cloudofwit

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  1. Any indication that your acquaintance or friend with that long-held small box of AF #15s might be tempted to sell considering the season? Or is he a hard-core collector enough to where this won't even phase him?
  2. FF #1 was the same as AF #15, except, oddly, 10.00 less in Good @ 175
  3. AF #15: Good: 185 / Fine: 550 / Mint: 1,200 ASM #1: Good: 110 / Fine: 330 / Mint: 700
  4. My questions to you were larger questions--based on your matter-of-fact proclamation--and you missed that. As smart as you seem, you might be missing a lot. And it might have little to nothing to do with funny books.
  5. Who said nothing is absolute? And by what authority? Is this a gut feeling, cliche, or something you've researched extensively? If the latter, give us your bibliography down through the ages. And are you saying, absolutely, that nothing is absolute? (Need that emoji where a stick figure is doing something carnal with the word logic.)
  6. Thank you for posting this sale. I was just about to comment on being surprised that the CGC 0.5 copy on ComicLink that ends tonight is above 5K now, which, considering one page is missing and another page has panels cut out, seems rather crazy. And this Heritage copy does indeed have very nice cover appeal, but 6K for a copy with missing pages--and NO back cover! Pure mania. Are sales of .5s below 5K--regardless of being complete or not--becoming a thing of the past? Hard not to obsess on pricing when things are this extreme, even in the absolute basement grade...
  7. Alright, peewee22, here's a flashback from 2010 that's worth a revisit as I've been out of the hobby for a little bit now. (And it sure says something about how much even the cellar-dweller CGC .5s have increased in the last 6-7 years.) I cannot contain my excitement... In late October, I received a call from a comic book buddy who gets his new books from the same LCS I do in Buford, GA--basically north Atlanta (actually, it's an hour trek to this place since the LCS in our town closed down a couple years ago). He said that Kyle, the owner of Galactic Quest, had an AF #15 CGC 0.5 blue label for sale. I hung up with my buddy and immediately phoned Kyle. Yes, he did have one but it wasn't on display...but he had showed it to a couple of folks and there was some interest. He wanted 1,000 bucks for it. The cover was detached. There was water damage. There was Marvel chipping. When I asked of the PQ, he said it was decent but obviously wasn't familiar with the designation on the label (I didn't ask). In owning his store for 20 years, only two AF #15s have walked through his door. One, a few years back, he passed on because the seller wanted too much (it was low grade too). And this one recently came in, and he bought it. He read it with his daughters and then sent it down to Sarasota, FL for CGC certification. He was hoping for a 1.0 but it came back 0.5. So I set up a meeting the following week, on Nov. 2, to see the book. I thought a deal breaker would be: brittle or tan pages; major soiling, major writing, major tape, etc. Considering it's a 0.5, picky, picky--I know, I know. Once I saw it, I realized it had CRM/OW pages. The eye appeal sealed the deal for me. Yes, the Marvel chipping is MAJOR. Yes, the cover is detached. Yes, it's the lowest grade CGC offers out of their 10-point scale consisting of 25 units, but... I've always regretted selling the only other copy of AF #15 that I've ever owned. I've told the story before but it was a pence copy and a kid had traced Spider-Man on the front cover with a blue ball-point pen so it was probably a 0.5, maybe a 1.0. Whatever it was, I sold it for about $150 back in 1992 when I was 25. I always regretted selling it. But fast-forward 18 years, and this 43-year-old has just (re-) joined the AF #15 club. Many thanks to my beloved wife, Amy, who tolerated the purchase and took the sweet pics which you see here. Edit: And thanks to rsortor here on the boards who bought my ASM #129--or else I wouldn't have had the funds for this AF #15. Take a bow, Ronnie.
