Definitive List of Must Buy Thrift Finds
Kevin Gordon
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I always enjoy looking at the weekly thrift store finds thread. Lately the thrifts here in Boise have been a little dry so I haven't added to that list as much as I would like. But I always find myself wondering if there have been board games at thrift stores that I have left on the shelf that would be a great find for someone else. Maybe I've passed over games that actually have great value. So I've created this list for people to add games that they would buy in an instant if they found it at a thrift store.

Now, of course there are countless games that we would buy if we found them for dirt cheap, so what I'm really looking for here are games that are out of print. For each entry please explain why you would be so excited to find the game, whether it's due to rarity, trade value, nostalgia, etc.

Thanks everyone. Hopefully this will give thrifters an even better idea of what games to look out for.
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1. Board Game: Dark Tower [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:2126]
Kevin Gordon
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For many people this is the holy grail of thrift finds. As for my own experience, every time I go into a thrift store I'm always secretly hoping to find a copy of this on the shelf. Of course, no luck yet. This one I would get for it's rarity, innovative nature, and because it just looks good in a game collection. Plus it's pretty darn fun to play!
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2. Board Game: Jati [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
Kevin Gordon
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If Dark Tower is the holy grail of thrift finds then Jati is the holy grail of 3M thrift finds. This game sells for $600+ on eBay. I would buy this one for rarity, but mostly to help complete my 3M bookshelf collection.
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3. Board Game: Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:544]
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I only heard about this game due to BGG, and now it is one that I really would like to find. I would buy this for it's apparent great gameplay. It looks like a quality Ameritrash game. Plus I love Star Wars!
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4. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:422]
Kevin Gordon
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Since this game went out of print it started selling on ebay for $60+ with sealed copies selling for over $100. I already have a copy of this but if I saw another at a thrift store I would pick it up for its trade value here on the geek.
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5. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:232]
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This game I would pick up for its entertainment value. I've never played it but from reading descriptions of it here on BGG I know I would enjoy it. Also, it'd be a great one to play with the kids.
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6. Board Game: Broadsides and Boarding Parties [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:4152]
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Another game I would pick up due mostly to knowing I would enjoy it immensely. It's a rare find and it has pirates!
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7. Board Game: Wiz-War [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1322]
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I'm not 100% certain this is out of print, but I would defintely pick up a copy for its entertainment value. A war of wizards?? That sounds like it's up my alley.
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8. Board Game: Ikusa [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:690]
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I enjoyed Axis and Allies when I was younger and have only heard that this game is better. This one I would get just for its gameplay.
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9. Board Game: HeroQuest [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:547]
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This one I would buy mostly for nostalgia. It's weird to say that though because I've never played it, but it reminds me of games my friends and I used to play. From what I understand many thrifters find this game all the time, though here in Boise, I've still never seen it.
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10. Board Game: Shark Attack! [Average Rating:4.67 Overall Rank:15042]
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Shark Attack I would pick up for its nostalgia factor. It is most certainly a kids game, but it was my favorite game when I was 5 or 6. This isn't one I would tell just any thrifter to pick up. It's only worth buying if you remember it as a young one.
 
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11. Board Game Publisher: 3M
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Many folks here on the geek are familiar with the 3M bookshelf series. I mentioned it earlier in the Jati entry but thought I would add the 3M publisher because any game I find by them that I don't already own I would definetly buy.
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12. Board Game: Dibs [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:7772]
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A game I've never seen (I can't say that I've ever found a game I'd want at a thrift store, for that matter). But if I do find it, I'm all over it. It must be rare, though it was in the Games 100 one year, but mostly I just want to play it.
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13. Board Game: The Smurf Game [Average Rating:4.71 Unranked]
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Game: The Smurf Game
Why: Pure nostalgia

I had this game as a kid, and I loved it.
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14. Board Game: Missing Match-Ups: Sesame Street [Average Rating:6.17 Unranked]
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This is my GRAIL....

I don't know what I would do if I found this game again.

I used to play this with my mom, and we played it so much we had the boards memorized and it was played like a speed tourney!!

ah... memories...
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15. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:207]
Ryan Thornton
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It would be nice to find the Hasbro edition -- or really any other one.
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16. Board Game: Scotland Yard [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1063]
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Actually, I did find this at the Salvation army ... only missing one token, nearly unplayed.
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17. Board Game: Advanced Civilization [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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I found this and basic Civilization in Goodwill, both complete.
No, really.

http://ryanarium.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!E9041DCCED30314D!5...
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18. Board Game: Kensington [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:14638]
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Interesting looking obscure games from smaller (not necessarily small) publishers.

I get excited by just about anything I've never heard of that doesn't say Hasbro, Parker Bros., or Milton Bradley on it. I'll at least read the box and shake it, and more often than not I'll buy it just to take home and paw through the bits and rules.

Worst case scenario is that I re-thrift it and I'm out a couple of bucks. But I might score some GG for posting pix or even - shudder! - a New Game!
 
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19. Board Game: The Classic Dungeon [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:5808]
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Along with getting my own copy of Heroquest, this one ranks pretty high for me as a grail item. Fun, old-school gaming, especially with the kids.

That, and I am tired of getting sniped on eBay....shake
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20. Board Game: Star Wars: Jedi Unleashed [Average Rating:4.66 Overall Rank:15181]
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Now wait! Before you start throwing the tomatoes, you thrift this game for the bases, not the game. I've found two and have enough bases for whatever else I want to do. It works for great for mini games on the cheap. There are plenty of paper mini's on the net of all time periods, genre's and variants. Print, base and play.

To be honest, I've never even opened the rulebook for this game.
 
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21. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:270] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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if you have it it's cheap expansion material and decent trade material, if you don't all around good trade.
 
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22. Board Game: Careers [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:4938]
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I have a copy of this, made in 1971, but am still looking for an earlier copy, one with the moon expedition and uranium prospecting. Its often the first game I pull out with new people.
 
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