There are so many "Sandman" collections on Amazon. How could I know the right collection to buy if I'd like to have the whole series? What are the full contents of the series? ps. with the same content, I'd prefer a more affordable set.

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    Shopping questions are off-topic I'm afraid, especially when the answer is trivially simple to find on the likes of Amazon – Valorum Aug 11 '17 at 23:28
  • @Valorum Funny, I have all the Sandman (umm.. I think - now I'm not so sure) and the product list on Amazon confuses me. Still, the question is off-topic. – Todd Wilcox Aug 12 '17 at 0:09
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    I'm not aware of the exact sales items on Amazon and the likes, but I'd strongly recommend to go for the trade paperbacks. They should be affordable (especially if you don't buy all 10 at once), and they contain all the stories (75 issues + the special issue "Tale of Orpheus") in the order they should be read, i.e. the in-universe chronological order (more or less). Go for the 2010 or 2011 printing. Absolute Sandman is the same thing, only it's 5 bricks ~2 kg each with giant pages and some non-essential content in the end (like introductions and scripts). – Gallifreyan Aug 13 '17 at 22:40
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    Everything that is not in the 76 issues should be read after the series. This goes for Overture (especially Overture!), Endless Nights, Death spin-offs, and various Sandman Presents spinoffs (including Mike Carey's Lucifer). The Dream Hunters takes place before the main narration of the series, and doesn't reference anything from it, but I'd still read it afterwards. – Gallifreyan Aug 13 '17 at 22:46
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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sandman_(Vertigo) has got plenty of info. – BCdotWEB Aug 14 '17 at 0:11

Telling you what to buy would be off-topic, but I can tell you what stories make up the original run of The Sandman:

  1. Vol 1. Preludes and Nocturnes
  2. Vol 2. The Doll's House
  3. Vol 3. Dream Country
  4. Vol 4. Season of Mists
  5. Vol 5. A Game of You
  6. Vol 6. Fables and Reflections
  7. Vol 7. Brief Lives
  8. Vol 8. World's End
  9. Vol 9. The Kindly Ones
  10. Vol 10. The Wake

Any collection that includes all of those will have all of the original Sandman stories. It looks like The Sandman: Overture is a more recent prequel and The Sandman: Endless Nights, a related story, are graphic novels that you might want to have also.

Finally, there was a brief spin-off that was pretty good that came in two books: Death: The High Cost of Living and Death: The Time of Your Life, which are also confusingly available in collected forms with other material that is sometimes also included in other volumes mentioned above.

So it is a bit of a mess, but if you figure out how to get the ten volumes listed above, you'll have a great, epic story of Morpheus that is really what started the whole thing.

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    There is also the made-up Japanese folk tale, The dream hunters. – Andrés E. Caicedo Aug 12 '17 at 0:39
  • What's more confusing, there's the novella The Dream Hunters, with illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano, and there's the comic adaptation by P. Craig Russell. Both worth a read. – Gallifreyan Aug 13 '17 at 22:41

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