About a decade ago, I swapped 50 quid and my copy of Dungeon Petz for a Minty McMintface copy of 1829 (the one with the Southern board). Last week, a charity shop lurking on eBay - as many of them now do - put up a copy of 1829 Northern Board for the very reasonable starting price of £10.
It held steady at that price until (of course) the last few hours of the auction, which saw my 'Highest Bid' of £25 tickled; in a panic - as I lost one of these last year - I up-ed the high bid to £80 (which is a pretty good price, I feel) - and watched the minutes tick down to the seconds tick down to zero...
Well - it's pictured above so it's clear that I 'won' but how much of that 80 quid buffer got absorbed in the last minute frenzy? Almost NOTHING: I bagged this one for £35 plus a fiver postage. The potential catch, however - and I refer you to the pictures - was the state of the contents:
Brittle elastic bands, several corner creases and the occasional mis-count notwithstanding...
...I am pleased to announce that this very tidy item is verified virgo intacta! Huzzah for Charity Shops! Huzzah for a big stock of baggies!
And the biggest Huzzah! for Mr Francis Tresham himself.
I think the two of them need to be played as one - just the once - before being sealed in airtight cabinets for future generations in my magnificent museum: at the Gathering of Chums, anyone?!
Life and Games (but mostly games) from Tony Boydell: Dad, Husband and Independent UK Game Designer, Agricola fanboy and jealous admirer of Carl Chudyk.
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