I checked each one out, flipping through the pages, checking for damage, stains, pen and pencil marks. All of them were in very good shape. I don't know what printing the books were, but that's not that important to me. I collect rule sets, not "collectible" rules. I was ecstatic. The DM Guide I bought last year wasn't that great, and here I had a great copy. Of course it was then I realized that I had no spare money to buy the books. All three totaled $32.40, but it might as well have been a thousand dollars. I couldn't afford to get them. Oh well.
For a short time I thought of hiding them. Heh. Yeah right, I gave that thought up fairly quickly, but reluctantly. So I left. I had no desire to browse anymore. I knew the books wouldn't last long.
I checked back a couple of days later, and the books were still there. I was amazed, but still couldn't justify buying even one of the books. The DMs Guide and Fiend Folio were ten dollars each. The Monster Manual was $12.40. Good prices for the condition they were in. So I left, knowing full well that everyday that passed increased the chances they would be sold.
A few days later I had extra cash. So I went back, fully expecting the books to be gone, but I was lucky, and all three books were still there. SCORE!
There was also another copy of the Fiend Folio there, but it was in very sorry shape. I couldn't believe they priced it the same as the first copy I found. It was bowed very badly, and had many stains on the inside pages. I really don't understand the store's pricing.
Once I got the books home, I did a little clean up with a kneaded eraser. I was lucky there were only a couple of pencil marks. I need to purchase one of those pillow erasers. Those really help clean up the pages as well.
So my hunt for AD&D books is going well, all I need now is the Player's Handbook, Deities & Demigods, and I'm sure a couple of others that I can't recall right now.
I'm going to be busy the next couple of weeks, possibly longer. I have jury duty at the end of the month, so who knows what's going to happen. So I will probably be posting erratically, if at all.