NOT SURE IF I AM KEEPING MY COLLECTIONS, ADDING TO THEM, OR STARTING ANOTHER COLLECTION OF WHAT?
I STARTED COLLECTING COMICS BACK IN STATEN ISLAND , NEW YORK WHEN I WAS ABOUT TEN ( 35 YRS AGO). MY BEST FRIEND BILLY F. UNCLE WAS IN MILITARY AND WAS STATIONED IN GERMANY FOR MANY YRS... HIS SON CAME BACK TO THE US WITH A TRUCNK FULL OF COMICS. I BOUGHT HALF APX 300 AND BILLY BOUGHT THE REST.... TODAY I HAVE APX 1100 COMICS...AT THAT TIME I STARTED COLLECTING BASEBALL CARDS AND STOPPED COLLECTING BOTH WHEN I STARTED WORKING ON WALL STREET. i HAVE APX 700 BASEBALL CARDS FROM THE SEVENTYS
John As Po
The first million dollar sale of a single private coin collection was that of George F. Scanlon auctioned by Stack's on Oct. 24-27, 1973. It brought $1,093,890.00. He had only collected for 10 years.
E PLURIBUS UNUM (one out of many) first appeared on the 1795 Liberty Cap-Heraldic Eagle gold half eagle.
The Peace Dollar represents the first time where the word "Peace" was used on a coin of any nation.
The largest gold nugget on record was found in 1869 in Victoria, Australia. It weighed 208 pounds.
The motto IN GOD WE TRUST first appeared on a coin of the U.S. in 1864, during the Civil War.
The smallest monetary unit ever issued in the U.S. was the half cent. It was minted from 1793 through 1857.
The Smithsonian Coin Collection has approximately 850,000 coins.
Sup with this book, how good is it?
Hi, I recently purchase this Comic Book, its approximately 13 1/2 inches by 10 1/8 inches. It looks to be in Ok shape is there any thing that anyone can tell me about it? I was going to put it on ebay but my friend said to do some research first.
With ALL the FIRSTs, this set presents, I was lucky enough to find this coin set at Smyrna's and it definetely was a "MUST BUY" for my collection! 2007 P & D Two Coin Set George Washington Presidential Dollar NGC certified Brilliant Uncirculated "FIRST DAY OF ISSUE"
FIRST coins issued in the Presidential Dollar Series!
FIRST Day of Issue....certified and guaranteed by NGC!
FIRST coin with LETTERED EDGE!
The first Mint issue in nearly 75 years to feature a lettered edge on a coin for circulation.
FIRST NGC slab that allows you to view the edge of the coin!
Metal content, size and color of coins is the same as Sacagawea Dollar.
NGC is Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
I am so psyched! I can't wait till they arrive! I didn't make it out to the banks in time to get my own submissions, so finding these were a bonus to my already long weekend.
Where did NTT 4 and 5 go? Can anyone find graded 9.6 or better copies of these for sale?
I'm beginning to think there are few if any New Teen Titans (1980) number 4 and 5 that are out there in 9.6 or better. The census lists only a handful as being certified and none of them ever come up for sale on eBay. I've watched ebay like a hawk for three years now and two number 5s in 9.6 or better have come up for sale and only 1 number 4 in 9.6. The elusive 9.8s to my knowledge have not been up or sale. I always heard 4 and 5 were hard to find , but this is more challenging that I thought.
Giving the heads up about huge Lot on Ebay
within the next week I will be sending in over 200 comic books to CGC to get graded. After that I will be auctioning them off on ebay in a lot or as single pieces. my Ebay name is stang87065, just keep it in mind, and I will offer special consideration for auctioneers from this society...Good Bidding and Good Day
How do you build a better collection?
After spending the past month scouring the usual sources for 9.4 CGC copies of Our Army at War, I have found about 8 and purchased 4 of them. Truthfully, I thought that there would have been more buying opportunities out there. I'm quite suprised that there aren't more slabbed 1975-1976 books on the market.
