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  1. Got this one maybe a month ago, 9.6 + Pedigree + WP should be really close to the quality of a 9.8 non-pedigree non-WP Then got this one too - grew tired of waiting for a 9.8: But then this one surfaced - what are the odds... Still I'm not able to count to 10, but 8 - maybe more like 7.5, sigh
  2. Just added OA for #5 to the library: Art Covers?page=1 Get it here With the current speed these pieces are surfacing, I'll have a complete collection in just 20 years or so!
  3. I won an award last year and got the opportunity to get some books graded for free. I sent in my ST #1 reading copy and just got it back: This mag was kinda special, I bought it in June 2009. The seller told me he frequently visited The Studio in the 1970s: "By the way back in the 70's I owned a comic shop & used to hang around The Studio in NYC. That was a loft shared by Jeff Jones, Mike Kaluta, Barry Smith & one of my best friends Berni Wrightson. You would have loved it." I believe he's talking about Baltimore's first comic shop The Nostalgia Crypt in Reisterstown, Md, which he opened in 1973. I also asked him about the grade - his reply: "Honestly I don't know the grading system with numbers. When I was into this as a business in the 70's grading ran from poor to mint period. I used my best eye to give it a near mint. Pages are yellowing a little around the edges due to age ( 1971 ) is what I would have to say Hope this helps." He shipped it in a thin paper envelope, no padding at all, but magically it arrived totally unharmed. I was close to giving him negative feedback just for the truly horrible shipping. I guess this book has come a long way, happy to see it in a proper home :-) I also got ST #1 in 9.6 and 9.8, but there's still some special magic about this copy - and I'm happy for the 9.0 grade. I wasn't expecting more than 8.0, maybe 8.5.
  4. Some dude just took a few photos of Swampy - some of the best pics I've seen - looks awesome: Reminds me that I should get some proper lighting done ... soon ... BTW, the limited edition is almost sold out according to Sideshow - so don't wait too long if you consider getting one:
  5. Sigh, I never submit raw books, I just buy slabs In short I completely forgot to ask for Fast Track - I just wrote to Dena and Jose asking if they could change all my submissions to Fast Track
  6. Today 119 days have passed since my books were received, I wonder if I'll ever see land
  7. You're welcome - I've had it for more than a month, and I still can't take my eye off it ;-) It's covered by a lot of paint, and it looks muddy - but that's just how Swampy should look. Like the swamp, Swampy absorbs light, so this statue does benefint from a lot of light - also to show it's surface structures and shadows. In a badly lit room the statue doesn't necessarily show many colors - it may simply look like this: I'm considering setting up some spot lights to really show off the statue. About the $$$, note that depending on your location shipping and VAT may be expensive. I paid $200 for the shipping (from Hong Kong to Scandinavia, took 1 day using DHL Express, awesome speed, but not free ;-) - and $275 for VAT - $1250 in total.
  8. Just got these ASM books, Doc Ock was the previous owner, sad to see him sell most of his collection. The ASM books may count as a Christmas gift to myself ASM 52 with some reflections in the holder: Astonishing Tales 3 - there're 3 in 9.8 and none better - so they don't grow on trees: Astonishing Tales 9 - also there're only 3 in 9.8 and none better, it took me years to find this book: I'm trying to collect the first 10 issues of Astonishing Tales - the Barry Smith run - now I just need #10
  9. I don't care much about fire too - compared to theft. There once was a thread about a fireproof safe leading to buildup of moisture and possible corrosion af staples. I'm using a safe approved to EN1143-1 grade 1 (=Eurograde 1) - more info here: I've talked to a few manufacturers, it seems that "fireproof" may mean that items within the safe will be kept at less than 338F (170C), which might not work well for cgc books anyway. As long as you buy something that no thief can lift and move, you should be fine - I keep remembering that scene from True Detectives, where evidence was hidden in a small hidden wall safe, which was relatively easy to remove from the wall and steal. That won't happen with a real safe ;-) I had a nice discussion with an experienced police detective, he told me that burglars never spend time on a safe - they just leave them alone and go for easier targets. So any heavy safe should be just fine ;-)
  10. My best art 2018 (published cover, pen and ink by Gene Colan): More info here: My best book 2018 (I think ): My best statue 2018, 24" (61 cm) tall, 27 lbs (12.5 kg) - it's hand painted, so it's original art, right?
