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Some new thoughts about the run

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I've been giving some serious thought lately to possibly selling off the run down to #300. For one, 544 books in one run is a space issue. I need to make the most out of what space I have for comics right now and these things keep piling up! While having a full run of #1 through #544 would be sweet, I think in the long run I'd be fine with 1- 300. At least until our living situation changes and there is more space for comics. I'd like to have the full Copper Age run as those are the books I mostly started on X-Men with. After 300, things just get a little silly for a long time sadly.

I might not do this, and I have no idea how I'd sell off 244 books if I do decide to change the focus of the run. I'm just thinking out loud.

Anyone else here who started off working on a full run of volume 1 and changed the goal like this? Any regrets? 

I can't imagine it ever ever being difficult nor expensive to rebuild the run later if I decide to have a complete volume 1. And it'd be something fun to work on. 

On the other hand, I already have the books which is a pretty big point in the "just hang on to them" column, even with the storage space issue.

What do you all think?


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If you have 300-544 already, hold on to them.  If you're missing issues, don't worry about those. Better to have it and not need it in the long run. my 2c

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I think I'm missing one issue from that whole run, yeah. I'm leaning much more toward hanging on to them.

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As with any monthly there are gonna be some real stinkers in there but it is what it is. I tuned out around 285 and my first issue was 185 so it was good times for over 10 years or so.

My neighbor saw me with an Overstreet and said his first issue off the stands was 95.  He is a big John Byrne fan and still hangs out on his web site to this day.

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7 hours ago, topcat54 said:

You may want to check out my new thread speedcake

 

dang looks like I missed a few sweet deals there! Any more Silver/bronze X-Men coming?

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On 4/18/2018 at 9:06 PM, Alf Pogs said:

As with any monthly there are gonna be some real stinkers in there but it is what it is. I tuned out around 285 and my first issue was 185 so it was good times for over 10 years or so.

My neighbor saw me with an Overstreet and said his first issue off the stands was 95.  He is a big John Byrne fan and still hangs out on his web site to this day.

indeed. I've read all of it and there are definitely some good stories in with the bad in the later half of the run. Plenty of cool covers and a handful of very minor keys so I don't mind keeping them at all :p  

I'm going through and grading the whole run right now. Quite a bit of my late bronze and copper age stuff needs to be upgraded, so that'll be a fun side quest. Most of it is at least in the VF range, but I'd like the average grade to be closer to NM-. Its just so easy to find books in very high grade there isn't much excuse to not upgrade.

Yes this is what I'll tell myself as I dig through boxes at shows this year...

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A few years back I saw a long box of 150.

I stopped picking up multiples of anything after 143 even in quarter bins. I must have 12 copies of 248! Stacks of 166 and 175.

I have 3 copies of 266 now.... that's about the only later book I would still grab.

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I had this dilemma when I was first going after the X-Men books. I decided to go after all of them. There's some great X-Men history still in the later issues. Just sell off other books. That's what I'm going to be doing.

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