Saturday, September 26, 2015

Collectable RPG Pricing

Pricing of out of print RPGs can be all over the place, especially for those produced by smaller companies or that are long out of print. Case in point, the first edition of the Chill RPG from Pacesetter Games. Four sellers have the book by itself and the boxed set listed on Amazon for between $7000 to $9000. I have a copy in stock I will happily sell your for $100. That's a 98% discount. What a deal!

An even better example of the vagaries in pricing on RPG books is the Batman Soutcebook for Mayfair Games DC Heroes RPG, published back in 1987.  One set of sellers has the book priced from $4 to $10 for a used copy, while another group has the same book in conditions ranging from "Good" to "Like New" at prices ranging from $38 to $66. And here's the 1st edition of the Paranoia RPG, with prices ranging from $60 to $550. Unlike RPGS from TSR, which have a fairly consistent price range, prices on other RPGs appear to get set at whatever the sell things they can get.