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About this journal

I have not written a journal since before the format change. I had the two password issue. I wish things were not changed but I will attempt to use it.  I quoted Ultron in my title as I finally completed my Voyage to The Bottom of the Sea set. I have been searching for years for a high grade copy of Four Color 1230 which was the movie comic and first issue of the title.  Metropolis had a 7.0 raw about five years ago but it looked like a 6.0 at best and I didn't buy it.  A few months back a 6.0 CGC came up and I really wanted to get the big 100% so I bought it.

It is the best I can do . The search will continue  and someday I might find a better copy. A 7.5 White Mountain copy is the best CGC copy out there and has been for years. I did pick up a somewhat scarce Buck Rogers in The 25 TH Century #8 CGC 9.0 recently which was distributed in multi-packs only.  My best find from the Gem City Comic Con in April was a raw Thor 126 which I got for $150.00.( It graded 8.0 off-white to white} I found it in the first five minutes of the early buyer part of the show and thought I'm off to a great start but everything was downhill from there.  Upgraded my Journey into Mystery 121 with a 9.4 recently.  The recent Comiclink auction had many books I wanted but my Arizona vacation and prior comic buying did not allow me to bid on only a few of them. I did win the Space Family Robinson #9 Double cover I wanted though.  Still waiting on them to be added to my set. Still hoping my old journals will show up soon , not sure what the status is on those. I hope they aren't lost in space.

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What do you think qualifies as slow shipping?

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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06/19/2018

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09/20/2018

 

Making a List and Checking it Twice

Well tomorrow (3/24-3/25) in Dayton Ohio is the 2018 Gem City Comic Con. It's not a big show but it has grown over the years. It is a true Con not a celebrity sign fest where you can actually buy comic books! I am making my list for tomorrow and plan on being there by 8 am and will spent the extra 5 bucks to get in an hour early at 9.  Last year my best buy was in the first five minutes of the early entry hour. So if you are within a few hours of Dayton I would suggest stopping by if you can.  In the picture are my two most recent buys. The Thor annual 2 is a 9.4 Boston Pedigree and a Thor 140 9.4. I think I am becoming a 9.4 collector by default as I bid on a lot of 9.6 and 9.8's but come in second a lot. Then I go buy a 9.4 of the same books after the auctions. For a lot less though!    

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03/23/2018

 

Oops they did it again!

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.  

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09/13/2017

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01/05/2018

 

HULK 2 Has returned to my collection finally.

Well,            earlier today the comic I most regretted selling has been restored to my collection. It is an Incredible Hulk 2.  The story on this begins in 2010. I saw a Hulk 2 raw listed on Ebay that looked seriously under graded  as a buy it now for $400 dollars. It looked to be 6.5 to 7.0 but was listed as a vg minus 3.5. I watched it thinking it was to good to be true . I waited and watched the seconds tick down to zero but did not buy it. No one did. A week later it was relisted as an auction starting at $400.  So the second time around I watched all week until the final 15 seconds and placed my bid. At the same time another bid came in. Fortunately for me the other person bid $400 even and I got it for a few bucks more.  So I got it and it was sharp with white pages. Sent it to CGC and it came back 6.5 with white pages. I was selling comics on Ebay then to get money to buy other comics for my collection so I listed it right away with some others to make a quick profit. The seller did tell me he knew it was better than a vg minus but he always under graded on higher dollar comics so there would be no issues with the buyers.  I listed it with an $850 reserve and it slowly went up to about $800  in the last hour.  With a few seconds left a bid came in which met my reserve and it sold for the $850 price.  I had no problem selling it at the time as I saw a 6.5 and 7.0 sell at that time and thought I would pick up one later down the road with no problem.  However some time passed and I decided I needed to get a nice copy for myself but was shocked how much the book went up and not many mid grade copies.  I could have probably waited to December this year to get a 6.5 if I could find one as I get a bonus from my employer at that time but I saw this one on line for $1400 which for a 5.0 is a decent price at this time so I got it. Not as nice as the one I sold but the price was right and I'm happy with one a grade and a half less.  Regret over selling that book is the main reason I don't sell anymore. It's all buying for me now at least until I retire which is over five years away. Here it is.  

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08/13/2017

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08/15/2017

 

The Taj Mahal of Comic Shops

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.

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05/21/2017

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06/05/2017

Recent grades, recent pickups and the "other " other guys.

