08 March 2015

Star Trek Chess

It was slim pickings for this current edition of Top eBay Chess Items by Price. My short list had only one item: 'Bobby Fischer's Games of Chess ~ 1st US Edition ~ 1959 Hardcover'; it listed for $550 and sold for $450, 'Best offer accepted'.

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959: First Edition, First Printing as stated. In Near Fine condition, in a Very Good dust jacket with $2.95 intact. Pages lightly toned, light offsetting to end papers. Previous owner details in ink on front free end paper. Cloth shows light edge wear. The dust jacket shows foxing, sunning and edge wear, with a chip at the top of the front panel and a short closed tear to the rear. A lovely copy overall of this scarce chess title.

A sought-after item with 253 views, it was visually unattractive. Time to return to Chess Set Brands and Character Families, where I discovered that 'eBay has built-in categories for chess sets'. Given the recent death of Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015), a post on Star Trek sets would be appropriate. Unfortunately, eBay no longer offers the built-in filters for brands and families, so I constructed my own composite view from the top six items of the past three months.

Given that the series on 'Top eBay Chess Items' is approaching its fifth anniversary, it's coincidental that the second post in the series was Peter Ganine and Star Trek, featuring a photo of Nimoy's Spock with the 3-D version of the set. Another post, Chess Sets, 'Never Been Used', mentioned three varieties of Star Trek set: a 25th Anniversary set, a 3-D set, and an 'Official Next Generation' set. Are there others?

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