The best is knowing
I was guided here and immediately felt like this is 'home'. I am excited about this new venture where I could probably meet some of you here and share with you some of my ideas and/or opinions.
Hope we are able to discuss a common interest that brings good grades.
Years, yes years of searching and a missed close call...the elusive CGC 9.8 Savage She-Hulk #25 has just joined the collection.
Thanks to a fellow collectors society member who happened to see one of my journal entries about my search for Savage She-Hulk #25, the lead I was given lead to results. I now have every issue in CGC 9.8 except issue #22, of which I have a 9.6 placeholder right now.
It's been a long search, frustrating but fun all the way. Still have #22 to go so the journey isn't over, but I think the timing is fitting given that the new She-Hulks title debuts in November!
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Need to add Rouge comics
The registry still needs the regular Rogue titles added. Also X-Men 227 is not in it yet. I can't forget to add them once these are in the registry. I wonder what the reason is that not all comics can be added to the registry!
Milk and cookies or water and oil?
I was cataloging my comic books while listening to both my football and baseball teams back and forth on the radio. My football team was losing and my baseball team was winning. I opted to continue listening to my baseball team?s commentators since I prefer to watch football. I put away my three filled CGC boxes which means I?ll have to put together my fourth and last box. Once I get my books back from CGC and the way I have been buying, this last box will most likely be filled by the end of the year (or maybe by the time I post this journal).
I was getting ready to continue onto my raw books when my stomach announced I was hungry (funny how it does that). I decided to go out to eat since my all utilitarian area (kitchen table) was filled with bags and boards. The area was already cleaned for comics and would take too much to put everything away, prep, cook, eat, and clean the area again before pulling out bags, boards, and books. This leaves the closest restaurant to me as my best available option, they just added an addition they now call a burger bar and they have TV?s (so do I?. but no cable).
I walked over to the eatery, entered, and sat at a seat close to the television. They had the football game on (thankfully). As soon as I sat down they flashed the baseball score and my team was losing. Before I left my house I called my Dad who of course urged me to eat (why do parents always think you never eat enough) and he told me he just got home and was going to turn on the baseball game. Apparently he was true to his word because they were now losing. My father has an uncanny knack to make the home team lose just by tuning in to watch.
The Bartender came over, handed me a menu, and gave me time to order. Once ready I ordered a milkshake (yes at a bar) coffee, and a burger. Now, even though my baseball team was losing, my football team was winning. I watched engrossed and my coffee arrived (which came quicker than the milkshake) and I listened to other patrons either guffaw at my beverage choices and/or cheer for their team. My imagination started to turn. I pictured a room with glass windows to peer in and three people in white doctorate coats presiding over a copy of Daredevil #1. The speakers blared with the commentators, one being John Madden.
?This is it folks?quite possible the first 9.8 Daredevil #1?
?Look how they are handling it folks, the gloves are on for this one?
?It does look good?.I remember when I was just a young kid picking up that issue from the pharmacy. When I was older my Mom threw it away, let me tell you this is a treat?
?Right you are, I remember those days. .....and would you look at that. Look at the spine, so tight, and those corners I don?t think I have ever seen corners so tight even on a modern age book?
?Wait the graders are converging, they seem to?.wait this might be it?. OH MY GOD?it is good?.it is GOOD, a Daredevil #1 in a 9.8 with white pages. They said it could never be done folks. History is made right here and you saw it first on your CGC grading network???and the crowd in the bar goes wild. Cool my team made another touchdown.
I enjoy my sports. I enjoy my hobby more but never have I seen them mix and I don?t think I ever will. Ahh food?s here.
Thanks for reading
PS. Both my teams won that day.
Worth the wait?
Hmmmm. First time to actually send a batch of unslabbed comics to CGC for grading. Sent a batch of 7 books early September, followed by 2 30-item batches mid October. Now nearing end of November, still haven't gotten back my initial submission (which just moved to "Scheduled for Grading" a few days ago, while the other two are still in "Received/Verified" mode). Ugggh! Didn't realize it would take this long, though I've heard CGC's usually swamped at around this time. Nevertheless, I hope they manage to fix this soon, else risk alienating collectors in the future and possibly overtaken by PGX if the latter manages to get its act together and set up its own registry.
Sorry...just ranting freely.
