As I was saying in my last entry, I was longing for my first Alex Schomburg war cover. It came by way of the boards from a member who was willing to work with my on time payments in July of 2016. I present to you Captain America Comics #33!!
As you can see, this book has been restored (via a piece re-attached to cover with glue) and has a detached cover. These are two characteristics I said I was going to stay away from except for the more expensive issues. I would consider this one such issue. Since buying this book I have decided to "lower my standards" if you will, for the books I decide to bring into my collection. I still will strive for grades 2.0 - 4.0 but restoration and detached covers/centerfolds won't be an automatic denial for a given book. Of course the exact amount of restoration will play a part and I'm still avoiding trimmed or brittle books. This particular Cap #33 has very little restoration, presents wonderfully and has like new WHITE pages to boot! I don't see myself getting another copy of this book for under $1,000 anytime soon. There are two 1.0 graded books on the census but who knows if they present well at all. I am super happy to own this book as it is one of my top five Cap covers of the entire run. Issues #1-3 & #27 rounding out the top five.
Which issue next I asked myself. I needed just issues #72 & #78 to complete Cap #70 - #78 so I put my first WTB post up for a Captain America Comics #78 in September of 2016. I got three people offering a copy right away. I was pretty surprised! Then, a board member reached out to me offering a quadruple signed CGC 3.0!
The signatures were from Stan Lee, Ayers, Joe Simon and John Romita! I thought my triple signed Cap #73 was cool!
What was I going to have to give to this guy to make that comic mine? A kidney and promising my first born child???
Luckily he just wanted cash and a trade for my raw Cap #76 I had bought on eBay the year prior. After a couple weeks of messaging back and forth to meet at a price we were both comfortable with, it was mine!
I would go on to pick up Cap #72 off eBay in November of 2016. A CGC 1.8 which is the lowest graded copy on the census
That would be my last Cap issue purchased in 2016. I now had 13 GA Cap issues (33, 44, 53, 66, 68, 70-75, 77 & 78). The first issue I purchased in 2017 would be another Canadian copy off the boards...