Eventually, I wore my books out. They were falling apart and I had moved on to things like Vampire, Star Wars, and Champions. I really can't recall what happened to that first box set; I may very well have gotten rid of it around my first marriage in 1999. But eventually, I remember missing it. Oh, I had bought the Marvel SAGA when it came out, and actually played it with my first wife and a friend. But I missed my old, first love. As luck would have it, sometime during that time period between my first marriage and divorce, I found a used copy that was damn near flawless. Complete, intact, barely used. I can't remember the price, but I know it was not much; probably between 10 and 20 dollars in the early 2000s.
Then, I met my second wife. Sometime after we got married, probably during moving in together, I realized I lacked the space to keep all these wonderful childhood books. So I purged; HARD. Gone were the AD&D books I first bought (orange spine PHB, DMG, and Fiend Folio); all of my Fading Suns books (basically everything ever published); and so much more. And gone too, was my precious first love: Marvel Super Heroes Advanced Set.
The box is not in as good a condition as my previous one, but there are no tears.
The books are dang near flawless; a little aging, some rust on the staples, but they really don't look like they were read much.
Pretty sure this is the original map, which was meant to be connected to the map in the Original Set.
All of the standups are here, uncut.
And the character cards, uncut!
And this little blast from the past....But wait, I think I see something else under there!
That's right; I got the two rulebooks from the Starter Traveller box (another casualty of my purge). No, no adventures or maps, but really, these two books are sufficient to run Traveller forever.
Yep, it certainly did just get better. As I told my wife, this is the last time I'm buying this. All of this was acquired for the paltry sum of $35.00. Sometimes, the gaming gods smile on me.