I am sitting in my local bookstore, which is not so local since it is right outside Philadelphia and it takes me thirty minutes to drive. It is snowing outside and my windshield wipers don't work so well as my car is a little bit aged. I am remotely helping someone with their homework on litigation (something I know nothing about) and all I can think about are my books I ordered this past week. I checked their shipping progress with Fed Ex and they are here in Philly "ON A TRUCK".
My god what is wrong with them, don't they know I have valuables in there. My thoughts wander: will they be ok in these snowy conditions, will the temperature change the conditions of the books; sure they will all say 9.8 but will they be 9.8. Then I think well maybe they park the truck inside. OK I know they don't but it makes me feel better. The logical calming thought is they are still in the climate control warehouse waiting to be put on the truck and I am happy with that (even though that's not true either).
I spent a pretty good amount on the eleven books I ordered (by the way the total was more than my car, before shipping). I give myself an average price I am willing to spend and I spent under that budget, now I just need to budget how many I actually buy. I almost purchased a DD#7 in an 8.0 and I wonder if passing on this was a good idea or not. I bought a Sub Mariner #1 unslabbed months ago and it is not in the condition I wanted but it was the price I was willing to pay for the condition it is in. How much would I spent if it was in a higher grade I don't know.
I feel safe ordering a book graded by CGC because I know that everyone else will accept it ( I don't feel safe that they are freezing in a truck). I felt safe at the first comic shop I ever bought comics from because they earned my trust I had no problem spending four dollars on a Frank Miller Daredevil issue. Other places I'll see a comic book for $5 which guides at $3 and can not fathom how they got that price. Then again I spent $200 for a New Mutants 87 in 9.8. Which is another reason I like to keep my average at $45. it helps when I spend that extra money, by the way the DD# 7 was listed at $525. So then it begins (and when I say "it" I mean my thoughts) how much is too much?
The market of course is supply and demand, a higher grade is wanted more but I question my sanity when I notice a 9.8 sell for $80 and a 9.6 sells for $14 (not including shipping and handling). Are those extra fractions of a point really worth it. If you are a collector, let's face it, yes they are. If you are budget conscious, they are not, but what if your both?
Bagofleas ( the third time I mentioned him in my journals, can you tell I am envious? Yes envious and not jealous) has a New Mutants #1 graded as a 10. A perfect Gem, I still cannot fathom how he must feel about it, here I am happy because I have it in a 9.8, which seems to be a lot more readily available then I first thought, but that's alright, it's mine. How much would i spend for something like that? Once again how much is to much, a car payment or mortgage maybe? Fortunately I have my priorities straight, bills first, comics second, and food shopping third.
All that said, the snow outside is still coming down and the Fed Ex truck is being nicely insulated inside a climate control warehouse waiting to make the trek out to my house on Monday. I await eagerly to open the box and gawk at my new acquisitions partly for the knowledge that they are indeed mine and secondly to share them all here for others that might be envious of my collection.
Thanks for reading
PS. They are safe right?
We are selleing a lot of our duplicates on ebay this month some CGC's & a lot of raw comics.
As we said we are sellind a lot of our duplicates on ebay. If anyone is interested our ebay is boblcauley. Good luck to everyone & Happy Holidays From the Cauley Family..
Getting back to collecting and grading with a New Year
Well, I have decided to start back into grading again. Last year I let me membership run up, stopped grading and downgraded how many comics I buy a week. My comics numbers are still low for buying but I have sent in 30 comics for grading. They are shipped and on their way back to me and I am content with the grades received. I have decided to try and focus on one set at a time for grading mainly which I think will help keep grading costs down and, once I get the entire set graded, will give me a sense of accomplishment. I do not think I will have the money for a show this year but who knows with some extra OT at work and a nice tax return.... Either way I am happy to be back at it.
If I could only save on gas money
I make my trek to my comic book shop once a week. Lately, for a reason unknown to me and even to some of the establishment's employees, the books I crave have not been there. It is a ten mile trek, which let's face it in the scheme of things is not that far.
Consider this though, I have an older car so a round trip of twenty miles is worth $3 in gas. At current gas prices if I make this trip once a week for a year I spend about $156 on gas alone just to go to the comic book shop (and of course to get back home).
In the last two to three months I have gone two to three times a week just to get my books (only a week's worth). I know I should call to save the trip but somehow that ruins the fun, not to mention a street date is a date the comic shop should have the books, not might have the books. I could also go to the comic book shop that is only a ten minute walk away.
