It was now late July of 2015 and Boston Comic Con was approaching in less than a month. I knew Ken Bald and Allen Bellman would be attending so I wanted to get a book that they both had artwork in that they could sign. I also planned to have Stan Lee sign this book as well since I had a "Stan Lee VIP Experience" ticket which included a signature from him for free. After doing some research I eventually found a Captain America Comics #73 on Metropolis Comics. It was a CGC 3.5 which fit perfectly in my grade range and it featured artwork by both Allen Bellman and Ken Bald! Also of note, this copy was a "Canadian Edition". "What the heck is that?!" I thought. It intrigued me and I quickly went to the CGC census to look at how many copies there were. It turned out that this 3.5 was just one of three copies ever graded. That's minuscule compared to the thirty graded US editions! Perhaps Canadian editions are seen as inferior to the US editions since they came out after the US editions but I didn't care. From this point forward I wanted to seek out the Canadian edition of any Captain America Comic I could. According to the census, Canadian editions only exist for Captain America Comics issues #66(two versions? 4/1948 & 8/1948), #67, #68, #69, #70, #72, #73, #74 & #75. The total copies graded for these issues is 4, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 3, 2 & 2 respectfully. That's just 17 total Canadian editions graded from 11 different issues! Are these really this rare or are collectors not getting them graded due to being Canadian?
Ken Bald and Allen Bellman signed very neatly on the bottom where it did not cover any art. Stan Lee, on the other hand, grabbed my book out of my hand and scrawled this big old signature right in the center of the cover. I've never seen a signature that big...like ever I know some collectors distaste signatures on comics, especially GA books but all three of these guys are in their 90's and it was my first time meeting all three of these guys so I figured why not? I, for one don't mind signatures on books if the signature is done in a non obtrusive manner. I still absolutely love this book though and will probably never sell it.
After my spate of purchases leading up to BCC and the cost of BCC itself I was pretty much tapped out for my yearly comic budget! I only purchased two more Captain America Comic before the end of the year. Randomly logging into the CGC boards marketplace at 1am on October 26th I came across a board member selling a raw Captain America Comics #75...and it was a Canadian edition! I couldn't believe it! I instantly hit the and inside a week I had it in hand. There are only two copies graded on the census but including this copy and one other raw copy I've seen, there are only four copies I know of to exist at this point.
My last Captain America Comics purchase of 2015 was issue #71 CGC 3.0 which I had been watching on eBay for a while. Week after week the book would not sell so the seller dropped the price by $50 each week. This went on for three weeks before I pulled the trigger. I didn't think the original price was too bad to begin with so I had expected to see someone buy it at any time. Fortunately, I must have been the only one paying attention to this auction as I was able to 'Buy-It-Now' three weeks later for $150 less than original asking price. It took longer than I would have hoped to receive it (which is saying something since I am patient to a fault) but I finally received it almost three weeks later.
I now had ten Captain America Comics issues since my first purchase (#53) a year prior! These were #44, #53, #66, #68(x2), #71, #73(Canadian SS), #74(!), #75 & #76. I was making headway but excluding #74 these were the "easy" issues! Non war covers and mostly non Schomburg covers! Overall I was just 7.9% complete I still had a long way to go but at least I had my feet in the water. I couldn't wait to see what issues came up for sale in 2016...
I am a Small Fish when it comes to eBay, so check out my stuff. There's a good chance you'll be able to snag something for cheap!
Here's my plan for eBay auctions. It's actually a lot of work setting these up, but it's also fun, and hopefully it's a good way to move some books I no longer have space for.
Run auctions twice per month, always ending on Sunday
Auctions are focused on a particular (e.g. - Conan & 70s/80s Marvels, 90's & modern books etc.)
List the first batch of items on Thursday, 10 days before. Hopefully this gives some items more visibility.
The rest of the items are listed on Sunday, a week before
List items at (roughly) 2-minute intervals, in some logical order
Whenever someone buys something from me, I include a little ad like this with the invoice. My hope is that previous customers are more likely to purchase from me again. Also, having a physical piece of paper helps give them a reminder...
I have set up a little comic shop here on the boards. I know selling in the galleries is *not a thing* yet, but I thought I'd give it a try.
I plan to keep about 50-100 books listed here, and will update regularly.
At least, that's the plan.
Anyway, check it out.
