Collecting by another name ...
Auction (Collector, High Bid) the out of print
game of acquisition saw its participation level drop by 20% from
2005 . (Down 6 from 36 to 30) The game is only an hour long and
each year had to be revoted in by its die hard following . Sort
of the 1776 of the Eurogame world. Not any more ... since
the BPA Board granted it legacy status last year. Four such games
were thus bestowed freedom from the vote last year and three
of them promptly celebrated by declining attendance. Methinks
this bears watching.
Four boards of 4 were played in the mulligan round . Walking
away with a pass to the Semis were Bruce Reiff, Jonathon Lockwood,
George Sauer (GM) and Andy Joy. The latter advanced in his game
over runner-up Nate Hoam as Nate as rolled THREE "bank refuses
to pay" and drew the imitation card on four of his sales.
Sometimes it's just not your year. On the other hand, sometimes
it is. Bruce benefited from three "bank refuses to pay"
for Kate Taillon on his board, with all of those being refused
fitting nicely into his hand.
Five boards of 4 were played in the first round. Taking away
the Advance tickets were Andy Gardner, Matt Calkins, Tom Browne,
Arthur Field and Ken Guttermuth. Ken rolled the $200 bonus on
his last sale to give him exactly enough money to purchase jewelries
off the board to complete a set to win. In the Calkin victory,
four Buyers cards were drawn in succession to be auctioned off
together. Debbie Guttermuth made the purchase for $2300 but finished
last. The game came down to the last card with Calkin winning
the auction and the game.
The Semi-Finals saw the nine winners and Kate Taillon, Nate
Home and Davyd Field advance based on their performances in the
prior rounds. Bruce Reiff, despite three "bank refuses to
pay" slammed down a Rare Miscellany set for a quick victory
over Andy Joy, Kate Taillon and Jonathon Lockwood. For the third
year in the a row, three former champions were randomly matched
on the same board with George Sauer, Arthur Field, and Ken Guttermuth
showing Tome Browne the ropes. George was dealt the best two
Rare Miscellanies and the best Jewelry and was treated by both
Rich Collectors coming out and buying them off in the first two
sales. He finished off the game by winning with Miniatures and
Books. Nate Hoam used his second life as an alternate to eliminate
Matt Calkins, Davyd Field and Andy Gardner in their game to advance.
The three victors—all CABBIES—were joined by
the closest runner-up, Davyd Field in the Final. No quarter
would be asked or given among the three Cabbies, so Davyd
was installed as the pre-game favorite. Alas, in life some
people are just plain good and some are just plain lucky.
It's truly sad when a really good gamer is really lucky.
Bruce Reiff is that person. Declaring for the victory and
coming up short by $20 in the count, Bruce had all but thrown
his chances for victory away. Showing his hand and cash position
informed all of his opponents what he held and how much he
could bid. Picking up his hand and proceeding with the game
in the next auction a sale was made and each player inherited
a card. Of course, Bruce inherited THE card, a Sterling,
to fill his set, akin to filling an inside straight, to win
the game and his second plaque by Wednesday afternoon. Don
Greenwood's cries of anguish could be heard throughout Lancaster
All in all, each of the four rounds took only an hour and
only 13 games were played. The game is quick to play, easy to
learn and difficult to master.