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I'm a total noob as far as this hobby goes, I just started. I am interested in starting a collection, specifically dealing with early and 60s/70s vintage board games. I am counting on finding them in the wild, of course. But I quickly realized the challenge in doing this is finding complete games.

I picked up my first game the other day, Kreskin's ESP, and because I didn't really know what to look for, I didn't realize it was incomplete. I've checked around on the site, but can't find any sort of guide to complete games. Does such a recourse exist? Are there any books out that can help you there?

Also, is there a rarity guide for old board games? Does such a thing as a "rare" board game even exist? Are older editions considered more collectable or more valuable than newer ones?
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Before you start collecting old games, you should try some of the modern games.

They're actually quite fun. You might want to buy new games and play them, instead of buying old games that aren't as good, and just looking at them on your shelves.
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warmsignal wrote:
I've checked around on the site, but can't find any sort of guide to complete games. Does such a recourse exist? Are there any books out that can help you there?

On many game pages you can find pdfs or links to rulebooks that will give a complete list of components. However, it's hard to know when you buy the product, of course.

warmsignal wrote:
Also, is there a rarity guide for old board games? Does such a thing as a "rare" board game even exist? Are older editions considered more collectable or more valuable than newer ones?


There is no guide, but yes, there are many "rare" board games. Frankly, most are.

Older editions aren't always considered better, though it happens now and then.

However, if your goal is to collect stuff that will be REALLY valuable, then you're in the wrong field. Boardgamers are mostly gamers, and very very few are collectors in the sense that they'll hoard wrapped, unopened games. Hence, very few games will get you a lot of money.
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Many game info pages will have a parts inventory somewhere. Either in the forums, or the files. Kreskin does not have one, but there are some good photos of the game that may help you.

Also in the statistics section (of the Kreskin game page), you will see that 3 Geeks have extra parts for trade. You might be able to complete the copy you have.

You will find most of the content on the site is about the playing of the games. However, a lot of people fit into gamers/game collectors, because their addiction enjoyment of the games has led them to a modest or even not-so-modest game collection. (Look around and you will find some people with thousands of games!) Few that are collectors/not players, but there are probably some.

Lastly, on the Forums tab at the top of the page, if you select "forums" and bring up the index, you may want to look at "Board Game Valuations" for discussion about games and their values.


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A friend of mine has a copy of this book on his coffee table:

http://www.amazon.com/American-Games-Comprehensive-Collector...

It doesn't go into game contents, but it does have lists of games from many publishers with values. The Amazon page shows some similar books.
 
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agashamirv wrote:
Before you start collecting old games, you should try some of the modern games.

They're actually quite fun. You might want to buy new games and play them, instead of buying old games that aren't as good, and just looking at them on your shelves.


If they are doing this for the sake of collecting games versus playing them, then that's not as useful.
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warmsignal wrote:
I am counting on finding them in the wild, of course.


I really like this line - You'll fit in well here.

I'd agree with others - collect old games but be sure to play some new ones.
 
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One thing you can do is follow the weekly thrift list, to see what used games people are buying, and listen to them discuss reselling and profits for each game.

Your Thrift Store/Bargain Finds 20 - 26 August 2012

Some games are highly valuable until a reprint comes out, or a dormant game becomes desirable when a movie is released, for example.

The thrifters' guild is a treasure trove of information:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/193

and you can buy or trade parts that you need, especially with the help of the parts list:

2012 SPARE PARTS RESOURCE LIST
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Assuming that you all get what sorts of games I'm after (early, but not antique)which of these books would you recommend?

http://www.amazon.com/More-Board-Games-Schiffer-Collectors/d...

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http://www.amazon.com/American-Games-Comprehensive-Collector...
 
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