I have roughly 8000 books, mostly bronze and copper age, peppered with silver, and a handful of golden, all completed with some moderns.
First comic I bought was Web of Spiderman 17, at the local Circle K store in denver colorado.
I did some weekend work at the mile hi comics warehouse at one point, and was paid in back issues of web of spiderman.
I immediately fell in love with the X-men, and #207 was my first issue.
Since I purchased that #207, I have completed a run from 94-544, with the annuals, and giant size issues. #94 is CGC 8.5 Universal. Currently working on 1-93, and have only 33 issues remaining, with the main one being #1.
I've managed to buy about 4000 bulk comics, which included a run from 144-350 or something like that, so I have duplicates.
I'm primarily a Marvel fan, but do have a fair amount of DC, with my focus being on the Flash. That run will be probably the next complete set I work on. I went through the Image phase, missed the walking dead, but have a nice set of Peter Panzerfaust, with a #1 CGC 9.8 that I enjoy.
I've recently started browsing again after the divorce was final, and have ventured out to the shops, antique stores and CON's as they happen.
I'm in the bay area now, and my comic shop of choice was Flying Colors. BUT, I don't purchase new comics any more. The last new comic I bought was the Death of Wolverine series, and so now my time is spent filling in the holes from 1963 to a few years ago.
So, I thought I'd throw this up here to keep a running documentation of where I'm at, and to share with those that may be curious.
A quick note before we continue. As I was editing the next installment I was thinking to myself, waitaminute A&L, anyone reading this who wasn't actively collecting in the 80s may find this very odd. All of these titles that Chuck recommended didnt just get picked up out of the blue (although some, I have to admit, were rather strange picks). They were mostly referenced as potential investment books based on existing current trends. So lets focus a bit on what was ALREADY heating up on the secondary market at that time period;
Punisher - Punisher's limited series took off quickly and with it boosted alot of Bronze appearance by the character including his first appearance of course. In 1986 ASM129 was a $5. By 1988/89 after the success of the LS and the launch of 2 more ongoing titles, it was a 150.00 book. The limited series was getting anywhere from $20-30 for the 1st issue alone. Also, Punisher War Journal #1 was being speculated due to a reported large quantity of the print run being damaged during shipment.
Marvel Masterworks - Hardcovers and TPB were the next big thing in 1988. And Marvel Masterworks were leading the pack with prices soaring between $70-90
Nick Fury vs Shield #1 was a $30 book and was hot hot hottt
Excalibur #1 12.00 and went to 2nd print, DD #254 15.00, all Groo books were scorching hot at $10-20 for #1s all across the board (Marvel, PC etc)
Indies were absolutely KILLING it. Not to suggest that they were outperforming Marvel/DC in sales, heavens no. They were actually selling very poorly by 1988, but some of the titles published in early 80s-1988 carried a hefty price tag, which resulted in a big interest and in my opinion the main reason why Chuck's spec column was even created. They were the fire that sparked interest with comic book collectors again. Lets look at them closely:
The big three - Cerebus - $500. TMNT - $200 Albedo - $350
Although Cerebus was a Bronze age book it heavily influenced the B&W indie market. TMNT - need we say more. Albedo - the minuscule print run on the 1st issue (#0) was enough to make it very sought after by most indie collectors.
Yes these were all B&W books and all featured anthropomorphic characters. But both trends were actually coming to an end by 1988
The 2nd tier - mostly mature underground and some obscure B&W titles like Love & Rockets ($120) Grendel ($30-80) Quadrant ($130) Flaming Carrot ($115) Cherry ($50) Omaha ($25)
Dark Horse was doing well with Concrete ($20) Aliens ($20)
Gladstone were doing tremendously well with most of their Disney titles but mainly with Uncle Scrooge & Donald Duck ($15-25). Yes I kid you not, Disney was hot back then.
Recent hot series included - Tick ($15), Speed Racer/Racer X ($15-20) Rock n Roll Comics ($50) Black Kiss #1 ($20) Faust #1 ($30)
Japanese/Manga books included Lone wolf cub, Naausica, Lum, Kamui and also Ben Dunn's Ninja High School's series were doing well (although the latter wasnt manga)
Its clear that Batman was the leader of the pack. Frank Miller's Dark Knight was a $20 book almost overnight, and by the time Batman was adapted to a movie a few more titles generated interest in the secondary market. They were: Cult #1 (anywhere from $10-20) killing joke ($25) and of course bats #426-429 which were moving at $100 per set. As I mentioned earlier, HC and TPB were all the rage and had a huge demand, and that reflected in (mainly) Batman books: Greatest Batman/Joker Stories ($60) Son Of Demon ($55) and the biggest one of them all Dark Knight s&n Hardcover Edition ($600).
