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D&D 1E Deities and Demigods AD&D 1e manuscript on auction [UPDATED]

Jim Ward’s original Deities and Demigods manuscript is on auction at eBay. As of the time of writing it’s at $11,000!



THIS MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST HISTORICAL ITEMS YOU CAN BUY FROM JIMS COLLECTION! IT IS THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT FOR THE POPULAR TSR HARDBOUND BOOK "DEITIES AND DEMIGODS, RELEASED IN 1980 BY TSR HOBBIES IN LAKE GENEVA. IT ALSO INCLUDES A LETTER FROM JIM HIMSELF AUTHENTICATING THE MANUSCRIPT AND SHARING A LITTLE BACKSTORY ABOUT IT.

IT IS BEING SOLD AS-FOUND IN THE ORIGINAL CARDBOARD BOX IT WAS STORED IN.

Jim worked at TSR in Lake Geneva for 20+ years. He is also the creator Gamma World, the first role-playing game in the post apocalyptic genre.


UPDATE! The auction has been taken down, as Jim Ward had discovered it is a photocopy not his original manuscript:

“EBAY DEITIES LISTING
So many people asked about the copy issue I took back the manuscript to check it out. I discovered to my horror all the pages were photocopied. Apparently when TSR finished editing the manuscript and I asked for a copy, they sent me back a photocopy and I didn't know it. So in evaluating the worth of the manuscript you have to ask yourself if buying my personnel copy is worth it. I have taken down the ebay listing and will be putting it up again tomorrow with the correction listed in the item.

I'm sorry for the honest mistake. I wasn't trying to trick anyone. I thought it was my original.”
 
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Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
Jim didn’t know how much it would sell for. And he does need the money. Medical bills.....
Ouch. Had no idea about the medical bills. I'm pretty sure he figured it would go in the thousands, though. I don't see how any 1e manuscript wouldn't. Hell, even the Wilderness Survival guide manuscript would probably fetch a few grand.
 


darjr

I crit!
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Blue Orange

Explorer
I think the thing is that with the rise of the internet, there are some very rich computer geeks who played D&D back in the day.

Dude should make sure to mention Cthulhu is in it. (The screenshots show you it has Melnibone, which was removed at the same time, but I assure you enough people are confused that it would be a big bump.)

Good luck Jim. I'll say a prayer to Diancecht, Apollo, Ilmater, Mishakal, and Pelor for you.
 

Dire Bare

Legend
Ouch. Had no idea about the medical bills. I'm pretty sure he figured it would go in the thousands, though. I don't see how any 1e manuscript wouldn't. Hell, even the Wilderness Survival guide manuscript would probably fetch a few grand.
I don't know Ward, but I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't have the collector's mindset. I think the more likely scenario is that he felt he might get a few hundred for this, if lucky. I'm very glad he's going to get a large payday to help with his expenses.

I'm also pretty sure that whoever is bidding over 10 grand isn't worried about also paying an extra $50 for shipping. They should also think about paying shipping insurance on this one!
 


Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
I don't know Ward, but I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't have the collector's mindset. I think the more likely scenario is that he felt he might get a few hundred for this, if lucky. I'm very glad he's going to get a large payday to help with his expenses.

I'm also pretty sure that whoever is bidding over 10 grand isn't worried about also paying an extra $50 for shipping. They should also think about paying shipping insurance on this one!
Yeah. I agree on all counts. I think it's interesting that within a few hours it shot up to $11,100 and then hasn't moved at all in 12 hours. I expected the bids to slow down, but not just stop.
 







Blue Orange

Explorer
Thing is, even if I could buy the thing, I wouldn't be able to take care of it. It's a piece of gaming history, but I don't know the last thing about temperature or sunlight or humidity control or any of the things that go into preserving documents. Honestly it should probably go to some library that deals in geek culture artifacts (there must be one right? I think there's a museum of RPG books in Durham, NC?).
 




Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
For some reason I thought James Ward was on ENWorld. At least I feel like I've read some articles by him.

I did post to a group that knows the guy who owns GameHole Con, and apparently that fellow a) has some money to spend due to his day job and b) has one of the greatest collections of D&D stuff out there, especially AD&D and earlier.

Me personally, I'd like to see this one go quite high - both for James' sake and also high selling collectibles bring a sort of legitimacy to our hobby in a weird way. Maybe the wrong kind however, I don't know.
 


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