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Number 10- My First Score, Seeing Double

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comicginger1789

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This is going to be a quick series on my top ten finds in terms of comics. I will not be including purchases that I made specifically for a good or decent value. No, these purchases stand out because they were found in some way shape or form and ended up being extremely beneficial for me as a collector in some way. I am focusing on the past 15 years because, at 31, those 15 years represent me collecting the hardest. Before that, the occasional venture was made to a local comic shop to buy back issues for myself. So let us start at number 10...my first score, which I have dubbed "Seeing Double"

When I was 16 or so, I convinced my dad to let me use his ebay account. I slowly started buying stuff because, at the time, the US dollar was falling and falling and stuff was just as cheap to get shipped from the US. I was heavy into Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man because they were cheap and old and I liked them. I eventually branched into Marvel Team-Up (also cheap at the time) and when the dollar did hit par here in Canada, I started gobbling up ASM issues. But one of my first big lot purchases was a Marvel Team-Up lot of like 20 issues. It cost around $10-15 and there were some doubles which I figured I could somehow sell. Anyways, the lot arrives and one of the doubles was issue  this one.

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #46 | Comic Issues | Marvel

 

There were two copies, one more mid grade and the other somewhere in the VF range. And when I opened the nicer copy, what did I see? 

Fill my eyes with that double vision
No disguise for that double vision

My first double cover! I was excited! I was like, this has to be rare right? I had never heard of or seen one before. Sure enough, an online search showed that they tended to have some value. I obviously could not find another copy of this ish with a double cover that had sold but I figured I did not collect double covers or need two, since I had a perfectly good mid grade copy. So this book was one of the first books I listed on ebay and sold....for a whopping $20! I was so excited that I had not only covered the cost of my purchase, but that I had also gotten free comics out of it. I had made $5, plus gotten like 15 comics for a minimal amount of work. My dad was surprised when it sold for that much. He paid me the money (as payment went to his account at the time) and I had come to the realization that if I wanted, I could make this hobby fund itself (or at the very least, find great stuff I loved and offset the cost by a larger amount). And thus began my journey to the collector I am today. 

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a lot on ebay was cheap a decade ago.. I remember those fun times.. convincing my dad to create an ebay/paypal account.. I still use it as my main today... $20 was like a million to me back then..so unfortunately I would never splurge... I knew back then what I was buying was incredibly good stuff.. like ASM 100, Watchmen 1 CGC 9.0, and he knew it.. paid no more than $20 each for those total.. so the ASM 100 was like 10 plus 9 shipping lol.. Although I didn't need permission, I asked for him to sign off on what I bought even on Midtown Comics website... I wish I would have taken great advantage of his generosity like he wanted me too.. key issues were dirt cheap back then.. I remember passing on Gotham City Sirens 1 because I thought it he wouldn't be cool w a cover like that.. boy was I wrong lol.

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46 minutes ago, littledoom said:

a lot on ebay was cheap a decade ago.. I remember those fun times.. convincing my dad to create an ebay/paypal account.. I still use it as my main today... $20 was like a million to me back then..so unfortunately I would never splurge... I knew back then what I was buying was incredibly good stuff.. like ASM 100, Watchmen 1 CGC 9.0, and he knew it.. paid no more than $20 each for those total.. so the ASM 100 was like 10 plus 9 shipping lol.. Although I didn't need permission, I asked for him to sign off on what I bought even on Midtown Comics website... I wish I would have taken great advantage of his generosity like he wanted me too.. key issues were dirt cheap back then.. I remember passing on Gotham City Sirens 1 because I thought it he wouldn't be cool w a cover like that.. boy was I wrong lol.

Yes, my dad is not a big comic guy, but he supported the fact I collected. He did not usually let me spend much more than $30-40 so when I was allowed to buy stuff early on, I tried to make it count by buying lots. You could get great Bronze Age stuff...like 40-50 comics...for like $20 or less. It is how I grew my Spidey collection and collection as a whole early on. Sometimes, I have to remind myself that those days are gone. That dollar bin books back then are now legit $5-10 books...which still pains me to have to pay sometimes for fillers but tis the way it is. 

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yeah my dad was not a comic guy either, although he liked my enthusiasm for it

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