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  1.       As I was saying in my last entry, I was longing for my first Alex Schomburg war cover.  It came by way of the boards from a member who was willing to work with my on time payments in July of 2016.  I present to you Captain America Comics #33!!

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          As you can see, this book has been restored (via a piece re-attached to cover with glue) and has a detached cover.  These are two characteristics I said I was going to stay away from except for the more expensive issues.  I would consider this one such issue.  Since buying this book I have decided to "lower my standards" if you will, for the books I decide to bring into my collection.  I still will strive for grades 2.0 - 4.0 but restoration and detached covers/centerfolds won't be an automatic denial for a given book.  Of course the exact amount of restoration will play a part and I'm still avoiding trimmed or brittle books.  This particular Cap #33 has very little restoration, presents wonderfully and has like new WHITE pages to boot!  I don't see myself getting another copy of this book for under $1,000 anytime soon.  There are two 1.0 graded books on the census but who knows if they present well at all.  I am super happy to own this book as it is one of my top five Cap covers of the entire run.  Issues #1-3 & #27 rounding out the top five.

          Which issue next I asked myself.  I needed just issues #72 & #78 to complete Cap #70 - #78 so I put my first WTB post up for a Captain America Comics #78 in September of 2016.  I got three people offering a copy right away.  I was pretty surprised!  Then, a board member reached out to me offering a quadruple signed CGC 3.0!

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    The signatures were from Stan Lee, Ayers, Joe Simon and John Romita!  I thought my triple signed Cap #73 was cool!

    What was I going to have to give to this guy to make that comic mine?  A kidney and promising my first born child???

    Luckily he just wanted cash and a trade for my raw Cap #76 I had bought on eBay the year prior.  After a couple weeks of messaging back and forth to meet at a price we were both comfortable with, it was mine!

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          I would go on to pick up Cap #72 off eBay in November of 2016.  A CGC 1.8 which is the lowest graded copy on the census :shy:

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    That would be my last Cap issue purchased in 2016.  I now had 13 GA Cap issues (33, 44, 53, 66, 68, 70-75, 77 & 78).  The first issue I purchased in 2017 would be another Canadian copy off the boards...

     

     

  2. Get Marwood & I
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    For reasons which will be kept private, this is the shop in which one can derive the greatest pleasure from a cheese squeezing attack. Richly deserved, every chuff is a further notch on the rung of flatulence pay back. Most gratifying indeed.

    See you next time.

  3. I wanted to get your thoughts on what do you consider to be slow shipping when you buy a comic online?  I did a" Buy It now" from Metropolis on May 25 of a Turok 56. Nice 9.6 , good price but ultra slow shipping.  I got an email from them on June 6 saying they were about to ship. That's 12 days after purchase. They then sent an email on June 13 saying it shipped. Seven more days. It arrived June 16 finally.  Now to be fair it does state that they take 2 to 3 weeks to ship but I've never bought a comic from them that has taken more than 10 days to arrive. 

    On the same day at the same time I bought a Thor 131 9.4 from Worldwide Comics and had it 3 days later . I bought a Comic from Comiclink a few days after the Metropolis purchase and it beat the Turok here. So what do you think is slow? 

    On a brighter note I had a string of being second on online auctions come to an end with a win on Heritage the other night.  Recently on the 9.8 and 9.6's I would come up just short but finally broke through with 40 bucks to spare from my high bid.  Well today the images of those two books are not loading or any other picture or I would post them.  Sorry about that. TRYING to load again, Hope it works.

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  4. I was watching this movie called Ratatouille. There is this one particular character who is an older person, a food critic who is miserable and extremely unhappy. At the end of the movie a dish is prepared for him to eat. The smell and taste is oh so familiar. He is immediately intrigued. Something he has not experienced in decades. Like a flurry his memories come back. He is now a child at home in his kitchen. This was the dish his mother used to make for him. It was like a time machine shot him back there.

    It was at this moment I realized what a significant sentimental bond I have had with comics over all these years, especially the last decade as i approach my late 40's.  In particular I have such a deep bond with comics from my childhood because seeing them now takes me back to a place where I ache to go..........

     

  5. On the lookout for a high grade #1 , but here is a high grade set of 2 through 4.

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    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!!

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  6. Hello :hi: It's been a little while since I've done a journal. A lot has changed, also a lot has stayed the same (thumbsu First off I would like to say thank you to CGC for their part in providing one of the best convention experience I've ever had! :golfclap: As a comic collector, for me when books are graded it is the final step of the journey of my books. I love the signature series program, and getting yellow labels is the cherry on top. :cloud9: Blue labels are awesome too and I enjoy having them both. This convention was the culmination of many different factors. I have my first set of books on the way back from CGC so I thought now would be the perfect time to share my experience. My 2018 Wondercon experience actually began in 2017...

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  7. I submitted the form, and shipped the following 8 books to CGC today... Modern slow. Had to use my credits up for the year before membership expire/renewal.

    Anyway I'm creating this journal so others can guess the grades from the scans, and will post them once they have been returned.. We will see :popcorn:

     

  8. I've been giving some serious thought lately to possibly selling off the run down to #300. For one, 544 books in one run is a space issue. I need to make the most out of what space I have for comics right now and these things keep piling up! While having a full run of #1 through #544 would be sweet, I think in the long run I'd be fine with 1- 300. At least until our living situation changes and there is more space for comics. I'd like to have the full Copper Age run as those are the books I mostly started on X-Men with. After 300, things just get a little silly for a long time sadly.

