So...I'm looking through the books in the July 1st Heritage Sunday Comic auction and I see that there are three golden age Caps in there. All raw and restored to various degrees. The issue I'm most interested in is #65 which is an apparent VG- with slight color touch to cover and trimmed on all three sides. Let me repeat that. TRIMMED ON ALL THREE SIDES. I think most collectors would agree that trimming is the worst kind of restoration a book can have since someone basically removed part of the book to make it look better. That cannot be undone! So I figured this book would go for "relatively cheap" since a 3.5 unrestored just sold for $685 in June of this year. Maybe like $350-$400 I thought. Nope. The @%$# thing hammered at $600, which, after the buyers premium is $720!
I can only guess the winner doesn't care about trimmed books...which, I suppose some people...may not?
Or maybe the winner just had to have the one cover where Cap slaps his partner?
Either way, I wasn't paying that for that book even though it was the next book I needed on my way down from issue #78 (besides #72). There are 38 unrestored copies on the census (give or take a few). It's not like there are 9 or even 19. It will come up again!
After not winning that book (since I didn't bid due to the price already being above what I was comfortable with) it allows me to pursue others. The hunt is most of the fun to me anyway. With a limited budget, you have to choose your books carefully and cannot afford (literally) to overspend.
Keeping on track with the current series you are on can also be a challenge as well when you come across a beautiful book you want but buying it would slow down your main series collecting. One such book last week was All Top Comics #16. A 5.0 off-white to white pager was on eBay. I was tempted to go after it as I love the cover. It last sold on 6/6/16 for $825. It was at $911 with under a minute left until it shot up to $1,336 in the last ten seconds! A 61.7% increase in just over two years?! Damn someone wanted that book!
I did win a GA Cap book from the most recent ComicConnect auction which is on its way to me now. I'll post it as soon as it arrives!