My days of collecting anything and everything are over. After accumulating almost 100,000 comics (most of them worthless), I decided to strip my collection down to 50 comics. The 1st 30 keepers were pretty easy, but it got much harder as I got toward #50. This journal will document my "One in /One out" strategy of collecting from this day forward. I added scans of all 50 comics, so I can sift through my comics without having to get them out of safe storage. I have new additions on the way, so I will share my thought process on each one I kick out. This is primairly for my amusement, but feel free to comment on the decisions that I make!
If only sending in books to CGC was this quick....of wait!
I check my views mainly because I like to know my stuff is being read. I have mentioned this before...possibly numerous times. My latest Journal (well before this one anyway) ?Is It Cheating?? was the first journal of mine to reach over 100 views in the first 24 hours. Something I am rather pleased about. I wish a lot of my journals were like that because I also like to communicate to others on here. I'm still upset I offended somebody unintentionally and without malice. I wrote a Journal entry as an apology and I hope it is accepted.
I check my views a little bit less than I used to but I still like to keep track. Another one that was record setting for me was ?CGC Vs. PGX? which was viewed over 500 times. I decided to write another with almost the same title for Comicbooked.com. I am thinking of posting that here as well, but I was happy to write about the original one here first. This one took a year to hit that number.
As a lot of you are sending in books to be graded and writing about the long-delayed wait I am thinking that the 30 to 50 books I hope to send in before my membership is up in August. I might delay that since they will be out of my hands longer than I would want. Advice on this would be great.
I do have a bright side because at Wizard World Philadelphia CGC will be on site to grade books. This means I will get the books back within 24 hours. In times past I had even gotten books back the same day but I'm going to mostly go for signatures this year, so this might take a little longer.
My New Mutants in my set are already a 9.8 (all but two) and I am bringing only the ones I feel are solidly a 9.8 for signatures since CGC will not guarantee a grade. There are three others I am thinking about bringing without a care for signatures. One of them is Annual #4 of the New Mutants. So far there is not a single one graded and although I think it will be a 9.6 I am hoping for a 9.8 and expect nothing less than a 9.4.
I believe the annual would be benefited by pressing but I still question about pressing getting a universal grade rather than a purple label. The other book I have is New Mutants#93. Another one I feel should get no lower than a 9.6. But if they both get 9.8 which set to put them on and should I bring more books with me because at the very least I'll have them back within 24 hours.
Thanks for reading
After editing this, I am even questioning the amount I plan on bringing just to have graded since I have my pool tournament the same weekend, and my fear is getting greater that the books will not retain the 9.8. I have two graded books I plan on bringing, and three more that are ungraded for a current total of five. I would like to bring ten, 5 for signatures and 5 to just have graded.
Thanks for Reading more
Tomb of Dracula #1:
So in October of 2006 I purchased my first CGC graded comic--Tomb of Dracula #1.. A cover that had been engraved in my earliest memories of childhood, and a series which I could not fully appreciate until I was a teenager. I had decided this was an issue that I would like to own a preserved graded copy of. Well after receiving this copy, I had decided that I was going to try and complete the series in a grade of 9.2 and higher (high grade for me )-- It's been a long and fun journey as I'm nearing completion of this set....
Issue #1 (April 1972) - "Dracula" -Written by Gerry Conway, Art by Gene Colan , and Cover by Neal Adams (inked by Marie Severin)
The sound of the crack, the flying of broken plastic, the sheering of the scissors.
Okay, recently picked up four issues of Gang Busters off from ebay. All four were in CBCS slabs and within the grade range of books that I wanted to start my Gang Busters Registry set with.
When I purchased them I told myself that I was not going to crack them out and send them to CGC. They would be just fine setting in the Gang Busters box with my only other issue, Gang Busters #51 CGC-7.5 ow/w Aurora pedigree. That did not happen. I mean, why have four issues and not be able to have them in my Registry set.
This past weekend they were broken out of their CBCS coats and are on their way to CGC.
That being said, the test is on.
