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This journal catalogs all of Professor Pecora's CGC Journal Entries from 2012-2020.

It celebrates and documents his personal CGC Comic Collecting Journey with thorough reflections and commentary of each acquisition. The Professor incorporates data from the CGC Census Report, GPAnalysis and the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide to provide an insightful analysis of the rarity factor and value of each book, along with discussing cultural trends within the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universe that affect the comic book market.

NOTE: The first 21 journal entries were posted within the OLD CGC Journal format. Therefore, some of the journal entries (the lengthier ones in particular) do not display the full content as a result of the system converting the old journals into the new format. In this case, to read the complete journal, just scroll down to the bottom of the article and click where it reads, "To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here."



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Wolverine #1 CGC 9.9 WP: 1st Wolverine as Patch!

"Then Came Number Thirteen!" Wolverine #1 showcases the 1st Wolverine as Patch! After a successful four part miniseries published from September-December of 1982, it took a little over 6 years before Wolverine was honored with his ongoing solo title apart from the X-Men! Published in November of 1988, right around the time of Halloween, not only does the dark imagery perfectly display the raw savagery of Wolverine, but it was very fitting that the Wolverine logo was inked in orange for sup

What Is Your Most Prized Book That Represents Your Birthday Month? POST & TELL! :-)

This post is intended to be "interactive" and fun! With that said, we all have books that we own in which were published during our birthday months! However, which book out of your personal collection is your most prized book published in that month, and the closest to the actual year you were born? What is the significance of the book to you? For me, it is my copy of Wolverine Limited Series (1982) #2 CGC SS 9.9! The book was published in October of 1982, and I was born in October of 1978! Th

The World's Finest Copy of Incredible Hulk #180!

The first "true" appearance of Wolverine in top CGC grade is vaulted in the Professor's collection! Although I actually acquired this one-of-a-kind specimen in July of 2012, I recently revamped my entire commentary in my CGC Competitive Set, and decided to document it along with all of my recent CGC journal acquisitions! As usual, please enjoy the following commentary and the high-resolution front cover scan of this Bronze Age KEY! :-) -Professor Pecora __________________________________

The Professor's Hiatus from CGC Comic Collecting: An Insider's Perspective Into the Life & Times of

After investing countless hours, finances and quality time buying and selling CGC comics to build a World Class CGC Collection...how difficult would it be for you to just let go of your entire collection? This is the question I have been wrestling with for the past 3 months... However, after tossing back and forth many nights (due to increased anxiety) while trying to get some rest, and after reevaluating what is most important in my life, I made the extremely difficult decision to auction o

Professor Pecora IS 2-T.O.N.E.

So what has The Professor been up to since his last journal post on November 6, 2013...? First, after I decided to liquidate my entire CGC collection due to personal and financial reasons back in November of 2013, I made some major life changes. With that said, I know many of you have been wondering what happened with me or just wondering what I've been up to in the last 6 months? Well, I will keep this short and sweet! I used some of the proceeds from my last CGC auction to begin my own

My Latest Acquisition: X-Men #97 CGC 9.8 OW/WP!

My Brother, My Enemy! Although I have actually had this book in my possession for about a month already, I just finished writing my commentary on it - so please enjoy! -Professor Pecora _________________________________________________________________ X-Men #97 showcases the 1st appearance of Lilandra (whose face is not shown) and the return of Havok and Polaris! In addition, Eric the Red makes his first appearance in the new X-Men title! This is by far one my favorite covers in the e

My Latest Acquisition: X-Men #95 CGC 9.8 OW/WP!

The Day One of the New X-Men DIED... Hello everybody, this journal post is the follow-up to my previous journal regarding my X-Men #94 CGC 9.8 acquisition. With that said, please enjoy the front cover scan and my commentary on the historical and cultural significance of X-Men #95! RIP to the Apache Warrior...Thunderbird! -Professor Pecora _________________________________________________________________ X-Men #95 showcases the 3rd appearance of the new X-Men and the "death" of Thunderb

My Latest Acquisition: X-Men #94 CGC 9.8 OW/WP!