I am loyal and this is what compels me to keep going to the comic book shop I go to. I also like to frequent other shops from time to time in search of a back issue or two (maybe twenty). The shop only ten minutes away will carry CGC books from time to time. I use the internet constantly to look for slabbed books I wish to purchase.
This is great for the selection but I love to see the books up close before purchasing. Since CGC started grading, it eases my mind on the condition. Of course some of the 9.8's I have bought I would never have sent them out to be graded thinking that they would have rated higher than a 9.4.
I have a graded copy of Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #12 in a 9.8. Two of the corners have a small bindery tear. In the Overstreet's grading guide it shows one of these are allowed in an otherwise pristine book, but only one. If I saw this in a store rather than online I would have waited to purchase another copy more pleasing to my eye (unless it was graded a little lower).
I critique my own books harshly. I want to send in books I think would get graded a 9.8, but I know if I sent them in and got a lesser rating then what I craved I would be slightly miffed. I could use the pre-screening process, but fear spending the extra money. At this moment I'm deep in thought on which books I'll bring to Wizard World 2010, or even if I should. I know if I do this I should only do it to encapsulate the books I love and want to keep rather then the ones I might sell if graded a high grade.
I have all these thoughts in my head if I should and if so, why? Am I grading them for investment reasons or for protection. I imagine if Shakespeare were alive today would he question "To slab or not to slab?" (OK so I am not...and he wouldn't)
I am slowly forming my opinion as well as decision on either purchasing CGC graded books or sending some out to be graded. Of course if I start going to the closer comic book shop I can take the savings in gas and add it to my comic book budget.
Thanks for reading.
Comics have arrived
I have had my comics arrive this morning these include a copy of Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter - Guilty Pleasures - Exclusive Preview Edition, as well as a copy of Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter - Guilty Pleasures 1-A, 1-B, & 1-C.I hope to send two of these comics to the Author to be signed before sending out to be graded very soon
Where to spend money on?
Ever since my elementary and high school years, I'd always envisioned a time, in the future, wherein I'd be able to raise a nice, happy family (1st priority) and get myself a job which will support my comic book and collectible hobby (2nd priority, yes!).
Lo and behold, I have been ticking off these things in my "to do" list continuously. Have a happy wife (at least that what she tells me and two wonderful kids with whom I spend equal amounts of time working homeworks and doing fun stuff like playing videogames with.
My work has also been a blast; not only do I enjoy it immensely (both the work and the people I work with), but it also pays enough (after normal household spending and forced savings) to support discretionary "hobby spending" (comics, collectibles, games etc) of about $400 to $600 a month.
Alas, therein lies the dilemma: what to purchase, with my hobby spending money?
Video games, less of an issue. I try and control this spending more, and only focus on games which I know I will fully complete and possibly repeat. Recent buys have been COD: Modern Warfare 2, RE/BioHazard 5 and Heavy Rain for PS3. Immensely satisfied, still playing now. Since great games like these come out very seldomly, I feel this is an area of my budget which I can control well.
Comic books, well, is more of a problem. Do I spend time and effort bidding or buying my favorite CGC graded, or books I will send in to CGC to get slabbed and graded, online? Or do I spend money buying the latest reader's issue, TPB or Hardcover?
This came to a head recently, when a 9.2 graded issue of Dell Turok Son of Stone #1/FC 596 (2nd highest graded) came out in Ebay. Been looking for this for a long time (I currently have 2 copies, a 3.0 unrestored and a 7.5 qualified). I knew it would probably end up being sold for over $1,000. If I pursue it, would be a great addition to my collection, but also means I will need to curtail spending for 3 to 4 months, more if the bidding goes higher (which was likely).
So I made a decision, to go for an absolute limit of $1,800, right near the end of the bidding. The highest I have ever bid on a single issue. Said to myself, thats the maximum I would pay, anything more will give me diminishing returns in as far as my personal fullfillment in the hobby is concerned.
The bidding ended March 7, with the comic selling for $ 2,088.
Did I feel like I lost something? Well, of course, it made me think, what if I'd gone the extra mile and put in a higher bid, would I have gotten the book or not? What's an extra $200 or so, if I was already willing to shell out $1800 for this?
But then, who knows what would have happened, if I sniped at say $2200? One can easily argue, that the winner of this book may have had a higher max bid/ book meant more to him or her than me.
