So I stopped into my local Half-Price Books last week on my way to campus (I'm an English prof.) I pop in there about once a month to check out what kind of stuff is cycling through the SciFi and Fantasy sections (last month I picked up a nearly mint copy of the paperback Tales of the Dying Earth, and the time before that I picked up a Del Ray first edition paperback of The Lure of the Basilisk). They have a small RPG section which I also usually check, as I've managed to pick up quite few 1e hardbacks fairly cheaply in the past.
This time, though, I nearly had a heart attack. Sitting on the shelf were a single hardback copy each of the S&W Core Rules and the S&W Monster Book, both with the Mullen artwork and the Mythmere Games logo. Both were in mint condition--their spines hadn't even been cracked. Neither has the Black Blade logo, so I'm guessing these are from Lulu.com.
A little bit down the shelf were single hardback copies of Labyrinth Lord and the Labyrinth Lord Advanced Companion--also mint.
There was also a copy of Greyhawk Adventures--not mint, but in pretty decent shape.
Total price for my haul? $52.
(This post has been cross posted at both the S&W forums and the LL forms, so apologies if you think I'm being a bit too excited!)
And I bet you were able to keep focused on your lesson plan, too, yah?
It's actually pretty cool that, although their presence means some cretin dumped them, OSR product is becoming voluminous enough to end up in used books stores...
It is sad that someone felt compelled to part with them. I'll blame the economy--someone probably had to sell their gaming stuff to pay rent or buy groceries. I'm just lucky enough to have a job that offers some degree of economic security as long as the state doesn't declare bankruptcy (which it could, like what is happening in Wisconsin).