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Another day, another couple of fleas. Mostly kids stuff today.
First up, a neat roll and move, I really have loved the bits to this game since I first saw it. Now I have my own copy. Almost complete - missing the red face and the instructions. Box has a long split along the top edge. Only a dollar at the flea.
Found this at a little thrift store. Apparently it's kind of rare - it was never sold to the public, only to child therapists. Looks to be complete, but the box has seen better days. It's taped a lot, water stained, but holding together.
At the flea, in great condition, one dollar. It's missing a single blue slider. Picked it up thinking someone here would need it, or if I ever feel the need I could build a double-long track with the set I already have. This is a fun game/diversion.
Unfortunately not the entire set, but a bunch of the figures.
Thirty-five figures in all, no cards, no tiles. Three dollars at the flea.
Still trying to identify some of these. Photos incoming.
I believe these are all Marro figures. Are there dupes?
Some of these (four on the left/back) I think are Marro/Valkyrie figures. Haven't identified the three warrior chicks up front or the flag bearer in the back.
Haven't identified any of these figures. Is the guy in the back left corner even from Heroscape? He's stamped 'Mattel 2001' on the base...so I'm guessing not. Unless he's part of the time travel HS set.
So I had just got back from thrifting when my old college roommate dropped by. He saw my 3M GO game sitting on the table and said, "We used to have this exact game in my house when I was growing up. I wonder if mom still has it?" He said he used to love playing it when he was little. So I handed him my copy and said, "Here's to getting a little of your childhood back." He was super excited! That's one of the major joys of thrifting, finding games that bring back such wonderful memories. $2.99 at Goodwill for me, seeing his expression when I gave it to him…priceless!
Found this for $3.03 at the same VV. Everything was strewn about in the box, but surprisingly, it's only missing one event card. I'm not a Poké-fan, and I wasn't going to leave it for the brats TSIS, so this will either be for trade or parts.
Last thing in the $3 sac was this. I'd never heard of it, but anything that markets itself as "The Game for Compleat Strategysts" (you have no idea how hard that was to type) was worth a shot. The bright green plastic case needs to be cleaned, but the fold-up board, chips and rules are immaculate. The accompanying catalog told me that the prices are only good until February, 1974.
Sealed. Has top corner dentage but not that bad. yes, 99 cents. Came out in an afternoon bin. I immediately saw this and thought "Barnes and Nobles unappreciated gift dump" or something like that. Looked for others and found...
...this. Opened but looks unplayed. 99 cents . I was hoping to find others (Arkham, Battlestar, etc). As soon as the shaking and shallow breathing ceased, I realized this was all the bins would yield today.
These were probably Christmas presents given to a traditional gaming family from one of us Geek types. Could be duplicates also.
One dangling scrot of oddities from Texas Thrift which yielded the following: 1 x unopened deck of Carnival Cruise playing cards; 10 x misc. football and hockey cards; 1 x Sports Trivia Game (missing 1 card); 1 x Bears & Snowman playing cards; 1 x deck of Bicycle Jumbo Index Playing Cards (missing both Jokers); 1 x 1979 Uno Deck (missing several cards); 1 x 1978 Uno Score Pad; and lastly, 1 x set (28) of Dragon Dominoes (made of wood and complete). Cost: $1.98.
Up in Phx for Vul-Con, so decided to hit the Happy Valley Rd. Goodwill. Nothing too exciting, but found this Ravensburger we don't already have (and I've never seen before) for $2.99 in great shape. The kids should have fun playing with the nice little tower.
Not exactly the one I was hoping to find but I picked it up anyway. The box has some shelf wear and other minor issues. The main reason that I bought it was about 15% of the gigantic amount of plastic was bagged and everything else was still attached. The cards are wrapped, tokens unpunched, and even the dice are still bagged. I hope that it either sells well or somebody might be interested in a trade. Paid $5 at GW.
I also found a german card game that looks to be complete and somewhat interesting. I am including a pic if anybody can help me out with info on this one.