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Ya know, I should have entered this set into the registry back in 2013.  There's a few pedigrees, some keys... it was a nice set.    The Ghost Rider and Spider-man sets were just starting up but the Transformer and X-men sets were filling in nicely.  Ah well no point in doing it now as these are gonna hit the forum market and then whatever is left will head off to the auction houses.

At the bottom of the list I added thumbnails, only because I thought it looked kinda cool.  I'll be uploading the real scans this weekend as time permits, likely the actual listings will begin next Friday.  Prices will be close to GPA, give or take a bit, but time payments are available so that's an extra incentive.    

Amazing Spiderman 12 CGC 8.0 Off-White to White
Amazing Spiderman 57 CGC 9.2 Off White
Amazing Spiderman 116 CGC 9.2 Off White to White
Amazing Spiderman 129 CGC 9.6 White Pages                     1st Punisher
Amazing Spiderman 162 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Amazing Spiderman 201 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Amazing Spiderman 202 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Amazing Spiderman 239 CGC 9.8 White Pages
Amazing Spiderman 250 CGC 9.8 White Pages
Amazing Spiderman 252 CGC 9.6 White Pages                     Tied for 1st black costume
Spectacular Spiderman 1 CGC 9.6 White
Spectacular Spiderman 8 CGC 9.6 White
Spiderman vs Wolverine 1 CGC 9.6 White
Web of Spiderman 1 CGC 9.4 Off White to White
Web of Spiderman 2 CGC 9.6 White

Avengers 47 CGC 9.4 White                                                    Magneto App.
Avengers  Annual 7 CGC 9.6 White                                       Thanos Saga
Fantastic Four 28 CGC 8.5 Off White to White                     Early X-men App.
Ghost Rider (1950) 1 CGC 9.0 Off White to White               Oldest issue in my collection by a long shot!
Ghost Rider (1973) 1 CGC 9.6 White
Ghost Rider (1973) 3 CGC 9.6 White
Ghost Rider (1973) 35 CGC 9.6 White
Ghost Rider (1973) 37 CGC 9.6 White
Ghost Rider (1973) 47 CGC 9.6 White
Ghost Rider (1973) 67 CGC 9.8 White

Incredible Hulk 181 CGC 9.4 White                                         1st full Wolverine
Incredible Hulk 340 CGC 9.8 White                                         Classic Wolverine McFarlane cover

