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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 Accomplished! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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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 selected all of them and now I have some reading to do. I hope you all are taking advantage of this promotion if you missed it the first time around, like me, due to the server capacity issue. My list is below with everything from Golden Age goodness to the Marvel NOW! #1 issues. Nuff said! Email from Comixology: We've received your Marvel #1 picks! Our robots have been notified, and they will soon begin placing your comics into your library. Please give them up to 12 hours while they zip and zoom around our database to find your 723 free Marvel #1 issues. Once your books are ready, we will send you an email letting you know that your comics are available for download. Your Free Marvel #1 Comics: 15-Love #1 5 Ronin #1 (of 5) A + X #1 A-Babies vs. X-Babies #1 AVX: Consequences #1 (of 5) AVX: VS. #1 (of 6) Age of Apocalypse #1 Age of Apocalypse: Sinister Bloodlines Age of X Universe #1 (of 2) Age of X: Alpha #1 All Winners Squad: Band of Heroes #1 (of 8) All-New Iron Manual: Part 1 (of 2) All-New X-Men #1 Alpha Flight #1 Amazing Fantasy 15: Spider-Man! Amazing Spider-Man #1 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 Amazing Spider-Man Hooky #1 Amazing Spider-Man Movie #1 Amazing Spider-Man Presents: American Son #1 (of 4) Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Black Cat #1 (of 4) Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Jackpot #1 (of 3) Amazing Spider-Man/Ghost Rider: Motorstorm Amazing Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth #1 Amazing Spider-Man: Parallel Lives #1 Amazing X-Men #1 Annihilation #1 (of 6) Annihilation Prologue #1 Annihilation: Conquest #1 (of 6) Annihilation: Conquest - Quasar #1 (of 4) Annihilation: Conquest - Starlord #1 (of 4) Annihilation: Conquest - Wraith #1 (of 4) Annihilation: Conquest Prologue Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus #1 (of 2) Annihilation: Nova #1 Annihilation: Ronan #1 Annihilation: Silver Surfer #1 Annihilation: Super Skrull #1 Annihilators #1 (of 4) Ant-Man and Wasp #1 (of 3) Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #1 Astonishing Thor #1 (of 5) Astonishing X-Men #1 Astonishing X-Men #1 (of 4) Astonishing X-Men Annual #1 Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Boxes #1 (of 2) Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #1 (of 5) Atlas #1 Avengers #1 Avengers Academy #1 Avengers Annual #1 Avengers Annual #2000 Avengers Arena #1 Avengers Assemble #1 Avengers Forever #1 Avengers Origins: Ant-Man and the Wasp #1 Avengers Origins: Luke Cage #1 Avengers Origins: Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch #1 Avengers Origins: Thor #1 Avengers Origins: Vision #1 Avengers Prime #1 (of 5) Avengers Spotlight #1 Avengers Vol. 1 #1 Avengers Vol. 4 #1 Avengers Vol. 5 #1 Avengers vs. Pet Avengers #1 (of 4) Avengers vs. X-Men #1 (of 12) Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #1 (of 4) Avengers: Roll Call Avengers: The Children's Crusade #1 (of 9) Avengers: The Children's Crusade - Young Avengers #1 Avengers: The Coming of the Avengers #1 Avengers: The Initiative #1 Avengers: The Initiative Annual #1 Avengers: The Origin #1 (of 5) Avengers: X-Sanction #1 (of 4) Avenging Spider-Man #1 Avenging Spider-Man Annual #1 Baby's First Deadpool Book #1 Balder The Brave #1 Battle Scars #1 (of 6) Big Hero 6 #1: Brave New Heroes Black Knight: Exodus #1 Black Panther #1 Black Panther Vol. 5 #1 Black Widow #1 Black Widow Vol. 1 #1 Black Widow Vol. 2 #1 Blade #1 Blink #1 Cable #1 Cable & Deadpool #1 Cable King-Size Spectacular Cable Vol. 1 #1 Cable and X-Force #1 Cable: Blood and Metal #1 Captain America #1 Captain America & Thor!: Avengers #1 Captain America & the Falcon #1 Captain America Comics #1 Captain America Corps #1 (of 5) Captain America Reborn: Who Will Wield the Shield Captain America Spotlight Captain America Theater of War: Brother In Arms Captain America Theater of War: To Soldier On Captain America Vol. 6 #1 Captain America Vol. 7 #1 Captain America and Batroc Captain America and Crossbones Captain America and Falcon #1 Captain America and First Thirteen Captain America and Secret Avengers #1 Captain America: Hail Hydra #1 (of 5) Captain America: Man Out of Time #1 (of 5) Captain America: Rebirth #1 Captain America: The Chosen #1 (of 6) Captain America: Theater of War: America the Beautiful Captain America: Theater of War: Ghosts of My Country Captain Britain and MI: 13 #1 Captain Britain and MI: 13 Annual #1 Captain Marvel #1 Carnage #1 (of 5) Carnage USA #1 (of 5) Castle: A Calm Before Storm #1 (of 5) Chaos War #1 (of 5) Chaos War #1: Alpha Flight Chaos War #1: Chaos King Chaos War: Ares #1 Chaos War: Dead Avengers #1 (of 3) Chaos War: God Squad #1 Chaos War: Thor #1 (of 2) Chaos War: X-Men #1 (of 2) Civil War #1 (of 7) Civil War: Casualties of War: Iron Man/Captain America Civil War: Choosing Sides Civil War: Front Line #1 (of 11) Civil War: House of M #1 (of 5) Civil War: The Confession Civil War: The Initiative Civil War: The Return Civil War: War Crimes Civil War: X-Men #1 (of 4) Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways #1 (of 4) Claws #1 (of 3) Cloak and Dagger #1 Cloak and Dagger Vol. 3 #1 Cyclops Vol. 1 #1 Daken: Dark Wolverine #1 Daredevil Annual Vol. 3 #1 Daredevil Noir #1 (of 4) Daredevil Vol. 1 #1 Daredevil Vol. 2 #1 Daredevil Vol. 3 #1 Daredevil/Deadpool Annual Daredevil: End of Days #1 (of 8) Daredevil: Yellow #1 Dark Avengers #1 Dark Avengers Annual #1 Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia #1 Dark Reign: The List: Amazing Spider-Man Dark Reign: The List: Avengers Dark Reign: The List: Daredevil Dark Reign: The List: Hulk Dark Reign: The List: Punisher Dark Reign: The List: Secret Warriors Dark Reign: The List: Wolverine Dark Reign: The Lis To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. 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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 deposited and then at the beginning of every year I get hit with a fat check! I do not take the tax refund into account when when I build my monthly and annual budget for the new year so it is mine to do with as I please as all necessities (mortgage, auto, etc are covered already). Normally the extra cash is allocated to 4 areas as equally as I can make them. Savings, Pay off credit cards from the previous year, a trip with the wife, and COLLECTABLES. My collectables consist of comics, comic art,sports memorabilia and cards, Star Wars stuff, and fire arms to name a few. Which brings me to the purpose of this journal... sharing my first tax refund book purchases of the year! A few have arrived recently and one more is currently on the way. Batman 234 CGC 9.4 Sig Series - Signed by Neal Adams. 1st appearance of Two-Face since the Golden Age. Robin backup story. Bondage cover. Classic Adams cover. Batman 237 CGC 9.4 Sig Series - Signed by Neal Adams. Based on a Bernie Wrightson idea with an assist from Harlan Ellison, genesis of story explained in Denny O'Neil letter. Skull cover. Reaper cover. Classic Adams cover. Marvel Super-Heroes 1 CGC 9.4 1966 Universal - 1st Marvel one-shot ever! Reprints Daredevil 1, Avengers 2, and a classic Sub-Mariner and Human Torch story from the Golden Age. I have some more Bronze and Silver keys on my radar that I will try to pick up courtesy of my clandestine savings account if they can be bought at prices and grades I am happy with. If not, I will just save the cash for the ComiCon in May. So, what did you get? Thanks for reading and good luck with your collection!

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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 grade) The lessons learned are: 1. Don't auction/consign books during the Holiday shopping season (I already had a feeling about this, but this was the last month of the NO SELLER FEES special that was being offered.) I guess the idea of focusing funds on buying gifts for others this time of year takes many potential bidders out the equation and less competition/bidders means less demand and equals lower realized prices on the books at auction. I saw this coming, but gambled anyway. 2. Maybe NO RESERVE auctions are not for me on my headlining books. Maybe my next batch of books I flip will have a reserve or a pre-set minimum bid for the bigger ticket items rather than starting at $1. I barely made anything on these "flips" (more like flops this time) to the tune of only about 14% profit on these 2 books. Here is to hoping the rest of my books in this auction do better and a big CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of these books that scored big time. To see a list of my books in auction that end tonight you can head over to the CGC Forum on the message boards and look at the last board "Comics Market - Sales Advertising - Ebay, Dealers, etc." and you can find my thread titled "NoReserve! CGC Bronze/Copper Age X-Men, TMNT, Daredevil, Spidey, & more END SOON" there is a link to the auction pages.(The link is was trying to use kept getting corrupted) Good luck and happy hunting! I'm going to work now.

