So here is a story and it is a familiar one. Young boy in the early 80's playing Atari and listening to Thomas Dolby gets the gift that will change everything, the D&D Basic set. Later, with his well earned and saved money he buys the D&D Expert set. Life is pretty good. Advanced books follow. Boy becomes a young man and moves away to college. Books are taken in some moves, left at parents in others, many years later that milk crate of D&D books, including those once prized Basic and Expert sets (and a crap ton of AD&D hardcovers) have disappeared.
Sad tale to be sure.
Well no more, because after years of looking (albeit not very hard) I finally got a decent looking Expert set.
The box has some wear, yes, but let's look inside.
The books themselves are in fantastic shape. Almost mint I would go as far to say.
Much better than the one I had (bought a couple years back),
The box also had a near mint AD&D 1st ED DM's screen and a full booklet of AD&D NPC record sheets.
Of course now I have four copies of X1, Ilse of the Dread; three of them in near mint condition.
This was pretty much the last thing I wanted to buy. Now my long lost collection is complete again. Well, I don't have the Dungeon or Wilderness Survival Guides, but that's fine.