Before cracking them out I watched a video of a guy cracking a CBCS slab on You Tube. I got out my tools and out they came. I was very careful, even had my wife help with the extraction of the book from the inner liner. I then very carefully went over ever book to see if I agreed with the CBCS grade. That be done and recorded, wanted to be sure I did not forget later what I had thought, I packaged then so a bomb could not hurt them and off they went to CGC.
Here is what I sent out and what grade I gave the books...
-Gang Busters #6 CBCS-9.4 W pgs. (9.4 OW/W pgs.)
-Gang Busters #10 CBCS-9.0 W pgs. (9.0 W pgs.)
-Gang Busters #13 CBCS-8.0 OW/W pgs. (7.5-8.0 OW pgs.)
-Gang Busters #18 CBCS-7.5 OW/W pgs. (7.0 OW pgs.)
There you have it. I used my Registry coupon for this so it should not be to long for the results. When they come back I'll share with you the results.
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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 fun time!
Thank you Marvel and Comixology!
I was one of the folks that constantly found themselves being dropped from the website when this promotion was originally rolled out (server overload), but I now have all of my free books. I received an email from Comixology yesterday stating that it was my turn to take advantage of the promotion (you register via email on their website to be placed in line) and that I had 48 hours to make my selection from 723 free comics. As any sane person would do I selected all of them and now I have some reading to do. I hope you all are taking advantage of this promotion if you missed it the first time around, like me, due to the server capacity issue. My list is below with everything from Golden Age goodness to the Marvel NOW! #1 issues. Nuff said!
Email from Comixology:
We've received your Marvel #1 picks!
Our robots have been notified, and they will soon begin placing your comics into your library. Please give them up to 12 hours while they zip and zoom around our database to find your 723 free Marvel #1 issues. Once your books are ready, we will send you an email letting you know that your comics are available for download.
Your Free Marvel #1 Comics:
5 Ronin #1 (of 5)
A + X #1
A-Babies vs. X-Babies #1
AVX: Consequences #1 (of 5)
AVX: VS. #1 (of 6)
Age of Apocalypse #1
Age of Apocalypse: Sinister Bloodlines
Age of X Universe #1 (of 2)
Age of X: Alpha #1
All Winners Squad: Band of Heroes #1 (of 8)
All-New Iron Manual: Part 1 (of 2)
All-New X-Men #1
Alpha Flight #1
Amazing Fantasy 15: Spider-Man!
Amazing Spider-Man #1
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1
Amazing Spider-Man Hooky #1
Amazing Spider-Man Movie #1
Amazing Spider-Man Presents: American Son #1 (of 4)
Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Black Cat #1 (of 4)
Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Jackpot #1 (of 3)
Amazing Spider-Man/Ghost Rider: Motorstorm
Amazing Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth #1
Amazing Spider-Man: Parallel Lives #1
Amazing X-Men #1
Annihilation #1 (of 6)
Annihilation Prologue #1
Annihilation: Conquest #1 (of 6)
Annihilation: Conquest - Quasar #1 (of 4)
Annihilation: Conquest - Starlord #1 (of 4)
Annihilation: Conquest - Wraith #1 (of 4)
Annihilation: Conquest Prologue
Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus #1 (of 2)
Annihilation: Nova #1
Annihilation: Ronan #1
Annihilation: Silver Surfer #1
Annihilation: Super Skrull #1
Annihilators #1 (of 4)
Ant-Man and Wasp #1 (of 3)
Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #1
Astonishing Thor #1 (of 5)
Astonishing X-Men #1
Astonishing X-Men #1 (of 4)
Astonishing X-Men Annual #1
Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Boxes #1 (of 2)
Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #1 (of 5)
Avengers Academy #1
Avengers Annual #1
Avengers Annual #2000
Avengers Arena #1
Avengers Assemble #1
Avengers Forever #1
Avengers Origins: Ant-Man and the Wasp #1
Avengers Origins: Luke Cage #1