Watchmen was extremely popular as well, and on a side note I truly dont remember any book other than Dark Knight maybe, that has never stopped being popular since it first saw print.
Also, a new trend was forming with D&D comics: Dragonlance & AD&D were seeing $10 or higher prices. Insane right?
A few months into 1989 and Chuck's NICE newsletters expanded in size, mainly due to more book reviews and the large appetite in investing by comic collectors. All of that while Indie books were starting to cool off
But that didnt stop Chuck from advising us on hot upcoming new indies:
Whats that youre telling me? A new adult line of books, with 2 variants? tiny print run?? lord have mercy, this will HAVE to be the next Cherry/Omaha! Or maybe the next Black Kiss?
And yes, of course, Abyss will naturally the next Aliens! See how this all makes sense?
How amazing is it to read about all these spec books which ended up being complete duds? I cant imagine anyone even thinking of buying any of these books today even for nostalgic purposes. But if you think Chuck ran out of ways to sell you on books, think again:
But Chuck didnt just stop at speculating on comic books. There were also RPG, boxer shorts and mugs:
And Ill end this entry with a little bit of Chuck past spec history, from the man himself:
I would have looooved to see a spec article from him about Marvel's New Universe when it came out. Why, he'd probably push the heck out of those titles and guarantee you a sure premium on Merc and Spitfire!
EDIT: I did want to mention that this month saw the release of Vampire Lestat #1 which became Innovation's first commercial success and soon after launched a series of other Anne Rice adaptations all resulting in a major boost in secondary market prices. And yes, this was another big book that Chuck missed, much like all of them really.
While not necessarily Superman titles, I do consider the Fourth World books Superman-adjacent, since they did kick off in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen. So today, let's take a look at the series that laid down a lot of the mythology to come.
New Gods #1 from March 1971.
I think out of all the Fourth World titles, this cover is not only a classic, but probably one of my personal favorites as well. I love the oversized logo, the black and white background, and the oversaturated colors on Orion really pop. This was one of the last books that I needed to complete the run, and almost didn't get it. I was going to be out of town and unavailable during the auction at my LCS for this one, so I put in an absentee bid of $30 since the picture wasn't the greatest. Low and behold, the other on-line bidder stopped at just under $30, so it was waiting for me when I got back into town. Aside from the small mis-wrap, the books a stunner and I couldn't be happier. It was one situation where a low-res picture worked in my favor.
The other (relatively new) big dog from this series is the 1st appearance of Steppenwolf, in New Gods #7 from March 1972.
I picked this one up well before the movie hype, so it only cost me $10. I still can't believe how cheap the DC Kirby stuff was going for, not even 5 years ago. This cover is not one of the stronger of the run, as the coloring on this one just seems to mute all of the detail. At least Steppenwolf made the cover for his 1st appearance!
Finally, we have what is my other favorite cover from this series...
New Gods #11 from November 1972.
It's a great action packed cover, and in my opinion, the only thing keeping it from legendary status is that the Black Racer is in the background. Imagine this cover with an imposing figure of Darkseid in his place, watching his two sons go at it. I realize that the Black Racer was there to amp up the stakes, but c'mon...the Black Racer? He's one of the few lost opportunities with the Fourth World, as far as I'm concerned.
I've been posting in my old-format journal for about 4 years and I finally decided to venture over here (if you're interested, my old journal -- with the same name -- is here: https://www.cgccomics.com/boards/topic/312873-n2wdws-comic-book-room/). I've moved over partly because I'm intrigued by this new journal format. And partly because of Photobucket's new ransomware policy of requiring you to pay $400 per year for 3rd party hosting. My old journal has not been affected yet, but it will be soon, and I'll lose the pictures from all my journal posts except recent ones where I directed loaded the pictures. In other words, my old journal will soon be ruined, as I will not pay $400/year to PB. If they offered 3rd party hosting at $100 or even $200 a year I might pay, but not at $400. To me -- as with many other people (just check the internet) -- that's tantamount to extortion and I won't support such a company. Even if PB changed their policy I might not go back to them. PB is essentially dead to me.