In my first entry I mentioned the lot of wolverine back stock I purchased around 2009 that has just been sitting in my old bedroom at my mother’s house. I recently went and got those and decided to finally make my way through them all and see what I have. This is a huge task for me because I’ve never really had to handle this many comics but it will also be instrumental in helping me get to my end goal of my CGC 9.8 run. I didn’t really know where to start so I just set up as many folding table that I had where ever I could fit them in my basement and started laying them all out. I would find 20 of an issue in one box and then another 20 of the same issue 4 boxes later so now at least they were together.
I’m used to looking though long boxes at LCS trying to find one minty back issue that might have a chance of getting that coveted 9.8. What I typically come across at the LCS is from collections sold to shop and not so much back stock that have left over. So when I look at these stacks of these uncirculated books I just get a little happy inside. I know that most of these books would end up in the $1 bin (or less) for a lot of people but I really do enjoy them. I guess to each their own. This is also why my wife calls me a comic hoarder and not a collector.
So every night after the wife and kids go to bed I descend into the basement to bag, board, sort, index, etc. My goals at night are pretty simple. I take a stack of one issue, I pick out one that I’m planning to send to CGC to grade, I pick one nice one to save for myself raw (because even though I like my slabs there is something special about a high grade raw in a bag and board) and then I take the worst copy for my reader. So 3 copies for me and the rest will get bagged, boarded, indexed and filed away in a long box. I will eventually use a few more for full runs for some family members, but for now we will consider them filed away.
I’m starting with all the issues that I already have CGC 9.8’s of. That way I just take a nice raw and a reader and never have to worry about them again.
This is my progress so far:
Wolverine #50 (57 Copies)
Wolverine #62 (75 Copies)
Wolverine #65 (79 Copies)
Wolverine #66 (29 Copies)
Wolverine #86 (12 Copies)
Wolverine #89 Deluxe (88 Copies)
Wolverine #91 (27 Copies)
Wolverine #109 (30 Copies)
Wolverine #169 (37 Copies)
This is a picture of the stacks. They are on tables throughout the basement. Something about them makes me smile.
If anyone out there has any experience with processing these big lots I would love to know the tricks of the trade to do this as efficiently as possible.
I started reading Wolverine comic somewhere during the winter of 1993, right after the cartoon started playing on television. I remember it all pretty well. I lived in Boston, me and my friends would shovel people houses out when it snowed for money. Then we would take our hard earned money and jump on the No 35 bus to West Roxbury to spend it all on comics. I remember the issues in mid 60’s and I remember being blown away by Issue 75 later on that year. I was always on hunt for the back issues to try and get a complete run, but the earliest issue I was able to get my hands on was #8 and it holds a special place in my collection. Summer of 1997 I moved from Boston out to the suburbs and that was about the end of my comic reading days… for then. It was only about 4 years but they were a great 4 years.
Fast forward to 2004, I just finished college and moved down to Virginia for a job and more school at night. I didn’t know anyone so I had a lot of time on my hands and I did a lot of reading, mostly books. One day I came across the Essential Wolverine TPBs, cheap, black and white and complete runs. So I decided to pick up them up. I never had a full run before so the story line was always broken up and this was perfect. I wasn’t long that I decided to splurge on my next prized possession, Wolverine #1 (1988). At this point I didn’t know the difference between raw and slabbed (I didn’t even know slabs existed). I had no idea how to grade a book, but looking back it was probably a 7.0 on a good day. By the time I was on Essential Wolverine Vol 4 I started to get bored of the black and white images, the paper, and the book size. So off to EBay I went to hunt down 189 issues (still just raw).
To minimize the dreaded “wall of text” I’ll give cliff notes version of the next few years. I got my 189 issues and all that time on EBay I started to notice more and more of these CGC slabs. So next came Wolverine #1 CGC 9.8, then #10, then why not get 1 thru 10, then why not go to 20. About that time I found the CGC Registry and then the forums. This is when I found out that I was just a little guppy a sea of whales. I realized that I knew nothing about comic collecting so would lurk on the forums for hours a night absorbing as much as I could. I registered my small collection in October of 2008 and the real fun started. At this point nobody had a full run, there were no #35’s graded in 9.8 and a good amount of the books had very low census numbers. So the hunt was on. I would check EBay daily for slabs or 9.8 candidates raw. I shortly learned that NM/M on EBay seller’s descriptions and NM/M from CGC were two different animals. So the weekends I was in my car driving around to find my 9.8’s. Somewhere in there I moved back to Boston where life was ready to take some more interesting turns.
Around 2009 I had the opportunity to buy some old dealer stock of wolverine comics. There we a lot of very nice Wolverine #1 (Mini Series) in there and I convinced myself that I could flip them and a few others and pretty much be even and then have 20 or so wonderful long boxes of wolverine back issue where I could pull the rest of CGC 9.8 collection from. But it didn’t last long. Bringing 20-25 long boxes into my small apartment and trying to sort through them all was a task that I had neither the time nor space to handle. It wasn’t long until my then fiancé wanted the boxes out of there. So off they went to my parents’ house in my old bedroom until we had a house of our own. That was my next big stop, When I left I think I had a little over 50 slabs and it was ranked #7 in the registry.
Fast forward again… Marriage, built a house, 3 kids, started a company… August 2017.
My family has always informed me that I am impossible to buy presents for. Over the years, I have ended up a closet full of unworn sweaters, a pile of unopened gismos and stack of unused gift cards. In my mind, I’m just a simple man who doesn’t really want/need much but to my family I guess I’m a constant pain. They have tried to buy me comics but it never ends up very well and they always paying way more than they should for things. This year is different. I had an idea. I proposed to my wife that I would buy comics I needed throughout the year and hand them over to her on arrival. Then when people came asking what to buy me she would just “sell” them a book from her inventory. The whole extended family loved the idea. They never had to worry about me again.
So I’m back and I’m going to do my best to keep the “inventory” stocked. Some might say that it takes away the spirit of gift giving but I really think that it will add a whole new level of meaning to my collecting. I could never sell a book my son gets me for father’s day or my wife get me for my anniversary. There will still be an element of surprise because I won’t know who is giving me what and nobody says they have to give me a comic in the first place.
My first stop was to the boards to see what’s been going on for the last 8 years… and it was a lot. There were new names on top of the leaderboards, #35’s have been found, new books were added (what’s Doombringer?) and people were getting a lot signed. I also had to reach out to see if I could start sourcing some of these books. I’m going to be honest, I got a little ahead of myself and my first purchase was for 50 slabs. I got those home and decided that I would just hide them among my other comic boxes and start again with filling the inventory.
The last piece of the puzzle I mentioned a little earlier. The massive amounts of back issues I had horded and stored at my parents’ house. Well, I have them now at my new house and I’m starting to go through them. I’ll be bagging and boarding every night until they are all sorted, categorized, and filed away.
This journal is to track my progress on my Wolverine 1988 run and working my way through my horde.
Current Status: 102/229
Hey all! I've been on the boards for a few years and I've enjoyed every minute of it. You really cannot beat this place in terms of the collective knowledge provided by its members, the images of their books/collections or the general kindness displayed not only for other members (who actually know each other) in times of need, but everyday from stranger to stranger. Ok that was a crazy long sentence. Hopefully I won't have too many of those in my entries
I've always been a huge Captain America fan. I feel like I gravitated towards Captain America due to the fact that for all his might and fighting ability, at the end of the day he's just flesh and blood. He cannot shoot beams out of his eyes. He cannot fly. He cannot turn invisible or read your mind. Sure, he's been enhanced beyond that of a average human being but he still remains one. For all his super powers he lacks, he makes up for in raw grit and determination. At the end of the day he still gets the job done...and he doesn't back down to anyone. After acquiring his complete silver, bronze and modern series (up to 2006), I knew I had to have his original golden age series! This of course, I knew was going to be a lifelong journey as I am just an "average" guy with a "average" paying job! There's only 79 issues issues in the GA Captain America run (counting the annual of course)...how difficult or expensive could it be?!
With my budget it wasn't difficult to see that I'd have to settle for grades between 2.0 - 4.0. Some cheaper issues I am sure I can grab above a 4.0 but that will have to be my top grade most of the time if I plan to collect them all. This was fine with me as GA books in this grade range can still be plenty presentable. I planned to stay away from detached covers, restored or incomplete books except for the most expensive issues.
My first Captain America Comics issue I bought was a raw #53 off eBay in the summer of 2014. I would grade it at a 1.8 - 2.0 due to some heavy staining on the back cover that goes into the last few pages and some water damage at the top on the comic that is on every page. It doesn't affect the art. There is a also a few tears up to an inch long on two pages inside. No missing pieces though. Pages are light tan to cream colored and supple. There are no significant detractors from the front cover which is great! Despite it's flaws, I still got quite the rush when reading it for the first time. To think where this book had been in the 68 years since it was first put on the comic rack and how many people had read it prior to me? It was now mine and it was the 1st of 79 in my quest to own them all!
