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Been A Long Time Coming...

this is one of the first books I ever really wanted to buy... but I never did. Until yesterday. Back when I was in college, I had a pretty good job. Money was good for a kid my age and that was when I started to take collecting to the next level. Before then, my collecting consisted only of what my pops handed down or what comics I had managed to save since my childhood. My college years was when I began to hunt issues down and shape my collecting habits into more refined laws I still ho

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lpersky

05/06/2014

 

My Walking Dead Con Submissions

Ok, so officially it was called San Diego Comic-Con International... but might as well been called Walking Dead Con 2012. Everywhere you looked, there was something Walking Dead related, so it was only natural that my largest CGC submission of the year would be Walking Dead heavy. 2 submissions, all signature series, 33 books in all. Thankfully, both invoices have been graded and the grades appear online. Won't know when i'll actually have the books in my possession, but i'll be patient.

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lpersky

08/03/2012

 

My Modern Grail Quest is Complete

I buy a lot of books... As someone who buys and sells comics on the side and runs a small comic business, I have to keep buying in order to keep selling. As such, I come across a lot of books. Some you see all the time, others not so much. Because I am a huge Batman fan, my personal collection currently consist of Batman books (among other things and keys) and my personal goal is to eventually obtain every Batman book ever published. So far, I have every Batman book from 250 - current, sa

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lpersky

05/23/2012

 

Current Turnaround

anyone else notice the subtle but significant change? went online today to see what ship date they were on and I noticed that there is now a new column in the services and fees section titled "Current Turnaround" right next to the "Estimated Turnaround" for each tier. Boy oh boy oh boy. Who comes up with these things? So you can estimate that your economy tier will be done in 40 days, but actually it'll take 100 days... at least they're being honest, right? you know, I like that they are

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lpersky

05/09/2012

 

CGC Grader Notes

why should I pay for this again? while I think that making the grader notes available is a good service to the consumer, as many of us are curious to why a book received a particular grade, I believe paying for the service is a little obsurd when I see the fees. First, as someone who pays the $109 membership fee every year, I think it should be FREE with paid memberships. Otherwise, where is the bang for my buck? Yeah I get four free submissions but what else? Shouldn't CGC be looking int

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lpersky

05/03/2012

Xmas Came Early this Year Kids

received 3 of my 7 invoices back in the mail today yup, 3 invoices down and 4 more to go... 28 books in all (signature series and universal moderns)... lots of 9.8s, highest graded copies and OAKs... heres a small sample: Walking Dead 1 signed by Kirkman CGC SS 9.6 Walking Dead 19 signed by Kirkman (x2) CGC SS 9.8, CGC SS 9.8 Walking Dead 94 Image Expo MVP sketch variant signed by Kirkman CGC SS 9.8 Darkness 1 signed by Silvestri (x2) CGC SS 9.8, CGC SS 9.8 *these are the highest gra

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lpersky

04/04/2012

 

Thanks for Ruining My Weekend USPS

nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! i finally had one of my CGC invoices mailed out on 03/05/12 and received the confirmation email from CGC with the invoice's tracking number. i checked the package's status today on USPS.com and to my horror, the status shows as "Missent" and the description that the package was misrouted. WTF!!! this is not at all what i wanted! so where is it? on a plane to kilamazoo? did the train it was on derail, thus incenerating the books? did space aliens co

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lpersky

03/09/2012

Amazing AZ Submission

waiting... they have been scheduled for grading since Tuesday (3 days), fingers crossed that they get graded today. 17 signature series books with comissioned sketches, Liefeld, Kirkman, and Capullo signatures. i'll be waiting... would be nice to know the grades before Image Expo this weekend. thanks ***UPDATE*** I called in, and while status still Scheduled for Grading online, it appears they have already been graded (although not finalized). Here are the results: Walking Dead 2 (

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02/24/2012

 

