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Why CGC & Third-Party Grading Matters...

I've been meaning to post this for a while; thanks to @Point Five for giving me the springboard to finally get this down in writing: I don't think it's possible to overstate this. It gets to the very heart of why third party grading is so important. For those of you who weren't collecting before the advent of CGC, it was really, really, reaaaaallllly, really the bad old days. I had a good solid decade to deal with rampant and horrific overgrading and undisclosed restoration, and I'm incre

RockMyAmadeus

RockMyAmadeus

03/26/2019

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04/15/2019

 

Yellowjacket!

Won this just now in the Comic Link auction. A book that has jumped up in registry points recently - 750, to be exact. Don't know if the character will be appearing again in the movies. I'm just happy to have all those points. I had a CGC 9.4 up until three years ago, then sold it. That one had crm/ow pages, so I've managed an upgrade here. Got it for under $400 too. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

03/07/2018

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06/03/2020

 

N.I.C.E Newsletter #11 - Dec 1988

In December 1988 Chuck made a revelation Give it a try Chuckster, give it a try -So in Fairness, this was 1988, Cerebus #1 was a $500 book and the indie B&W explosion was in full swing (although didnt last much longer after that). -Also #1 books were all the rage and to an extent so were Japanese/Manga books... But come on... Havok & Wolverine #2??? -Oh and loved the GSXM & Excalibur special comparisons. Excalibur #1 was a $10 book at the time (which w

Aweandlorder

Aweandlorder

03/21/2018

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03/21/2018

Though Lost and Finally Found - My Grandfather's Apollo 8 - Coin

The greatest generation and everyone did their part. My Mom's dad fought in Europe and my Dad's dad worked in Grumman and later the Space Program. I recently found something that I thought lost from my Dad's dad and figured I would present it here. If anyone knows me, it is from the Comic forums. Recently while going through boxes for a sales thread I want to put together, I came across something that I had misplaced. Certain things in the family have been entrusted

Buzzetta

Buzzetta

08/04/2013

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12/03/2019

 

Detective 395

Picked this one up from Pedigree Comics just now. A landmark issue in that it features the first pairing of writer Denny O' Neil with artist Neal Adams. The two would go on to greatness, of course, with the GL/GA run a few months after this. This issue also takes Batman into a more gothic area, which would continue for years throughout the seventies. Definitely one of the holy grails of my collection. And my first signature acquisition since 2016. Four more Adams books to go. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

05/16/2019

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05/18/2019

 

Swamp Rising

Hey all, I've enjoyed many fellow boardie's journals and I thought I would share my experience reading Swamp Thing (1982) for the first time. I plan to start at #1 and read up to at least #87. Basically the Pasko, Moore and Veitch runs. I've heard nothing but praise (obviously) for Moore's Swamp Thing, but I figured I would start with Pasko, because it is the beginning of the series.  Oddly I have found very little reviews of the Pasko issues, so not sure how it will be.  I could have started wi

FutureFlash

FutureFlash

06/13/2017

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06/17/2017

Buckeye Comic Con like days of old

I just returned home from Buckeye Comic Con. It's a small show in a hotel. Just like back in the 70's when I attended my first cons.  I like it because it is dealers loaded with comics. There are some small press writers and artists in attendance.  They say the attendance is 400 for the one day event and that looked a little low to me. Very busy. It is held every four months and I plan on being there in November for the next one. I picked up some high grade Swamp Thing , pristine Spawn 1to

Rockblazer

Rockblazer

07/14/2019

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08/04/2019

 

Non-Superman Diversion...Jonah Hex!

Continuing our look at the non-Superman titles that I still actively collect, we have the newest title that I've decided to fill out a run on...and that is Jonah Hex! As far back as I can remember I've always been a fan of westerns, much to the chagrin of my wife and son who sigh and roll their eyes when I come across one while flipping through the t.v. listings.  Although I do the same to my wife when Grease is on, so I suppose it's all good. Anyways, with as much as I like a good wes

tomo

tomo

07/27/2017

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07/31/2017

Atlantis Attacks - 1989: How crazy did Marvel think we were, anyway?

