I haven't had much experience with tabletop rpg gaming, but I fell in love with the basic D&D stuff in the 90's.
I got the large box with the black & red design, with the large red dragon on the front. Love that design so much!
My brother later convinced me to destroy my D&D board game. You know, the whole "El Diablo!" scare of the time.
The only thing I kept from it was the little cardboard characters, and probably the little cloth pouch and dice.
I still remember telling him that the map wouldn't tear because it was like a vinyl material. He proved me wrong.. I was shocked that it tore and there was like paper stuff inside.
It was rather painful to see it go, but later on I replaced it (got 2 sets now) thanks to eBay.
I also have the Dragon's Den, Goblin's Lair, Haunted.. Keep? Castle? Well, anyway, the 3 large sets. I also have a complete set of all the basic 90's modules as well. Yay!
I might be missing a scant few that go with the Eye of Traldar series. Would love to have a new, sealed Eye of Traldar but that's OK. It's actually not part of the set.
The set I'm talking about all have those little cardboard characters. TSR did some really cool stuff at that time. I wish they had continued with that design.
I've also got the large hardbound D&D encyclopedia from the 90's. Wish I had a new one, but sadly this one is a little worn.
I love the design of the 90's basic D&D stuff so much! I have a couple other sets that are very much like the 90's box set. They have the cardboard cutouts and such. They basically cloned the set and put it in a different box. I wish I knew of a list of sets that had all the standup cardboard characters. I might have them all but I'm not sure.
I've also started collecting the Hollow World stuff. It's difficult to find them at a good price though. I might have to up my minimum to get em.
Oh, I still have yet to play any tabletop RPG. I just love collecting this stuff, having it, and looking it.