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My quest for a complete Captain America Comics run

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   Just one month after buying the Cap #68 that was missing 1/4 of the front cover, another copy came up for auction on eBay.  Luckily it wasn't much of a bidding war and I won the book!  It was quite the upgrade!59bdbf2c9f771_CaptainAmericaComics68.thumb.jpg.e9046a406b88735a71c2989155bd8bc7.jpg 


     My next purchase would not be until three months later in June of 2015 when I would pick up a very low grade Cap #66 on eBay.  Big chunk missing out of back cover!!  :shy:59bdbfec20a73_CaptainAmericaComics66.thumb.jpg.0102de1b20a30cffed636f32a97ace1f.jpg


   My next win (three weeks later) on eBay would be a Buy-It-Now of one of my favorite covers.  Cap #76.  If not for a 1.5'' spine split at the bottom it would grade much higher.  The cover, however, has very minor flaws.  Other than the boarders of course.  Got to love great presenting low grade books :cloud9:



      Less than two weeks after the Cap #76 an auction for a 2.0 graded Cap #44 would come up on eBay.  I won that one as well!



      At this point I had bought four books in as many months!  My wallet needed a break but...with Boston Comic Con approaching in a months time I needed to grab one more book because there was going to be not one, but two original golden age Cap artists there!  Time to research which book featured artwork by both Ken Bald and Allen Bellman...


      I was a crazed man on the lookout for a Cap 74 starting in May 2014.  I was constantly checking the major auction houses, eBay, these boards and even craigslist!  A handful of months went by and my intensity diminished some.  At the time there were roughly 45 copies on the census which may seem like very few but there are tons of golden age comics with fewer copies known.  Despite Cap 74 not being technically rare, someone listing one for sale certainly was!  Truthfully, I did not expect to see one listed in a grade that I could afford any time soon.  That all changed when I checked the boards "GA/SA/BA for sale" threads on Christmas night.  Yes, Christmas night!  Someone had a raw one for sale with an approximate grade of 2.0-2.5!  Perfect!  The asking price was above $2,000 which would be my largest comic purchase ever by multiples.  Thankfully, the seller agreed to a payment plan that I could work with and in a few months time I owned my HOLY GRAIL!!!



      Sure, it had rips, tears, a subscription crease and some writing on the cover, but it was complete with cover attached (barely, at the one center staple) and great condition pages.  Short of Cap #1 or #3 there wasn't a issue I wanted more in the entire run!  This was my completely unexpected, yet fantastic Christmas gift to myself! :cloud9:

      Since it took me a few months to pay off this grail, I did not have many funds to buy other Cap comics during that time but I did win a fair copy of Cap #68 off eBay in February of 2015.  The book was great except for green staining across the front cover...as well as a quarter of the front cover missing :shy:  At the time there were only 13 unrestored copies of this on the census which was the fewest of any issue in the run so I did not know when I would see another copy surface.  I figured it would at least be a place holder until I got a chance to upgrade. 



Little did I know, in just one months time, I would have a chance to do just that...


      Hey all!  I've been on the boards for a few years and I've enjoyed every minute of it.  You really cannot beat this place in terms of the collective knowledge provided by its members, the images of their books/collections or the general kindness displayed not only for other members (who actually know each other) in times of need, but everyday from stranger to stranger.  Ok that was a crazy long sentence.  Hopefully I won't have too many of those in my entries lol  

      I've always been a huge Captain America fan.  I feel like I gravitated towards Captain America due to the fact that for all his might and fighting ability, at the end of the day he's just flesh and blood.  He cannot shoot beams out of his eyes.  He cannot fly.  He cannot turn invisible or read your mind.  Sure, he's been enhanced beyond that of a average human being but he still remains one.  For all his super powers he lacks, he makes up for in raw grit and determination.  At the end of the day he still gets the job done...and he doesn't back down to anyone.  After acquiring his complete silver, bronze and modern series (up to 2006), I knew I had to have his original golden age series!  This of course, I knew was going to be a lifelong journey as I am just an "average" guy with a "average" paying job!  There's only 79 issues issues in the GA Captain America run (counting the annual of course)...how difficult or expensive could it be?! xD

     With my budget it wasn't difficult to see that I'd have to settle for grades between 2.0 - 4.0.  Some cheaper issues I am sure I can grab above a 4.0 but that will have to be my top grade most of the time if I plan to collect them all.  This was fine with me as GA books in this grade range can still be plenty presentable.  I planned to stay away from detached covers, restored or incomplete books except for the most expensive issues.

     My first Captain America Comics issue I bought was a raw #53 off eBay in the summer of 2014.  I would grade it at a 1.8 - 2.0 due to some heavy staining on the back cover that goes into the last few pages and some water damage at the top on the comic that is on every page.  It doesn't affect the art.  There is a also a few tears up to an inch long on two pages inside.  No missing pieces though.  Pages are light tan to cream colored and supple.  There are no significant detractors from the front cover which is great!  Despite it's flaws, I still got quite the rush when reading it for the first time.  To think where this book had been in the 68 years since it was first put on the comic rack and how many people had read it prior to me?  It was now mine and it was the 1st of 79 in my quest to own them all! 



      I wanted to approach the accumulation of these GA comics in a semi organized way, but how?  Starting from #1 wasn't possible since those early issues were too far out of budget.  So, I decided to start at the last issues and work my way towards #1.  I wouldn't, however, limit myself to picking up a book randomly in between if it was a decent deal.  Looking at all of the Captain America Comics covers, one caught my eye in particular. Captain America Comics #74!  Awesome red frame cover with the Red Skull and a strange horror vibe.  I had to have it!  So did many other collectors apparently and I quickly learned it was in high demand and price.  The hunt of #74 was on...