The scarcest Marvel Bronze Age Grail in top CGC grade is now a part of the Professor's collection! I just finished adding my newly acquired X-Men #94 CGC 9.8 to my CGC Competitive Set, and wanted to document this major acquisition in a new journal post! Therefore, please enjoy the following front cover scan and complete commentary on my new pride and joy in the collecting world! -Professor Pecora _________________________________________________________________ X-Men #94 showcases the

My Latest Acquisition: X-Men #100 CGC 9.8 WP!

Out with the old, and in with the new! X-Men #100; the classic cover that Dave Cockrum drew! Although I actually acquired this gem along with my X-Men #97 CGC 9.8 about two months ago, I finally completed my commentary on it for your reading pleasure! Moreover, I have decided to catalog all of my acquisitions in the order in which I actually attain them, so although I have another major book I would like to write about NOW (as it just arrived last night), I am going to hold off in order to m

My Latest Acquisition: Incredible Hulk #181 CGC 9.8 WP [Mile High II]!

AND NOW...THE WOLVERINE! For those of you who read my previous journal entry entitled, "Mile High Providence," with this acquisition, you can now fully understand the significance of having discovered that my X-Men #94 CGC 9.8 is also a Mile High II Pedigree! With that said, I am now a proud owner of the two most valuable Marvel Bronze Age Grails in CGC 9.8, in which both originate from the Mile High II Collection! Furthermore, I encourage you all to visit my CGC Competitive Set, "Enter Wo

My Latest Acquisition: Daredevil #111 CGC 9.8 WP!!

Is this KEY Bronze Age book going to surge in value...? Well the answer is YES, because due to recent sales, it has already begun! I just finished editing my official write-up for my newly acquired Daredevil #111 CGC 9.8 WP in my Registry Set, and I decided to share it with the collecting community, as this acquisition is a significant one! Therefore, please enjoy the following commentary and the high resolution front cover scan! :-) -Professor Pecora _____________________________________

Mile High Providence!

Earlier today (8/2/13), I discovered a very interesting fact regarding my newly acquired X-Men #94 CGC 9.8! The story begins with me conducting some online research regarding the sales trends of previous CGC 9.8 copies of X-Men #94. I began the search by browsing through Heritage Auction's "archives" database, and I stumbled across a solid 9.8 copy and said, "Hey, that looks similar to my copy..." With some curious excitement, I looked at the serial numbers and carefully compared them, and n

Learning Self-Discipline Towards A Focused Collection!

Have you ever seen several KEY issues of various comic titles and just go bananas and say, "I have to have these books," when you know you already have sets you started working on, but never completed? Well if you are like most hard-core CGC Comic Collectors, such as myself, you probably have! What I have learned is that this behavior is strictly impulsive, and can sometimes impair our good judgement! I grew up collecting primarily Wolverine (1988) comics and secondly Amazing Spider-Man co

Iron Fist #14 CGC 9.8 WP! The World's Finest Copy!

SABRETOOTH SAVAGERY! Here it is! The most in-demand comic book of the late 70's and one of my personal favorites! I acquired this gem back in February of 2013 in a hard-fought online bidding war on eBay! :-) Even though I paid a little more than I originally intended, I was pretty content with the outcome for the simple fact that this example looks like it should have been graded as a CGC 9.9! The book looks that superb! Further, if you visit my Iron Fist #1-#15 CGC Registry Set, "Sabretoo

Incredible Hulk #182 CGC 9.8 WP! One of the World's Finest Copies!