So here I am. A little information about me. I'm 55, married for 25 years, 4 kids ages 22, 20, 18 and 16 (by the end of the summer). Three of my kids are in college but I'm in, as they say, my prime earning years, so I'm spending more on comics now than I ever have. I've been collecting as long as I can remember. My favorite comic is Spider-Man, following closely by Cerebus and Strangers in Paradise. I started collecting as a completest, and I've completed most of the Marvel silver age titles and have long runs of many DC silver titles. Now though, I'm no longer a completest. Instead I primarily collect keys and good girl art. One of my main collecting pursuits at the moment is to get a copy of every comic with a cover by Matt Baker.
My wife and I plan to retire in about 6-10 years. We have a little beach cottage and we'll spend our golden years there. When we're not there we hope to travel the world. A couple years ago we did an addition to the house, and that included a comic room where I keep my stuff. This comic room is smaller than my old comic room (by more than half), so I have to be careful with what I buy. So, unfortunately, there will be no GI Joe USS Flagg aircraft carriers in my future. But I'm pretty sure I can keep collecting keys and GGA.
So anyway, here is the door into my comic book room. Come on in and look around. I hope you come back often.
I picked up two slabs from ebay because they were very reasonably priced. They are in good shape, but there are markings that border the book itself in the plastic enclosure. I am pretty new to collecting cgc certified books but I do have a few purchased from reputable comic stores and none of those have any of these sort of markings. Are these signs of a case that has been tampered with, or are these commonly seen in some slabs that have been through a process that I'm not familiar with? I hope the images show the markings off clearly. I sure hope they have not been tampered with as that would really suck. I should add that both of the books added to my registry set successfully with the cert. numbers on the label. They are not really expensive books or anything so I don't really suspect counterfeit books, but it just looks like the cases have been opened to me. Again, I'm not sure what the deal is here so hopefully someone can shed some light. Thanks.
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Basic Journal to note my experiences buying and selling comics. Your mileage may vary if you replicate or emulate any of my experiences. But the enjoyment I've gotten out of this hobby and how I've approached it is something I thought I'd share.
First, a little background. I collected back issues in the mid 1980s mostly in the Boston area spending my paper route money on 1960s Spidermans and 1970s Xmen. I won't bore you with those details but formative years are formative years. Kept my books through college and an 8 year stint in the Army and then went to grad school. I now work in finance making a comfortable living supporting a wife and 4 young girls.
While in business school I wanted to apply what I was learning to buying and selling comics. I did do this with comics and baseball cards in the 1980s by renting a flea market table and setting up my wares. Fun stuff but I remember it being more work than profit. So basically I put the word out that I was buying collections and received a couple of calls. Indeed, bought a couple of nice collections - mostly 1970s. Date was around 2001 to give you an idea of where the market was. CGC was still new but basically established. Ebay was all guns blazing and I had a year or two of ebay experience buying and selling.
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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...
Last Saturday night (9/23/17) I was doing my usual late night surfing of the boards and I came across a WTS post from labratnotincluded selling one of his copies of Wolverine 102.5 CGC 9.8. This is probably the rarest book from the 1988 set so I immediately open the post to check it out. As expected the book was awesome but also as expected it was way more than I can spend on a book. Where this entry get its name was something he wrote in the section talking about possible trades.
“I'd consider a decent offer of a 1988 Wolverine Issue 88 CGC 9.8 True Non-Deluxe with something else enticing…”
One of the first things I did when I came back to collecting was to make excel sheet with the current census numbers for every issue in the 1988 run. This was my way to get a quick glimpse of what is rare right now. 102.5 was at the top of the list… 88 (Non-Deluxe) is very far down that list. I knew that 88 was an issues I was planning on submitting and I figured that he must have had some bad luck finding one. So I reached out saying that at some point that I’ll be sending some copies into CGC and I could possibly send a few extra in if he was interested.
The whole time something didn’t add up in my head. How is it possible that someone has two of the rarest comics in the set but doesn’t have an 88. The Census shows (42) 9.8 of the regular and (16) 9.8’s of the Deluxe, by those numbers the Deluxe should be much harder track down.
Well, after a few PM back and forth with labratnotincluded and some research it looks like the census could be wrong and there is likely far less of non deluxe versions.
From what I understand the theory goes like this: Originally there no distinction by CGC between normal and deluxe versions and they were all labeled as the standard. At some later date CGC added a variant for the deluxe version. But all graded copies prior to that date kept there designation of the standard copy. This would completely nullify the accuracy of census number and mess up people’s registry… but I don’t know if there is a reasonable way that CGC could fix it.
