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My Top 50 (New book added on 11-20)

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My days of collecting anything and everything are over. After accumulating almost 100,000 comics (most of them worthless), I decided to strip my collection down to 50 comics. The 1st 30 keepers were pretty easy, but it got much harder as I got toward #50. This journal will document my "One in /One out" strategy of collecting from this day forward. I added scans of all 50 comics, so I can sift through my comics without having to get them out of safe storage.  I have new additions on the way, so I will share my thought process on each one I kick out. This is primairly for my amusement, but feel free to comment on the decisions that I make!

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Well, I'm impressed.

That's an amazing cross-section of books, from gold to silver on into bronze, with first appearances, classic covers, price variants, personal favorites and that occasional "just because it's so cool" issue.

I can't imagine narrowing my junkpile down to 50 (and I have nowhere near the high-grade stuff that you have), so I can only imagine how difficult it was for you - bravo!  :applause:

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On 10/3/2018 at 10:32 PM, Ricksneatstuff said:

I have the same mindset. I may do a journal after seeing this. Great books!!

I would love to see a journal of your books!  One of your rejects (Masked Marvel #2) will be soon be added to my top 50.  I just don't know which one to kick out. 

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The 1st book to be added:

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An easy choice on which one to cut:

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It is time to dump this. I bought a copy that I didn't love to fill a hole.  It was going up so fast I thought I may not ever get one.  Sadly, I need to move on until I find the right one. 

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  I am adding this book, which I absolutely love....

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This is a great book, but there is no more room for it.  I hate kicking out high grade to add mid-grade, but the added book is just too cool.

 

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I bought this book to flip, but it is really pretty.  I have decided to keep it!


 

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Book #16 side story....

On an early December night in 1973, my mom asked me to fetch my favorite comic for her.  I sifted through my comics and picked out the one that had the best cover;  Marvel's Greatest Comics #42.  She tore the cover off right in front of me and handed the remainder.  No big deal....I went back to playing with football cards. 

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Christmas morning came and the reason for the dastardly act of comic destruction was revealed;

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This brings me to comic entry #16.  Marvel's Greatest Comics #42 is the rightful owner of the slot, but a 9.2 (with amazing deep colors) is the best copy I could find. When I found this...

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I fell in love with it.  As a result, I kicked out the most important comic of my childhood. I couldn't get rid of it, so it became #16B.  So much for limiting myself to 50 comics. 

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On 11/21/2018 at 3:38 AM, Comicsarefun said:

I'm kicking out my 3rd favorite mirror cover....

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And I am replacing it with my 2nd favorite mirror cover.  
 

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Great all round collection! Got to say I prefer "mirror comic 3". (thumbsu

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On 11/22/2018 at 5:37 AM, Gnasher said:

 

Great all round collection! Got to say I prefer "mirror comic 3". (thumbsu

In all honesty, I think I might like My Intimate Affair's cover better as well.  The early Spectre appearance, however, makes for a better overall pick for me.  If I can only find the right copy of Blue Beetle #54, it will take the top spot of mirror covers!  There is still some chance that all three could end up in the top 50 at some point. 

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I do think, weird as it sounds, an almost emotional attachment is formed with the books and things we collect. Every choice is going to be a hard one. :(

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On 9/6/2018 at 9:36 PM, Comicsarefun said:

That is all of them. 

What an amazing 50 books. Very eclectic. Given that 'comics are fun' is your board name, what prompted you to downsize so drastically if you don't mind me asking? 

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That is a good question.  I guess it came down to space, money, and a change of collecting interests. When I had the massive collection, it didn't include most of the books I have now.  I couldn't afford these comics, because my money was all tied up in cheap runs.  I couldn't enjoy them, because they were stored in boxes piled atop each other. As I transitioned toward higher end books, I lost even more interest in bulk. Having been a boarder-line hoarder, it was somewhat liberating to let them go and spend the money on better quality items. With the bulk gone, my wife has reclaimed the majority of the house and is happier with my hobby.  I still have the same passion to collect, just going about it on a different path. 

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19 hours ago, Gnasher said:

I do think, weird as it sounds, an almost emotional attachment is formed with the books and things we collect. Every choice is going to be a hard one. :(

Yes, I have emotional attachments to certain books!  They won't get kicked out unless I find something better.  When they do get kicked out, I get to sell them and put the money toward yet another keeper. It seems to be working...for now. 

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A new dilemma:  One of these has to get kicked out.  Number 157 has white pages, but there are 4 of them on the census.  Number 158 has OW/W pages, but it is the single highest graded copy.  I am leaning toward keeping the 158, but haven't decided yet.  Thoughts?

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Making room for a couple Mile High books!

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WOW! Im not even sure how that's possible!?? (all your books!) Great collection!!! :applause::headbang:(worship)  Erm keep both! :flamed:

 

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