Thursday, October 8, 2009

Massive Hoard of Old School Gaming Material Looted at Local Store-----Check it Out!!!

So, as a result of what I posted last weekend, I contacted a local comic store which I didn't even know existed, that's right near my house.  I asked them if they had any Dungeons and Dragons stuff.  He said nothing new, just a few boxes of old stuff.  My interest piqued, I asked if I could take a look at it.


A MASSIVE collection of old school stuff, much of which I had never even hear of, going back to the 70's.  All kinds of odd publishers.  Apparently they had been in some guy's mother's attic since the 80's, and the guy just wanted the comic guy to sell them for him.

The comic guy said there were a few kids in earlier in the week, who asked if he had any D&D stuff, and he directed them to the boxes.  The kids took a look, and apparently not recognizing a thing they understood to be D&D, making comments about "old shit", they left it untouched.

Thank GOD for the stupidity of kids today!!!

I purchased it ALL!!!   I'll save the price to the end.  Before you ask, NO!  I am not selling a damn thing.  :)  I would be curious as to your best guesstimates as to how much it is worth though.

I just brought it home tonight. First, and most importantly, such a massive organizing endeavor required Beer.  Much Beer.  A 12-pack at least.  I'll put the pizza on hold until after the organizing. No sense getting the stuff greasy.

Next, I laid it out on my kitchen table organized by publisher and type, and typed up this list.

Note that this stuff is 99.5 % in fantastic condition.  Well over half of it, and most of the magazines, are in plastic sleeves.  The stuff looks virtually untouched. The only thing that has seen better days is the MM1, which looks like a Tarrasque got a hold of it. Everything else is in amazing shape.

Behold My Treasure!!!!!!!!

Judge's Guild:

Book of Treasure Maps III
Character Codex
The Book of Ruins
Island Book 1
Portals of Torsh
The Illhiedrin Book
The Book of Treasure Maps II
Wondrous Relics
Fantastic Personalities
Portals of Twilight
Tegel Manor (1980)
Caves and Caverns
Spies of Lightelf
The Unknown Gods
Wondrous Weapons
Lara's Tower
The Caverns of Thracia
Rat on a Stick
Frontier Forts of Kelnor
The Thieves of Fortress Badabaskor
Ready Ref Sheets Volume 1 Second Edition
1 big 2-sided map of the Wilderlands, one side with hexes, one side without.
Wilderlands of the Fantastic Reaches
Wilderlands of the Magic Realm
Map--1-sided-Map 1-Laminated
Map--2-sided-Map 2&3-Laminated
Map--2-sided-Map 4&5-Laminated
Map--2-sided-Map 6-Laminated (other side bland hexes)
Map--2-sided-Map 7&8-Laminated
Map--2-sided-Map 7&8-Not-Laminated
Map--2-sided-Map 7&8-Not-Laminated
Map--2-sided-Map 9&10-Laminated
Map--2-sided-Map 9&10-Not-Laminated
Map--2-sided-Map 7&8-Not-Laminated
Map--2-sided-Map 12&13-Laminated
Map--2-sided-Map 12&13-Not-Laminated
Map--2-sided-Map 12&13-Not-Laminated
Map--2-sided-Map 14&11-Not-Laminated
Map--2-sided-Map 14&11-Laminated
Map--2-sided-Map 15&16-Not-Laminated
Map--2-sided-Map 15&16-Not-Laminated
Map--2-sided-Map 15&16-Laminated
Map--2-sided-Map 17&18-Not-Laminated
Map--2-sided-Map 17&18-Laminated

Midkemia Press:

Jonril, Gateway to the Sunken Lands-with Map (co-author Raymond E. Feist!!!)

