WOTC announced last week the company plans to reprint the first three books for 1st edition AD&D, the Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide and Monster Manual in premium limited editions. Of course, the company is charging what buyers would have considered a premium price back when the books first came out. Today, customers don’t bat an eye at paying almost double what the original books sold for back in the late 1970s/early 80s. We have taken pre-orders for two sets, I know of one store that has pre-orders for over a dozen and another that pre-sold 40 copies the first weekend after the announcement. Not bad, considering that WOTC will reprint the books in the original black and white, with the complete set retailing for just under $115. The fact that WOTC announced it will make a contribution (amount currently unknown) to help put into place the planned Gary Gygax statue in
Lake Geneva for each book sold has probably helped sales as well. At the store, it certainly picked up interest in our collection of 1st edition AD&D books.