CGC Journals

 

"1988 Wolverine Issue 88 CGC 9.8 True Non-Deluxe"

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 con

Snikt!

Snikt!

09/27/2017

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06/14/2018

 

Thousands of Back Issues

In my first entry I mentioned the lot of wolverine back stock I purchased around 2009 that has just been sitting in my old bedroom at my mother’s house. I recently went and got those and decided to finally make my way through them all and see what I have. This is a huge task for me because I’ve never really had to handle this many comics but it will also be instrumental in helping me get to my end goal of my CGC 9.8 run.  I didn’t really know where to start so I just set up as many folding table

Snikt!

Snikt!

09/26/2017

 

Intro

I started reading Wolverine comic somewhere during the winter of 1993, right after the cartoon started playing on television. I remember it all pretty well. I lived in Boston, me and my friends would shovel people houses out when it snowed for money. Then we would take our hard earned money and jump on the No 35 bus to West Roxbury to spend it all on comics. I remember the issues in mid 60’s and I remember being blown away by Issue 75 later on that year. I was always on hunt for the back issues

Snikt!

Snikt!

09/25/2017

 

A upgrade as well as three more pickups!

Just one month after buying the Cap #68 that was missing 1/4 of the front cover, another copy came up for auction on eBay.  Luckily it wasn't much of a bidding war and I won the book!  It was quite the upgrade!       My next purchase would not be until three months later in June of 2015 when I would pick up a very low grade Cap #66 on eBay.  Big chunk missing out of back cover!!     My next win (three weeks later) on eBay would be a Buy-It-Now of one of my favorite covers

GoldCap

GoldCap

09/17/2017

 

New comics in comic cave

It was time to change the comics being shown in the cave. The first 2 are in honor of  Halloween. The next 3 are up because I was in a wedding. The flower for my lapel is made of a comic book page.

Best2u

Best2u

09/16/2017

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10/19/2017

 

One More Purchase

Whew!!! Time to take a break from comic buying before I bankrupt myself. No more books until 2018. All in all, I had one of my best years ever for acquisitions. Maybe the best. I raised my total registry points from 64,000 to 77,000. Speaking of points, this one is worth an impressive 850. Fourth appearance of the new X-Men. I'll get back to the journals next year. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

09/14/2017

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09/15/2017

 

Oops they did it again!

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

Rockblazer

Rockblazer

09/13/2017

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01/05/2018

 

Superman #149 upgrade

So I'm back from vacation with a new post!  Actually, I got back from vacation a while ago, but work has been busy and it's been creeping into my off time.  It'll probably be that way for the remainder of the year, so no weekday posting with any sort of regularity until the new year. The busier work schedule did come with one silver lining, as it took me to a side of the state that I don't normally get to, and that means new and exciting comic book stores to check out!  And find one I did..

tomo

tomo

09/11/2017

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09/15/2017

 

A Christmas I'll never forget!

I was a crazed man on the lookout for a Cap 74 starting in May 2014.  I was constantly checking the major auction houses, eBay, these boards and even craigslist!  A handful of months went by and my intensity diminished some.  At the time there were roughly 45 copies on the census which may seem like very few but there are tons of golden age comics with fewer copies known.  Despite Cap 74 not being technically rare, someone listing one for sale certainly was!  Truthfully, I did not expect to see

GoldCap

GoldCap

09/09/2017

 

My first GA Captain America purchase

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 hu

GoldCap

GoldCap

09/07/2017

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09/17/2017

 

Flash 204

Won this in the recent Heritage auction. A cool Neal Adams cover with Iris Allen ratting out her husband's secret identity. Also a pedigree, which is always nice to acquire. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

09/07/2017

 

Action Packed Neal

Picked this one up today at the Toronto Fan Expo. A backup story by Neal on something called the Human Target. I like the cover by Nick Cardy, depicting an "everyday life" scene. Nine more Adams books to go. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

09/03/2017

 

Classic Comics Forum POdcast #14: Blackhawk by Mark Evanier part 3

If you ever wanted to listen to three hours of discussion about the 80's revival of DC's Blackhawk, now is your chance!! This episode is the last of three about this classic series.  Next episode: Cap's Kooky Quartet!   Classic Comics Forum Podcast #14: Blackhawk by Mark Evanier part 3 September 1, 2017 In the final part of our three part discussion of the 1982 reboot of the classic war comic Blackhawk by Mark Evanier and Dan Spiegle, Prince Hal and I examin

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

09/03/2017

 

1956 GI Combat 9.4 Quality Comics

Single highest graded and one of the last couple before DC took over. Only 3 of this number have been graded so far. These are easily found in low grade, but high grades are very scarce. The black covers make it even tougher.

richard8158

richard8158

08/29/2017

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09/17/2017

 

My own comic room???

I've always wanted my own room to display my comics in and now I have one. True, I do have to share it with other family members, but when I'm in there by myself it's my own little comic cave. The view's great whether sitting or standing or just digging some meds out of the pantry. Thanks to the family for letting me put up any comics I want. I've been changing comics every 2 or 3 weeks. The comics now on display are Summer Love #46 and 47 with Beatles covers due to the fact it is summer still a

Best2u

Best2u

08/27/2017

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08/30/2017

 

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

 

Off on vacation

This will be the only post this week, as I am officially on vacation.  Woo hoo! My family and I will be joining up with my brother and his girlfriend to drive into the path of the solar eclipse this week.  We've been planning the trip for over a year, so fingers crossed that the weather holds.   Even scheduling this trip so far out, we still didn't manage to snag a camp site that lies in the path of the totality of the eclipse, but we'll be pretty darn close in Kentucky on the ban

tomo

tomo

08/21/2017

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08/28/2017

 

Dover Delaware comic con

We drove to Dover this morning to attend the comic con, about an hour each way. I live in Milton Delaware where we don't even have a LCS. Lots of costumes, food but not a lot of comics. Most were priced at $1 - $3, with very few silvers or golds. Lots of artists though and plenty of novelties. Harry potter wand booth, toys everywhere, costume contest and all kinds of neat crafts. The stay puft marshmallow man (turns out to be a woman) looks a bit deflated and smaller than I remember. It was a fu

richard8158

richard8158

08/19/2017

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08/22/2017

 

The Haunted Tank!

GI Combat 152,This arrived yesterday! An upgrade for my set. Highest grade, 1 of 3.  Almost sounds like a Borg designation! Anyway picked this one up from eBay for a reasonable price. If anyone has something higher than what I have in my set, and you might consider selling it, let me know! Thanks!

richard8158

richard8158

08/18/2017

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08/19/2017

 

The Superbooks in December 1978

So why December of 1978? Well, there was a movie released that month called Superman The Movie, that's why! A favorite complaint these days is that neither Marvel or DC has appropriate books on the shelves to take advantage of the heat that is generated by comic book movies.  So how did DC do back in 1978 at the golden age of superhero movies? Not too shabby! All-New Collectors' Edition: Superman The Movie #C-62 was right there to take advantage of the hype, with an issu

tomo

tomo

08/18/2017

 

Crom!

We're almost to real time now. My recap is winding to a close...I have two more books to show.  Here's the first: I bought this book sight unseen from a good friend.  I was absolutely stunned to open the box and see this.  I knew the grade but that was all.  I won't usually pay these kinds of dollars for a book (though I got a great friend-to-friend discount), but this is one that I've thought about buying for a few decades.  For the grade, it has everything going for it.  Nice centering, white

Westy Steve

Westy Steve

08/18/2017

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08/18/2017