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This weekend, at an antique store, I spotted a very old edition of the game Lost Heir, selling for $8.
With my handy blackberry, I pulled up the BGG page, checked a couple of the highlights (How old might it be? How much has it sold for? Does it look interesting?), and after seeing that complete copies sell for $50+, I thought $8 wouldn't be too much to spend.
And, if it wasn't complete, it would still make a nice conversation piece.
I was surprised to find that the box does include the rules (arguably one of the most interesting parts), but three cards seem to be missing (the lowest cards of two suits). It's the edition with the US cities (Chicago, New York, etc). I couldn't find a year marked anywhere, but based on the card artwork, it seems earlier than the "1920s" edition pictured here: http://www.gamesmuseum.uwaterloo.ca/VirtualExhibits/CardGame...
. . . so it's still pretty cool to have this little piece of history even if it's missing some bits.
I went to pick it up on the way to work, and the guy even admitted that he thought it was complete, but offered to let me check. What, am I going to spot that the Django Fett and Clone Trooper II figures are missing and try to talk him down on price?
It looks like there was a mini dump of 'Mensa' style games at Goodwill tonight as I found Zertz in shrink for $8. There was no hesitation in my hand as I snatched this from the shelf and held it close to my breast.
I am a sucker for golf simulations and with this having a handful of 12 sided dice, there seemed to be no risk. Besides, two dollars were getting kind of stale in my wallet anyway - so I gave them to Goodwill.
Only one find today. Lots of games on the shelf but most was either overpriced or bad. This caught my eye on the bottom shelf though. Also found a nifty revolving card holder new in box perfect for my favorite card game Hand and Foot for $2.99.
Found this complete and in excellent condition $2.11 at Savers. I was fairly excited because I checked the tower and it worked. When I got home I realized I was in such a rush that I left the tower behind! Quick phone call and they were able to hold the tower and then I eventually picked it up. Man that was dumb. Also, picked up a Cinderalla Castle 3D puzzle for the daughter for 99 Cents.
Found at the DAV on Washington. Is every copy of this game unpunched and unplayed? I now have two of these in the exact same condition - slight box wear, all components wrapped up and sealed. $2.95. Looks like all the thrift shop finds have been in San Diego. The owner / company must be based here, or there's a big box of these things sitting in someone's garage, and he's dropping them off at the thrift stores once every couple of months.
Found at Mesa Bookmans for priced at $5.40, free after credit. Box has some wear, contents are all there except for 8 Exhaustion tokens and instructions, which I found on the website. Also included the cards for the Shadows of Margath expansion. The previous owner was even nice enough to include a print out of the errata and advanced rules. This was a bit of a cheat. I had been in Bookmans earlier in the day while running errands, and saw Runebound on the top of a stack of games inbound for processing. From experience, I know trying to put something on hold before it is processed creates problems, so I let it go. Went back after dinner, and there it was on the shelf, along with two others