I know there are a lot of 2e haters out there and you are welcome to your opinion, even though you are wrong, (just kidding) but to me AD&D 2e was a great game. I wish it got a bit more love by the OSR but I'm thankful that there are a few people out there working on keeping the system alive and revising it for today's gamers.
|Revised 2e PHB|
|Revised 2e DMG|
|Original 2e Books|
From the comments I've seen on some of the message boards there are more than a few 2e fans that will strongly disagree with my following comment, but I like the artwork on the original 2e books better than the revised versions. As a matter of fact the original 1989 DMG probably has my all time favorite RPG cover (Pathfinder and Hollow Earth Expedition tie for a close second). There is just something about that image of the dragon and wizard that sums up, for me at least, what D&D is all about. However, the interior of both of the revised books is much nicer than the original books and from what I can tell they are also much better organized.
Now I'm just waiting for my black cover 2e Monster Compendium to come in the mail. Then I plan on picking up some campaign settings I missed, some of the faux leather bound spell books, and maybe some of the "Complete" series of books. I've really had my eye on The Complete Book of Necromancer, but it will probably have to wait a bit longer.