I wanted to approach the accumulation of these GA comics in a semi organized way, but how? Starting from #1 wasn't possible since those early issues were too far out of budget. So, I decided to start at the last issues and work my way towards #1. I wouldn't, however, limit myself to picking up a book randomly in between if it was a decent deal. Looking at all of the Captain America Comics covers, one caught my eye in particular. Captain America Comics #74! Awesome red frame cover with the Red Skull and a strange horror vibe. I had to have it! So did many other collectors apparently and I quickly learned it was in high demand and price. The hunt of #74 was on...
Single highest graded and one of the last couple before DC took over. Only 3 of this number have been graded so far. These are easily found in low grade, but high grades are very scarce. The black covers make it even tougher.
Just one month after buying the Cap #68 that was missing 1/4 of the front cover, another copy came up for auction on eBay. Luckily it wasn't much of a bidding war and I won the book! It was quite the upgrade!
My next purchase would not be until three months later in June of 2015 when I would pick up a very low grade Cap #66 on eBay. Big chunk missing out of back cover!!
My next win (three weeks later) on eBay would be a Buy-It-Now of one of my favorite covers. Cap #76. If not for a 1.5'' spine split at the bottom it would grade much higher. The cover, however, has very minor flaws. Other than the boarders of course. Got to love great presenting low grade books
Less than two weeks after the Cap #76 an auction for a 2.0 graded Cap #44 would come up on eBay. I won that one as well!
At this point I had bought four books in as many months! My wallet needed a break but...with Boston Comic Con approaching in a months time I needed to grab one more book because there was going to be not one, but two original golden age Cap artists there! Time to research which book featured artwork by both Ken Bald and Allen Bellman...
As I mentioned in my first post, my main collecting project right now is to get a copy of every comic with a cover by Matt Baker. By my count there are 293 Baker comics. Currently I have 133 of them, so I still have a long way to go. Here are a few from my collection.
Most of my Bakers are raw (88 are raw and 45 graded). I store the raw Bakers on shelves in a small alcove in my comic room. Like most beach houses, we have a shower you access from the outside (so you can wash off when you come off the beach). The alcove is above the shower so that's why it's kind of small. Anyway, I built shelves in the alcove to store comics. You might wonder about moisture getting into the alcove but that's not a concern because the shower below is well ventilated.
The shelves though are narrow. Here's a picture to show scale. They are about the size of a Pop figure box turned on its side.
I used to store the raw Bakers in 4 rows on one of the shelves -- see the picture below. You can see I was running out of room.
So recently I built more shelves in the alcove -- see below. In this picture the raw Bakers are still stored in the narrow shelves, on the left. I built the shelves so below there's room for 2 CGC-sized boxes.
The new shelves are much deeper. Below is a picture of the Pop figure to show scale.
Now I store the raw Bakers in 2 rows on one of the new shelves. Even though I have them in 2 rows (rather than 4), the bigger shelves give me room for expansion.
This next picture provides a better view of the alcove and the new shelves. I'm always trying to figure out ways to display comics. Here I'm displaying some of my favorite Bakers, his romantic covers with minimal writing on the cover. Thanks for reading.
Whew!!! Time to take a break from comic buying before I bankrupt myself. No more books until 2018. All in all, I had one of my best years ever for acquisitions. Maybe the best. I raised my total registry points from 64,000 to 77,000. Speaking of points, this one is worth an impressive 850. Fourth appearance of the new X-Men. I'll get back to the journals next year. Enjoy.
The latest episode of Earth's Mightiest Podcast is now available, where I tackles Avengers #16-19 in the first part of a two-part look at the Cap's Kooky Quartet era of Avengers!
So I'm back from vacation with a new post! Actually, I got back from vacation a while ago, but work has been busy and it's been creeping into my off time. It'll probably be that way for the remainder of the year, so no weekday posting with any sort of regularity until the new year.
The busier work schedule did come with one silver lining, as it took me to a side of the state that I don't normally get to, and that means new and exciting comic book stores to check out! And find one I did...