Cornering the Market

what to do what to do... while going through our massive warehouse buy, I came accross a significant amount issues of Hack/Slash #1 from the 2007 DDP series. they are all in really high, untouched grade, and I decided that I would seperate some out for CGC to grade and then try to sell some of the others since it seems to be a popular series. I've sold a handful and still have many more, but I finally got around to sending in a test run of 3 issues with my last invoice. I don't have the gra

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lpersky

02/06/2012

Submissions and More Submissions

the wait is over, kinda... just recently got back my Long Beach Comic Con and Nuke the Fridge Stan Lee signing submissions back. 10 books in total, thought I would share: Stan Lee signed: Amazing Spider-Man #122 9.4 Amazing Spider-Man #194 9.2 New Mutants #98 9.4 Venom: Lethal Protector (Black Error cover) 9.4 Long Beach Comic Con: Flash #1 1:200 sketch variant signed by Brain Buccellato 9.8 Uncanny X-Force #1 Deadpool sketch by Marat Mycheals 9.8 Amazing Spider-Man #606 sig

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lpersky

02/01/2012

 

Unpaid Item Bidders

Not a fan of them... If you don't have the money for an item, why bid on it or submit an offer? You are wasting everyone's time, not to mention, that there is probably another person that would purchase the item and actually pay for it! What really sucks is that now FeeBay no longer penalizes buyers they way they used to for non-payment. In the good ol' days, you were actually able to leave negative feedback for non-payment, now you can't, and the buyer's rating is no longer affected. If

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lpersky

01/22/2012

 

Good News, Bad News

really? aw man... I called CGC today to get an update on where the graders are with modern submissions since I am still awaiting my signature series invoice from Long Beach Comic Con, and the last time the website was updated was on 11/07/11. Per Nicole, they are on 11/01/11, not the 10/18/11 that is posted on the site. So most likely Monday/Tuesday I'll at least know the grades. The bad news... that means the books will ship sometime next week and I used the office address, which will be c

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lpersky

12/16/2011

 

Take A Deeper Look At the New 2012 Fees

it's not just a price hike people.... Since this is the new popular thread, here's my input. I understand a revision to the grading fees: $1, $2, and such to the grading teirs. that's understandable since it's been a while since they revised it and they probably need the additional funds to support operating fees and to hire additional staff (per the careers section of cgc's site they are currently hiring). However, the handling fee makes no sense. that's a slap in the face. its a charge

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lpersky

12/12/2011

 

Just a Suggestion

you know what would be cool... if the CGC Census was modified to allow users to search for other criteria other than just title and issue number. Wouldn't it be cool if you could search the census by artist or writer? Or search the comments for key words like "1st appearance" or "Death of..". I think this type of feature would allow collectors to be even more intuitive with their collecting habits and would probably be used with frequency. just a thought CGC... you can have that one for f

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lpersky

12/06/2011

 

Time to Refocus My Habbits

what have I created? When I started down the path of getting books graded by CGC, I initially had decided that I would get books graded for resale (obviously) but that I would also try to build runs for my own personal collections. I have held true to form on the first part but it is the second that I now realize I haven't been doing as much as I should. As I was cleaning house preparing for this season's thanksgiving get-together at my house, I started realizing that I have a lot of books

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lpersky

11/21/2011

My First 9.9

I finally own one... After 3 years of submitting countless books and never receiving that seemingly unattainable grade, opportunity arose and I took advantage. I finally went out and purchased a book in cgc 9.9 that I felt was worth it. It was also the only Uncanny X-Force #1 J. Scott Campbell variant in 9.9 condition according to the cgc census. So why this book? For starters, I happen to like the new Uncanny X-Force series. I think it is pretty well written and the cast of characters b

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lpersky

11/12/2011

 

It Pays to Pay

I took the 50/50 route... I submitted 2 invoices at the Long Beach Comic Con and knowing fully the delayed turnaround times on grading, I decided that I would scale my modern invoice down and fast track the two modern books, while the other invoice, the 6 signature series sketches and autos, I could wait on. So, both the invoices showed as received on 11/02/11 and today, the status on my two fast tracked modern books changed to "shipped/safe" while the other signature series invoice is still