Bard Games:

The Compleat Spellcaster
The Compleat Adventurer


Carse (Midkemia Press City)

Columbia Games:

Rethem Kingdom Module
Orbaal Kingdom Module
Chybisa Kingdom Module
Azadmere Kingdom of the Dwarves
Son of Cities Expansion Module for Cities of Harn

Iron Crown Enterprises:

Thieves of Tharbad (Middle-Earth)
Haunted Ruins of the Dunlendings (Middle-Earth)
Creatures and Treasures

The Companions:

Plague of Terror
Streets of Gems
Gems for Death
Cards of Power
Sylvan Settings

Beast Enterprises Ltd.:

Tortured Souls 4
Tortured Souls 5
Tortured Souls 8
(Like an early British Dungeon Magazine, #4 is from 1984)

Flying Buffalo:

Grimtooth's Traps Too (1982)
The Isle of Darksmoke 1, The Nameless Village and the Dome Level

Role Aids:

Monsters of Myth and Legends
Angry Wizard Fez III
Evil Ruins
Deadly Power
Question of Gravity
Dark Folk
Fantastic Treasures II

White Dwarf Magazine:

Issue 44x2
Issue 50
Issue 79
Issue 55
Issue 74
Issue 51
Issue 45
Issue 34
Issue 85
Issue 36
Issue 53
Issue 32
The Best of White Dwarf Scenarios Volume III

Dungeon Magazine:

Issues 2-13
Issues 15-18
Issue 20
Issue 21 (with poster)

Basic/Moldvay/Holmes Etc.:

Player Character Record Sheets (3-hole punched booklet of green sheets)
B4 The Lost City (3-hole punched)
X9 The Savage Coast
X3 Curse of Xanathon
AC10 Beastiary of Dragons and Giants
B6 The Veiled Society
M2 Vengeance of Alphaks
X7 The War Rifts of Kron
M1 Into the Maelstrom
CM3 Sabre River
X6 Quagmire
AC1 The Shady Dragon Inn

AD&D Books and Supplements:

DMG New Cover
Unearthed Arcana
Monster Manual 2
Field Folio
Players Handbook Old Cover
The Rogues Gallery
Players Reference Screen
Monster Manual Old Cover (pretty beat up spine, but this is the only thing in the collection in less than really good shape)
WORLD OF GREYHAWK (I put this in all caps because it is not boxed, but in a folder, with maps of Greyhawk, the maps are the same as the boxed set and thre is a booklet called the Gazetteer.  I've never seen or heard of this version before).

AD&D Modules:

WG4 Forgotten Tample of Tharizdun
A1 Slave Pits of the Undercity
Q1 Queen of the Demonweb Pits
D3 Vault of the Drow
I10 Ravenloft II: The Houe of Gryphon Hill
I12 Egg of the Phoenix
C1 Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan
S2 White Plume Mountain (Orange Edition Extra Artwork)
WG5 Mordenkainen's Fantastic Adventure
UK1 Beyond the Crystal Cave
UK2 The Sentinel
C4 To Find a King
X13 Crown of Ancient Glory
I5 Lost Tomb of Martek
D1-2 Descent Into the Depth of the Earth
G1-2-3 Against the Giants
I11 Needle
MV1 Midnight on Dagger Alley (With Magic Viewer!!!)
H2 Mines of Bloodstone
N5 Under Illefarn (For Realms)
H4 Throne of Bloodstone
Waterdeep and the North
Empires of the Sands

Dragon Magazines:

Issues 56, 57
Issues 73, 74, 75x2, 76
Issues 80, 81, 82, 83x2, 85, 88
Issues 94x2, 95, 97, 99
Issues 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109
Issues 110, 111, 112, 113, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119
Issues 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 129
Issues 130, 131, 149, 155
Best of Dragon Volume 3

Assorted Random Stuff:

Imagine Adventure Games Magazine Issue #1 April 1983 (Apparently a UK Official TSR version of Dragon Magazine)
Game Master Publications GM3 In Search of New Gods
Entertainment Concepts (1982) Search for the Lost City:  A Jungle Adventure
The Armory (1986) 30-sided Character and Other Tales
Heritage Models (1978) Rules for Wargames, Wizards and Warfare, by Peter Irving
Dragon Publishing: Dragontales-- An Anthology of All-New Fantasy Fiction August 1980 (Apparently a TSR publication of Fiction Stories.  Even Tom Moldvay has a story in there called Black Lotus Moon)
Fantasy Games Unlimited Castle Plans for Sieges in 25 mm Scale (including the castle maps and plans, 4 sets)
Warlock The Fighting Fantasy Magazine, Volumes 6 and 8, (1986)
Squadron/Signal Publications (1981) Down in the Dungeon (Color artwork)
Avalon Hill:  General, Volume 26, No. 6
Heavy Metal Magazine October and November 1981
Marvel Comic: The Savage Sword of Conan #111
Harrier Comics Presents Redfox No. 9

The Price I Paid:

$100 bucks.  