Then, there are raw books purported to be in 9.4 - as we all know, few dealers grade as tighty as CGC, and since I live far from large shops and cons, I have to rely on internet deals. Sometimes books come back looking 9.4, while other come back looking 8.5 - not particularly reliable.
So, am I better off buying raw and submitting, or holding out until nice certified copies appear? Tough call, but in truth, I am leaning towards holding out for the already certified copies.
But man, are they scarce.
A funny thing happened on the way to the Registry. . .
While I've been collecting comics for about 30 years, I just recently discovered the Registry. I am fascinated by some of the larger collections, especially the likes of Captain Tripps, etc. Having spent some time and money looking for 9.6 or better copies of comics, I still can't imagine the time and trouble some of these larger collectors have invested in their "hobby".
Anyway, my fascination with the New Teen Titans began when I picked up a DC Presents 26 off the stand and read the story. I had first been introduced to the Teen Titans a few years earlier with the likes of the Bumblebee and Guardian, so I decided to read them. Having spent the previous 2 or 3 years totalling engrossed in Byrne's X-Men, perhaps I didn't appreciate what Wolfman, Perez and company were doing with an otherwise dying set of characters. But I was hooked.
Now, years later, having completed by non-CGC X-men collection of 1-340, I am trying to put together a CGC set of 9.6 or better New Teen Titans.
To all of you bitten by the bug, Long Live Comic Book Collecting!
War isn't Hell. Finding 9.4s is.
When I started collecting war comics again seven years ago (after a nearly 20 year lay-off), I thought I'd be happy with a nearly complete, mid-grade set of bronze age books. Over time, however, and thanks largely to the advice and guidance of some very respected high grade collectors of this and other genres, I have been focussing on getting my books in higher and higher grade. I very recently made the decision to begin compiling a 9.4+ set of Our Army at War from 1968 to 1977, to have in addition to my complete 8.0 - 9.4 raw set. I am amazed at how few of these books actually appear on the market at any one time - probably a blessing, due to the cost. I have just received my first 9.4s, issues #236 and #244, both sweet 52 pagers. It will be an adventure, and it will take a long time, but please keep checking back in from time to time to see how the set is coming along. And don't hesitate to give me a shout.
I hope that all members here can have a safe and fun time collecting
The Internet has it's fill of rude people on the Internet. Most collectors' that I have encountered here have excellent reputations. This can be seen by activity on eBay. Members ship when they say they will and pay when they say they will. I suppose dishonest people could try to use this site to their advantage, but they don't, and I hope it stays that way. One way we can keep it that way is to be cordial to fellow members and if you have a problem with something someone has typed or even written in their journal, I'm sure contacting them first would be the appropriate course of action. Like I mentioned, looking at Registry members behavior on selling venues and forums shows that most are honest and reasonable people to deal with. Keeping this in mind, we should have fun collecting and try to discuss our concerns in a civil manner which will continue to attract honest collectors and dealers and continue to make this the safe site that it now is.
It was more difficult than I anticipated due to the low population of a couple of books, but my CGC 9.8+ set of DC's Big Bang event, Crisis on Infinite Earths is complete!
It's the maxi-series that destroyed the DC Multiverse and re-set the DC Universe for the Modern Age of Comics. While I stil have some problems with some of the events/history that was re-set (especially LoSH and the concept that Superman was not the first "super-hero" that inspired everyone else), DC did a great job of resetting their continuity and universe.
Every cover in this series is absolutely stunning, with some of them (notably #1,7,8) ranking as all-time classics. This set is a collection DC's Big Bang Event in CGC 9.8. Would prefer CGC 9.9, but I doubt I'll find those for sale (at a reasonable price at least). In a couple cases, I have upgraded copies to the next best thing, which are CGC 9.8 Signature Series.
