The Barnes & Noble "A Game of Thrones" deluxe (blue-bound) gilt-edged slipcased edition (without DJ) is currently half-price ($25.00) at all B&N stores in the U.S. Likely a permanent remainder from now on at that price. You can also by it at B&N online for just $16, plus shipping. It's shrink-wrapped to prevent scuffing of the cloth slipcase and exposed spin edge. Certainly a bargain at either price, especially for the extra items included inside this special edition.
I've added it to my own large (and still-growing) ASoIaF collection; I've never counted just how many different variant versions of the novel I now own, including both the CD and Meisha-Merlin illustrated. Perhaps it's time to stop buying variant copies? (My internal Collector just whispered inside my head: "Who the hell are you kidding?!")
On the reissued Amazon four-volume exclusive set: Does anyone know if the set's copyright pages now indicates a 2nd or later printing? (Usually a string of numbers: 10 counting down to the latest printing, say 3 or 2.) I've vascilated back-and-forth on buying this one because I've found Amazon usually does a crappy job of packing-up their titles for shipping. Being a longtime Collector, I really hate receiving books (or book sets) with shipping damage that could've easily been prevented with proper air-bubble packing while preparing my order; over the years, Amazon's warehouses have gotten pretty sloppy about this.
Edited by Ser Kennos of Kayce, 24 July 2012 - 04:44 AM.