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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Telling you what to buy would be off-topic, but I can tell you what stories make up the original run of The Sandman:
- Vol 1. Preludes and Nocturnes
- Vol 2. The Doll's House
- Vol 3. Dream Country
- Vol 4. Season of Mists
- Vol 5. A Game of You
- Vol 6. Fables and Reflections
- Vol 7. Brief Lives
- Vol 8. World's End
- Vol 9. The Kindly Ones
- 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.