Brett David Spain
Have I gone mad? I'm afraid so. You're entirely Bonkers. But I will tell you a secret, All the best people are.
I am interested in parting with my entire Avalon Hill collection. The condition of the titles range from new/unpunched/shrinkwrapped to good/punched. I would rather sell the entire set to a single person rather than splitting the collection. It would reduce the shipping costs and alleviate the general hassle of listing everything and trying to administer each sale. Of course, I realize that most people would not want to purchase an entire collection, but I thought some game dealer or entrepreneur may find the collection alluring.
I am interested in suggestions on the best way to sell such a collection. What is the general value of such a set? As far as I could tell, there is no "collection sale" option here at BGG.
Here are the titles that I would like to sell:
1830 - Railroads and Robber Barons (unpunched)
Advanced Civilization (unpunched)
Civilization Western Extension Map
Advanced Third Reich (unpunched)
Empire of the Rising Sun (unpunched)
Age of Renaissance (unpunched)
B-17: Queen of the Skies (unpunched)
B-17: Variant Counters
Title Bout (unpunched)
Down With The King (unpunched)
Dragon Pass (unpunched)
Les Dieux Nomades (Nomad Gods, Oriflam) (unpunched)
Duel, The (Dune expansion) (unpunched)
Spice Harvest (Dune expansion) (unpunched)
For the People
Frederick the Great (unpunched)
Guns of August (unpunched)
Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage (unpunched)
History of the World (unpunched)
Kingmaker Variant Event Cards (Expansion)
Kremlin: Revolution! (Expansion)
Merchant of Venus
Mustangs Expansion Module
Mystic Wood Extension Kit (Gibson Games)
Pax Britannica (Victory Games)
Republic of Rome, The (unpunched)
Richthofen's War (unpunched)
Richthofen's War Maneuver Cards
Starship Troopers (unpunched)
Up Front (unpunched)
Banzai: Up Front Expansion (unpunched)
Desert War: Up Front Expansion (unpunched)
We the People (unpunched)
We the People Expansion Card Set
There is a retail place called Titan Games that would probably buy it all from you, but also probably not for as much as you'd like.
They have an online shop.
It's a tough call. If you want the best prices for each you have to sell them individually as there just aren't that many people out there with the money handy to pay full price for each game in the collection.
If you have the time, sell them individually here on the BGG marketplace and/or on Ebay. Or you could take it to one of the many businesses that have sprung up all over that allow you to drop off your goods and they sell it on Ebay for you. Of course their cut is usually about 35% and they massively overcharge for shipping so they don't get as good final sale prices as individuals do.
I say come to the BGG con! Drive down from Tennessee with your collection in tow and sell them there.
For maximum cash, sell individually. You have some games in there that are fairly valuable. Some, such as 1776, are not worth as much.
marks the spot.
I'd split it, but only because there are a few things there I'd be interested in, but I have a lot of it already.
Purely selfish, of course.
I'd personally split it up.
I'd also never do business with Titan Games. They have a policy that you can send in your games and they will make you an offer - you can accept it or they will return your games to you in the manner that you sent them. I had a bunch of stuff that I didn't want to bother selling on eBay as I was getting married at the time, so I sent it to them, insured with delivery confirmation. They offered me significantly lower than I expected based on their approximate buying prices, so I asked that they send it back to me. They were incredibly rude about it, and I never recieved my games back. When I asked for shipping and tracking information they told me they sent it out the same way I shipped it to them. When I sent them the original tracking information, they ignored me. My persistent efforts to simply receive my games have been to no avail. I'm of the opinion that Titan Games basically stole about $1000 worth of games/gaming related stuff from me, and I wouldn't wish that on someone else. On the other hand, you could get a rough estimate from them before you send your stuff in, which might provide an additional layer of protection.
I think the best way to sell these "together" would be to attend one of the major gaming conventions that have a board game auction.
The WBC in Lancaster PA this summer
EuroQuest in Maryland this fall
or Prezcon in Charlottesville , VA in Feb
are the 3 east coast event that I know have game auctions.
I believe Buckeye Game Fest in Columbus, I think it's in the fall also
has a very active auction.
If you want an idea about what some of these games would go for at these auctions check out the results from Prezcon this year:
I think either Gencon or Origins might also have an auction, but I'm not 100% sure.