pm 
 


** expired eBay auction **




Here is author's copy Number 22 signed in Gold Ink.

This author's copy just Sold for $27.



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Post Posted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:05 am 
 

Bugger. I didn't read the description on that.  :(


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Post Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 3:38 pm 
 

I can't imagine they're worth much of anything. I sold my pre-publish playtester's copy for $50. Maybe I could have gotten more for it... but, I don't care about making money as much as getting things to people who will enjoy it more than me.


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Post Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:22 pm 
 

serleran wrote:I can't imagine they're worth much of anything. I sold my pre-publish playtester's copy for $50. Maybe I could have gotten more for it... but, I don't care about making money as much as getting things to people who will enjoy it more than me.

They're worth something, and we can track their sales in eBay, but the valuation of any semi-rare item only couple years old is going to be completely erratic.  I wouldn't expect these to settle much above $50, but it's far too early to tell.

[edit]Jeebus.  It's been nearly four years?  8O

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:37 pm 
 

Yeah, that's sort of my point... $50 for a "collectible" seems awfully low, when you compare against the other valuables. But, it's cool... means it's an affordable item to get. Someone needs to start buying up all of them.


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