Was I happy? You bet! A few days after the bidding, I made a trip to Books Kinokuniya (the largest retailer of US comic books and trades in Bangkok where I live), and spent about $200 on TPB's and hardcovers which I'd wanted to purchase and try out for some time. Just finished reading the last 2 TPB compilations of Vertigo's Fables, and Ed Brubaker's Criminal deluxe edition compilation - among the most satisfying and enjoyable reads I'd had in a long time, and to think I would have probably been able to only read this late 2010 had I purchased the slabbed Turok # 1.
This (cost avoidance) has also enabled more aggressive bidding and purchases for less key/ more affordable slabbed books (eg 5 9.6 graded non-key Avengers titles I'd purchased from Worldwide for a little less than $25 per book, shipping included, which I'll be registering soon).
So all in all, not a bad deal.
I enjoy this hobby tremendously, as I assume most if not all of you in this forum do. I look forward to making more of these, well, "tough" but "happy" choices in the future, knowing that in virtually all instances, the result will be well worth it.
I just created a Green Lantern:Rebirth registry set for the books I had sign and graded.
If they come out CGC 9.8 I'll put them in the registry.
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The time between teams (Part 2 of 2)?
So what were the X-men doing after their own title ended in 03/1970? Searching for the Angel! This is their story?X-men #62, X-men #63, Avengers #110, Avengers #111, Hulk #172, Captain America #173, Captain America #174 and Captain America #175.
SPOILER ALERT! If you don?t want to know how this story unfolds then stop reading now, go pick up the issues above and read ?em for yourself pilgrim (you?ll be glad you did)!
10/1969 X-men #62: the Angel?s life is saved by ?the Creator? in the Savage Land and he gives Angel a new costume after his old one was destroyed.
11/1969 X-men #63: ?the Creator? is revealed to be Magneto who is actually using the Angel and the Savage Land mutates for his own evil agenda?until the X-men take him down!
04/1973 Avengers #110: Magneto rendered the Angel (last seen in Amazing Adventures #15) unconscious and disguised himself by donning Angel?s costume so he could take the Avengers by surprise upon entering the X-men?s mansion headquarters.
05/1973 Avengers #111: Magneto revealed that the costume he made for Angel (back in X-men #62) had been gradually absorbing his young mutant energy which Magneto then absorbed into himself before being defeated by the combined might of the Avengers and the X-men?the X-men then returned home to their mansion, however the Angel was nowhere to be found.
02/1974 Hulk #172: with the help of the Hulk, the X-men defeated the Juggernaut and continued their search for the Angel.
05/1974 Captain America #173: the X-men team-up with Captain America to confront the group they believe is responsible for capturing the Angel and for starting a smear campaign against Cap?the Secret Empire (formerly a division of Hydra)!
06/1974 Captain America #174: our heroes discover that the Angel was indeed imprisoned by the Secret Empire, along with several other mutants?they also nabbed the Beast (last seen in Hulk #161), Havok and Polaris (last seen in Hulk #150), and a handful of evil mutants in their attempt to conquer the United States. Sadly, Captain America and the X-men were swiftly defeated by the Secret Empire as well.
07/1974 Captain America #175: as it turns out, the Secret Empire used the brainwaves of the captured mutants to power their ultimate weapon?fortunately Captain America and the X-men managed to escape and finally take down the Secret Empire, setting Angel and the other mutants free!
Hope you enjoyed this story as much as I did. The Angel?s next appearance would be in The Champions #1?and at least now I finally understand why he wore that lame outfit in issues #1-#7. It was all Magneto?s fault!
I?ll leave you with a fan?s letter I found in Amazing Adventures #12 from May 1972 (just before the Beast teamed up with the Angel in issue #15)?
?Dear Stan and the Gang,
It was a gray day in January of 1970 when I drove to the newsstand to pick up the last X-MEN book. Everybody in fandom had heard the series was ending, but it was nice of Roy to make a note of the fact in the letters page, to end the group?s lives cleanly and intelligently. The X-MEN?some call them a second-rate FF?but I always loved their air of mystery. The X-MEN?play with the name for awhile in your mind?tremendous.
Sure they?re back as re-prints of their early adventures, but where are the merry mutants of today? Will there ever be further adventures of Scott and Jeannie, of Warren, of Bobby, Alex and Lorna, or of Hank, my favorite? C?mon Marvel, let?s see ?em again!?