Avengers Origins: Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch #1
Avengers Origins: Thor #1
Avengers Origins: Vision #1
Avengers Prime #1 (of 5)
Avengers Spotlight #1
Avengers Vol. 1 #1
Avengers Vol. 4 #1
Avengers Vol. 5 #1
Avengers vs. Pet Avengers #1 (of 4)
Avengers vs. X-Men #1 (of 12)
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #1 (of 4)
Avengers: Roll Call
Avengers: The Children's Crusade #1 (of 9)
Avengers: The Children's Crusade - Young Avengers #1
Avengers: The Coming of the Avengers #1
Avengers: The Initiative #1
Avengers: The Initiative Annual #1
Avengers: The Origin #1 (of 5)
Avengers: X-Sanction #1 (of 4)
Avenging Spider-Man #1
Avenging Spider-Man Annual #1
Baby's First Deadpool Book #1
Balder The Brave #1
Battle Scars #1 (of 6)
Big Hero 6 #1: Brave New Heroes
Black Knight: Exodus #1
Black Panther #1
Black Panther Vol. 5 #1
Black Widow #1
Black Widow Vol. 1 #1
Black Widow Vol. 2 #1
Cable & Deadpool #1
Cable King-Size Spectacular
Cable Vol. 1 #1
Cable and X-Force #1
Cable: Blood and Metal #1
Captain America #1
Captain America & Thor!: Avengers #1
Captain America & the Falcon #1
Captain America Comics #1
Captain America Corps #1 (of 5)
Captain America Reborn: Who Will Wield the Shield
Captain America Spotlight
Captain America Theater of War: Brother In Arms
Captain America Theater of War: To Soldier On
Captain America Vol. 6 #1
Captain America Vol. 7 #1
Captain America and Batroc
Captain America and Crossbones
Captain America and Falcon #1
Captain America and First Thirteen
Captain America and Secret Avengers #1
Captain America: Hail Hydra #1 (of 5)
Captain America: Man Out of Time #1 (of 5)
Captain America: Rebirth #1
Captain America: The Chosen #1 (of 6)
Captain America: Theater of War: America the Beautiful
Captain America: Theater of War: Ghosts of My Country
Captain Britain and MI: 13 #1
Captain Britain and MI: 13 Annual #1
Captain Marvel #1
Carnage #1 (of 5)
Carnage USA #1 (of 5)
Castle: A Calm Before Storm #1 (of 5)
Chaos War #1 (of 5)
Chaos War #1: Alpha Flight
Chaos War #1: Chaos King
Chaos War: Ares #1
Chaos War: Dead Avengers #1 (of 3)
Chaos War: God Squad #1
Chaos War: Thor #1 (of 2)
Chaos War: X-Men #1 (of 2)
Civil War #1 (of 7)
Civil War: Casualties of War: Iron Man/Captain America
Civil War: Choosing Sides
Civil War: Front Line #1 (of 11)
Civil War: House of M #1 (of 5)
Civil War: The Confession
Civil War: The Initiative
Civil War: The Return
Civil War: War Crimes
Civil War: X-Men #1 (of 4)
Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways #1 (of 4)
Claws #1 (of 3)
Cloak and Dagger #1
Cloak and Dagger Vol. 3 #1
Cyclops Vol. 1 #1
Daken: Dark Wolverine #1
Daredevil Annual Vol. 3 #1
Daredevil Noir #1 (of 4)
Daredevil Vol. 1 #1
Daredevil Vol. 2 #1
Daredevil Vol. 3 #1
Daredevil: End of Days #1 (of 8)
Daredevil: Yellow #1
Dark Avengers #1
Dark Avengers Annual #1
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia #1
Dark Reign: The List: Amazing Spider-Man
Dark Reign: The List: Avengers
Dark Reign: The List: Daredevil
Dark Reign: The List: Hulk
Dark Reign: The List: Punisher
Dark Reign: The List: Secret Warriors
Dark Reign: The List: Wolverine
Dark Reign: The Lis
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?in which David Swan becomes the least liked person on the CGC registry
There has been a lot of talk about the slowness of CGC to grade comics so the question is who?s to blame. CGC, partially, but mostly it?s the comic book fans. I?m a child of the 70?s and 80?s but if there?s one thing I learned after years of collecting it?s that the comics of my youth will never be worth anything. Unlike the comics of the golden and silver ages these were perceived as collectibles and thus preserved in sleeves killing the supply and demand model. Too much supply. But comic collectors are a stubborn lot a vowed to imbue these comics with value using sheer force of will and with the help of CGC the magic happened. And now I shall unfairly pick on Spiderman.