I also expected the set to be ranked #1 since I have SS of the key books (#1 & #7), but I do see that Jon's set has #9 in 9.8 SS which has the lowest population. However, I think my score should still be higher as there seems to be an error with the scoring for Crisis #7. In CGC 9.8, the points are 55 for a Universal grade copy, but only 44 for a Signature Series! To be consistent with the other books, the CGC 9.8 SS should be 61 points (which leaves me at 599! urk!)
My best CGC set finally breaks 100 views! Thank You!
As of today Sunday 11/26/06, my top ranked "Righteous Rojatt's Set" finally broke 100 views! A hearty "Thank You" goes out to all those who took a moment to allow me to share my Human Fly addiction with you. My goal for 2007 is to (hopefully) add scans and finalize my write-ups for the set description itself and for each individual issue. Additionally, I will continue to look for high-grade, raw #3's and #15's to submit to CGC towards completing this collection. As mentioned in my set description, I am tremendously proud of this set - it is my most completely collected, CGC run!
As part of my perscribed Human Fly therapy, I created an eBay Guide to further share my addiction with others. Highlighting more facts, opinions, descriptions and links than what the "set description" area here can feasibly allow. I invite everyone to take a look and please contact me directly should someone have any additional Rick Rojatt/ Human Fly information. Thank you once more and Happy Collecting!
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Completing Tec 27-53
well, I have done it....why?, I love Batman, always have, always will...what? completed my Detective comics Run, issue 27-53....cost? let's put it this way, I sold my favorite Ferrari to help fund my "passion"...the books....well, the 27 was bought unrestored 1.0, and Matt Nelson is restoring now...28 is a restored 8.0, but looking for an unrestored...I now own 3 copies of 29, upgrading each time (have a 5.5 slight, a 6.5 mod, and a 7.0 ext)...still working on a lower grade unrestored copy...have 2 #30's (had 3, but traded one away)...restored 9.0, and unrestored 4.0...#31...one restored 8.0, one unrestored 5.0...my 32 is a 5.0, 33 is a 4.5, 34 is a 3.0 (recent heritage purchase)...35 is a 5.5 ext (working on an unrestored now)...36 is a restored 8.0 (cosmic aeroplane copy)...my 37 is 2.5, my 38 is a restored 6.0 (will get an unrestored one soon)....39-53 all unrestored, varying from 4.0 to 8.0....a passion, indeed....but, now that I am "done", what do I do? (after all, the hunt is a lot of the fun)...I guess I upgrade and sell my under copies...I do have a nice restored #1...maybe I will work backwards...
One of my top horror grails obtained
It's been no secret (no pun intended) that a fellow horror collector was selling off his collection in recent months. I've been drooling over his House of Secrets #81 CGC 9.4 Pacific Coast copy for years, as I think its the best example we have to date.
On the boards, we have looked over several 9.4s (there is another Pacific Coast 9.4) and all have more defects than what I prefer in a 9.4. This copy has only two noticeable defects-the upper left has a very minor impact and thus a soft corner, and there is one very faint color breaking crease in the upper right. The corners are all relatively sharp.
So, while I have purchased a significant number of comics from him, I was able to get first dibbs on this book. Granted, this wasn't cheap, but this issue is almost as hard to find as my remaining House of Mystery early issues-namely #175, #176, and #179.
My House of Secrets set is almost complete; there are later issues that I have to acquire. I hope I can have this set 100%complete within a year or two.
I modified this entry on 1/19/08 to reflect that I had re-holdered the book.
Hard to find issue in high grade...very nice price.
A great copy of Unexpected #118 CGC 9.4 White Pages went for a little over $150 on eBay, which I find amazing considering that many high grade collectors have been needing this issue and have complained on its difficulty in high grade. It also sports a very nice Neal Adams cover in a difficult black cover. Congratulations to the winner, because he got a great deal.
I've attached a pic of my copy, a 9.6 Oakland.
The CGC Registry Expansion of my favorite war title.