The response from the Marvel Bullpen?
?Gee, the world hasn?t gone completely X-men-less since that dismal winter?s day. The Iceman popped up in SPIDEY #92, Havok and Lorna charged through HULK #150, and Angel did a three-parter in KA-ZAR and MARVEL TALES- and now there?s your favorite, the bounding Beast, in a new strip all his own. We hope you- and all other mutantophiles who kept reminding us of our responsibility- will rest easy and just enjoy.
Stainless Steve Englehart, Marvel?s newest boy wonder, is a long time Beast fan himself, and he plans to make sure the new Amazing Adventures lives up to everybody?s expectations.?
I love hearing how the fans felt about what was going on with the X-men back then (second- rate FF? too funny). I enjoyed Steve?s run on Amazing Adventures and hope to add that to my collection someday as well, along with the aforementioned Amazing Spider-man #92.
Til next time?
The Yancy Street Collection is somewhat complete!
For the past 4 years I have laboured hard attempting to collect the Lee/Kirby FF issues 1-102 and annuals 1 thru 7. I have also attempted to collect each of these issues with a pedigree designation without breaking the bank. As many of you may know FF pedigree issues do not come up for sale often and many can be well out of my own price range.
I have amassed 32 or so FF pedigree books both raw and CGC copies through various sites. Although the collection is not complete by issue count, I feel the collection is complete for the various number of pedigree's it contains. I have every major silver age pedigree designation except maybe a curator copy. I personally have never seen a FF curator copy to this day.
My most recent purchases have allowed me to achieve this sense of completeness for myself. These purchases were FF 38 White Mountain (thanks CGC-World), FF 44 Green River and FF 88 Northland!
Lot #2 and 3 with 31 books arrived at CGC at 12:52 PM April 12th. They are now on the way back to me as of May 11th. Again CGC has shipped on the 20 business day mark.
These lots should arrive today, May 13th. If you are following my scores, they should be registered by the end of the day.
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2 Weeks at "Graded"
3 weeks at "verified" & 2 weeks (so far) at "graded". So much for 20 business days - unless there was a convention last month. At any rate, just trying to get a realistic turnaround time. Five weeks and counting so far.
Thanks for the CGC info...great hearing from "real deal" collectors!
These comics came to me in order and these are "New" In clear plastic with boards. They are in order.....many missing...the super ones...but it will be fun to get into your world. Thanks so much! I am thrilled you sent me the informative e-mails!!!!!!
How did I do compared to Part 1?
I hope you enjoyed hearing about Wizard World Philadelphia. I hope whoever goes to the Chicago show could post a few journals. I would like to know how it goes. As for the first day for me I dropped my books off first thing Friday. I got them back first thing Saturday. I then took them to my Father?s because I really didn't feel like lugging ten freshly ?slabbed? books around, and then after I dropped them off all I wanted to do was look at them. The question is how did I do? Did I grade properly, did I score or did I fail?
The first book I mentioned was a PGX copy of The New Mutants in a 9.9. I guessed that CGC would not honor the grade that their rival company gave and even low balled it at a 9.6. They Gave a 9.8. I am pleased with the grade. (Although I do wish they gave it a 9.9, I wonder what the minute difference was.)
The Second book I mentioned was Daredevil #505 Deadpool variant. I mentioned that I thought they would grade the book at a 9.8 but once again low balled it to a 9.6. I would rather under-grade and be pleased then the other way around. They graded it a 9.8
The third book in this grouping is a copy of X-men Vol.1 #42. I purchased this from the back issues bins of my first favorite comic book shop. This one has begins my concerns. I graded this 6.0 by my grading standards (not to mention the Overstreet?s grading guide). Then I started to look at other books CGC already graded and rose what I thought was respectable to an 8.0. We apparently agreed somewhere in the middle and the book was graded a 7.0
My fourth book graded is X-men Vol.1 #142. This was another book that I decided to compare against others I have graded that I purchased through e-Bay. Comparing it to the #141 of the same series I thought it should have been a 9.6. However I stuck to my guns and graded this 9.2. It was graded a 9.2. I don?t know how I feel about that. I think I might invest in a magnifying class and look them both over and use the numbering system for each defect.