There are currently 239 CGC collectors of Amazing Spider-Man #201-#300. This range started in February 1980. Issue 201 has been CGC graded 174 times.202 is CGC graded 80 times. 203 is graded a mere 40 times. So maybe the number of gradings goes down over the years. Jump forward to 1984 and issue 251 has been CGC graded 253 times. Issue 252 (which I used to own and features the black spiderman costume) has been graded 2741 (not a misprint) times. Issue 300 from 1998 has been CGC graded *gasp* 5930 times. I?m willing to bet that the total number of a CGC graded comics from a golden/silver age series like ?All Star Western? doesn?t even come close to that number. Issue 353 from 1991 has 127 CGC graded issues and a near mint copy (non CGC graded) sells for $1.10 on mycomicshop.com. Issue 402 from 1995 has 59 CGC graded copies and sells for $2.00 near mint.
I have three amazing looking non CGC graded ?All American Men of War? from the mid-1960?s. They were sold to me as 8.5?s but MAN they look good for 8.5. There are 3 CGC graded copies of issue 108 in existence, issue 106 has been CGC graded 4 times and issue 115 has been CGC graded 6 times. How many Amazing Spiderman?s from the 90?s would I be queued up behind before mine were graded? And what?s the point. I love CGC because it preserves comics that deserve to be preserved. Preserving issue 300 of Amazing Spiderman is silly because it?s been preserved beyond all sanity and it was specifically created to be collectable and that?s the worst kind of collectable. So let?s say you just LOVE Spiderman and it would mean a great deal to own spectacular copies of the issues of your youth. So you buy them up at heavily inflated prices and what are you left with. A collection of issues that are unreadable and now have a volume that I would estimate to be at least 5 times the size of an unslabbed comic. You can?t even display them because there are too damn many. You could literally encase an entire room in the 100 issues of Spiderman #201-#300. When I was a kid I got rid of most of my collection because it occupied too much space. I can?t imagine if each comic was 5 times the volume and I?m sure an even greater factor more in weight. Instead you could simply buy the collection in raw comics, store them in sleeves and they would be sufficiently preserved. I have 30 year old comics that I stored unsleeved in a box and they look like they just came off the rack. And you could even get crazy and occasionally wash your hands, open the sleeve and carefully read them and there?s a good chance they won?t disintegrate into dust in your hands.
In my opinion CGC should put a limit on how many copied of bronze age and forward comics they?ll grade for a specific issue. They certainly make a lot more money from a high ticket golden or silver age comic then they do from a dozen comics from the 90?s and they?ll increase customer satisfaction (except for those who want there very recent comics graded). BTW: Spiderman 601*ahem*A from 2009 has been CGC graded 111 times. That?s what you call a canary in a mine shaft.
I went to C2E2 in Chicago this weekend and almost didn't buy a single comic book, until I spotted this gem.
My collection of DC B-List Characters first appearances:
Showcase #73 - 1st Creeper CGC 9.0
Demon #1 - 1st Etrigan CGC 9.0
Blue Beetle #1 (1967) - 1st Question CGC 9.4
Brave and the Bold #57 - 1st Metamorpho
Mister Miracle #1 - 1st Mister Miracle
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 the seller refunded my money with no explanation except the standard Ebay ( This item is no longer available.)
I have had this happen before. The last guy said he spilled coffee on a book I bought. Another said he lost it and so forth. I asked the guy who spilled the coffee to send the book anyway and he then said he threw it away. This seller last month did respond to my email and said he had his house broken into and this book was stolen. He said most of his other books were at his work and they were ok. He said only a few books at his house were taken and the police were not interested in the crime as it was only comic books taken. He did however say the next purchase I make from him would be free shipping.
The other comic was a Journey Into Mystery 90 7.5 CGC on a well known dealers website. I bought it on a Thursday as I saw his con schedule he was at a Wizard world con the next day and I thought maybe he would take it and sell it there. He sent a refund on Saturday am and said( he had sold this book sometime before and it fell through the cracks). The funny thing was that the book disappeared right off his website instantly just like the one I had purchased a couple of weeks before did. He also offered free shipping to me on my next purchase. I can only hope the dealers stories are legit but really there is no way of knowing for sure. On a brighter note a Journey Into Mystery 91 7.5 I bought recently did arrive as expected and it's picture is attached. Well that's all for now.
