Quoted from Graysonsdad:
Any advice on how best to protect myself during this transaction is appreciated
You have done your due diligence, except for you only checked local, you can broaden the check and ask for a copy of his drivers licence and you can check out where he works.
You could also ask for complete disclosure on the game, complete pictures history and info.
You can go through an escrow service or just a straight bank to bank transfer. For me I prefer a straight electronic transfer.
As the seller these are all the things that I advised you to do from the get go...
As discussed I said no deposit is required. I like my transactions to be as painless as possible for both parties.
However I respect your efforts to ensure your money is not my only goal. This game has come a long way from what it was and I'm sure it will provide you years of joy.
As far as it goes I tend to collect odd low number games and this could have a happy life here with my others.
As stated several times no pressure ...if you want this game I offered you first right to purchase.
I do understand your apprehensions as Ive done several purchases from out of province and out of country and it is stressful
So I understand your concern