Tardy's Collectors Corner in Grand Rapids, MI
It's the type of store I love, as I was greeted by the sight of dozens of long boxes laid out down the center of the store. It's the rare store these days that carry a wide range of back issues. Tardy's had the pre-requisite dollar boxes, but also a nice supply of copper/modern, bronze, silver, and even a few short boxes of the nicer Silver and Golden Age stuff! If you are ever in the area stop in and say hi, as Gavin was exceptionally nice and welcoming, and he was willing to do a little wheeling and dealing to get a deal made.
So what did I get?
I picked up a mid-grade Superman #155 for my pre-Adventure Comics #300 Legion collection. I'm now just 3 books away from polishing that one off. I also upgraded my beat-to-heck copy of New Gods #4, which means that my DC Kirby collection is now all mid-to-high grade.
Most exciting of all, however, was the chance to upgrade one of my favorite Silver Age Superman stories...Superman #149
The beater copy on the left I got for a five spot at my local LCS. I paid a bit more ($75) for the upgrade, but you have to step up for the quality, eh?
If you've never read this issue, it's a great "full length novel" that tells an imaginary tale of the Death of Superman. It had to be imaginary, as who would ever think of killing Superman for real, right? It's also a great cautionary Lex Luthor story, asking "can a leopard really change his spots?"
In this day and age, I imagine this story would be a year-long sub-plot running through all of the Super books, but back in the day it was done in one. Speaking of which, isn't Lex currently reformed and playing the role of hero? Hmmm...
This book is also the last 10¢ issue, before they raised the price up 2¢ with issue #150. Do you think was just random timing back in the day, that the price hike landed on an anniversary issue? Where anniversary issues even a thing yet?
Oh well, a mystery for another day perhaps.
Enjoy your own upgrading!
I was a crazed man on the lookout for a Cap 74 starting in May 2014. I was constantly checking the major auction houses, eBay, these boards and even craigslist! A handful of months went by and my intensity diminished some. At the time there were roughly 45 copies on the census which may seem like very few but there are tons of golden age comics with fewer copies known. Despite Cap 74 not being technically rare, someone listing one for sale certainly was! Truthfully, I did not expect to see one listed in a grade that I could afford any time soon. That all changed when I checked the boards "GA/SA/BA for sale" threads on Christmas night. Yes, Christmas night! Someone had a raw one for sale with an approximate grade of 2.0-2.5! Perfect! The asking price was above $2,000 which would be my largest comic purchase ever by multiples. Thankfully, the seller agreed to a payment plan that I could work with and in a few months time I owned my HOLY GRAIL!!!
Sure, it had rips, tears, a subscription crease and some writing on the cover, but it was complete with cover attached (barely, at the one center staple) and great condition pages. Short of Cap #1 or #3 there wasn't a issue I wanted more in the entire run! This was my completely unexpected, yet fantastic Christmas gift to myself!
Since it took me a few months to pay off this grail, I did not have many funds to buy other Cap comics during that time but I did win a fair copy of Cap #68 off eBay in February of 2015. The book was great except for green staining across the front cover...as well as a quarter of the front cover missing At the time there were only 13 unrestored copies of this on the census which was the fewest of any issue in the run so I did not know when I would see another copy surface. I figured it would at least be a place holder until I got a chance to upgrade.
Little did I know, in just one months time, I would have a chance to do just that...
If you are a coin collector, you may be familiar with the Box of Twenty Concept. For those who aren't, you may know that coins also have grading services. Yes, you can send coins off to be slabbed. If you send a bunch of them off, as dealers often do, the grading companies will return them in plastic boxes that hold twenty slabs. Those plastic boxes are desirable as storage boxes for a collection of slabbed coins.
Coin collectors came up with a concept called a "box of twenty". It's a way of collecting. The idea is that the collector must limit themselves to a collection that will fit in one single box. At first, it's not a problem, but over time, it gets harder. The rules for collecting this way is that once the box is full, you're required to swap out coin per coin. So if you want to add a new coin, you have to sell an old one. While this seems restricting, what it forces the collector to do is to collect what is most important to them. And what happens over time is the collection can become spectacular because the proceeds from the sale of an old coin can be used to fund a new one, so lots of upgrading occurs. I'm doing this myself with my own coin collection, but I don't have the box filled yet. However, I am aware that any coin in my collection may be sold at some point, so I try to keep an eye on how much I spend on coins relative to their value. In short, I want to be able to sell it for at least as much as I bought it for (after fees), so I try to find good deals on what I buy.
