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August Is Heating Up!

For a reason other than the fact I'm in Texas. I had to take nearly a 6 month hiatus from picking up any silver or golden age books for my collection as I needed to divert some funds to help out a family member who was in a tough spot. I limited myself for the past half year to only buying my modern reading material. Now that family is squared away I felt I needed to make up for my collecting downtime by picking up a few of the bigger books I've been itching to pick up or upgrade to. Mission A

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08/22/2015

 

FREE Digital Comics

Thank you Marvel and Comixology! I was one of the folks that constantly found themselves being dropped from the website when this promotion was originally rolled out (server overload), but I now have all of my free books. I received an email from Comixology yesterday stating that it was my turn to take advantage of the promotion (you register via email on their website to be placed in line) and that I had 48 hours to make my selection from 723 free comics. As any sane person would do I selecte

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04/12/2013

So... what are you going to get?

It is that time of year again. The time the US government decides to cut me a check for the thousands of dollars that I have overpaid them in taxes over the past year. Now what in the heck should I do with it? I guess I could claim dependents throughout the year to lessen the tax blow on my monthly income, but I like to think of overpaying my taxes as using a clandestine savings account of sorts. The money is automatically taken out so it is hard to miss something you do not see directly depos

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02/25/2012

 

Lessons Learned on the Chopping Block... I meant Auction Block.

Mandatory teaser? No thanks, I'm no bully and I kinda like you people. So I have a batch of books I put in a December auction and the universe decided it was time for me to learn a lesson with the first 2 silver age books that just ended last night. Sub-Mariner 1 CGC 9.4 ended at $304.55 (which is almost $100 below the 12 month average for this book at this grade according to GPAnalysis) and Daredevil 7 CGC 7.0 ended at $194.50 ( almost $60 below the annual GPA average for this book at this

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12/13/2011

This is a Public Service Announcement

In regards to people posting questions in their journals then asking others for answers, opinions, or explanations and not giving a quick option for them to respond.   Miraclemet, I'm not picking on you or your last journal. You are just the most recent example.Please remember to select the box "Post Journal to Message Boards" so the abundance of fellow comic book junkies online (aka Boardies) that may have the answers, opinions, or explanations you want can post them for open discussion in a

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12/02/2011

I've got a pedigree!

Nope, not from the American Kennel Club... Although, I have spent a few nights in the dog house by the direct order of my wife! I have recently picked up my first comic from a recognized pedigree and it is now also the oldest book in my collection. The beautiful book I speak of is Supersnipe Comics vol 2 #7 from 1945 CGC'd at a phenomenal 9.6 with off-white pages. This scarce golden age book is noted on the CGC label as being from the Crowley collection and is the single highest graded copy on

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11/20/2011

How bad do you want change?

Does anyone else remember when journal entries used to be mostly about the actual books we collected or read? Lately it seems like every other journal is a vent, rant, or rave about turn around times. Do you think users venting on the message boards is really the way to incite change in CGCs operation? Personally, I don't think so. As a small private business owner myself I believe that the best way to gauge customer satisfaction is to monitor the rate of cash flow and gross profit (GP). One c

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11/08/2011

Moving on up!

I just broke into the top 500 in overall registry points! Currently ranked 467 with only 23 books. I'm still very much a small fish in a large pond, but I do enjoy watching my ranking increase with each book I add to my collection. The registry points don't effect what I choose to collect, but it is an added bonus that keeps the idea of collecting slabbed books interesting to me. My personal collection of slabbed and raw books is under 100 books total and actually getting smaller as I sell some

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09/20/2011

 

Flipping Books in 2011 Round 2

This is an expansion to an earlier post I made back in May of this year titled "Flipping Books for Better Books and Profits" which explained how through out the year I will purchase books not only for my personal collection but some I will pick up for the sole purpose of flipping them for profit (most of the time any way as some books I strike out on). Most of the books I flip are either lower grade duplicates from my collection as a result of upgrading or books I find below market value that

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08/23/2011

 

In response to David Swan

David since you did not select the box to post your journal to the message boards I will place my reply here and leave it open on the chat boards for others to reply to as well. David, I understand your frustration and I am also from the school of thought that, in my opinion, there are many books out there that I can not justify being graded due to market value, intentional "low print runs" like variant covers, etc. However, I find this is true for silver and golden age books as well. Just b

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08/18/2011

 

Say Cheese!!!

I've been meaning to do this for a while and finally found the time. Everyone, please follow suit. At last, I have found the time to take photos of all of my slabbed books, re-size them, and post them on this site. To be honest, I love strolling through the registry and checking out other peoples collections, but I find that most people are not willing to take the time to post quality shots of their books. This is very disappointing as there are many golden and silver-age sets that I am not fa

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08/15/2011

 

Finally! It seemed like forever!

My CGC submissions from the Dallas ComiCon in May 2011 have just returned to me. Let's see how I did. My local comicon in Dallas, TX is really starting to grow. This was the first year it was held at an actual convention center (the brand new - Irving Convention Center) as opposed to the Richardson Civic Center and the first one to have a certified CGC rep (Desert Wind Comics) for us to submit comics to and have them witness signatures. In the past, we have always had great comic book and medi

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08/02/2011

 

Flipping Books for Better Books and Profits

Am I a sleazeball of the comic book sub-culture? The used car salesman of our hobby? Maybe, but I'm having a good time and making a little money. I seem to be an anomaly in the world of comic book collecting. A broker and a collector in one? What kind of twisted creature am I? I know collectors who will have their books buried with them if it is allowed and I know brokers who buy only to sell for profit (seems to be a safer gamble than the stock market at the moment), but is it possible to be

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05/26/2011