I popped out a book from the "other " other guys to see if I was right. Thanks for the idea Tnerb. I recently renewed my membership and wanted to use my $150 credit. I always struggle to pick which books will make the cut. This year I decided to make a grading comparison. The owner of my favorite comic shop always makes it a point to let me know his grading is stricter than CGC's every single time I go there. Now in the past I have found he's normally 1/2 a grade above the CGC grade 90% of the time. This time I sent three raw copies from his shop and one copy I popped out of a CGC competitor. I'm stealing this from Tnerb but I call them the "other " other guys. They have been around for awhile so I think you know who they are. I tested them years ago against CGC and thought their grading was off and CGC won. I had a Silver Surfer 4 which I thought was undergraded and popped it out. Those guys had it at 7.0. I sent it to CGC this time and it came back at 8.5! I feel an error has been corrected. The three shop books sent in were a Conan 1 at 7.5. An Avengers 12 at 8.0 and a Marvel Premiere 15 at NM-. Well this time all three books came back at exactly the same grade from CGC as the shop owner. So I was happy with the results. He will still bring it up even though I try to avoid that conversation each time I am there. Some recent pickups are The Thing #16 9.4 from 1954 ( Charlton). I have thought of collecting this title for a few years but this copy was about half price from some others I have seen listed. So it was a good time to start on this title. I picked up a Turok 66 9.6 file copy for $60 which was a great price. I did get a Swamp Thing 7 9.6 ( Batman appearance). I also got a weekend off which makes me very happy as I don't see many of them each year. Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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09/24/2016

Recent additions and some random thoughts.

Recent auctions- when to hang it up and a pet peeve of mine. I was browsing the various sellers and auction sites Monday night July 25th and checked out Comiclink's focused auction which was starting to close over the next few days. I noticed that the number one Registry set of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was up on the block for Wednesday night. I've had the number two set for a number of years now. This set has a number of Gary Dalberg's Twin Cities copies in it. Most are 9.8's with white pages. These of course were going off after 11:30 pm which is three hours past my bedtime. I get up for work at 3:45 am each day. I do better on Comiclink when I am present so I set my alarm for 11 pm to bid on them. I did a little better than I expected getting an issue 3 and three of the Twin Cities. Which were numbers 4,5, and 8. I have already received them ( which is quick for Comiclink ) and am waiting for CGC to approve them for my set. Which brings me to my pet peeve which is the naming of pedigree collections. I think the person who amassed such collections needs to have his name attached to the collection like Edgar Church or Gary Dalberg. What bothers me are collections which the person who built it is not mentioned in the title. I know some don't want their name attached or some collections we don't know who the collector was but we should honor that person by naming the collection after them. Let me know your thoughts on this. On when to stop collecting I had planned on when I retire probably at 66 years old. I'm 57 now but my wife had two health scares this year. (She's back healthy again) but I offered to give it up so she could reap the benefit of selling my collection but she does not want me to stop anytime soon so I'll keep plugging away. Below are my recent pickups. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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08/04/2016

Some Recent Additions To The Collection and 2016 goals.

A personal goal was hit. I have been busy lately trying to strengthen my collection. My first goal this past year was trying to get the top spot back on my Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery set. I set a goal of December 31st of 2015 to do that and did make it but only by days. It may not stay that way but I am working to complete this set by the end of 2017. I've worked more hours this year than I have in any year of my life so I have had more funds for comics. I also hit the 50,000 point mark and the 250 CGC book mark recently. I know some have single sets with more points but it's a lot for me. This year I want to focus on Journey Into Mystery,Silver Surfer and Swamp Thing sets. Long range I plan on collecting until I retire. Which looks to be around 2022 or 2023. Posted below are a few recent pickups. The Thor is a Pacific Coast which is one of my favorite pedigrees. I've already started on the Journeys and posted two of them. I hope the picture is sized correctly as I used my work phone and not my camera. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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01/19/2016

Some Recent Additions To The Collection

Four are Worldwide Comics-How'd they do on Grading? I received two submissions back recently. The first lot was comics that I've put off having graded for various reasons. Such as a Hulk 181. Reason, Marvel Value stamp cut out. Avengers 57 reason, lower grade. Tales of Suspense 65 reason, had other books graded. Boris Karloff 51 reason, thought it would grade lower than what I bought it at. The second lot was all Don Rosa collection copies. Three more Boris Karloff, I'll start with all four Boris Karloff's. All Don Rosa from Worldwide Comics. Worldwide did well on their grading. Two of four graded at the upper end of what they had it at. One just .2 lower. Grades are as follows. Issue 51 WWC grade 9.4- CGC grade 9.2. Issues 78,79 and 83 WWC had 9.2/9.4. 78 and 83 CGC graded 9.4. Issue 79 graded 9.2. Much better than what my last Metropolis batch graded. The Hulk 181 came back green label of course but at a respectable 7.5 vf-. The Tales of Suspense 65 came back at 9.0 which is what it was sold as. The Avengers 57 came back at 5.5 fn- which is slightly higher than expected. I will try and post a picture but Windows 10,my new camera and new computer haven't got in sync yet. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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10/06/2015

 

A BIG BUNCH OF BRONZE HEADED SOMEONE'S WAY.