All this might be old news to the seasoned Wolverine collectors out there but it was new news to me. I found some posts that talk about how all the X-Titles between Nov 94 through Feb 95 had a similar standard and deluxe set up and that the 88 non deluxe is on rare side of things but nothing specifically about this book (could just be operator error using the search function). I hoping that this entry will be there to help some of newer wolverine collectors out there understand what’s going on with this issue.
I do have some questions for seasoned Wolverine Collectors out there that would help me wrap my mind around this book.
Exactly how rare is the 88 Non-Deluxe? – Since the census numbers aren’t useful in this case, how can we know? I looked at the top 20 sets in the wolverine 1988 and I could only verify 1 copy with a picture was a true non-deluxe. Some don’t have pictures, some note that the book is indeed a deluxe in the non-deluxe slot, others have a picture confirming that it is indeed a Deluxe in a non-deluxe slot. I searched all the usually online auctions/sales and I did not find any non-deluxe.
Is there a way to get more detailed census data? – I think a good indicator on the true numbers could be had by finding out the date that the deluxe variant was added to the registry and then see how many standard copies were added to the registry after that date. Is this possible? And if so how?
Is there a way to fix the census data? – This does not seem likely because they would likely need a photo of all non-deluxe CGC.
Also please chime in if anything that I wrote is incorrect or if there is a big piece of the puzzle that I’m missing.
Lastly, with all this in my head I went to my stacks and pulled my copies and bagged and boarded them up (out of the order that I mentioned in the previous post).
Wolverine #88 (51 Copies)
I have some time over the holidays to scan in and post some more books I've acquired in the past couple of months.
JIM 87 $120 4.0 EBay
JIM 88 $90 2.0 Website
JIM 89 $90 2.0 Website
JIM 90 $45 1.8 Website
Current tally in each Series:
ASM 11/25 books
Avengers 16/25 books
Daredevil 9/25 books
Fantastic Four 12/25 books
Flash 10/25 books
GL 9/25 books
JLOA 9/25 books
JIM 10/25 books
TOS 7/25 books
X-Men 9/25 books
I do have more to add in the next week so should be over the 50% completion soon.
I thought some of you might be curious about the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and it's effect on comic book collections and since I have one effected I figured I would share some details. My wife & I had just bought a house, closing and moving in on August 21st, a Monday. By Friday our new neighbors were preparing to evacuate the neighborhood and after a few conversations we decided it would be best to do the same. Mostly out of shock, all our survivalist skills were thrown out the window as we packed a couple of bags of clothes, a box of valuables like paperwork, jewels and documents and my priceless hand-built guitar. I had sold off most of my comic book collection before moving to Texas and came out with a single short box which had grown into 3 over the past year, but before we left, I put my most valuable comics in one box and brought it along, just in case. I had put the two remaining boxes on the top shelf in my closet thinking if the water comes in these should be fine at 6' up. Well, I was wrong. The house took on over 9' of water, everything we owned was destroyed including those 2 boxes. This included a complete set of Wonder Woman New 52 with variants, (thankfully, not my #38 Finch variant) - Wonder Woman Rebirth set, an almost complete set of Wonder Woman Vol 2. & a Green Lantern set I had been recently working. There's a handful of books I keep kicking myself over not grabbing on the way out, but thankfully the damage is limited to about $1000 bucks and my valuable box survived!
Attached are a few photos to check out, the house is our neighbors up the hill from us, we took on a couple more feet.
Lastly, the good news is we have flood insurance, but the process is taking much longer than you can imagine and may take as long as 2 years. I will note, the best lesson I can offer anyone is to be sure your most valuable books are in one place so you can quickly grab them if you need too.
Even though I have been focusing on collecting Moore's run, I did find a few Wein/Wrightson issues at a local Half-Price Books. No number 1 or 2 unfortunately, but I did pick up #9. What a great cover. I'm kind of kicking myself for not picking up the other issues now.
This was in February of 1989 and Marvel had just been sold to Ron Perelman's MacAndrews and Forbes for $82 Mil
(Taken from Mile High Futures Catalog #49 dated March 1989)
Happy days! So you think Chuck would have made better investment spec's this month? Guess again:
But if you thought that Chuck ditched Batman because it was a DC property and because DC wasnt sold to Elon Musk, I mean Ron Perelman, for 82 mil. Think again.
Needless to say, this was very bad spec, Batman Death in the family was and still is a staple copper Bat book, Batman as a character became much bigger within time, while Marvel would suffer major losses in the near future as a result of this new deal.
Short and sweet - You cannot speculate on comic books, as you do not know what the future holds.