I was recently pleasently surprised when CGC expanded the Weird War Tales registry set to include all issues. The title provided a lot of fun reading for me growing up, and now I'm concentrating on a high grade run of the series.
Weird War Tales is my favorite war title as it blends in traditional horror elements with another very real horror: war. The occassional book length novels, killer Kubert and early Dominguez covers, and the internal art by Cruz, Talaoc and Evans (among others) with -script direction by Kanigher and Oleck provided some great moments in this DC anthology.
I'm currently about 60% complete once I register a ten book set I recently acquired. I'm also in the process of sending to CGC the later issues in the series...wish me luck.
If you have high grade issues that are missing from my set, please contact me. This is another set that I am hopeful of completing sometime in the next five years.
Click the above link to see my Weird War Tales set.
The world's best Wolverine collection
I am primarily a bronze-age collector with a focus on X-Men and Amazing Spider-Man. But, I recently decided to take a break from my X-Men 94-143 run and put together a Wolverine 1-189 run. The idea was suggested to me by a buddy, Dennis Houser who decided to part with his extraordinary collection (#2 on the Registry).
Nobody has completed a 9.8 run of Wolverine 1-189 yet. In fact, when I looked at the census numbers I was astonished to find that 14 different issues had no 9.8 copies at all and 16 others had just one copy. That seems surprising for such a popular character/title. And it means that the only way to complete a 9.8 run will be to find high-grade raw copies for submission.
I have a complete run of raw books that were hand-picked by me fresh from my LCS when they were first released so I began submitting the issues that I knew Dennis did not have in his collection. I pulled out all the copies that I thought were 9.8. Those 60 books were sent to CGC for grading and 46 came back 9.8 including 7 of the 14 issues which previously had no 9.8 copies and 9 of the 16 which had previously had just one 9.8 copy.
Then, I relied on help from some of the friends that I have met on the CGC Boards to find raw copies of the remaining issues. Thank you DarthDiesel, PresidentDennis and BronzeBruce. Not only was I able to find six of the remaining seven issues for which there had previously been no 9.8s, but I was able to find several of the variants, alternate covers and second prints.
It was shortly after this that I noticed that some of the Wolverine artists were scheduled to come to Emerald City Comicon. I thought, "Hey, I'll get them to sign their books." And then something clicked in my brain. "What if I got every book in the entire run signed?" That was a goal that made me smile.
And so I listed out every issue on a spreadsheet and noted who did the cover art and interior art and who wrote the story. Now, I look for them every year at Emerald City Comicon and I keep an eye out for other rare signing opportunities. Meeting the artists has been a lot of fun. Marc Silvestri and Humberto Ramos were both super cool guys. I really liked Erik Larsen and Terry and Rachel Dodson.
I also decided to keep up with the ongoing Wolverine books and Beachbum has really helped me out there. I don't know if I will get all of them signed.
The 1-189 run won an award from CGC for Best Copper Age set in 2012. They did point out (mock?) my inability to find a 9.8 copy of issue 35 in their comments. There is a whole thread on the CGC boards about the quest to find a 9.8 copy of issue 35 and why it has been so difficult.
Joeypost turned up the first 9.8 copy of Wolverine 35. He found the raw copy in a store in Charlotte and offered it to me first. You can't put a run like this together without a lot of help. I can't tell you how many people told me that they were looking for a 9.8 copy of issue 35 to help me out. That comraderie has been a big part of the fun with putting this run together. Now that I have a 9.8 copy of 35, I need to see if I can get CGC to update their comments about the Registry Award :-)
Is there a struggle for horror comics to maintain its stellar selling records?
I've been collecting horror comics from a high grade perspective since 2001, and I've seen a lot of interesting things in the past few years.
First, when I started collecting, these books were for the most part ignored by the high grade collecting community. The introduction of CGC helped to bring collectors (like myself) to collect high grade copies of our favorite horror titles, but over the years I've noticed significant increases to these issues. Of course, the Wrightson and Adams covers bring the most notable and amazing prices to date. This has brought out yet more high grade copies, but unfortunately the market remains enough of a niche that the prices have now exceeded what the market will pay for them. There are exceptions, of course-House of Mystery continues and remains a flagship title for most horror collectors, and prices continue to edge out other DC titles such as House of Secrets. Abel never got his respect, although his title was pivotal in starting the legend of the Swamp Thing.
Secondly, a long time collector and competitor is now selling his horror collection. It is with mixed emotion that I say this, as I am now losing a friend that I've spent many a night discussing the genre. Although I will be able to accumulate more books for the collection, there is a gap here that will need to be filled with another collector. I'll miss you bud.
As I close this journal entry, it's clear that the market for these books are finite, and a delicate balance between price, availability, and demand must be reached. Although I suspect that prices will be falling in upcoming months, I am optimistic that the horror medium will continue to be strong in the long run. It's withstood the test of time, and I'm here to roll with the punches.
Just in from grading: Star Trek Gold Key issues #42 & #49 both CGC 9.2. These were the last two I needed.
I sent in a large batch of Star Trek to get graded and finally got them back this week. My grading is getting substantially better.
Of 54 comics sent in I got 19 right and 23 were only one point off.
I got a new HP8200 scanner and have completed images for all 81 comics both obverse and reverse.
Check out my Richie Rich #1 thru #20
and Star Trek sets
Never even saw this coming. Thanks CGC for the award.
I apologize for being so late in responding back to thank you guys at CGC for this honor. I just got back from South America and I saw this manila envelope from CGC. I was scratching my head when I saw it because I was trying to remember had I submitted any recent comics for grading. I was drawing a blank! Anyway I open it up and to my surprise this is what I receive. An award for Best Presented Set 2006. And for my favorite comic title "Ultimate Spider-man" without question, I am truly grateful.
This was a nice way to recognize and reward everyone for their efforts. This award was completely out of left field for me. I never did this to "show off" my set. I just did this cuz I thought it would be fun. I work alot to provided for my family and since Katrina (I am from New Orleans) and these crazy gas prices of course it can make this hobby tough to stick with. In the end though next to my family, comics has always been a 1st love for me.
I don't have the highest graded Ultimate Spider-man set out there but I wanted my love for Spider-man and this particular title and even comics in general to show. And I am glad I'm not the only Ultimate Spider-man fan/comic out here either. And that is why I came to CGC. To share in my love for comics. I love to check out the CGC forum and see the posts. Read up on the debates. Get inside info and opinions on CGC, comics, grading, and collecting past present and future. I get so much visiting this page. So I want to thank all the other collectors out there for their enthusiasm and not being ashamed to share their love for comics!
I will give it to you CGC guys, you know how to motivate and keep a collector collecting. Once again thanks for this award and slowly but surely I will complete my Ultimate Spider-man "working man's set" one of these days. By the way CGC. No matter what your future goals are make sure you never forget this hobby means more to us than just who has the best set. For me at least it is about remembering my childhood and devoting part of my life to something that is mostly positive and most important sharing with my kids not only fantasy and the dangers of "evil" both real and imagined, but this hobby helps me explain what being a "TRUE" superhero is all about.
Once again I truly thank you guys for selecting me for an award...
Have a great one.
CGC Best P
Recognition for a great bronze age horror set.
It's amazing that after 4+ years i've still not completed the set, although I would be real close were it not due to some stiff competition. I'd like to take a moment and thank those that I've met here and been able to share my love for the genre...it definitely makes it more fun to share.
Hopefully you guys can help me close the gap on missing issues so I can wrap the series up...I'd love to branch out in other areas but I'm the kind of guy that wants to "finish what he starts" before branching out. One exception is my interest in collecting Jonah Hex and Weird Western Tales...I love those westerns growing up.