For all of it. 


And best of all, I have a 3 day weekend coming up.  I now have plans for the weekend---Do Not Disturb!

What do you think it's all worth? Best guess?


  1. [Envy dripping from my every pore...]

    You lucky bastard!!! What a haul!

    Congrat's man, that's a crapload of old-school goodness.

    Without thinking to deeply about it, I would have paid at least $300.


  2. Thanks man. I'm pretty psyched. I just keep smiling. :) I don't know where to even begin!

    I'm thinking the Wilderlands maps and Judges Guild stuff are probably worth the most. I have no idea though. I know the original maps are pretty hard to come by.

    It's like 5 Christmases as a kid. :)

  3. What's great about it is that all this stuff went to someone who actually appreciates it. Really nice to see instead of it just sort of disappearing in the mists of time or being thrown out by the parents (which is sort of what happened here).


    I know some of those Harn modules will sell.

  4. Thx man. Ironically, I won't sell a thing. :) I'm just really curious how god a deal I got for 100 bucks.

  5. Well, Joe, buddy, pal. I'm afraid I must hate you now.

    Congratulations on your find! I suggest you take that list over to the Acaeum to estimate it's worth. Those guys know their stuff. Many of them are dealers and resellers though, so they may make offers.

  6. That's fantastic, man! Instant keepsakes for a benjamin. Awesome.

  7. i copied it to acaeum dragonsfoot, and my regular hangout on, just to see what sort of deal i got. :)

  8. OK, that beats my $20 for LBBs 1-3 + Supp 1 anyday. Congrats! Never hurts to go see what those old comic stores have for sale. :)

  9. Nice haul - you must have rolled well on the treasure tables...


    Back in my callow youth, I sold two milk crates worth of D&D and AD&D stuff to a local comics and gaming store for some beer money. I can only hope that it went to a good home...

  10. Wow. I...just...HATE you so much right now. ;) Congrats man. That is the kind of score you'll be discussing at the gaming tables for years to come. "This time, back in 2009, let me tell ya what I got for a hundred bucks..."

  11. Dude. You suck. Er, I mean congrats! ;D

  12. That is an absolutely amazing collection and amazing deal!!!!

    If I remember correctly, that World of Greyhawk folder was the first version of the published setting. I still have mine, as well as the boxed set. I had to get the boxed set for another copy of the maps, which were wearing from loving study.

  13. What! Can I kill you and take your stuff?

    CONGRATULATIONS man! That's one of the best deals I've ever heard of. For $200 it would have been great.

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  15. OMFG!

    That's obscene... Seriously obscene.

    For $100? I'd say paying 4x that wouldn't be out of the realm of reason at all.

    I'm going to start calling all the comic stores in my local area now.

    That's sort of like the guy in England who found that ancient horde of gold not to long ago w/ his metal detector.


  16. One man can't enjoy all this stuff, not in a lifetime of gaming. Seriously, you can't. For that simple reason, I think you should re-gift this stuff to some of your fellow gamers who will for sure use this in their own campaigns. I'm sure I could use a supplement or two. Pay it forward, Joe!

  17. I hate you with the white-hot passion of a million burning suns.

  18. Joseph said...

    I hate you with the white-hot passion of a million burning suns.

    Feelin' the Love and Still Grinning Ear to Ear Out Here :) :)

    Hope to delve in this weekend.

  19. Hey Greyhawk Grognard Joe--you're in NJ right? Just take a drive up some weekend man. We can grab coffee, lunch, and pour through our geek book collections. :)

    Added you to gmail chat---you have to authorize me or something to be able to yack.

  20. Incredibly freakin' awesome haul! That's how it's done, my friend, that's how it's done. Random find for pennies!

  21. What - no blood sample from Gygax himself?

  22. DAMN! I just ran across this. How far have you gotten into it? I used to own that Greyhawk thing, bought it brand new at a Farm Fresh grocery store (?!) in Virginia Beach in 79 or 80. You lucky, jammy bastard!!!

  23. Dear God, I just paid 80$ for Caverns of Thracia...... Yup I'm a chump.
    Nice work

  24. Over four years late, but, "What the-?!" That is like finding an unguarded Dragon hoard.


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