Collectors arcana: There are no known print run variations. The cover bears the RPGA logo, this could be a hint,
that the item was distributed through the RPGA. We assume this item came shrink-wrapped. If so, a shrink-wrapped item adds 50% to its base value.
Based on the Magic Encyclopedia, author Slade wrote the much more detailed
Encyclopedia Magica series.
The credits to Brian Blume for cartography are interesting. Inside the book is a computer-created map of
a magic item shop. Maybe this was an old map from Brian Blume? Blume was one of the owners of TSR until he sold to Lorraine Williams.
The cartography credits remain a bit obscure.
"All AD&D® game campaigns have one thing in common—treasure.
Of course, some campaigns have more treasure than others, but it is the lure of treasure that entices intrepid
adventurers of any world away from the warmth and safety of home and sets them plunging into labyrinthine depths
or into the uncharted wilderness to face fearsome beasts.
To an adventurer, the most prized treasure of all is magic. Open this book, and you will find a concise listing of every
enchanted item ever invented for TSR, Inc.'s fantasy role playing games. The list in Volume One runs from Abacus to Goblet.
The listing includes an experience point value and gold piece sale value for each item.
At last, you'll know exactly what every bauble in any hoard is really worth.
No need to keep guessing.
The listing also identifies the product where the item is described and the page number where you can find it.
A complete list of those products (current through December, 1992) is also provided.
Ever wonder what a phylactery is? Do you know what a diadem looks like or how a chaplet is worn?
Don't wonder anymore! This book also contains an illustrated description of each kind of item."