This morning while shopping at a local, Church-run consignment sale I found near-mint copies of the First Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Players Handbook and Dungeon Masters Guide. I got both books for a cool $1 bill and they are both in amazing condition. Much better, I might add, than the tattered, markered and beaten copies owned by Brian Van Hiel – the only other copies of these two books I’ve actually seen firsthand.
For those of you not in the know, this is a major triumph of geekdom. Cheap, old roleplaying books in great shape after nearly 25 years are nearly urban legend. Most of them are like Brian’s copies: used, abused and collecting dust.
The original owners name is still handwritten on the inside cover. A mister Rowland Davidson. Thank you, sir, for what may soon become eBay fodder.