Iron Fist  14 CGC 9.6 White                                                      1st Sabertooth
Iron Fist  15 CGC 9.4 White                                                       X-men App.
Power Man and Iron Fist 66 CGC 9.6 White                          2nd Sabertooth
Marvel Spotlight 5 CGC 9.2 White                                          1st 1970s Ghost Rider
Marvel Spotlight 7 CGC 9.6 White                                          Sucha News Pedigree 
Marvel Spotlight 9 CGC 9.6 White                                          Sucha News Pedigree
Marvel Super Action (1976)  1 CGC 9.4 White                      Magazine size - Punisher
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars 8 CGC 9.6 White           Origin of Symbiote/black costume
Marvel Team-Up Annual 1 (1976)  CGC 9.6 White              X-men and Spidey
Masters of the Universe (1986) 1 CGC 9.6 White
Next Men, John Byrne's (1992) 21 CGC 9.6 White              1st full color Hellboy
Punisher Vol. 1 1 CGC 9.6 White
Transformers 1 CGC 9.6 White Pages                                  
Transformers 2 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 3 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 4 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 6 CGC 9.4 White Pages
Transformers 16 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 18 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 19 CGC 9.4 Off White to White
Transformers 20 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 22 CGC 9.8 White Pages
Transformers 26 CGC 9.6 Off White to White
Transformers 28 CGC 9.8 White
Transformers 31 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 36 CGC 9.8 White Pages
Transformers 40 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 41 CGC 9.4 White Pages
Transformers 42 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 43 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 46 CGC 9.4 White Pages
Transformers 48 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 52 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 53 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 54 CGC 9.8 White Pages
Transformers 56 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 60 CGC 9.4 White Pages
Transformers 61 CGC 9.8 White Pages
Transformers 64 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 65 CGC 9.4 White Pages
Transformers 67 CGC 9.4 White Pages
Transformers 68 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 69 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 70 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 73 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 75 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 76 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Transformers 77 CGC 9.6 Off White to White
Transformers 78 CGC 9.4 White Pages
Transformers Universe 1 CGC 9.2 White Pages
Transformers Universe 2 CGC 9.4 White Pages
Transformers Universe 4 CGC 9.4 White Pages
Transformers The Movie 1 CGC 9.6 White Pages
Walking Dead 3 CGC 9.6 White
Walking Dead 19 CGC 9.8 White                                           1st Michonne
Wolverine Vol.1 1 CGC 9.8 White
Wolverine Vol.1 2 CGC 9.6 White
Wolverine Vol.1 3 CGC 9.6 White
Wolverine Vol.1 4 CGC 9.6 White
Wolverine Vol.2 1 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 1 CGC 8.5 Off White to White                                     1st X-men ; 1st Magneto
Xmen 5 CGC 8.5 Off White to White
Xmen 6 CGC 8.5 Off White to White
Xmen 7 CGC 8.5 White
Xmen 8 CGC 8.5 White
Xmen 10 CGC 8.5 White
Xmen 12 CGC 9.2 Off White to White                                    1st Juggernaut
Xmen 14 CGC 9.2 Off White to White                                    1st Sentinels
Xmen 16 CGC 9.2 Off White to White
Xmen 18 CGC 9.2 Off White to White
Xmen 19 CGC 9.2 Off White to White
Xmen 20 CGC 9.2 Off White to White
Xmen 21 CGC 9.2 White
Xmen 22 CGC 9.2 Off White to White
Xmen 23 CGC 9.2 White
Xmen 24 CGC 9.2 White
Xmen 25 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 26 CGC 9.2 Off White to White
Xmen 27 CGC 9.4 Off White to White
Xmen 28 CGC 9.2 White
Xmen 29 CGC 9.4 Off White to White
Xmen 30 CGC 9.2 White
Xmen 32 CGC 9.2 Off White to White
Xmen 35 CGC 9.2 White                                                          Spider-man app, sorta
Xmen 38 CGC 9.2 White
Xmen 42 CGC 9.2 White
Xmen 43 CGC 9.2 Off White to White
Xmen 44 CGC 9.2 Off White to White
Xmen 45 CGC 9.2 White
Xmen 48 CGC 9.2 White
Xmen 51 CGC 9.4 Off White to White
Xmen 52 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 53 CGC 9.2 White
Xmen 55 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 56 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 57 CGC 9.4 Off White to White
Xmen 59 CGC 9.2 White
Xmen 60 CGC 9.2 White
Xmen 63 CGC 9.2 White
Xmen 64 CGC 9.2 White
Xmen 65 CGC 9.2 White
Xmen 66 CGC 9.4 White                                                          Hulk App; Brad Squared collection
Xmen 96 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 97 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 98 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 99 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 100 CGC 9.6 White                                                       old X-men vs New
Xmen 101 CGC 9.6 White                                                        1st Phoenix
Xmen 102 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 103 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 104 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 105 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 106 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 107 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 108 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 109 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 110 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 111 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 112 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 113 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 114 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 115 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 116 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 117 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 118 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 119 CGC 9.6 White                                                   1st App Alpha Flight cameo ; DON MAGGIE THOMPSON Pedigree
Xmen 120 CGC 9.4 White                                                    1st Full app Alpha Flight
Xmen 121 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 122 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 123 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 124 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 125 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 126 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 127 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 128 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 129 CGC 9.4 White                                                    1st Kitty Pryde and White Queen
Xmen 130 CGC 9.6 White                                                    1st Dazzler
Xmen 131 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 132 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 133 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 135 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 136 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 137 CGC 9.6 White                                                        "Death" of phoenix
Xmen 138 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 139 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 140 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 142 CGC 9.6 White
Xmen 143 CGC 9.4 White
Xmen 143 CGC 9.2 White
Xmen 144 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 145 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 146 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 147 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 149 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 150 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 154 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 155 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 156 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 157 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 158 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 160 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 161 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 162 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 163 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 165 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 167 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 171 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 172 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 173 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 174 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 176 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 188 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 189 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 207 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 211 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 212 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 213 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 214 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 222 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 228 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 232 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 238 CGC 9.8 White
Xmen 248 CGC 9.8 White                              1st Jim Lee on X-men
Annual 5 CGC 9.8 White

I bought an Epson Perfection v30 scanner (ccd type) years back after reading on the forums that a CCD scanner was recommended for slab scanning.  A legal size scanner would have been nice but I'm guessing the only legal size ccd scanners that I found while shopping must have been much pricier so i went the cheaper route.  I like the scans but it is a nuisance having to scan a slab twice and then splice the 2 images together as I used to do on my sales threads back in 2013.  

