The Balrog

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The Balrog

Post by Gorrath » Thu May 08, 2008 12:53 am

Ok, here's a simple question.

If I want a "The Balrog" complete set, how much should I expect to pay...if i'm lucky and patient?

Thanks

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Post by Zakath » Fri May 09, 2008 2:30 am

A complete collector's set or a complete playset?

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Post by Gorrath » Fri May 09, 2008 2:43 am

Zakath wrote:A complete collector's set or a complete playset?
I don't really care lol

A complete playset I guess...since I'm sure a complete collector's set is way more expensive! lol

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Post by Zakath » Fri May 09, 2008 2:56 am

Other way round.

One of each Balrog 'deck' gives you at least one of every card in the set. A full playset means 3 of every non-unique card, which means 3 of each 'deck.'

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Post by Gorrath » Fri May 09, 2008 3:23 am

Zakath wrote:Other way round.

One of each Balrog 'deck' gives you at least one of every card in the set. A full playset means 3 of every non-unique card, which means 3 of each 'deck.'
Ouch! That must be wayyyyy to expensive! lol

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Post by tbadiuk » Sat May 10, 2008 2:20 pm

You're looking to pay about $300-$350 USD for two sealed starter decks.  If the set is open, missing cards, etc you can get a deal sometimes.  A playset (3 of each non-unique) could very well run close to $800-$1000.  For our friends overseas, it's not as bad as the Euro is strong.  Not good for us North Americans though...

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Post by tbadiuk » Sat May 10, 2008 2:21 pm

In case I wasn't clear, two sealed starter decks (1 red,1 blue) make up a complete set with some extra cards left over.  See:

http://fan.theonering.net/morgulrats/stuff.html

Particularly:

http://fan.theonering.net/morgulrats/r_meba.pdf

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Post by Gorrath » Sat May 10, 2008 2:32 pm

tbadiuk wrote:You're looking to pay about $300-$350 USD for two sealed starter decks.  If the set is open, missing cards, etc you can get a deal sometimes.  A playset (3 of each non-unique) could very well run close to $800-$1000.  For our friends overseas, it's not as bad as the Euro is strong.  Not good for us North Americans though...

Ted
I guess I'll have to pass on this set! lol

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Post by Gorrath » Sun May 25, 2008 2:58 pm

I just bought a near-complete set for cheap. It's missing 6 cards:

1 Longbottom Leaf (what a surprise)
1 Show Things Unbidden
1 Challenge the Power
1 Great Army of the North
1 Desire All for Thy Belly
1 The Sun Shone Fiercely

But I got all those in extra (from another box missing a lot of cards)

1 Bolg
1 Crook-Legged Orc
1 Hill-Troll
1 Mountain-Maggot
1 The Balrog

1 Elven Rope
1 Crept Along Carefully

1 Angmar Revisited
1 Breach the Hold
1 Cavers Unchoked
1 Flame of Udûn
2 Foe Dismayed
1 Gangways Over the Fire
1 Great Fissure
1 Obey Him or Die
1 Orders From the Great Demon
2 Out He Sprang
1 Roam the Waste
1 Roots of the Earth
2 Strangling Coils
1 Whispers of Rings

1 A Few Recruits

1 Olog Warlords

1 Ancient Deep-Hold
1 Moria
1 The Gem-Deeps
1 The Pûkel-Deeps
1 The Rusted-Deeps
1 The Under-Gates
1 The Under-Grottos
1 The Under-Leas
1 The Under-Vaults
1 The Wind-Deeps


I paid 80$ for all those and the guy also gave me 2 burning eye dices and a map.

I think it was a really good deal huh?

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Post by Gorrath » Sun May 25, 2008 3:01 pm

I must I'm a little disappointed with this set quality.

There is a lot of cards with bad cutting...mainly the grey bordered reprints but a few of the "The Balrog only" cards.

The art is not as beautiful as in the previous sets...the colors are often a lot too bright and they seem weird.

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Post by tbadiuk » Mon May 26, 2008 8:54 am

That's a really good price.  I do know the Longbottom Leaf is one of the most valuable from MEBA though.  I can't remember which other ones are the expensive ones though.

Not all of them are cut bad - I think mine are cut well.

Certain languages are notorious for bad cutting (Spanish), or at least in my experience.  MEBA isn't a set I've ever heard anyone comment on before regarding badly cut cards.

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Post by Leon » Mon May 26, 2008 9:43 am

Rumours of Rings, Whispers of Rings and Great Army of the North are some of the really usefull cards.

A few others will be more expensive, because you would like to have 3 of some non-unique like Beorning Skin-Changers and Unabated in Malice.

Congratulations on aquiring a near-complete set for such a price. I paid 80 euros for a complete set a few years back and am still really happy I did so.

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Post by Thorf » Mon May 26, 2008 11:55 am

Mine had some bad cuts too - mostly black edges showing up on the grey borders, sometimes quite badly.

Also note that Balrog cards have differently cut corners, which is a much bigger problem.

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Post by melkor_morgoth75 » Wed May 28, 2008 12:41 pm

Thorf wrote:Mine had some bad cuts too - mostly black edges showing up on the grey borders, sometimes quite badly.

Also note that Balrog cards have differently cut corners, which is a much bigger problem.
Exactly, that's the "common" problem of balrog's cards  :cry:

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Post by bulabula » Thu May 29, 2008 9:04 pm

Where did you get them for so cheap (if you're willing to give away your secret)?

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