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...
Because I was asked to follow up on my journal of 1/18...
OK - so I wrote a long dissertation on this subject earlier; and then I bumped the back button on my mouse and lost it all, so I guess I'll be brief.
Comics stacked one on top of another and left to be stored for years or even months undisturbed left us with some really nice comics preserved from the 40s, 50s, and 60s - beautiful, flat copies with great color gloss and flat spines. Even non-pedigree collections staored this way probably provided us with a great number of the 7s & 8s in our collections.
Unfortunately, stacks of comics also provided us with dust/light/and oxidation shadows. When a book is only partially covered by the book above it and there is an exposed strip - that strip can form a shadow - a dust shadow, which is a stain on the book, is caused by exposure to dust, and typically found on books stored in attics. Sun shadows, which are a damage to the inks used to print the cover due to a limited lightfastness in the ink, are caused by partial exposure to sunight or other strong light and are common in books stored on windowsills and other very bright locations. Oxidation shadows, (as I understand them - I've never seen one) are caused simply by exposure to air, are a degradation of the paper caused by the increase in deterioration caused by oxygen.
It is dust shadows that haunt me the most, and I suspect are most common in higher graded books because the other conditions would be excellent for the mid to long term storage of high grade books: a cool, dry, dark place (you know - where you get dust). My issue is that they are a stain - just the same as if you dripped your Capt. Crunch on the book while reading it, but CGC doesn't grade it as a stain (OSPG says visible staining on books graded 6.0 or lower, unless I am misremembering). Certainly a cover stain shouldn't be evident in a book graded above 7.0 or so. Now, I'm not railing against CGC; I respect what they have done for the hobby. And as long as they are consistent: i.e. they always ignore dust shadows in books graded 9.4 and below, or whatever their criteria is, then that is fine with me.
But on books where the dust shadow isn't evident from a scan of the front of the book (how most are sold on auction sites), then I think the label deserves a note. Truthfully, I would like to see the same notation on books that have date stamps on the back cover - or frankly anywhere on the book. If there is room to note: '66' written in pen on cover, on my label - then there is room for: 4" x 1/4" dust shadow on reverse, or: date stamp on reverse.
Well - enough for today.
and congrats to pgbeckstrom on his first submission back from CGC
Oh - here's my notation - on the old label.
The second part of this epic three-part examination of Mark Evanier and Dan Spiegle's 1980's Blackhawk run is now available to listen to. I guarantee this is the only podcast in the world that will deliver three hours of conversation about Mark Evanier's Blackhawk!
In this middle installment, we start going through the actual issues themselves, discussing #251-259 in detail. Enjoy!
Keep in the game and hone your grading skills.
Why spend all the money? To sharpen your grading skills. Grading is an art, but with all things worth while it takes the commitment of time, effort, and money.
I've only sent in 33 comics so far to get graded. I keep a list to compare what I think the comic grades before encapsulation and then what it grades after CGC certifies it. Both my 1st and 2nd batch that I sent off, I didn't get any right at all (and 2 were even restored). The most recent batch I got 3 out of 15 correct. The difference this time is that I purchased a copy of "The Official Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide".
It's full of lots of pictures of each grade, and gets you to start looking at your comics from an unbiased position. Now those small creases, impacted corners, and spine stress marks stand out.
Yes, I agree initially sending in lots of comics to CGC is expensive (if your on a tight budget) and disappointing when you expect lots of 9.4 back and only get 7.5s to 9.2s, but wouldn't you like to in the future look through a stack of a Dealer's raw NM- and be able to cherry pick out the 9.6s and 9.8s?
Expert grading skills are priceless. I'm not there yet, but, I'm working on it.