My fifth book is a copy of Uncanny X-men #213. I no longer have to do the volume count since it is an official title change. I bought this and looked it over at the convention I originally bought it at thinking a 9.8 was assured?.I will never do that again without opening the bag (or at the very least asking them to open the bag). It was graded 9.6. This one is going to go up for sale (as soon as I get the courage) and I am going to try again.
OK those are my first five out of my ten. If you like compare what I said there to what I said here just so you know I am not full of it. Did I pass?.Did I fail? I?ll let you decide because I think I still need work. For now on though I won?t compare anything to an already encapsulated book?.I will grade the way I know how, not to mention I will ask for any bag to be opened to get a better look at it. I think I purchase a beautiful copy of Sub-Mariner #10 for only $20, but we're not talking about raw books here. Maybe next year I will get it graded.
Thanks for reading.
So I am closing on my first year building my 800 issue run of Detective Comics. Within the first year I have managed to buy 100 CGC graded books (a bunch were hand picked and submitted), and the more I build this run the more I love it! I like to browse through other sets as well, and I am working on starting to upload images.
-Some 'friends' are only friends when give them a reason to be-
After 4 1/2 years...full of fervor, full of passion, full of wonder and hope, I realized that I wasn't 19 anymore. I was older. I was more mature that n people expected me to be. I was bolder, I was harder and more calloused about the reality we live in. After seeing people beat up to a pulp, stabbed, die in their sleep, get sick to the point of death...wouldn't you be?
Funny...my father came to pick me up. After all these years, he finally decided to show up and try to be a part of my life...my new life. We stayed at a hotel for a couple of days and then found an apartment. He wasn't there for me before all this happened...he left after a couple months.
It didn't fade me. Got used to it after a year or two in the darkness. Funny...I thought I had friends. I thought I had a girlfriend. They all left me after a month in darkness. Like my super-heroes disappeared from me...so did my 'close friends'. My mother had me at birth, by herself in the hospital while my father was at the local bar...and she was there the whole time for me, even thereafter. Friends? I had to relearn what it meant to have them again. My mindset was confused and twisted let alone suffering from Arrested development. Indeed...life had just started.
I found a girl shortly after that I wooed and convinced to go out with me. She was very special to me. Interesting enough, she had a boyfriend that she broke up with after she met me. Had no idea, but he was psycho car chases and all). But I was not psycho. I was a changed man with a short leash. No time to be a hero. She got to know my mother.
Shortly after, she died. She fell asleep with candles in her room and got burned alive. She always used to sing to me, "Champagne Supernova" by Oasis. Yes, I remember now. She used to accentuate "...faster than a cannonball..."
I had no money or friends, and one JC Penney department store card in my name. Where were my super-heroes.
But there was hope...
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Thanks to a fellow Joe Collector on the CGC forum boards and a copy other purchase this week I'm edging ever closer to the complete GI Joe CGC 9.8 collection.
Thanks to a fellow Joe Collector on the CGC forum boards and a copy other purchase this week I'm edging ever closer to the complete GI Joe CGC 9.8 collection. I currently need 9 additional 9.8's to go:
45 (no 9.8's on census)
91 (no 9.8's on census)
106 (no 9.8's on census)
125 (no 9.8's on census)
Yearbook #4 (no 9.8's on census)
So... until the point that there is a 9.8 copy of each I guess I'm really only looking for 88, 110, 122, & Yearbook #2.
If I can get ahold of a 9.6 or a 9.8 of 88 and 110 then I'll have 100% of the collection - just not at 9.8.....
Patients I guess......
Books are out to CGC and are verified...
so now all I can do is wait. Plastic Man (1966) #1; Inferior 5 #1; and Teen Titans #2 are all sitting in line waiting their turn behind boxes and boxes of convention submissions and I'm sitting on my hands. I anticipate they will come back 9.0 OW/White; 9.2 white; and 9.0 OW - I hope I have gotten better at grading before I sent this batch in...
well - here's an interesting turn of events, my order status from CGC says graded, but they came in as follows: Inferior 5 #1 shows 8.5 OW/W and I anticiapted a 9.2 - this is the nicest book by far; Teen Titans #2 came in 8.5 OW - which doesn't surprise me too much - I thought it was a weak 9.0, but that's what Heritage had called it and I was willing to agree...the problem is with Plastic Man V2#1 - it came back 9.2 White, apparant SP.
Slight color touch on cover. Damn