JUST NOT MY WAY. Tonight I had the opportunity to buy a 20,000 book plus collection before the big guns arrived. They were mostly very fine on average. A lot of nm also. A friend of mine said his friend was selling his 20,000+ book collection. I got over there and checked it out. It seemed he started collecting in the late 60"s into modern age. Half his basement was long boxes stuffed full. About 60% Marvel 30% DC and the rest a mix. I decided not to buy for one main reason. He had key books but not enough to recoup my investment in a short time. I saw some keys like Ironman 1 , Cap 100, Spidey 121 etc. but no heavy hitters. He had one offer so far and if I beat it I think he would have sold to me. While I was there one of the heavy hitters of our hobby called but the man just let me listen to his message while he left it. Another is due to stop by his house tomorrow. I won't say what he was offered or who the dealers were as I do not want affect the process in any way. Soon however someone will have a great collection to sell. It was great to see such a large well organized collection and talk comics with someone who grew up buying comics from the same places as me when we were young. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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09/28/2015

UPDATE! LOST COMIC RELOST, FOUND AGAIN!

THIS TIME I'VE ACTUALLY RECEIVED IT! Back towards the end of last year I wrote about Heritage Auctions finding a comic I won that they lost after the auction. The auction was January of 2014. However after they emailed me about it no one ever returned a call or email to me after contacting them many times. A couple of weeks ago I was contacted again that they found the comic. This time it was different. They responded to all emails and sent it to me quickly. So from January of 2014 here it is, A Boris Karloff 47 9.6 and also a pic of my latest addition a Silver Surfer 5 9.4. Better late than never. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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06/23/2015

AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON. No spoilers.

Plus a new pickup. I just returned from watching Avengers Age of Ultron. I personally liked it more than the Avengers. More action packed. Even my wife said it was excellent and she was glad she went. I went to a 10:30 am showing and at least 50 % of the seats were full. It's was on four out of the 16 screens. They had 3d running at the same time. I know it's gotten mixed reviews but if you love action movies you will not be disappointed. Also my latest pickup arrived. It's a Tales of Suspense 86. CGC 9.4 White pages. It is pictured below. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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05/01/2015

A FEW RECENT PICKUPS.

ANYONE REMEMBER KORG 70,000 BC? A few of my recent pickups. I got the Tales to Astonish 70 as I need it but it could become a hot book if we see Sub-Mariner on screen someday. Such as Thor 126 or Ironman 1 etc. Korg was a short lived series which I watched at the time. It was a lot better than "Bigfoot and Wild Boy" which was another short lived 70's Saturday show. Many live action shows then. I always felt shows like H.R. Puffenstuff were created while someone was puffing some stuff. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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04/28/2015

GEM CITY COMICON 2015

I met a Badger there. As usual work has kept me very busy so I'm a little late on writing this journal. On March 28th I attended The Gem City Comicon. This show is not major but it is growing every year. This year was the 10th. One of my favorite dealers cancelled ( Motor City Comics). He was bringing some high grade Northland copies. He did tell me in advance that he could cancel this time. This was a downer but I did meet Collector's Society member Rude Badger. I found him not rude at all, actually a nice guy. He's quite the collector. Like many of us our raw collection drawfs their CGC collection. I know many of you get together with other members at the show but it was a first for me. My friend Chris ( A former co worker) was there also. Chris has a huge collection but only two CGC books. AF 15 and JIM 83. Not bad for your first two CGC comics. Chis is one of those guys who say they are only going to buy a few books and end up with a stack. The highlight of my purchases was a 4.0 raw Vampirella 1. 95 bucks not too bad. Below are a couple of recent pickups.First time taking photos with my new camera so the quality is'nt there yet. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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04/07/2015

THE BIG ONE THAT GOT AWAY.