Wolverine's 3rd overall appearance in top CGC grade! Since my previous two journals reflected on my CGC 9.8 WP copies of Incredible Hulk #180 and #181, I figured that it would only be appropriate to follow-up with a reflection on my Incredible Hulk #182 CGC 9.8 WP! So as always, please enjoy the following scan and commentary! Moreover, please check out my current #2 CGC Ranked Incredible Hulk #180-#182 Wolverine Set entitled, "Enter Wolverine!" In doing so, you can view the back cover s

Ideas for Enhancing CGC Competitive Sets: Point Reassignments for Rare & Low-Print Books

Which rare book do you own or know of, that is drastically being short-changed in terms of its CGC point value? In this segment of Ideas for Enhancing CGC Competitive Sets, I will be discussing reasons in which the CGC should consider reassigning point values for certain rare/ low-print run books, and the possibility of designing a point value system for recognizing pedigree books. Before I begin, I just want to thank all of you who contributed to my previous journal, which addressed "Page Q

Ideas for Enhancing CGC Competitive Sets: Page Quality Points

Does your favorite book contain White Pages, Off-White to White Pages, Off-White Pages, Cream to Off-White Pages or just plain Cream Pages? This journal is going to focus on my proposal that the CGC should begin thinking about allocating points to each registered book according to its "page quality." If page quality wasn't such a big deal, then why is it even noted on the CGC label for each professionally graded book? If page quality wasn't important, why is it highlighted in professional

Daredevil #168 CGC 9.8 WP: Origin & 1st Appearance of Elektra!

With only 6 days away from the release of Daredevil Season 2 on Netflix (March 18, 2016), another major character will make their debut in the series along with the Punisher, in which Daredevil's former lover will evolve into his "most deadly enemy!"   Yes folks, we are talking about "Elektra!" Please enjoy the scan and commentary taken directly from my Daredevil #1-#310 Set entitled, "See No Evil, Fear No Evil!"   -Professor PecoraDaredevil #168 showcases the origin and 1st appearance of El

Daredevil #158 CGC 9.8 WP (Happy 60th Birthday Frank Miller!)

In celebration of Frank Miller's milestone 60th Birthday today (1/27/2017), and in honor of one of our living legendary comics creators, please enjoy the write-up on my copy of Daredevil #158 CGC 9.8 WP, which is featured in my Daredevil #1-#310 CGC Registry set entitled, "See No Evil, Fear No Evil!"   -Professor PecoraDaredevil #158 showcases the 1st Frank Miller Daredevil + the origin and "death" of Death-Stalker!Published in May of 1979, this landmark issue is widely coveted by both Bronze

Cameo 1st Appearances VS 1st Full Appearances In Marvel Comics

Is there any comic book in which the cameo 1st appearance of a character is worth much more than the character's 1st full appearance? It's been a while since I wrote a journal post, but this is one of the topics that I have wanted to write about for some time now. I primarily collect Marvel Comics with a focus on Bronze and Copper Keys, so for any DC fans or collectors reading this journal, I welcome your feedback and your DC perspective on the topic. :-) To begin the discussion, I would l

AND NOW...The "Professor Pecora Copy" of Incredible Hulk #181 CGC 9.8 W! (1st full appearance of Wolverine)!

I finally completed my write-up for my newly acquired world class copy of Incredible Hulk #181 CGC 9.8 W for my CGC Registry Set entitled, "Enter Wolverine!" Just wanted to share with the larger CGC Comic Collecting Community! Enjoy!! -Professor Pecora [AND NOW...THE WOLVERINE!] Incredible Hulk #181 showcases the 1st full appearance of Wolverine and his 2nd overall appearance in the history of comics!   Moreover, there are only a handful of comic books that have literally sto

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Amazing Spider-Man #129 CGC 9.8 WP: 1st Appearance of the Punisher (Frank Castle)!

In anticipation of the release of Daredevil Season 2 on Netflix on March 18, 2016, I have decided to share my recent acquisitions and commentary specific to the new characters who will be featured in what I consider in my opinion, "the best comic book movie adaptation ever created!"   The scans and write-ups are taken directly from my CGC Registry Sets; this one hails from my newly assembled "Arachnophobia" ASM Complete with Variants Set!   Next week, you can look forward to reading about Da