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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 clean and organized thread that begins with your journal entry.It is 100% free to use the message/chat boards on here and it has a vast wealth of knowledge and interesting characters. I highly recommend it!Thanks!

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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 the census (only 1 in 9.6). This book also nets a very solid 2400 registry points which was an awesome surprise when I entered it on here. I picked it up from a local source here in Dallas, TX and was able to get it for a more than reasonable price (under $400) due to a substantial in-store credit I was given for some problems I experienced with them earlier in the year (they took good care of me and I am still a regular and happy customer to this day). I am completely amazed at how deep and rich the colors are on this cover for being 66 years old. Especially with the predominantly black background that can make even the slightest defect jump out and slap you in the face and lower the grade of the book. Wow, 66 years old, this book was already 39 years old when I was born in 1984. Very few Supersnipe books exist in 9.4 or better, but you can believe I will be trying to get more of them. Well, I'm calling it, no more big comic book purchases for me this year. The holidays are upon me and my gift list for my loved ones takes priority now. This golden age book was a great addition to cap my 2011 big ticket purchases (big for my budget anyway) that included some quality silver age books such as Sub-Mariner 1, Hulk 102, Daredevil 1 and 7, and a few others. Until February 2012 (Dallas Sci-Fi Expo) I'll only be spending money on my reading subscriptions... unless something hits the auction block that I just "can't" pass up. =) I hope everyone is having a productive and, most importantly, enjoyable collecting year. It's late and I wanted to share my excitement, but now I need sleep. Good night and happy hunting. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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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 can kill themselves trying to please everyone, but if cash flow and GP is steadily increasing than at least one of two things is happening (both good): Customer base is growing and/or existing customer base is spending more. Unless cash flow and GP plateau or decline for an extended period of time then there is absolutely no reason for CGC to change their business practices from a business minded point of view. As with any company in the world there is one motto that always holds true... "money talks". I think if there is to be any real change then the consumers would have to band together to significantly damage CGCs bottom line. For example, a mass boycott that includes several heavy hitters the likes of major dealers, distributors, and major players in the collecting world. However, I don't think this is ever going to happen as, oddly enough, most of the people who post on here about being unhappy with the turn around times are still actively using the service. Income from a few dis-satisfied customers spends the same as the rest and I think it is a safe assumption that there are more happy customers than unhappy ones. In fact, I say someone needs to give CGC a trophy for figuring out how to get people who are not fully satisfied with their services to still hand over fists full of cash on a regular basis. CGC must have learned this at a class taught by my wireless phone service provider! I for one am a satisfied customer and will just continue to be patient for my slabs. Now onto what I miss most about the journals... COMIC BOOKS! I'm sure it's no secret anymore, but if you are looking for a great read and some beautiful art then you need to check out Lady Mechanika by Joe Benitez from publisher Aspen. Top notch stuff and I'm not just saying that because I've been a long time fan of Aspen comics and I dig the steam punk movement. Michael Turner's Fathom and Soulfire series are quality books too and the TPBs can be found pretty cheap online and at conventions. Thanks for reading! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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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 books to turn my focus to building a refined investment set of books I enjoy. This "rank up" is due in large part to my latest acquisition of Daredevil #7 (1965) slabbed at a Universal 8.5 worth 2,546 points. This is the first appearance of Daredevil in his red costume which is, for the most part, as we are accustomed to seeing him today. I love the Wally Wood art and the deep blues of the underwater scene that depicts two of my top 10 Marvel characters locked in underwater combat. I already have this book at a Universal 7.0, but once I saw this book in a "no reserve" auction I could not resist the opportunity to upgrade. I picked it up cheaper on eBay than the last few Universal 8.5s that sold at Heritage auctions (it is usually the other way around as eBay tends to be overpriced compared to traditional auction galleries). Now, I guess I need to start looking at upgrading my Daredevil #1 as well... Well, I guess that's it... just wanted to share my excitement about my new book I received today. Happy hunting to all and good luck with your collections! Clouded9 To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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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 I have no desire to collect, but i feel the market is willing to pay a fair amount for. Sometimes these additional funds will go right back into more comics and sometimes just right into my bank account. This is an important and exciting part of the hobby for me as not only do I get the thrill of the hunt for the books themselves, but watching my books in auctions is pretty exciting too. I keep a spreadsheet and track my performance and currently I average an overall gross profit percentage of about 53%(example: you buy a book for $100 and flip it for $150 = gross profit of $50 or 50%). So far this year I have spent about $950 on books to flip and sold them for about $2,016. I don't have the funds or time time to make a living doing this, but it is another way for me to enjoy comic collecting and it helps me justify some of my larger purchases to my wife. Which is great as I just purchased 2 silver age books for $767 total that are currently in transit to me (so no pictures yet) and have been on my want list for a while (Sub-Mariner #1 CGC 9.4 white pages and Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1 CGC 9.4 off-white to white pages). I normally send 2-3 batches of books to auction a year. The batch I sent in May had 31 books (check my old journal for those results) and my second auction of the year that just recently ended had only 2 books in it. This is usually the slow time for me as far as convention visits go (my convention season starts with wizard world Austin in November and ends with the Dallas Comicon in May) and I kind of slacked off on my online hunting for the past few months as well. However, this was a huge auction for me as far as return of investment goes. I spent $162 total on these 2 books and sold them for a combined $537.50!!! This is nearly double my initial estimate of $285. The two books sold were Ultimate Spider-Man #1 CGC 9.2 Universal and Ultimate Spider-Man #104 1:100 white variant PGX 10.0 Platinum Mint. Guess which one brought in the big bids! I hope you all are having a successful and fun collecting year as well! Happy hunting (and flipping for some of you)! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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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 because it is old does not always mean it is valuable. There are some golden and silver age series that are simply not desired by collectors and thus the market value is (regardless of what a price guide says - it is only a "guide" after all). Also keep in mind that books that have only been graded 6-8 times by CGC are not reflections of their scarcity or value. It could be that no one simply cares to get those books graded based on popularity or value. There are many Golden and Silver Age books that can not hold a candle, in regards to market value or popularity, to more recent books such as X-Men 94 1970s, Giant Size X-men 1 1970s, and the legendary Teenage Mutant Ninja turtle series from 1984 to name only a very, very few. Also, keep in mind that many people collect comics because they LOVE comics. Not everyone is looking for an alternative to the stock market for investing. Everyone wishes their books could be graded faster, but policing submissions based on perceived value or age and shutting out comic book lovers from submitting books they cherish because you don't care for them is borderline to becoming a comic book Nazi "No SLAB for you!" (I hope someone appreciates this Seinfeld reference) I know for a fact that Tnerb (everyone has surely read at least one of his posts on her) loves his New Mutants set from the 1980s (it is a great set) and they hold a personal value to him that is far more than any price guide can estimate. We would be doing a disservice to our great hobby by implying that his books are not worth slabbing because of age or "guide" value. I have no desire to collect the New Mutants series, but I appreciate and respect his passion for them. I appreciate your journal David as we are ALL entitled to our opinions. I hope no one sends you any hate messages or anything as it is completely uncalled for. I just wanted to provide an outlet for discussion on the topic you started with your journal. Thanks and good luck to all with your collections! Whatever the focus may be! James V. aka clouded9 To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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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 familiar with and would love to see some quality images of these collections. Everyone, I have a simple request. Everyone post pictures for at least 25% of your collection. Primarily key issues and anything older than 1965. If you do this for me you will win a prize!!! You will win ----> +1 INTERNETS delivered to you by the creator of the internet himself and first Emperor of the Moon, Al Gore!!!

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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 media guests like Herb Trimpe, James O'Barr, Kerry Gammill, Greg Horn, Billy Dee Williams, George Takei, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, Thomas Jane, William Shatner, Jaime King, and Michael Golden to name a very few. The problem was that without a CGC presence I was very hesitant to have any of my key books signed as I really wanted to have the Sig Series yellow label. So instead of getting my key books signed I would usually just buy original art, have commissions done, and get photo ops or photos signed with media guests. Still a whole lot of fun! This year though was FREAKING AMAZING! Guests included Stan Lee, John Romita Jr., Leonard Nimoy, Carrie Fisher, Amanda Conner, Bernie Wrightson, Thomas Jane, plus many more. The location was twice the size as in the past and the crowd was twice the size as well, probably because of Stan (The Man) Lee. There was plenty to see and do and I got to expose some of my close friends to my hobby. Only one other close friend of mine is into comics, but they all appreciate and enjoy the other pop culture stuff on display (as do I). We had a blast! Now, in regards to my CGC submissions at this most recent Con. I took 3 books with me, 2 silver age books and 1 modern. I had 2 raw copies, I picked up cheap (50% below Overstreet value) at an auction, of Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #1 (1968) that I graded at VF/NM (9.0) or better and I wanted to have these signed by Stan Lee. This book is part of a 2 issue run and if you are not familiar