I had purchased a BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 CGC 9.6 of ebay. I then purchased grader notes for the book after inspecting the book and not finding one spine crease and couldn't figure out why it was a 9.6. The notes stated there was a slight bend on back cover. I finally found it and it was not color breaking. I had sent it in to CCS for fast track pressing and fast track grading and CCS received it on 2/24/2017. On 04/12/2017 I had called CCS to find out why it had not been pressed yet because status still showed at CCS. I was told it was finalized on 04/05/2017 and someone would look into it and call me back later that day to give me more info. By 04/014/2007 I had still not received a call and it was still showing at CCS. So I called again and Cynthia said she would look into it and call me back. Nope no call back. Monday I called for the 3rd time and someone said that Cynthia would have to call me back. I then receive an email from her saying she tried to call my number on file(which is the correct number) and it was out of service and would not let her leave a message. Even though I have had the same number for 15 years and had called them from that number. She said it was sent to CGC in a large volume order and would was found. It graded at 9.6 again, now with different grader notes stating spine stress lines? I send an email in asking how this is possible and send in picks of both covers showing that one the dc logo is clearly a 1/4 inch higher on one book and asking for a response no gets back to me I call for a manager and never get in touch with one. Looking at the book I can see its clearly not the book I sent in by the cut of cover and its in no way a 9.6! So instead of sending in for a regrade in original case like I did the last time, I crack the case carefully place in bag and board in side a top loader in a mailer box inside a usps box. Send in to get pressed again and regraded and it comes back a 9.2? Which is about what it looked like the book they originally send me back looked like. This process took close to 8 months only for me to end up with a Batman adventures (.2 that should have been a 9.8 and PS the 9.2 gave no grader notes? Needless to say I am not happy!
Today is my thirtieth wedding anniversary. When my wife was out shopping my six foot tall First Order storm trooper arrived. Upon coming home, as she passed him in the hallway, excused herself and smiled.
Last October on the way back from a mini vacation in Kentucky I stopped in four Cincinnati area comic shops. I'd been in two of the four before. One of them Up, Up and Away Comics said they had opened a new shop in the suburb of Blue Ash . It was on the way home and just off the interstate so I pulled off and proceeded to a really nice plaza. I saw the sign and walked in the door.
To my surprise it looked like I walked into an upscale store of some kind. A young lady walked up to me and asked if I need help and I said "Is this Up Up and Away Comics? I thought I went in the wrong door outside. She said it was and I said I have never saw a shop look like this one. She explained that it was a former design center that went out of business. So instead of the landlord remodeling the owner said why change something that looks so nice. The Silver age comics were in a small well lit glass room near the center of the store. Very upscale.
One feature which was unusual was a huge Lego bridge which was a scale version of an old bridge over the Ohio river. I have attached a picture of it and the main hallway of the shop.
Not your average shop.
I have alway been a superhero kinda guy , that is until I was introduced to Warren Horror mags.
Now I have always appreciated Frank Frazetta, but I always thought this book was outta my reach.
I mean there's not a ton of these out there in high grade, but through crazy luck a board member told me about one for sale.
Board member October sold me this beauty, and I know I've shown it off before . Just wanted to get it in with my other Warren books.
Vampirella 1 to me is the Action 1 of horror mags , and I am proud to have this book in my collection.
Here is the very rare in any grade Vampirella U.K. 1-4
I had been eyeing some of these for a while so I finally put some of my extras on eBay to help fund the purchase. The first six were buys so I was able to negotiate a better price but the last two were auctions, so I paid dearly for them. There was someone who wanted them nearly as much as I did. All of them are the highest graded and five of them are the single highest graded. To view the set:
My very first comic book was Thor #282. My stepdad got it for me when I was 5 going on 6 in April 1979. I was fascinated with the stories of Asgard and continued collecting Thor until I joined the Army January 5th, 1993. A lot of my collection was lost except for Thor #282. I started back up collecting comics in the Summer of 2000. Last year I sent my beloved book in to CGC to get pressed and graded. It came back a 9.0. I was very happy with the grade considering how long I have had that book in my possession.
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.
I haven't journaled in a while mostly because I have been busy working but today I have my first Thanksgiving off since 2011 and it feels good.
Back in September My wife and I attended all three days of the Cincinnati Comic Expo. I wanted to share my thoughts on it. It was a mid size show, good location and set up nicely but did not have as many comic dealers as I would have liked. Even though the number of comics bought was few I was happy with what I came home with. I started Friday night right away finding an Air Pirates Funnies 1 that had never been on the rack for $75. The man said he bought out a store and he had some old comic stock he never set out.
Another great buy was a Gold Key Yellow Submarine movie comic which still had the poster. It was detached but there. Just so happened that the artist for the book Jose Delbo was there at the show and so was CGC. I had a long conversation with Mr. Delbo and his wife and both were a joy to talk too. She asked me where I had bought the comic and how much I paid for it. I said at the show and $225. She said they paid $260 for a low grade copy some time ago and thought that was a great buy. She said they would have bought it if they knew it was there. It came back from CGC 7.0 white pages which of course I thought it would do better but not complaining. I also nabbed a Star Wars 1 CGC 9.6 for $360. The dealer did go down on price. The reason I mentioned that was the dealer next to him would not budge one dollar on an Avengers 2 I had my eye on. I also picked up a few Turok, Ripley's and Boris Karloff file copies for a good price.
I also ran into Collectors society member Rude Badger and his wife at the show or I should say they found me. Always good to talk to follow collectors and talk shop.
One last item to mention. About 5 weeks ago I got the urge to go to Ohio's Largest Antique mall which is less than a half hour from my house and look around. I found few comics but did find a print of Bill Wards cover for Overstreet's price guide number 8 signed by him. I believe it to be legit as he dedicated it to Dragon's Lair comics which was a shop in Dayton Ohio which shut it's doors I think about 2004. It had been there about 30 years. I included a picture of the signature in case someone would know. It is a little different than how he signs his art as it is not printed cursive hand writing.
Actually I got ahead of myself there is one more item. I travel in my job and was in Barrie Canada and stopped in at Big B comics in Barrie, Ontario which was only a couple of miles from my hotel.
It was not the best of weather and about 6 pm so the shop was slow. Not a large shop but it was packed with comics. Marc Sims the owner was there and drug out box after box of comics for me to look through. He was very helpful and so was the young woman working the counter. I always enjoy seeing young people with an interest and knowledge of comics. It was a great shop. Unfortunately the day I stopped was the day Stan Lee passed. We swapped Stan Lee memories which made us feel a little better. I hope my pictures load if not I will try again. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Battlefront #2 ($15.00) + Man Comics #16 ($25.00) = $40.00
Battlefront #24 ($40.00)
Frontline Combat #7 ($19.87 + shipping = $24.97)
Frontline Combat #4 ($19.80 + shipping = $24.80)
Battle #13 ($30.00)
All-American Men of War #9 ($39.99 + shipping = $43.98)
War Comics #19 ($35.00) + All-American Men of War #11 ($10.00) + Soldier Comics #8 ($25.00) = $70.00
Total amount spent on war comics in 2017 = $273.75
50% were eBay purchases
50% were bought locally
None are for sale!
I've been giving some serious thought lately to possibly selling off the run down to #300. For one, 544 books in one run is a space issue. I need to make the most out of what space I have for comics right now and these things keep piling up! While having a full run of #1 through #544 would be sweet, I think in the long run I'd be fine with 1- 300. At least until our living situation changes and there is more space for comics. I'd like to have the full Copper Age run as those are the books I mostly started on X-Men with. After 300, things just get a little silly for a long time sadly.
I might not do this, and I have no idea how I'd sell off 244 books if I do decide to change the focus of the run. I'm just thinking out loud.
Anyone else here who started off working on a full run of volume 1 and changed the goal like this? Any regrets?
I can't imagine it ever ever being difficult nor expensive to rebuild the run later if I decide to have a complete volume 1. And it'd be something fun to work on.
On the other hand, I already have the books which is a pretty big point in the "just hang on to them" column, even with the storage space issue.
What do you all think?
OK, not a shop as such I grant you but boy have I pumped a few out here. You'd have to go some way to break the stranglehold of smell that other people's body odour creates of course, but you can eke out a rewarding one near some of the less likable dealers if you act quickly.
Well worth an air biscuit and easy to pass off as the fault of that guy with the dog (it is a dog isn't it? What? His wife? Jesus ).
See you next time.
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I want to share a quick story about losing a pet this weekend, and pass along and inspirational poem with other animal lovers. Over the weekend we had to put our 10-year old bunny Woody to sleep. Back in August this year, he had a cancerous lump removed from his belly, did extremely well in recovery (for his age), but within a few weeks the lump started to grow again. Eventually his body began to shut down on him, and we stepped in to take away the pain. When another of our pets passed last year, the following poem was shared with us, we found the poem very helpful, and still read it from time to time when we think about our friends who have left us.
Just t his side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
I received a few responses from interested buyers regarding my two long boxes of comics. One guy only wanted to trade (records/gift cards/stuff I don't want) and kept sending really odd offers. I'm sure that can be fun, but I want the space and cash! Today I met with an interested buyer, nice guy. He looked through the boxes, noting the comics he wanted, and made a solid offer on the lot. It was for less than what I had listed, but I had a nice chat with another collector and I think we both are happy with the outcome. And I'm glad they are going to a good home! This lot was a bulk of comics that would not have been worth the time or effort to sell individually. The proceeds are going to be set aside, along with any future sales money, so I can see what my final tally is.
The next step is selling/listing small lots and individual comics that are worth more. I have sold one or two on Ebay in the past. Anyone have any tips for the best way to get boxes for shipping? And/or the best shipping process? I rarely ship items and don't want to overspend on postage or packing materials. Any other good options to sell besides Ebay/Craigslist?
These comics are raw/ungraded as well. There may be a few worth sending to CGC for grading, but I have not done that before. Any feedback on general guidelines on what comics to send in would be appreciated. I was thinking of sending in a couple Valiant Comics for grading? Like a Rai 0, in hopes it is a 9.8. I realize I may lose money though if they come back 9.6 or 9.4. So a little hesitant. I may post a few pics in Grade My Comic and see if they are worth sending in.
Here are my boxes that I sold! Goodbye dear friends!
I started collecting comic statues a few years ago. There's something cool about seeing your heroes in 3D.
Collecting statues is a challenge though, because they take a lot of space. Early on I decided to throw away the boxes. I wasn't going to keep the statues "mint-in-box," and I didn't have the room (or the desire) to save empty boxes.
Even still, displaying statues takes a lot of space. I devote almost an entire wall of shelves for statues, and others are scattered throughout my comic room. Here are a few of the statues in my comic room.
I am sure this has happened to most collectors out there. You win an auction or make a purchase of an awesome comic at a great price and the seller refunds your money the next day. I had this happen twice in the past few weeks. Once on Ebay and the other on a dealers website. The first one was on Ebay and it was an auction for an Avengers 24 CGC 9.6 signed by Stan the Man himself. I won the auction with some stiff competition at the end. I could not wait to get this comic but the following day the seller refunded my money with no explanation except the standard Ebay ( This item is no longer available.)
I have had this happen before. The last guy said he spilled coffee on a book I bought. Another said he lost it and so forth. I asked the guy who spilled the coffee to send the book anyway and he then said he threw it away. This seller last month did respond to my email and said he had his house broken into and this book was stolen. He said most of his other books were at his work and they were ok. He said only a few books at his house were taken and the police were not interested in the crime as it was only comic books taken. He did however say the next purchase I make from him would be free shipping.