It's been awhile since my last Journal post. My last post was made May 22, 2015. This is my first journal post under the new format, I haven't decided if I like it or not. It's alot easier to use that's for sure, It reminds of the dashboard in WordPress. I've been collecting on & off over the last 3 years, Meeting media guests on cons & still getting signatures from my favorite artists & writers. Everyone collects differently & I'm a signature kinda guy ( For the most part ). I've changed my screen name to something that made more sense for me. Going forward I've decided I want to be a more focused collector, Putting books into the collection that I "Really" like or love. I just recently started to put books into the CGC Registry again.
In May of 2015 I finally got to meet Neal Adams for the first time. He is probably one of my favorite artists of all time. The experience was education for the first time I felt he was kinda stand standoffish, But I got used to it since I've now met him on more than one occasion. I had him sign my copy of Green Lantern #87 that I bought at my LCS in the mid 90's.
Thanks for reading & Happy collecting & have a great 2018!!
And finally, we have what has to be the greatest of all Superman gorilla covers...or at least the zaniest!
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #98
I mean, c'mon...what's not to love about this one...
Jimmy as Tarzan, getting married to a female King Kong in a bridal veil, with the ceremony being performed by Superman, who just happens to be the local witch doctor. Since he's a witch doctor, he has brought with him his boiling cauldron. It's good to know they went for at least one aspect of realism with this cover!
Whatever drugs they were smoking back in 1966, I hope that a) they didn't screw up the writer and artist for life, or b) they helped you make heads or tails of this cover!
This particular issue I got in a bulk lot of Jimmy Olsen titles from one of the LCS' auctions. I think I ended up paying under $2 when everything was said and done. Always on the prowl for an upgrade of this one.
Have a great weekend everyone. Don't do anything rash that you'll regret like our impetuous friend Jimmy!
Hey ladies and gents,
I've been trying to compile a list of the top 25 bronze age marvel books for myself as a small checklist. I was hoping to get some feedback if you feel I've omitted or forgotten something that should be on this list. Conversely if you feel there are books on here that shouldn't be please feel to offer your opinions and feedback. I've tried to stick to first appearances mostly and the order is how I remembered them not in order of importance. Thank you all very much, all the best!!!!
1- Hulk 181
2- Amazing Spiderman 129
3- Giant Size X-Men 1
4- Marvel Spotlight 5
5- Werewolf By Night 32
6- Tomb of Dracula 10
7- X- Men 94
8- Hero For Hire 1
9- Iron Man 55
10- X- Men 101
11- Ms. Marvel 1
12- Conan The Barbarian 1
13- Amazing Spiderman 121
14- Amazing Spiderman 122
15- Marvel Premier 15
16- Iron Fist 14
17- Amazing Adventures 11
18- Amazing Spiderman 194
19- Daredevil 131
20- Nova 1
21- Cat 1
22- Night Nurse 1
23- Hulk 141
24- Star Wars 1
25- Strange Tales 180
MY FIRST COMIC STORE ADVENTURE
It was in 1977, sometime in spring season to summer. I had found my first comic book store by accidentally when I was with my dad on his trip to a drug store to buy something there. I must had walked by this comic book store many times before. Yet I did not notice it?? I guess because the drug store had the spinner rack with new comics there, so my focus was kind of direct at this.
Anyway, one day I went with my sister to follow dad into the drug store. I checked the spinner rack to see if any new comics arrived. Picked a few ones to buy. Dad was still shopping. As it was a hot day outside, and the store was a bit stuffy inside. I told dad I want go out to cool off. I go out and stand by the “comic store” NEXT to the drug store!
my eyes was wandering around the block as I was standing. As I turn around to peek thru the dirty window, I noticed the sun faded comic books hanging on string by their centrefolds. Colours were almost faded out so I didn’t see them clearly. I stood up in peaking, my face pressed on glass. What I saw inside was awesome. Run into drug store to tell dad I go check out the store next door.
I entered the beat-down store and saw all the new comic books stacked up on shelves. Saw the comic books in bins. I soon realized that the store was actually a used bookstore turned into partly comic book store in process! I met the long-haired bearded hippie owner. He smiled at me, I smiled back and pointed to the comics on shelves. He waved me to let me look.
My dad entered to find me standing looked at new comic books. I grinned at dad in begging to buy a .. few.. more books!
My dad looked at the store and he looked at my face. He rolled up his eyes, knowing he will have to take me for more comic book trips ahead!
the hippie owner laughed. I later learned the store was called “The ComicLand”, one of the few first comic book stores. The ComicShop on the 4th West ave is the first store opened. But this is another story to tell later.
