Call this a rant, if you like. Crom and Mitra, but I'm seeing stupid prices on things and it's dam irritating! Books a little nicer than normal...books I turned my nose up on a couple of decades ago...cost as much as I'm willing to spend on a used car for my soon to be college student daughter. I just don't know that I can enjoy tying that much money up into something that isn't really the very best and/or that I don't find captivating. Kudos to you guys who got in early and avoided the temptation to sell over the years. I really do love books with a vintage look to them. But I can't afford vintage anymore...especially in light of other things I can buy with that money.
I'm having a hard time with the fact that spending $100 can buy me something absolutely beautiful and interesting in other collecting genres, such as vintage video games, but $100 might get me a first appearance of Spidey's black costume in an acceptable grade. Puleez! I just can't get excited about that...it doesn't move me and it's not rare. I want rare, beautiful, interesting things. There comes a point where I refuse to pay big dollars, not even to buy the gems, but (to extend an analogy) not even to buy the agates or the slightly prettier stones. I feel bad about all of the nice books I sold in the past, and the rising prices continually remind me of those mistakes...this stuff is supposed to be fun, right? (not jog bad feelings)
I'm just saying I can have fun going to flea markets and actually finding other kinds of collectibles. But if I want something remotely interesting in the comic book genre, I have to buy it from a wall at a show. There's nothing in the wild of interest unless I have the luck of a lottery winner. Tired of that.
On the bright side, I'm still here. I do love my Conans, and I have a head start on a nicer set of those (I have the keys), so I guess that's what I'll pursue moving forward. I know that the money I spend on them won't be wasted because people collect Conan for the love of the series, not because he's going to be in a movie soon, so maybe if a crash ever comes, they won't take a hit. Holographic covers, anyone? And that Barry Smith Artwork looks so freakin' good! Yeah, that'll be my fix for comics, other than reading low grade good bronze stuff. And best of all, I won't look at my collection, constantly wondering if I should sell, or not enjoying them because I have so much money tied up on them when I have kids needing school books.
So I'll buy Conans and retro video games. Because they are cool and still cheap. I'll be an early adopter in that genre, I guess...