The other comic was a Journey Into Mystery 90 7.5 CGC on a well known dealers website. I bought it on a Thursday as I saw his con schedule he was at a Wizard world con the next day and I thought maybe he would take it and sell it there. He sent a refund on Saturday am and said( he had sold this book sometime before and it fell through the cracks). The funny thing was that the book disappeared right off his website instantly just like the one I had purchased a couple of weeks before did. He also offered free shipping to me on my next purchase. I can only hope the dealers stories are legit but really there is no way of knowing for sure. On a brighter note a Journey Into Mystery 91 7.5 I bought recently did arrive as expected and it's picture is attached. Well that's all for now.
I have a veritable cornucopia of comics, and I've been schlepping them all over the world.
Back in June we finally settled on a place to live after a year of aimless wondering, stuff comes out of storage, comic boxes go into the basement. Too many comic boxes. So I think, "what's the point?" I don't follow anything anymore, I'm never gonna go back and read em. The ones I love I know by heart and why have ones that I don't love?
So I hatched this idea to finish my X-Men run and sell ALL (meaning most) of the rest. I don't need much:
3, 65, 69, 70, 72, 73, 75, 76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 91 and a handful in the 500s. Giant size #1 and Hulk #181 aren't "in" the run, but ... seems I should add those too
I was kinda shocked when I made this list. I've been picking up odds and ends over the years without much of a plan. Stumble on a high grade book priced below value? Grabbed it. Wasn't very aggressive about it, or even organized, Just chipped away at it. I even have some SA books I got out of the ¢5 bin (back in the 80s). Unfortunately they marked the covers with a marker ...
So here's the plan:
I'm slabbing all my high quality doubles and selling them. If that goes well I'll attack the non X-men titles (Pretty typical hodgepodge for a marvel fan late 70's early 80s - Avengers, FF, Spiderman). There are some random SA books, but not much high grade. So even though I don't need a lot of books, I'm going to have to sell a ton of em to get high grade. I'm kinda vaguely considering upgrading the grade of some books I own ... but first, finish
I don’t know if anyone else feels nostalgic about the early nineties when Jim Shooter was involved with Valiant. My first encounter with Valiant was the first issue of Archer and Armstrong. At the time I had just finished collecting Barry Windsor-Smith’s Weapon X story in Marvel Comics Presents, I think that is the title, and wanted more of this artist. Collecting comics has been a small passion of mine since the local trash man all those years ago rescued a number 1 of Rom the space knight from the trash. Granted the cover was gone but it was the comic which got me hooked.
Anyways, now I have been looking back at the early Valiant books and find I miss them and wonder where the stories could have really gone if Jim Shooter had stayed at Valiant. I wouldn’t have minded if Warriors Of Plasm was the trade off because I think he would have gotten around to making that series no matter where he went.
Now I am collecting the books I want even if I am scared to get the books I have slabbed but I love to read them once in a while but I have the early trades I use more frequently.
I hope there are other collectors who miss the early Valiant are out there. If not then that is cool.
I wanted to get your thoughts on what do you consider to be slow shipping when you buy a comic online? I did a" Buy It now" from Metropolis on May 25 of a Turok 56. Nice 9.6 , good price but ultra slow shipping. I got an email from them on June 6 saying they were about to ship. That's 12 days after purchase. They then sent an email on June 13 saying it shipped. Seven more days. It arrived June 16 finally. Now to be fair it does state that they take 2 to 3 weeks to ship but I've never bought a comic from them that has taken more than 10 days to arrive.
On the same day at the same time I bought a Thor 131 9.4 from Worldwide Comics and had it 3 days later . I bought a Comic from Comiclink a few days after the Metropolis purchase and it beat the Turok here. So what do you think is slow?
On a brighter note I had a string of being second on online auctions come to an end with a win on Heritage the other night. Recently on the 9.8 and 9.6's I would come up just short but finally broke through with 40 bucks to spare from my high bid. Well today the images of those two books are not loading or any other picture or I would post them. Sorry about that. TRYING to load again, Hope it works.
For reasons which will be kept private, this is the shop in which one can derive the greatest pleasure from a cheese squeezing attack. Richly deserved, every chuff is a further notch on the rung of flatulence pay back. Most gratifying indeed.
See you next time.
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?