For this marathon scanning session of 200+ slabs, I decided I would just use the two original scans (rather than splice the two scans together and then have to mess with color settings to get the brightness/contrast/colors of the 2 scans to sync up a lil better).  So that's why there are 2 scans of the fronts.  Scanner settings all defaults except I set the unsharpen mask to high.  Lid was up and the room was as dark as I could make it, however there were variants in background light since some sunlight would bleed through the blinds in the afternoon.   Without messing with color/contrast/brightness settings, you may notice that the "top" and "bottom" scans will have certain brightness differences as in each scan the slab is raised a little off of the surface of the glass as the opposite edge of the slab is extending of of the edge of the glass and resting on the embossed lip of the scanner's edge.  

After scanning the first batch, I noticed that the scans all had this kind of ghost tornado on them as shown by the red arrows below.58fa6c0beead7__FingerSmudge1.jpg.e0728b7378b0217e439bd192370bfb78.jpg.

Putting an offset light on the scanner revealed the culprit.   There were what appeared to be finger smudges/prints on the INSIDE of the scanner.   Not sure how the heck those got there and looking back at my 2013 scans I dont see them so not sure what is going on here.   So I looked up a video on youtube on disassembling and cleaning the inside  of the scanner and that kept me from having to buy another scanner (phew!).


Ok after cleaning the scanner, the ghost fingerprints are gone but now the scanner is adding two color bands on the scans... sigh.   Guess my opening of the scanner messed something up?   It doesn't do it all the time but it happens often enough that I gave up on trying to rescan over and over trying to get a "non-banded scan" for all of the scans.  So some scans will still have this "banding".  Sometimes only the added blue line is noticeable,  sometimes only the added pink line is noticeable.  Sometimes both, sometimes neither.  It is what it is.





Also, sometimes when the scanner is not adding those two color bands/lines, some of those "line free" scans will be noticeably darker than others.  Perhaps the scanner is in it's death throws, who knows.  Bottom line is that I think most of the scans look good overall despite the lil distractions.  Just try to forgive the added "bands" and the occasional overly dark scan.  

I can always take a new scan for anyone who is on the fence and is hoping for a new scan, but no promise the new scan will be any better, but I'll do my best!


OK so this is my first activity on this forum in over 3 years.   Who the heck am I?   Why'd I fall of the forums?   Why am I back out of nowhere with 200 slabs to sell?  Long story short on the slabs... They are all my personal collection that I picked up some years back.  I bought all of them already slabbed, none of them are my own submissions.  So I have no idea if any of them have ever been pressed, but judging by the prevalence of pressing, its likely some have.   I truly do not want to part with these, but after mulling it over the last year...  it's just time to.  That's the short version.  Read on if you want more background/details!

I've been lurking the forums since... well for a long time before I finally created an account in 2011.   2011...  man that was a good year.  Had just moved from dusty/hot lil El Paso to the big ole' DFW.   The move meant a big step up in pay and on top of that the overtime was all you could handle.  Indeed, times were good.  So what does one do with disposable income?  For me the answer was simple... go get them grails.  

I started collecting comics when I was 9.   Back in those days of the early 80's, it was all about Transformers for me.  Then later on I meandered through X-men, Spider-man, Batman, Punisher, Ghost Rider, Wolverine, Dark Horse, Image, Ultraverse..... all the usual suspects of the 80's and 90's.   At some point I started ordering multiple copies via ads in the Comics Buyers Guide "newspaper" (and from ads in the comics too) and then selling those extras a few months later at conventions and turning a small profit.   Every penny that I made, well of course I re-spent them back into even more orders, ever growing the collection.    Then I reached the college years, and collecting completely stopped.    Shoulda sold those longboxes full of 90's Image and Ultraverse when I had the chance, but instead they've  sat untouched for decades.   I suspect this tale is ubiquitous. 

