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Hello All -
I was just conducting an inventory of my collection, and I have two copies of VITP. Both are the 1977 edition, and I can find no difference in the components EXCEPT that one has a plain blue box bottom and the other has a full color bottom with pictures of the map, components, text, etc. There is no separate entry on BGG for this, which leads me to believe that one of these has a cannibalized box bottom from another game. Presumably, that's the plain blue one.
Does anybody have knowledge of how these were produced? I will probably be selling one of these, and want to properly account for the box in the description.
Avalon Hill was a publisher, and they took advantage of that to print different components on an "as needed" basis (they sold all their components individually as well as combined in complete games). There's no way to track all the printings. When they made actual changes, they'd publish it as a 2nd edition (or 3rd or whatever).
People do pay attention to some of the major variations, such as early bookcase games that had cardboard sleeves and later ones that didn't. But color of the box bottom? I wouldn't worry about it one way or the other. (Although if given the choice I'd take the blue - that's the standard I recall in that era.)