jasdotcom wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:29 pm
AnimeSensei wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:51 pm
As much as some of us here despise FB, this seems to me like a question for a larger audience, as many of the people answering might be the type of people you'd sell it to.
Our common thread here is DF, not specifically modules. Posing a question on a RPG sales/discussion group would I feel get you a more concise response and maybe even valuations.
Good point. I've posted this to a FB group and am now just waiting for the trolling to start
Vegomatic wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:38 pm
Depends on the collector as to which is more valuable.
Rabbit Burner wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:58 am
As a collector of books with author and artist signatures, its important to get the signature on the item - not on cellophane or dust covers.
Harneloot wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:24 am
From my purely subjective experience (though I DO buy a lot of old D&D stuff on ebay) factory sealed/shrink wrapped always go for more than not. I am not sure opening them and getting them signed would increase their value (and might just decrease it) but it sure would be a cool experience!
Thanks for your input, everyone. The post I placed in a Facebook group actually garnered a lot of interest and even a reply from Frank Mentzer --
"Completist game collectors often prefer minty-clean pieces, while players/users want them more for their words & art. Author sigs can increase value, but author fame & rarity of sig both contribute. Contemporary authors (eg jWick) sign a lot of stuff. Gary's sig is obviously rarer and limited."
The consensus is that if it's in shrink - leave it in shrink. If the shrink has been removed and you want an autograph, have the signatory sign near their name inside the book (not on the cover or inside cover) and document the event as best you can to help with the provenance of the autograph. But all-in-all, most autographs do not increase the value of an item unless the person is wildly popular, dead, or both.
I've decided it's too much hassle to care for these items for the whole trip to GaryCon so I'll be putting them up on ebay sans autograph. I'd love for these bits of D&D history to find their way into the hands of a serious collector