Well here's the thing. In my safe deposit box, I've figured out that I only have room for 30 comic book slabs. You can see where I'm going with this. If I'm going to collect nicer bronze comics, I'm going to use a "box of 30" collecting style. So I will do a few things:
1. I plan to limit my Bronze Keys to 30 comics. Therefore, I need to be fussy about what I add.
2. Because I may need to sell my acquisitions later so that my newest purchase can fit in the box, I intend to make sure that I get a good price on what I buy.
3. I need to learn to upgrade. For example, my X-men set will top out at nine (9) slots in my 30-slab collection. It will take up a lot of room, but I don't want to break the set. So I will upgrade them here and there. To do that, at any given time, I may put my comics up for sale at a price that makes me happy. When one does sell, I will then add some money to the proceeds to buy and upgrade for the slab I just sold. Makes sense, right? The other thing I may try to do is just take my slab(s) to shows with the idea that I can pay a dealer to take my lower grade comic in trade for a higher grade one. I have only tried this once, without luck, but that was because the dealer had another copy of the same book in a comparable grade that I owned and they didn't want two of them. I understand this because having two different grades provides choices to their customers. Also, this might be difficult depending on how much profit the dealer is trying to make on the upgrade. If they try to get all of their profit in that one transaction, we probably won't be able to make a deal. Please tell me your upgrade stories. Hmm...since nobody reads this thread but me, I might ask that question in the main forums...
So that's it. I intend to have a small collection of kick azz comics that will get more impressive over time. (When I'm not spending money on my coin collection or collector car!)
Any feedback on this method?
Picked this one up today at the Toronto Fan Expo. A backup story by Neal on something called the Human Target. I like the cover by Nick Cardy, depicting an "everyday life" scene. Nine more Adams books to go. Enjoy.
If you ever wanted to listen to three hours of discussion about the 80's revival of DC's Blackhawk, now is your chance!! This episode is the last of three about this classic series.
Next episode: Cap's Kooky Quartet!
Classic Comics Forum Podcast #14: Blackhawk by Mark Evanier part 3
September 1, 2017
In the final part of our three part discussion of the 1982 reboot of the classic war comic Blackhawk by Mark Evanier and Dan Spiegle, Prince Hal and I examine the last 14 issues, covering #260-273.
I've always wanted my own room to display my comics in and now I have one. True, I do have to share it with other family members, but when I'm in there by myself it's my own little comic cave. The view's great whether sitting or standing or just digging some meds out of the pantry. Thanks to the family for letting me put up any comics I want. I've been changing comics every 2 or 3 weeks. The comics now on display are Summer Love #46 and 47 with Beatles covers due to the fact it is summer still and Flying Saucers #1 and 2 because I'm reading a book by Corso and Birnes titled 'The Day after Roswell'. Hey everyone, enjoy what's left of summer and I'll post my next selection when they get changed.
This will be the only post this week, as I am officially on vacation. Woo hoo!
My family and I will be joining up with my brother and his girlfriend to drive into the path of the solar eclipse this week. We've been planning the trip for over a year, so fingers crossed that the weather holds.
Even scheduling this trip so far out, we still didn't manage to snag a camp site that lies in the path of the totality of the eclipse, but we'll be pretty darn close in Kentucky on the banks of the Mississippi river. If you hear some of the news reports, it's going to be like Woodstock in some of these places with as many 100,000 people funneling into these small towns in rural America. Hopefully the cloud cover stays away and we'll be able to see it. If my rig to join my camera and telescope works as planned, I should have some pics when I get back. See you then!
Finally after not pulling the trigger on this issue a year or 2 ago I was messaged on the boards in the wanting to buy section and an awesome member asked me if I was still looking for this issue. Of course I was and purchased immediately. Case was in good shape still plan on sending it off for the new case. But the hunt for this issue is over and now onto the #52 RRP variant another that I am sure is going to be difficult to acquire. Shout out to Delt569 for allowing me to purchase his copy thanks.
We drove to Dover this morning to attend the comic con, about an hour each way. I live in Milton Delaware where we don't even have a LCS. Lots of costumes, food but not a lot of comics. Most were priced at $1 - $3, with very few silvers or golds. Lots of artists though and plenty of novelties. Harry potter wand booth, toys everywhere, costume contest and all kinds of neat crafts. The stay puft marshmallow man (turns out to be a woman) looks a bit deflated and smaller than I remember. It was a fun time!