This was a crazy Marvel gimmick.  “Atlantis Attacks”, was a maxi-series that arced over fourteen different Marvel Comic annuals in 1989.  In addition, there were three regular issues that had tie-in stories for a total of seventeen comics.  Did Marvel actually believe that anyone would be dumb enough to collect all of those comics just to read that story? … Uhh … Oops! You can see the list and each comic scanned front and back at my nascent FF website:  https://dekventures.com/Fantasti

Dan'el

Dan'el

01/10/2020

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01/14/2020

 

Nice find in LCS

Just got back from a hiking trip in upstate NY. I found a little comic store and picked these up for $3 to $5 each. Can't wait to read them.

Best2u

Best2u

08/07/2017

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08/08/2017

 

Fun With Spreadsheets

Back when I was collecting coins, I was interested in appreciation.  Yet I kept making the same mistake over and over.  A mistake that collecting Bronze Comics corrects. Without fail, when presented with a cool looking coin from the early 1800's, vs. a cool looking coin from the modern era for the same price, I would always buy the old coin.  But that was a mistake....and here's why: Imagine a coin made in the year 1800 worth $100.  Now compare that to another coin made in the year 200

Westy Steve

Westy Steve

08/11/2017

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08/14/2017

 

HULK 2 Has returned to my collection finally.

Well,            earlier today the comic I most regretted selling has been restored to my collection. It is an Incredible Hulk 2.  The story on this begins in 2010. I saw a Hulk 2 raw listed on Ebay that looked seriously under graded  as a buy it now for $400 dollars. It looked to be 6.5 to 7.0 but was listed as a vg minus 3.5. I watched it thinking it was to good to be true . I waited and watched the seconds tick down to zero but did not buy it. No one did. A week later it was relisted as

Rockblazer

Rockblazer

08/13/2017

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08/15/2017

 

Invincible Sketch Cover

Finally after not pulling the trigger on this issue a year or 2 ago I was messaged on the boards in the wanting to buy section and an awesome member asked me if I was still looking for this issue.  Of course I was and purchased immediately. Case was in good shape still plan on sending it off for the new case. But the hunt for this issue is over and now onto the #52 RRP variant another that I am sure is going to be difficult to acquire. Shout out to Delt569 for allowing me to purchase his copy th

Phillip

Phillip

08/26/2017

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08/27/2017

 

One More Auction Win

This was the second book I won in the last Comic Link auction, along with the ASM 71. Yet another Neal Adams cover, but interior work also. The purchase of these auction wins will be my last one for a while. I'm now on lay off from my job due to the Covid -19 crisis. I don't know how much of an impact this will have on the collecting industry, except to say that most books will now be going for lower prices than usual. I imagine several collectors will have to sell their cherished books to keep

john ivic

john ivic

04/11/2020

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07/03/2020

 

Adventures in YouTubing

A couple weeks ago now, I was inspired by a thread in the Comics General section to do a video for YouTube showing off the Top 50 comics in my collection. To my surprise, I discovered I really enjoyed making the video — and some people actually watched it! So I've decided to make some more YouTube videos about comics and comic collecting. I'm hoping to just post like one video a week, and every so often I'll share those videos here. Here's the link to my channel: https://www.youtu

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

04/18/2020

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04/26/2020

 

How Did This Book Become So Hot?

I've always liked the cover of this particular issue of Sub-Mariner. So when it turned up for auction on ebay a week ago, I decide to go for it. I put in a bid earlier today for $265, the auction ending at 9:30pm est. I figured the book was worth no more than that amount, my bid being the 23rd. Well, when it was all over, there had been 36 bids and the winning amount was...……$676.66!?!?! It happens to be a pedigree copy, but still. Is Tiger Shark going to appear in a movie or something? The last

john ivic

john ivic

01/14/2019

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01/16/2019

 

Updating My Set!!

Wow, last month I found out that my little niche set of 33 DC Bicentennial comics was awarded one of the Best Bronze Age sets for 2018, a very nice recognition I must say   Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) to CGC! And, even sweeter, I just picked up a replacement for one of the issues in the set - going from a CGC 9.0 WP to CGC 9.8 WP and gaining 98 more points! Although it's unlikely I could ever make a complete set of all 9.8 WP issues, I'm hoping to at least upgrade all the 9.0 and 9

willybaum

willybaum

09/07/2018

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09/13/2018

 

My Spinner Rack

I have set up a little comic shop here on the boards. I know selling in the galleries is *not a thing* yet, but I thought I'd give it a try. I plan to keep about 50-100 books listed here, and will update regularly. At least, that's the plan. Anyway, check it out.

adampasz

adampasz

09/27/2017

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10/03/2017