Copy of 13
Picked this one up just now from World Wide Comics. A nice pedigree copy and also an OAK, as this is the only 9.4 slabbed copy. Another lightweight fantasy cover for this title, which was so prevalent with DC at the time. Still, a guilty pleasure nonetheless. This was absolutely my best year for acquisitions. 39 CGC books in all. The breakdown - 19 DC, 16 Marvel, 2 Warren and 2 Amryl. Happy Holidays everyone! Enjoy.
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 one listed in a grade that I could afford any time soon. That all changed when I checked the boards "GA/SA/BA for sale" threads on Christmas night. Yes, Christmas night! Someone had a raw one for sale with an approximate grade of 2.0-2.5! Perfect! The asking price was above $2,000 which would be my largest comic purchase ever by multiples. Thankfully, the seller agreed to a payment plan that I could work with and in a few months time I owned my HOLY GRAIL!!!
Sure, it had rips, tears, a subscription crease and some writing on the cover, but it was complete with cover attached (barely, at the one center staple) and great condition pages. Short of Cap #1 or #3 there wasn't a issue I wanted more in the entire run! This was my completely unexpected, yet fantastic Christmas gift to myself!
Since it took me a few months to pay off this grail, I did not have many funds to buy other Cap comics during that time but I did win a fair copy of Cap #68 off eBay in February of 2015. The book was great except for green staining across the front cover...as well as a quarter of the front cover missing At the time there were only 13 unrestored copies of this on the census which was the fewest of any issue in the run so I did not know when I would see another copy surface. I figured it would at least be a place holder until I got a chance to upgrade.
Little did I know, in just one months time, I would have a chance to do just that...
Are they or are they not?
Im fairly new to CGC collecting being that Ive only been involved in it for about three years. There are many of you guys who have been collecting CGC graded issues for ten years or better. So Im still a rookie in that sense. I certainly dont profess to know everything when it comes to comics and CGC collecting in general but there IS one thing Ive often wondered.
Harvey Comics is the only company Ive seen who has put comics aside in their warehouse or whatever and only very slowly released these issues to the public as FILE COPIES. I dont think any other publishing company has done this. If they did they have not released any of the copies they did this with if thats the case. At least Ive never seen ANY CGC graded comic with the FILE COPY attribute applied to it except for Harvey issues.
There ARE plenty of Harvey issues that do not have the FILE COPY attribute assigned to them when graded due to the fact that they were owned by individual collectors like any other comic series.
So here is my question. Would these be equivalent to any other Pedigree assigned to CGC graded comics out there? I mean wouldnt these be basically considered as a HARVEY pedigree? A pedigree is considered genuine by CGC if the collection is significant enough to warrant such a distinction. What more could be considered as a significant collection than issues put aside by the very company that published them decades ago in most cases?
I understand that the same spot is reserved for multiple cover issues but why else would CGC assign this distinction in the same spot as they do pedigrees?
The reason Im asking this is because Ive recently read a journal by David Swan which alerted me to www.pedigreecomics.com that is dedicated to creating a database of pedigreed comics. I have since added four issues worth of scans to the database myself to contribute to it. I urge all you die hard collectors out there to do the same.
This is probably me just being anal about the subject but I AM curious as to how everyone feels about it. I have sent an email to the person who runs the site about it just to see where it leads. Im hoping it could open up the site to accepting ALL FILE COPY graded issues as PEDIGREES which would allow a lot of comics to be added to this database of scans.
Anyway just throwing this subject out there. Hopefully Ive avoided any commas or whatever keeps these journals from being applied to the message boards. Lets discuss it folks.
Below is a scan of an OAK issue that I own. Its the single highest graded Richie Rich Dollars and Cents number 56 in 9.8 and it has White Pages too!! FILE COPY of course.
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Latest addition, 1st appearance?
This is one I?ve wanted for a long time and it?s been really hard to find in high grade. I was searching on ComicLink and saw that one had sold a couple months ago and was bummed because I would?ve paid more than what it sold for, but then I did a search on eBay and found the exact same copy/serial number?which I ended up getting for almost half the price! It features the first appearance of the Silver Samurai (real name: Kenuichio Harada) and sports a great battle cover against Daredevil. Crazy how different he looked then compared to the Modern Age where he?s all decked out in his silver garb. Reminds me of how different Bullseye looked in S.H.I.E.L.D. #15 compared to Daredevil #131 (I realize they?re not the same person, but they did take on the same identity). The Silver Samurai and Wolverine have had some fierce battles over the years and they have a long history together (he is the half-brother of Wolverine?s love, Mariko Yashida). He?s a great character and I?m very happy to be adding this gem to my collection.
