This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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Lets start this list off right with a real game for once. Dominoes. I actually found a nice set of a type I had not seen before, they look similar to the ones pictured and have a little metal "spinner" in the middle of each one. Mine are smoother and more of a cream color though. The plastic box they came in said that they are all urea construction. I always though urea was used for fertilizer. $2.00 for a set of double sixes that are still in shrink in the box at my local Goodwill.
Next up is a $1.00 copy of the pacman card game. Also from my local goodwill. Things have been so dry here lately that I just had to pick this up. I knew that if I left it it would mean 6 more weeks of thrift barreness for me.
When I first saw this, I thought I'd heard the name before as something worth picking up. Then I read the side description, 'original game of super-checkers!' I assumed I must be dreaming, and with that description it was surely worthless.
Or not. Checked when I got home, and picked it up the next day. Not exactly a big money item, but should hopefully be worth my while - moreso than a copy of Guesstures anyway.
50 cents, missing 3 red checkers unfortunately. Don't suppose anyone has any spares?
Fortress America, Saddam cover. I went into a seisure when I saw this on the shelf. It was all I could do not to pee myself, since I've ALWAYS wanted this since first play in the 80's. Tatty box, has 358 plastic pieces (instructions say only 306+ extra), 28 cards (not sure how many needed), and seems to be missing one counter. .99 Two helicopters had broken blades and a couple red troops were broken off their bases. Not surprising, since all the pieces were loose in the box. I spent a good 30 minutes sorting, counting, bagging, fondling the bits.
This was only the beginning of the ensuing thrift apocalypse. I also picked up several old 70's 80's anime VHS, Tomy electronic tennis, Tomy Electronic Basketball, 7 Intellivision games, and an unbuilt Wild West town, which will be perfect for Deadlands (which I thrifted last year). Star Control I and II for PC. I hope my old P100 still works. I used to love StarControl. Also picked up a half dozen Puzz 3D's including Disney castle and ST.Basil's Cathedarl at the Kremlin all for about .99 each. I don't know if they resell at all or not. If not these are moving out fairly quickly, as storage is becoming an issue. If I was married, I'd never get away with this scale of hoarding.
Original German version with from Hans Im Gluck. 1.98 Someone had hand written the english instructions on the German instructions. This copy was VERY well loved. Too bad there was no thrift pool going for a well worn copy of this instead of settlers. The main wear was that the board had completely separated at all the seams, and someone repaired all around with packing tape. It's ugly, but will get played again!
Cathedral with very nice wooden case/board that holds all the pieces inside for storage. $3 uptown. At first I thought this might have been a homemade version as there are no markings anywhere on the box or pieces. Then I found this image so very similar to mine. My handle is slightly different and instead of snap closure mine has a magnetic closure. I had to scavenge one of the bits from under the stuffed animals as some child had been mucking about with them.
I used to see this all the time, I even passed a couple of times cause I had several copies ready to sell. Nice to see it again. It is complete, except for one of the pawn stands. In very nice shape. Washington St. San Diego, $1.99.
Sweet! Got to add the first picture of this one. When I get some more time, I'll photo the internals and more of the box. 1.98. Man, I used to love me some Evel Knieval. Between this and Dukes of Hazzard, it's a miracle I've never had a wreck.