  8. Mods off probationary period! it was removed due to obscenity :think:
  9. Don't know you would have to ask them. Me and the other guy had stopped fighting a while before they deleted that thread. Could be that or something else. Can we please now just stay on topic and talk anything AF15 related and move on from the past and live in the present. It would be good to know why it was pulled. That way we can avoid a repeat and keep reading posts about AF 15 in the present. Only the mods can answer that. Right, and someone has a lot to answer for. As for your "Move on from the past" comment, I'd say this: NOT SO FAST. The thread, begun in 2008, had TONS of information--not to mention a huge, sweet archive of pics. Literally hundreds of pages. More than anything, it was the stories. Did I mention the stories? So for more than half the lifetime of these CGC Boards there was this AF #15 Club thread, a rich cultural portrait of one of the most important books in the funny book business. There must be a significant reason for the thread vanishing into thin air--beyond the petty obsession of the two of you with your faithful squabbling. You are jumping to conclusions been 100% sure of yourself that I was the cause....what about rfoiii or some one else for that matter. Please ask the mods and get your facts straight before boosting of knowing the answer and pointing fingers at anyone. If you are so mad and sad then ask the mods to restore the older thread. I never was "boosting" (nor boasting) of knowing why the thread went bye-bye. I was attempting to express how it had to be more than only the bickering that you and rfoii were doing. What you two were doing, though, I thought at first had to be some sort of practical joke but as I read on...and on...and on...I realized that it was no joke. You two were something to behold--and it wasn't pretty. If I could've conducted a citizens' arrest, I would have. Incidentally, thank you for letting me know how "mad" and "sad" I really was about the recent turn of events. Let me just say that I'm tickled the original thread is back. As someone has pointed out, I was wrong when I said the thread had been around since '08. (I was conflating the original thread--started by Spider Variant in '08--and the new-fangled, improved thread in the last couple of years that HarveySwick brought our way.) Swick included a link on the first page to all that came before, so the history is intact. I'm gonna be able to sleep tonight. Carry on, AF #15 soliders...
  10. Don't know you would have to ask them. Me and the other guy had stopped fighting a while before they deleted that thread. Could be that or something else. Can we please now just stay on topic and talk anything AF15 related and move on from the past and live in the present. It would be good to know why it was pulled. That way we can avoid a repeat and keep reading posts about AF 15 in the present. Only the mods can answer that. Right, and someone has a lot to answer for. As for your "Move on from the past" comment, I'd say this: NOT SO FAST. The thread, begun in 2008, had TONS of information--not to mention a huge, sweet archive of pics. Literally hundreds of pages. More than anything, it was the stories. Did I mention the stories? So for more than half the lifetime of these CGC Boards there was this AF #15 Club thread, a rich cultural portrait of one of the most important books in the funny book business. There must be a significant reason for the thread vanishing into thin air--beyond the petty obsession of the two of you with your faithful squabbling.
  11. Dude, are you serious? Ideology implies irrationality, when I've made rational, logically sound arguments that you haven't actually engaged beyond telling me my arguments are emotional and existential. Just saying an argument is this or that isn't in itself an argument. Last thing, just to clear the air, this is false. Your concerns over whether or not a given book you own was pressed is often existential, you're concerned about the concept itself unless you have one of these poor mangled books where it is obvious. Also, many of these arguments are emotional arguments, so yes, I did say that and stand by it. Your concerns over the impact on the hobby are very valid - I agree with many and I think others that are "pro" on this topic agree as well. I once read an article that talked about "text only" arguments. The findings basically found that both sides come away from them thinking the other side held much more radical beliefs on the topic than they actually did. I always try to keep this in mind on here. Everyone in this thread is OK by me, even if I disagree with your stance If I may. Emotions tend to get a bad rap. Emotions and logic can date and ultimately wed...without necessarily wanting or having to divorce. I don't see irreconcilable differences at every turn. Didn't good ol' Aristotle many moons ago talk about how logos & pathos are both needed? (A similar analogy is that common school of thought that pits science & religion against one another, practiced by both sides. But it's wildly_fanciful_statement. Historically speaking, it can be proven to be wildly_fanciful_statement. It's understandable on the surface but it's ultimately shallow, lacking any gray or nuance.) In other words, logic and emotion can be pressed. Together. Up against one another. Good God Almighty! Mods notified.
  12. But with shipping, it's over 5 bills. May be a bit high for me.
  13. Can't get 'em all at once...but looking for these 4 ASMs in LOW to MID-GRADE raw--unless you have a slab or two at a tempting price. (Navigating debt, so want to fill in some holes, satisfy the so-called OCD, and sit tight for a bit.): #200 #238 #252 #300 FR (1.0) to FN (6.0) will work. Post or PM pics with shipped price to Georgia in the U.S. Thank you for looking. :smile: