*Disclaimer: it may not have been better, I just remember it as being so.
What follows is one of life's little lessons - make sure you inspect the merchandise. The object in question is a classic 1986 boxed set of GW's game of fantasy football; Blood Bowl. This one in fact:
|A classic cover for a classic game
|That's right, signed by the Blood Bowl creator himself, Jervis Johnson
And that's where things stopped. I opened the box briefly to scan the contents, then put it away in the pile of other boxes under my desk for several months. Until yesterday evening when I decided I was going to sort through a few things. I picked up the box, and went through all the contents to verify it was complete. In the process I turned the lid upside down and placed it on the floor beside me. After 10 minutes of checking, I did indeed have a complete boxed set. I turned back to the lid and saw this:
|The inside box lid, complete with an array of signatures
|Phil Gallagher rendered in exquisite calligraphy.
|Adrian Smith, in sadly fading red biro.
|Nigel Stillman - where did he end up?
|Possibly Bil, or maybe Bob, an illegible red biro signature beneath and Derrick Norton. Who was Derrick? I can't recall the name - anyone remember?
|The Warhammer master himself, Rick Priestly
|Graeme Davis and someone I can't work out. Sam? Sean?
So the moral of the story folks - actually look at the things to buy instead of slinging them into the nearest lead pile / cupboard / pile of boxes under your desk!
All help with the signature IDs gratefully received.