    I might not do this, and I have no idea how I'd sell off 244 books if I do decide to change the focus of the run. I'm just thinking out loud.

    Anyone else here who started off working on a full run of volume 1 and changed the goal like this? Any regrets? 

    I can't imagine it ever ever being difficult nor expensive to rebuild the run later if I decide to have a complete volume 1. And it'd be something fun to work on. 

    On the other hand, I already have the books which is a pretty big point in the "just hang on to them" column, even with the storage space issue.

    What do you all think?

  9. The latest episode of the Classic Comics Forum Podcast is now available:

     

    https://classiccomics.podbean.com/e/classic-comics-forum-podcast-19-the-brave-and-the-bold-50-73-part-1/

     

    This time around we're starting a 2 part discussion of the team-up era of The Brave and the Bold, before they settled on Batman as a permanent star. In this episode, special guest MDG and I discuss issues #50-56, as well as his time working as a writer for both DC and Valiant/Acclaim, where he co-wrote X-O Manowar for several issues. Hope you enjoy!

  10. 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

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    But that didnt stop Chuck from advising us on hot upcoming new indies:

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    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? hm 

    And yes, of course, Abyss will naturally the next Aliens! See how this all makes sense?

    Lets continue:

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    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:

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    But Chuck didnt just stop at speculating on comic books. There were also RPG, boxer shorts and mugs:

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    And Ill end this entry with a little bit of Chuck past spec history, from the man himself:

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    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.

     

     

  11. I just wanted to put an update! Nothing crazy in the sales, but got sold some random glassware (haha, with proceeds going towards comic fund) and listed a few small 'lots' on craigslist today. Within 10 minutes got an inquiry for my Wolverine #1-4 (regular series, 1988?). Nice fellow, looked at conditions when we met nearby and paid full price. Very rare to not get a haggler on CL! Hopefully my other sets sell quickly. I plan to put more up soon.

    So my goal again is to save up my funds to purchase something that is higher than my normal purchase range. I already have my eye on a comic that I want (possibly within my normal range) on ebay. Resisting urge to purchase!!! 

     

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  12. FutureFlash
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    Stumbled upon an issue I have been looking for...oddly no other Swamp Thing comics with it. Unfortunately it has a couple of small flaws to keep it out of the 9.6/9.8 range so won't be able to add it to my Moore Swamp Thing CGC run.

     

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    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.

  13. This month ... March 2018 ... has marked the end of my daily new comic book purchases that I had ordered and picked from the LCS every month or biweekly. That had went on for 44 years. Last week I had picked up my last new comic book with my other orders. Only one single comic book! Finished. I think back all the years I went into the store thrilled in getting my daily dose of new comic books, to read new stories and had fun. Not anymore now. It is strange but not disappointed because I can still get my hardcover volumes with reprinted classic stories, graphic novel books and other items at the LCS. So, I can still go visit the LCS a little longer. 

    But this day marks the beginning of the end on my visits to the LCS. How longer will it last? That, I do not know until I have completed my collection. With the new comic books stopped ordered and closed, what is left for me? Good question. However, this chapter is done and closed, a new chapter begins.

    What I know is that it means I am now totally focused on fulfilling my collection in finding pre-1975 books to fill up all the gaps. It means more trips to comic book cons and small shows in my region as far I can go if my budget allows.

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    RayJr
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    I sent in a CBCS Thor book I acquired off eBay 10/22/2016. It was a 3.5. It came back today from CGC and had a new grade of 4.0. Very pleased with the new grade.

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    Amazing Spider-Man 200, great Anniversary issue.

    Highest graded copy I have owned, still have my reading copy.

    Bought this from a board member.

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  15. This one just came by UPS today. At this moment it is the single highest graded copy and the next closest grade is a 7.5. I bought it from eBay and I even thought the price was good. I have spent so much time on my GI Combat set, the Our Fighting Forces  set (among others) has been neglected. September - October 1961, I'm happy to be able to add this one!

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    Upetting to know that u want to be a million times better than u r now..but depressing to know that no one can better than anyone else...it's all the same at the end of the day...

     

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  16. Rusty Treasure

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    Hello again CGC land... how I've missed you all. 

    And I mean that sincerely. And so, I begin again, with my Rusty Treasures...

     

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    Alright, Alright, Alright! Managed to score a number 4 of New Gods at 9.0 for a good price, under $50.

    I do not have a raw copy of this issue or even a beat up copy. Good thing I have the black and white trade copy from several years ago. 

    So far I have two slabbed New Gods issues from Jack Kirby's original run. Debating whether to get the "Return of" issues and in no rush.

    I do have a couple of raw issues of the Forever People from the same time but no slabs. That will change soon. 

    Here is a question: why was there never a crossover with OMAC and the New Gods? This would have been an idea to see where it would go.

     

    Update: 01/12/18

    I am about half way with my New Gods Kirby run. Have decided to send in my raw books. Not sure about a third raw book but I love the series and will get it slabbed.

    There are some readable copies I do have on hand somewhere. Did not realize there were at least three copies of #9 in my possession along with a #7. I will find more as I look back through my collection. 

    And my OMAC run is slowly closing on the gaps. May find my John Byrne OMACs and get them slabbed as well. That is for a later time.

     

    Update: 04/12/18 

    I have a New Gods 1 graded at 8.0. I am pleased but hoping for a 9.0. 8.0 is good.I have a number 8 graded at 6.0. The seller I bought it from neglected to tell me about water stain on the back inside page. Live and learn. I a couple of issues of 7 that I will look over to see which on is the best to send. That is later this month.