A YEAR OF WAITING BUT... In response to Surfer99's journal request I decided to write two in one night. Not long ago I wrote about finding a HULK 181 in a second hand store. However the find of my life escaped me. This is that story. Way back in April 1978 I quit Mcdonalds ( a good move) and started working at a Pest Control company. Hey, I increased my pay to 3 dollars an hour then. I worked on a two man termite crew. A few weeks after I started we went to do a job on a nice home in a nice neighborhood. One thing we did was drill holes in the concrete block and concrete slabs to inject the chemical. I went down in the basement to drill the block behind the front porch that could not be reached from outside. I went down the steps and saw stacks and stacks of comics neatly stored shelves in the basement. I saw one comic on top was a Spiderman 1. Looked to be about an 8.0. I looked though the others and every Marvel comic from the early 60's to the late 60's was there. Key after key. I asked the lady of the house if she owned them. She said her son owned the books. I asked if I could talk to him about buying them. She said he was in medical school but would be home in June for the summer. She said they have sat there for years and would like to see them gone. She said I could call and talk to him in June. I waited the long two months and called back. She said he was away visiting a friend but was not interested in selling them. I said I would pay good money for them but she said no he does not want to sell. NOT THE END OF THE STORY. A year later a noticed in the work orders for the day that we were going back to her house to do a carpenter ant job. Another guy had the work order but I traded him another easier job to stop back out. I stopped out and she remembered me from last year. I went down in the basement while working looked on the shelving with the comics and they were all gone! I asked her what happened to all the comics. She said her son had sold them last summer while home. Now in those days he had an estimated $30,000 dollars in comics. Nowadays far far more. I said I wished you had sold them to me. She said beaming to me " Do you know how much money he got for those old comics? I said I can imagine it was a lot. She said it sure was, " Do you believe he got 50 DOLLARS for those old comics!" I then told her he had tens of thousands of dollars in comics and someone got a bargain. I was willing to pay far more than 50 for sure. She went from smilimg to having a sick look on her face. She said she never thought for a second they were worth more than 10 dollars. I had saved almost two thousand back then and would have offered it for sure. It had every first issue and complete runs for years. I'll never forget that one ever. Below is a pic of two of my recently graded books I did'nt add recently. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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04/07/2015

 

My 15 Issues Back From CGC At Last.

82 WORKING DAYS. Well my value submission made it back. They were a little behind their posted 75 days. Most of the comics 10 of 15 were high grade issues from Metropolis Comics. I purchased 8 of them as 9.6 and two were 9.4. The actual grades are as follows. Boris Karloff issues: 36- 9.2 42- 9.2 45- 9.2 46- 9.6 47- 8.0 49- 9.2 50- 9.6 53- 9.4 Twilight Zone: 44- 8.5 Ripley's Believe it or Not: 44- 9.2 The 8.0 and 8.5 were the 9.4's. A Twilight Zone 29 graded 9.0 from a local shop came back 9.2. A Fantastic Voyage nn from the bargin bin of Collectors Comics came back 9.2. ( They seem to like that number ). Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves 1 8.0 Ebay buy and a Ripley's True War Stories 1 6.0 Ebay buy. Not spectacular buy ok for the collection. It did however get me on the next page ( Web page that is )at number 399 on the registry. I won't stay there for long but that's ok too. It also pushed me over 200 CGC books though. So a couple of personal milestones. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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03/30/2015

HULK 181 SECOND HAND STORE FIND.

Finding was the easy part. Buying not so much. I thought I would tell the whole story on my finding a Hulk 181 five years ago at a second hand shop. This was in response to Surfer99's blog a few days back. Back at my old job in 2010 I had a co worker tell me he stopped at a second hand store down the road from work. He knew I collected comics and said he saw 2 stacks of old comics on a shelf. I stopped down after work and asked the guy to see them. He put them on he counter and I started to go through them. I told him I was a collector and he asked me to be honest if I found ones that had any value. I finished the first stack and found a ten dollar book. I was at the bottom of the second stack next to the last book was a Hulk 181 in very good condition. 4.0. All his comics were 25 cents each. Being honest I told him this was about a two hundred dollar comic and I would pay him a good price for it. I told him I would give him $100 for the Hulk. He started yelling to the other workers in the store this was a two hundred dollar comic and he then took it out of my hands and stuck it on the special place on the wall behind the counter. He then walked away from me. I said almost yelling " Now that you know what it's worth you're not selling it to me". I also said "you asked me to be honest and I was". I said to him " I could have bought this for a quarter two minutes ago and you would'nt have known the difference". He was thinking when I did the Pawn Stars thing of putting 5 twentys down on the counter top and said " cash money right now". He then said ok I'll sell it to you. I was still comparing CGC and PGX at the time. I sent it to PGX. It graded 6.0. I sold it on Ebay as I was selling comics then. It sold for $336 dollars. I still have a raw copy 181 in the collection that's a 7.0 but it does have the stamp missing which is why I have never sent it in. I still have a picture of it from when I put it on Ebay. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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03/25/2015

LATEST ADDITIONS TO THE COLLECTION.

