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So I hit up about 10 different stores today and only walked away with one board game. Savers overpriced this one at $6.99. I know it is worth $6.99, but they don't know that! Plus the box is in horrible shape, luckily the components are still sealed.
I did buy a 16 port KVM switch for $6.99 still sealed. Should be able to get $75-$125 for that.
Also reserved a copy of Eclipse from my FLGS. Not sure if I'll get it or not (they'll call me and give me the chance to keep it or not), it is so hard paying full retail MSRP.
Last night, I was at the GW outlet, and spotted this in one of the giant rolly carts that would come out this morning. It was already partially open, with a clearly torn cover, but I decided to kill time at the grocery store this morning and give it a shot anyway. So I showed up at the outlet for opening (standing there at the door with the daily pickers as they evaluated the purchasing habits of regulars who weren't there).
Anyway, the cart in question had been rolled back against the wall, farthest from the door, so as soon as I spotted my game, I headed over and got it. Huzzah!
2nd. ed. rules and a 1980 price list in the box.
$3.57(US) -- charged by weight; those mounted boards will get you. About 40% punched, and the punched pieces were bagged -- fortunately, since one of the bags was hanging out the side of the box. Only missing the "1" random number counter and in pretty good shape overall, even if lazily punched. The box bottom has a dent and one tear. The top is pretty beat up and torn in several places.
Elated by getting my Legions, I headed over to the Woodruff location, where I found a 1996 Rivals Quick Start Magic: The Gathering set in amongst the books. Caused them fits when I took it up because it had one of the blank book price tags on it.
Anyway, $2 in the end. 82 cards, plus all the starter box materials (play through guides, cards w/ deck lists, etc.). Contains a good number cards from the original Zaxx and Kazz starter decks but seems to have been converted into a forest and plains deck (all the other lands and related cards seem to have been pulled). The box is dated 1996; the cards seem to be dated 1994-1996, for whatever that is worth.
Stopped at the thrift store after a church event and Lovely Wife spotted this one for $3.99. Also found a stack of notebook paper that was half off (it's going to a local school for supplies), the book Lone Survivor for 50% off and earlier in the day I found Wizard Spell cards for $2.99 (destined for a local book store so I can get store credit)
When we came out of the thrift store we found a screw in our tire & it was flat. I ended up changing the tire in the dark while Lovely Wife waited in the store.
Update: Sold Trigon when I got home for $30 (Wife said I should have asked $50 because none were listed on Uber-Bay). 7 minutes to list with photos, 87 minutes for the auction to run. 4 minutes for payment.
Picked up an old 1968 edition of Risk at GW up on Ina for $3.99. This is the old one I've heard rumors of with oodles of wooden cubes instead of the plastic army units. Fairly cheap way to stock up on bits, and the old board may have inspired me to start a vintage board collection. Looking at the older versions of some of the classics is pretty interesting.
A rather nice-looking set, no English text on the box, with a wooden board and bakelite pieces. It looks as if the previous owner had no clue how to play the game, though, as all of the pieces have little handwritten labels completely covering the back sides of them telling what pieces they are, in a way that would only be readable if you were standing the pieces up on end instead of putting them down on the board the way you're supposed to.
EDIT: Whoa, the automatic image looks almost exactly like the set I got, right down to the folding-cut on the board.
Then stopped at Savers off of Thornydale. To my fellow Tucsoners, just a heads up that this Savers is shutting its doors for good on the 20th and everything is currently 50% off. Not much in the way of games (especially after I left), but they are still bringing in new donations. I'm guessing the % off will drop even more in the next few days.
Grabbed about 7 misc ho-hum games for giveaways and Bookmans trade credit (Stratego, Compatibility, Battleship, Rack-O, etc.) and grabbed this one too, all for $1 each. Was pleased to see the huge number of pawns in there, thinking it might be good to keep around for spares. Then I noticed "Martin Wallace" on the back so I became a bit more optimistic, but the ratings and desirability seem pretty low.
While Ntar found several Sackson titles yesterday, I grabbed another copy of this game. The cover is different than any other photos in the database. I am going to add this to my Sackson give aways for the Sid Sackson fan fest Gencon 2012. .99 cents DAV
Stopped by my VV on the way home this afternoon. Caught a glimpse of the corner of the box in the DSOO area where they keep housewares, stationary, and assorted weirdness, (but not the toys/games DSOO area).
Today the thrifting was about vintage games for me. After picking up the propaganda game this morning, I had a chance to go out this evening after stocking up on groceries. All of these games were found at the VV. Found this great little cavalier chess set with deluxe interlocking checkers by Pacific Game Co for 99 cents.
This was the nice and last find of the day at VV. The box I have is in better condition than the one in the picture. All 100 tiles are accounted for along with the 4 wooden tile holders. There is no bag in the box for tiles and I am unsure if it came with one. The board has the copyright 1948 and the inside of the box top has the copyright 1948, 1949, and 1953. I guess that means that I have the 1953 scrabble version. The board,tiles,holders,and box are in great condition considering their age.
2.99 at GW missing more than I had hoped. I thought it was just missing the dice (easy to replace) and the figures (easy to find replacements) but it turned out to be missing the deck of cards as well. Not sure what to do with it now really, the rest is in excellent shape and the cardboard figures are unpunched.