It's October and Halloween will be here soon.
Anyways I am currently looking for horror comics on eBay that are slabbed, especially the Twisted Tales series. I do have one book because it had Richard Corben doing a story and cover. It was bonus I became interested in Bruce Jones and Jan Strnad stories as well. Having collected many raw Twisted Tales, Eerie, Creepy, and a few Weird War Tales on and off I seem to enjoy the short story styled format with 2 to 3 stories in a book. To me more c
TALES TO ASTONISH #75 Green River!
Because of the ubiquitous date stamps on these books, it's possible to identify slabbed and raw books that lost their pedigree label or were never slabbed as a pedigree book from the collection.
This copy of Tales to Astonish #75 is the latest addition to the worlds top Green River Collection. It was spotted on a dealers website and identified by the date stamp, (in faint red - just below the white box with the number 75) which was a dead ringer for the dat
Giant Size Spider-Man #4
I've finally managed to buy an affordable 'Giant Size Spider-Man #4' (CGC 8.5, not the best grade but good enough for me).
This book has eluded me for some time due to the inflated demand for it recently and considering that Including P&P I paid $69, when the 'Overstreet' guide for this book is around $90 raw, I think it's a snip.
Moving on to the next target 'Amazing Spider-Man #300' CGC, I somehow wonder whether I'll get it under -'Overstreet' guide price, pr
Look what I just received...
Everybody should remember when these books first came out in 1998. Well here is what I know about them. Dynamic Forces released two special versions of this book. 7500 regular copies bagged with a Dynamic Forces seal. 300 copies with a small sketch box on the cover that were filled in with an authentic Joe Quesada pencil and Joe Palmiotti ink head sketch and numbered xxx out of 300.
According to the latest CGC survey, 32 qualified copies have been authenticated
After investing countless hours, finances and quality time buying and selling CGC comics to build a World Class CGC Collection...how difficult would it be for you to just let go of your entire collection?
This is the question I have been wrestling with for the past 3 months...
However, after tossing back and forth many nights (due to increased anxiety) while trying to get some rest, and after reevaluating what is most important in my life, I made the extremely difficult decision to auction o
Due to the recent upgrades by CGC, I've reached my objective of 30,000 points on the registry. Nice to be at this level after two and a half years. There are still a few must haves I would like to add, such as Green Lantern 76, Batman 232 and Creepy 14.
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CGC vs XXXPHOENIX grading contest PART 3
CGC just graded 3 more of my SILVER AGE books....let's compare their grading with my forecast!
This time I was VERY unsatisfied. All books were purchased from very reliable dealers few years ago...but 2/3 of my books were graded one full grade below my forecast when I got them!
TITLE ISSUE FORECAST CGC
Amazing Spider-Man 29 9.4 CGC 8.5
Amazing Spider-Man 32 9.2 CGC 9.2
Amazing Spider-Man 43 9.4 CGC
What is pressing?
Dictionary.com has seven definitions and not one of them has anything to do with our hobby. I scanned through the internet with Google and Bing searching for information. The site I like most with any answers is Classics Incorporated. I am only going to touch a little on what they said but recommend if you are interested in the topic to check them out. They mention ?the purpose of pressing is to raise a high grade comic to an even higher grade by removing small defects using
Can CGC grading reduce a comics value?
I'm a big fan of ComicsPriceGuide.com as a pretty good guide for comics prices. It's not perfect but it is a big help. I've noticed in the past that lower grade comics have no effect on a comics value but I noticed something today I've never seen before. For issues graded 8.5 and lower of the 1968 The Hawk and the Dove CGC grading actually LOWERS the price. That's actually makes some sense to me and I'd like to see this more often (sorry CGC).
My love of comics began with the Silver Surfer.
I've been collecting comics for 20 years. I got started when a friend of mine gave me half a dozen Silver Surfer books because he and I liked to surf together. I've been hooked ever since, and the Silver Surfer remains my favorite character of all time. I also enjoy Amazing Spider-man, Uncanny X-men and Wolverine. CGC is a new passion I've developed over the last couple of years. It's the perfect way to preserve, assess the value of, and admire m
I have never gotten a response
Seems to be much frustration going out to CGC. Personally, I pay the extra 8 dollars for fast track if I want results (but this is from My Impatience). I have to say that CGC has always treated me fair and if it is for the collecting alone....Why not rest assured.....business sleeps as well.
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HELLO fellow collectors...
last month I received an email from CGC with the opportunity to submit books for a private Stan Lee signing. I thought it was a great thing so I bought a relatively cheap Amazing Fantasy 15 on ebay and took out from of one of my boxes my favourite book: Amazing Spider-Man 33.
The AF 15 had been badly restored in an amateur way decades ago so I decided NOT to have the book PRO-restored... The book was effectively not worth the pain of being PRO exte
Long way off, but I've got the "cap".
This weekend after picking up a few more X-Men cgcs for my 1-201 run, I put together a budget and projection. I could have done this sooner, but it's less daunting with where I'm at now.
I have approx 90 books registered in my set here, and I have 30 in "verified" limbo on my last order (I understand that there's a bit of a backlog...)
So adding in 5 books I bought this weekend that were 9.8's, I have about 125 CGCs to my name for the set. Looking over
Never even saw this coming. Thanks CGC for the award.
I apologize for being so late in responding back to thank you guys at CGC for this honor. I just got back from South America and I saw this manila envelope from CGC. I was scratching my head when I saw it because I was trying to remember had I submitted any recent comics for grading. I was drawing a blank! Anyway I open it up and to my surprise this is what I receive. An award for Best Presented Set 2006. And for my favorite comic title "Ul
Hard to find issue in high grade...very nice price.
A great copy of Unexpected #118 CGC 9.4 White Pages went for a little over $150 on eBay, which I find amazing considering that many high grade collectors have been needing this issue and have complained on its difficulty in high grade. It also sports a very nice Neal Adams cover in a difficult black cover. Congratulations to the winner, because he got a great deal.
I've attached a pic of my copy, a 9.6 Oakland.
Only one more to go!!!
This is great! I now have a 9.8 copy of #150!
All I need now is #151 and I'll have #145 thru #155, all in 9.8 WP!!!!!
I never thought I'd be this close. These things are so hard to come by.
The price was great! I got #150 and #154, both for the same price as a #154 I could have gotten a couple months ago, so that's pretty good!
I'll put it out there as soon as I get my #151, so stay tuned fellow collectors!!!!!!!!!
Got my signatures...
Got a late start today, but dont feel like I missed much. The line for George Perez was only about ten people. I went and talked to the guys from CGC first and they told me to just give them a call when I was like third in line. They were really helpful as always and I wont lie, it was a little nerve wracking popping my two books out of their cases to get signed. Im thinking theyll be downgraded a tad after the signatures but Im good with it...I would rather have the signa
How to Identify First Print Editions and Variant Covers Using the Bar Code
Here's a little trick that was revealed to me by the good people at Midtown Comics.
I asked the question: How can I determine if a comic is a first print edition versus a second print edition and if it's a standard cover or a variant cover?
His answer: Check the bar code.
Now let me explain what he meant.
Take the two available covers of Hero Worship Issue 1 published by Avatar Press. One cover depicts Zenith sa
Wondering about photographing slabbed comics
I have a question and a comment.
First, I was wondering if anyone has advice on photographing slabbed comics. I?m sure everyone who tried to do it has come up against the obvious problem of the reflection of the flash (as well as the reflection of the photographer if no flash is used). Some of the comics I have in my collection have beautiful photos but I pulled those from the website I purchased them from. The only thing I can assume is that the