More 9.4's. I got a much needed day off today and the mail lady bought another new additon to the collection. Swamp Thing 3. ( Swamp Thing 2 came yesterday ) Both are 9.4's. I'm trying to complete the set within the 9.4 to 9.8 range. I've always loved the original run. I remember being shocked when the series stopped at only 24 issues. I also called CGC today to check on my current submission. It was graded on 2/9/15 and has been like that since. The man on the phone said they are running behind on the hard case portion of the grading process. He estimated 3 to 4 more weeks before shipping them. These comics did push me over the 40,000 point level. I'll probably slow down on my purchases online because The Gem City Comicon is happening in Dayton the March 28th weekend. It's a great show for buying comics. No wrestling stars, playmates etc. at this one. Just dealers, artists and writers. If you live a few hours or so away it's well worth the drive. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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03/04/2015

 

Twilight Zone 84

Have not seen this many listed at one time in years. There are six Twilight Zone 84's on Ebay right now. People hold on to this book normally. Only one CGC though. One of the 15 I have in for submission currently is an 84. Just a heads up. Might not happen again for a while. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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02/10/2015

THE LATEST ADDITION TO THE COLLECTION.

It's not a 9.6 but I'll take 9.4 all day. Just arrived today fresh from New York City. Thor 144 9.4 Twin Cities Pedigree. I've always dug this cover from the King and have been looking for a 9.6 copy for a while but the price has'nt been right. I found this Twin Cities 9.4 on Metropolis and the price was right. They had it on Ebay and their website. It was $34.00 more on Ebay with free shipping. I paid $14 for shipping on their site so it was still $20 bucks cheaper. Also today my Value submission changed from verified to scheduled for grading. The invoice date is 11/25/14. It was verifed on 1/4/15. Looking forward to getting those books back. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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02/06/2015

UPDATE, LOST COMIC FOUND!

Now the hard part- buying it again. Back on November 11th I wrote a journal about Heritage losing a comic I purchased back in January of 14. On December 1st I received an email from them saying they found it. They asked if I still wanted it. Since then I have left them three messages saying I am interested in buying it. The latest being earlier today. So far they have not returned my call or emailed me again on it. So the hard part may be getting them to return my call to purchase it. I'll try again this afternoon. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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12/16/2014

TNERB HAS A NEW NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR.

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD! I just added my latest edition to my set and checked my ranking and noticed that Tnerb and I are virtual neighbors. It's really nice here in the mid 400's. Kinda like Beverly Hills or Park Place. Probably won't be here long but I'll enjoy it while I can. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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12/05/2014

 

CGC WORKED TODAY.

But the sanitation man did'nt. I just read Lee K's latest journal and thought I would check my submission status even though it's a holiday and I checked it a few hours ago with it being in scheduled for grading the past two days. Well lo and behold it was bumped to graded. I guess someone is working at CGC today. Everyone on our street set their trash out but it will sit until tomorrow as most city workers have today off. Looks like CGC is getting caught up as this is day 15 on my fast track submission. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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11/11/2014

 

Has CGC ever lost any of your comics?

HERITAGE LOST ONE OF MINE. Heritage Auctions lost a comic I purchased from them earlier this year. I waited a few weeks before contacting them about it. The lady I talked to said they had a record of the sale and it last was in the shipping department and they would find it. I asked them if this happened much and to my surprise she said it did but they almost always find them within a month. She offered me a choice of a refund, credit or I could wait some more. I said I would wait. Four weeks later I called and she said they were still looking for it. I decided to get a refund which came quickly. Which made me wonder if CGC ever lost one of your comics? They have been flawless and handling my submissions but it made me think. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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11/11/2014

THIS IS WHAT I'M BUYING WITH MY WIZARD WORLD MONEY.

Not going this year. I am not going to Wizard World Ohio this year. For the past 3 years the comic haul from a once great show has been pitiful. I used to bring home an average of 30 awesome comics from this show when it was Mid Ohio Con. Last year I got one raw comic and the Walking Dead hand out. Most of the dealers have fled to greener pastures and the ones I've talked to said they are'nt coming back.   It's $40.00 just to go to the Friday night opening. That paid for the Swamp Thing 11 9.4 in the picture below. I can do better online and elsewhere with my money. So far I have the books below and have a Tales to Astonish 87 9.4 white pages coming. I've done well at the Gem City Con in recent years and also at an even smaller show, Buckeye Comicon. Gem City was mentioned in one market report in the guide this year. It's not huge but growing each year. I'm sticking to pure comic cons in the future. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

Rockblazer

Rockblazer

09/30/2014