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lpersky

11/10/2011

 

MY response to David Swan and clouded9

from the suppliers point of view... I could care less what people collect on their own dollar. If people, for whatever reason, want to collect issues of Youngblood #1, it's my duty to supply it. If you wanted to collect rocks, then I would have a bag full waiting for you. The key is how much are you willing to spend. The reason why there are so many issues of Amazing Spider-Man #252 and #300 graded is because the people have decided that they are willing to spend real money on those issue

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lpersky

08/19/2011

 

Finally Broke 10K

just a small pebble in the pool, but at least i'm now in the water haha... my collector's society coupon invoice today appeared as shipped which meant i can now add the books to my registry sets. this time around, i went with the expensive books and tried to maximize the coupon's value to the fullest (I made a rookie mistake 3 years ago, and did better last year with my choices, see past journals for more on what was submitted in years prior). this year, i used my coupon to submit another c

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lpersky

06/07/2011

 

Anaheim Comic Con Wrap Up

It's finally over... and even though it was a lot of work, it was well worth it and I had a good time doing it. Day three started just like the day before, with restocking and set up. We had decided to try and "blow out" our dollar books by dropping the price to 50 cents. That move was greeted with welcoming buyers trying to stock up on last day deals and bargins. I noticed that other dealers were also doing last day sales as well, but more on that in a minute. Also since it was the las

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lpersky

05/03/2011

 

Anaheim Comic Con Day 2

Today I had a list of things to do... When I got to the show today, I knew there were a few things on my to do list. First and foremost, I had to get my booth set up before the show opened. This took considerably less time than the day before thankfully because I already knew how it was to be set up. It was mostly restocking the shelves and what not, time consuming, but not too difficult. Once I was done with that, it was on to my next agenda item, which was to pay a visit to Mr. Liefeld.

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lpersky

05/01/2011

 

Anaheim Comic Con Day 1

I really didn't know what to expect... it is my first time as an exhibitor at Anaheim, let alone a major show such as this. Don't get me wrong, i've done shows before, but none this large or heavily promoted. So I didn't know what to expect. Were my goals going to be too ambitious? What if it's a bust? Or, what if I didn't bring enough stuff? As it would soon play out, most of my questions were about to be answered. We got to the venue around noon and it took us well past the doors ope

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lpersky

04/30/2011

 

Modern Fast Track pt2

UPDATE: my 2 books submitted on the fast track have been graded. FYI, I submitted two copies of Wolverine (vol 4) #1 Campbell "Deadpool" variant... one is a 9.6 and the other a 9.8... overall I guess the fast track isn't so bad after all if it takes 10-11 days for the grades... still beats the 20 day expectancy under normal situations... the consumer in me still would like to see guarantees in the future though as a reassurance for my money spent... now hopefully the US Government comes to

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lpersky

04/08/2011

 

Modern Fast Track

Is it really worth it? Recently I sent in two books under the Modern Fast Track teir hoping that the extra $8 per book would get my books graded and returned to me sooner. The published turnaround time on this level of service is 10 business days, excluding show Fridays. Well CGC, today is the 10th business day and my books still show as "Recieved" and there is no comic line data for my books... What's the hold up? I would at least expect to see some progression over the 10 business days l

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lpersky

04/07/2011

 

What the *&$% Have I been Doing?

ok, I admit, I haven't been on top of my CGC game lately... first, I let my premium membership expire (in October) and have yet to renew it... second, I haven't submitted any new submissions since my last batch in August... third, I haven't purchased any new slabbed books in over 2 months... and four, I can't even remember when the last time was that I contributed a journal to the society... I admit, I have been a bad example of a memember haha... but, not all was done in vain... in that tim

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02/17/2011