Decided to do some searching on the internet for the Silver Samurai and learned that he is purported to be a central character in the new Wolverine movie scheduled for 2013! According to rumors Ken Wantanabe is being considered for the role. That would be pretty cool (and funny since they?re both named ?Ken?)!
1979 X-men #128 CGC 9.6
I also just picked up a CGC 9.6 copy of X-men 128 for a really good price. I love the cover on this one, and the fact that it stars Proteus?the mutant Wolverine fears because of his reality warping abilities! Makes sense, Wolverine relies on his heightened senses for everything and when he can?t rely on them he completely freaks out. ?A fist of ice closes around Nightcrawler?s heart as ? for the first time since they both joined the X-men ? he hears the sound of fear in Wolverine?s voice.? (Excerpt from X-men #127.) Great story!
Til next time?
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.
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 and Flying Saucers #1 and 2 because I'm reading a book by Corso and Birnes titled 'The Day after Roswell'. Hey everyone, enjoy what's left of summer and I'll post my next selection when they get changed.
Last October on the way back from a mini vacation in Kentucky I stopped in four Cincinnati area comic shops. I'd been in two of the four before. One of them Up, Up and Away Comics said they had opened a new shop in the suburb of Blue Ash . It was on the way home and just off the interstate so I pulled off and proceeded to a really nice plaza. I saw the sign and walked in the door.
To my surprise it looked like I walked into an upscale store of some kind. A young lady walked up to me and asked if I need help and I said "Is this Up Up and Away Comics? I thought I went in the wrong door outside. She said it was and I said I have never saw a shop look like this one. She explained that it was a former design center that went out of business. So instead of the landlord remodeling the owner said why change something that looks so nice. The Silver age comics were in a small well lit glass room near the center of the store. Very upscale.
One feature which was unusual was a huge Lego bridge which was a scale version of an old bridge over the Ohio river. I have attached a picture of it and the main hallway of the shop.
Not your average shop.
Plus results of second and third CGC submissions
I am just curious on what everyone's opinions are about whether or not to buy comics already graded or to buy raw ones. Whether it be raw ones from ebay or your local comic shop or what not do you prefer having that sense of satisfaction from sending in your own comics to get graded or do you prefer having the security of knowing what the comic's grade is when you buy it?
Also I now have all my comics back from CGC from my second and third submission.
Second submission, submitted at the Planet Comicon in Overland Park, Kansas:
Walking Dead #1 and #4 both originally CGC 9.8 SS signed by Robert Kirkman, had them signed by Tony Moore at the convention in front of a CGC witness and they both kept their 9.8 grades and are now certified that they were signed by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore.
-Army of Darkness: Ash Saves Obama #1 (red foil edition), graded at a 9.4 (called up CGC on this one cause I was almost certain it was at least a 9.8, but apparently it had an indent on the back cover that I did not see)
-Chew #1 2nd printing, graded at a 9.8
-Tank Girl #1 graded at a 9.0
-Tank Girl #2 graded at a 9.4
-Tank Girl #3 graded at a 9.4
-Tank Girl #4 graded at a 9.2
-Tank Girl 2 #1 graded at a 9.8
-Tank Girl 2 #2 graded at a 9.6
-Tank Girl 2 #3 graded at a 9.8
-Tank Girl 2 #4 graded at a 9.6
I was very happy with my Tank Girls coming back as high as they did, would have maybe liked a little higher on Tank Girl #1 but it still came back higher then any other Tank Girl comic (only other one graded is a SS 8.0) as did Tank Girl 2 #1 (only other one graded is an universal 8.5), and as far as Tank Girl #2-#4 and Tank Girl 2 #2-#4, mine were the first ones ever graded by CGC which means I have the only complete sets of Tank Girl and Tank Girl 2 graded by CGC in the world which makes me very happy.