with the series I suggest you look into it. The spectacular (pun intended) Romita Sr. cover art on both books alone is worth having these in your collection. This series only went for 2 issues due to poor sales. It is believed that the poor sales were due to the non-standard size of the book and the price increase to .35 cents that seemed to put people off at the time. They tried to boost sales by making the second issue all color (first issue was black and white on the interior), but it apparently did not work as this is where the series ended. These are very tough books to find in high grades (especially #1), but always demand collectors attention when a high grade hits the auction block. I already have a #2 at 9.6 with White pages and wanted to find a quality #1 to complete my set. The modern book I took was Star Wars #107 already slabbed at a 9.4 (I bought from a friend for only $70!) with white pages. I wanted to have this book signed by Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia). I am a huge Star Wars fan and had a blast meeting her. This is the final issue of the series and is considered by some to be more valuable than issue #1 (I have issue #1 as a 9.6 Signature Series signed by writer Roy Thomas) due to it's low printing and scarcity in high grade. Well, these 3 books are back now and here is how they graded: Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #1 CGC 9.0 Off White pages Sig Series - Stan Lee (3rd highest sig series of this book as of now) Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #1 CGC 9.4 Off White to White pages Sig Series - Stan Lee (2nd highest sig series of this book as of now) Star Wars #107 CGC 9.6 White pages Sig Series - Carrie Fisher Needless to say, I am very happy with my books. I'll be looking to sell or trade my Spectacular spider-man #1 CGC 9.0, but the other 2 books will be going into my 24 cubic foot safe with my other treasures. I am especially pleased with the Spider-man 9.4 as the total price of me acquiring the book raw and having it signed and graded is still well beneath the current market value of this book at this grade without a signature from Stan Lee. Same goes for my Star Wars #107 with Carrie Fisher's sig, especially since it was upgraded from a 9.4 to a 9.6! Aside from these books I also picked up some original art by the monster master Bernie Wrightson (since I haven't found me a high grade copy of Swamp Thing #1 or House of Secrets #92 that i can afford yet) and had my Star Trek: Enterprise Logs #1 TPB from 1976 (collects the first 8 issues of the original Gold Key comic series) signed by Leonard Nimoy. Too bad CGC doesn't grade TPBs... I just wanted to share my excitement about getting these books back and reflect on my last convention. I can't wait until next May! If you have read this far, thanks for reading and good luck with your collection! James V. - Clouded9 To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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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 both. If so, can you be both and be happy? Will you be shunned by the collecting community for buying books you don't really want or care for, only because it was a good deal, to mark it up and sell it to someone who genuinely cares about that book who could have found the deal i took? I don't know, but I do know that I am a broker and a collector. I started collecting again as an adult about 3 years ago as someone who would never pay book value for a book I wanted. I was always willing to wait for the right deal to come along and buy below market value and figured everyone else had the same mentality, but once i realized that there were apparently a lot of people in the world that would pay book value or more for books they wanted just to get them right then and there a light bulb went on in my head. Rather than just scouring conventions and stores for only the deals I wanted why not pick up other popular books when I find an unbelievable deal and sell it to fund my collection or bank account. I have found myself walking this line for almost a year now. I have bought hundreds of books over the past year, but have less than 100 comics in my personal collection (mostly I only collect key issues and stay away from modern books except for a select few as I don't want the size of my collection to get out of hand) and only a third of those are cgc graded. The values of my books dictate that I should get more of them graded as most of my raw books are valued/currently selling for $75+ easy, but for the time being I know their condition is not going to degrade in my possession (in a dark, cool, place in my media room with a de-humidifier) and i am content with that thought. I hunt for and buy up cheap, yet valuable/sought after, books that I find and 3-5 times a year I put up a batch for auction and let'em ride! My most recent batch in May 2011 was with 31 slabbed books of various publishers and titles (mostly modern and bronze with a few silver age) that I picked up over the course of a couple of months for a combined total cost to me of about $835. I placed these books in an online auction (not ebay) and, after seller/auction fees, i am looking at a check for a little over $1520. So, I paid an average of $27 per book and sold them for an average of $49 per book. The hunt for deals and the excitement of placing them in auctions really get my adrenaline pumping. Now, do I spend all $1520 on that one silver age key book I've had my eye on, or do I get several $300-$500 high grade bronze key books I want? Or maybe half of it on one key book and the other half on more books to flip? Maybe half on books to flip and the other half just stays in my bank? Also, there is this pretty sweet home theater system I've been meaning to upgrade to... Dang it, this is the hardest part of my process every time. Hi my name is James and, love it or hate it, I am both a collector and broker. Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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05/26/2011