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Set Finally Completed!!!!!

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At long last ... I've completed my DC Bicentennial Set! :bigsmile:

Started almost 10 years ago and I wanted to have a high grade set of the 33 comics that DC published in the summer of 1976 with a red/white/blue banner at the top of the front cover. Most of the copies were easy to find in high grade but as I picked up the issues, the last remaining ones became more and more difficult to find, either as CGC graded or raw. My criteria was simple: nothing less than 9.0 and no worse than Off-White pages.

Eventually, it came down to two comics a couple of months ago. I picked up raw high-graded copies of Claw the Unconquered 8 and Our Fighting Forces 168 and submitted them to CGC. When I got them back, the Claw comic was a 9.4 with White Pages and I was ecstatic! But then I saw the other one and it was an 8.0! I immediately went online to read the Grader Notes and it noted foxing on two areas of the back cover. I was bummed.

Since I wanted only 9.x copies in my set I couldn't add this one to my set :facepalm: Worse, I wasn't sure where I could find another high-grade raw copy. But I scoured the comic retailers, including those on eBay and finally found another copy months later that was graded by the seller at 9.4. Based on the scans, it looked really good although the cover was a little crooked.

So, with much trepidation in my heart, I submitted this copy to GCC. If this one didn't come back at least 9.0 then I was really screwed.

I watched the progress as it went from Received to Grading to Shipped/Safe. As usual, I didn't look at the emailed shipping document or the invoice online because I like to wait until it arrives to see the grade.

Then it arrived ....


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Way too go ! awesome accomplishment !! 

i do the same as you with my CGC submissions... i never look at the grades on -line .. that would be a pure waste, imagine all time time acquiring them raw... all that money,... then shipping and waiting all that time for them to get graded.... and then ruining the fun by looking at the grades on-line which would only take 45 seconds !!

i wait until i get my box back home and then i only look at one or two a day ... and i try and guess the grades before rev ealing the CGC grade , those Bicentenial comics are a nice set! i cant believe they are over 40 years old now !!

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Congrats.  I'm inspired by your collection to start my own bicentennial collection.  I remember that summer well, riding my bike to the drug store and seeing those banners!

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Congratulations on completing the set. It was one of my favorite sets and I am surprised how few are in the registry. 

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Congratulations on ten years of patience and hard work coming to fruition! It is great seeing such wonderful esoteric sets like this on here.

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