Just won this gem on ebay. An interesting take on the Kong story. Seven of them actually, in this issue. Frazetta at his best, as is usual with his Warren covers. Like my recently purchased Eerie 7, this is another super tough one to find. Enjoy.
At long last ... I've completed my DC Bicentennial Set!
Started almost 10 years ago and I wanted to have a high grade set of the 33 comics that DC published in the summer of 1976 with a red/white/blue banner at the top of the front cover. Most of the copies were easy to find in high grade but as I picked up the issues, the last remaining ones became more and more difficult to find, either as CGC graded or raw. My criteria was simple: nothing less than 9.0 and no worse than Off-White pages.
Eventually, it came down to two comics a couple of months ago. I picked up raw high-graded copies of Claw the Unconquered 8 and Our Fighting Forces 168 and submitted them to CGC. When I got them back, the Claw comic was a 9.4 with White Pages and I was ecstatic! But then I saw the other one and it was an 8.0! I immediately went online to read the Grader Notes and it noted foxing on two areas of the back cover. I was bummed.
Since I wanted only 9.x copies in my set I couldn't add this one to my set Worse, I wasn't sure where I could find another high-grade raw copy. But I scoured the comic retailers, including those on eBay and finally found another copy months later that was graded by the seller at 9.4. Based on the scans, it looked really good although the cover was a little crooked.
So, with much trepidation in my heart, I submitted this copy to GCC. If this one didn't come back at least 9.0 then I was really screwed.
I watched the progress as it went from Received to Grading to Shipped/Safe. As usual, I didn't look at the emailed shipping document or the invoice online because I like to wait until it arrives to see the grade.
Then it arrived ....
Back in 2014 I began making plans to move abroad. Expecting to have to downsize to smaller accommodations in Europe I sold off a huge chunk of my Comic book library (graphic novels, hardcovers, omnibuses and custom bound editions). Well I'm back in the US now and have started to work to rebuild my library. I thought it would be fun to track my progress here, and provide some reviews along the way.
As it is with books, some books I sold for a pretty penny have gone back into print and are now very affordable. Other titles that I created my own custom binds of have now had published volumes created (Gotham Central, DC 1 Million, etc), while other titles that were previously affordable have become difficult to find and have launched in price (why oh why did I sell them!??!).
If you want to see the original sales thread it is here:
Or just take a look at the Bookshelves I was selling from... Im not looking to perfectly replicate the collection, but it gives me a jumping off point for my hunt (and isn't the hunting the most fun part?)
So pull up a rich corinthian leather chair, put on your smoking jacket and join me in Miraclemet's collected editions library...
I wanted to mention something and get your opinion on it. Recently I purchased a CGC Fantastic Four 2 from a trusted seller. I thought I would get this book while I could still afford to buy it. It's a nice looking 3.5 off white to white paged copy. I asked the seller to send FedEx with adult signature confirmation. Basically an adult 21 and over has to sign for it.
The seller did as I asked and I expected myself or my wife to be home to sign for it. The day it was due my wife had to leave for a doctors appointment which had been scheduled before I bought the book. She left at 2:30pm and the driver showed up at 2:53 pm. I got home from work at 3:15 pm and the package with the comic was sitting on my front porch. I was kind of disturbed that it was left without a signature as a neighbor had a package stolen off the front porch around Christmas. I called Fedex and asked how could it be left without a signature. I gave her the tracking number and she said it was signed for. I asked who did and the response I got was it was signed by me! I said I was still 15 miles from home at 2:53. So the driver signed my name and left it. He signed my first initial and last name . Not how I sign by the way. Another funny thing was the Fedex rep no longer responded to my questions about the package. It was live chat. I talked for about 10 minutes more with no response and then hung up. I got a transcript of the live chat but it had most of my questions edited out and the times changed. Interesting. What if the package had been stolen? It was signed for with my name but I wasn't there. Has this happened to anyone else? It was a pricey comic, I just wanted to ensure it's safe delivery.
On to my next subject. I often get beat on Comiclink auctions . Often the runner up bidder. I have been bidding since July of 2009 on their site. You can look at your past auction bids on the site. I decided to see what my actual record was. I added it up and I had 34 wins and 51 lost. I was feeling somewhat bad about that thinking if that were a baseball teams record I would be in last place. Then I started thinking as a player if I went 34 for 85. I figured it up and I'm batting .400. That would make me batting champ. Now I see my auction record in a different light.