Then it's 2011 and I have both time on my hands and money to spend.  And that comic obsession came back with a vengeance.  Between early 2011 and late 2013 I sank many a dollar into getting that high grade dream set I'd always longed for as a kid.  At first I thought, OK.... I'll stick to only X-men.  But hey wait a minute what about getting that Transformers set!    Oh wow those Ghost Riders look even sweeter than I remember... buy buy buy!   Before long I was back to collecting....  well everything.   If I thought it was awesome, I bought it.  Problem is....  my scope of what I thought was awesome seemed ever expanding!  I was buying raw books like there was no tomorrow too.   I absolutely LOVED drinking my favorite high ABV beers while hunting through auctions and comic dealer sites and meanwhile hopping in and out of the collectors-society forums for the laughs and insanity that is CG on weekend nights.  

I had already bought several personal grails...  X-men 12 (1st Juggernaut), ASM 129, Marvel Spotlight 5, Hulk 181....   and then I thought... dare I?  Go after X-men 1?  Pffff no!  C'mon that's crazy talk.. I COULDN'T.   Well.... why can't I?   Toyed around with the idea for a couple weeks.  Yeah....  sigh... yeah, I'm gonna do it.  I see an auction coming up at one of the auction houses I like.  The scans looks good and the grade is right.... let's take a shot at this.  I can seriously remember that auction like it was yesterday.   Within the final hours of the auction the price is still below my spending cap.   I throw a bid at it, I'm now in the lead.   I'm not excited yet of course, its WAY too early for that.    Sure enough within the last hour someone (or perhaps several people) bid me up until I'm out of the running.   But JUST BARELY out of the running.... oh man I cant let it go by such a slight margin, I can't loose it like THAT.    Fine... I throw a little more at it, no way I'll get it at that price but still why not its worth a shot.   My bid has me back in the lead.   I laugh... no way I'm gonna win... NO WAY.  It's going to blow up in the final secs, I know how this works.       Final hour ticks down.   Final minutes tick down.   Last minute.... I'm still in the frickin lead.... no freakin way...   man the TENSION!    I was seriously going to have a heart attack as each second ticked down.  I'm gonna be snipped last second I know it.    5 seconds, I'm holding my breath.   3 seconds.   I won.      To say I was absolutely stunned doesn't quite truly capture that moment.   Dumbstruck?   Flabbergasted?   Whatever it was, I sat there flushed while the rollercoaster of emotions swept through me.  Elated.   Disbelief.  I own X-men #1.

I knew that win would mean the end of my collecting budget for 6 to 8 months, probably longer.   No prob, I'll stay off of the auction sites and just stick to the collector-society forums and live vicariously through others in the "new to your collection" threads.   Yeah that didnt work, within a couple weeks I was back to buying.   That's when I knew that in order for me to not buy, it would have to be a total banishment from everything comic related.  Not even ghosting the forum.  Fine, its gonna suck but its necessary.   It's fine, I've got all these sweet sweet slabs and I'm gonna keep them till some day far down the road I'm giving them to my kids or better yet grandkids.     But of course life always has other plans for us!   2014 brings big negative changes for me.   Not just changes in my financial situation, but also changes in family structure, even changes in health of several family members.   For the last 2 years I have been wrestling back and forth with the fact that I should sell the slabs.   I probably should have sold them in 2014, but I simply could not let go of the idea that I was planning to keep them for decades.   It's weighed heavy on my mind for years now, but I just could not bring myself to sell them.    But now, for several different reasons that I can no longer ignore, its unequivocally time to let them go.   Believe me I'm not happy about it.  But it has to be done.    Once I made the very difficult decision to sell, now which do I sell?    That also became a back and forth between selling only this but not that,  then ok I'll sell all of these but not those.  It would always boil down to me saying awww screw it Im not selling any of it as I just cant decide which to part with.   So that finally led to my final decision: just sell them all.  Just make it a complete endcap to that chapter or now.    

Those collecting days of 2011 to 2013 were truly great days for me.  Absolutely loved them.  The Clink and CC auctions, the ebay hunt, the hilarity of CG...    Hope I'll be collecting like that again one day down the road.