  11. Got this one a few days ago And the real box - I added a blu-ray movie to show the size: Inside the box... Cranius is really awesome - unfortunately there's just no way to truly capture statues using photos, statues look so much better in the real world - but the following pics may provide some impressions. Cranius' base: Next: the giant Swamp Thing base weighing about 20 lbs: Turtle close-up: Snake close-up: The back of the base: Note how the base is made to make it look like Swamp Thing is standing in water - truly awesome: Bottom of the base: And now with Swamp Thing - he completely dwarfs my large 1/4 Batman DKR statue. Both statues are 1/4 in size. I think Swampy is slightly too large, but I don't have a problem with that, it makes Swampy look even more impressive next to Batman: Swamp Thing looks quite different depending on the light - here're a few examples: - and here taken with a real camera (I'm using a smartphone): The complexity of Swamp Thing is astonishing, check out his back: I'm really happy for the piece, it's everything I hoped for and even more. I better start reading the Saga of Swamp Thing again, there's no better motivation for reading those books than looking at this statue. The complexity of the statue is so high I feel I'll never get tired of looking at it. It even makes my Galactus maquette look dull and boring! More info about the statue here:
  12. PS. Just saw that ASM #51 Universal CGC 9.6 sold for nearly 4K (and the book didn't even have pure white pages) - and it's only 2000 points, would it be fair to bump it up to 3000 points (a pedigree #51 9.6 has sold for more than 7k)? And it is the first ever Kingpin cover Best, Rune
  13. Amazing Spider-man #52 9.6 is just 800 points - it makes no sense - here's the lastest GPA for 9.6: I'd greatly appreciate a more reasonable score, thanks Mollie
  14. I only collect issues 1 to 10, I don't have #12, did you mean another issue? All my issues are graded 9.8, except for #4 (9.6).
  15. My 5 books were received 9/18, I'm getting some of them pressed, so I probably get them in 2020! (the status just says "Received")
  16. I thought I was the only one to buy books in Nov, wrap them up, put my own name on them and put them under the Christmas tree
  17. Got these - they're still at CLink, because I can add one more book and combine shipping One of 3 in 9.8, highest graded This book is also one of 3 books in 9.8, highest graded: Well, I got these in total - just need #10 now, sigh ;-) (9.6 is the highest graded for #4.)
  18. I'm not sure I've lost interest, but I'm close to completing several of my runs - or the books/mags I'm missing are so extremely rare that I'm more or less out of buying options. Feels like I'm a lonely spider in the web, the time between great meals just keeps increasing... Maybe it's a good thing with more time for saving up for bigger and better things - unless prices increase with the same speed I'm saving up
  19. Thanks, maybe I should have moved this thread long ago - I have some more scans I've been too lazy to upload - I still save scans of new 9.8 books
  20. Indeed I guess Barry needed vacation, so covers to #12, #17-18 and #23 were done by Kane. And I think Barry used an older drawing for #16.
  21. Scott just informed me that all my journals have been moved: Personal announcements and topics CGC Registry Bronze Age Comic Books Comics General I think I forgot one journal, maybe I can find that one later If nothing else is possible - it would be great to see more old journals in "Personal announcements and topics", I'm already starting to feel lonely PS. There's music in there too
  22. Just testing :-) This thread has just been moved from "Old Journals", but I think it fits better in here! ;-)
  23. Couldn't agree more. I've just asked Scott and Dena to move and unlock all my journals - I've asked them to move my journals to different sub-forums, so the journals will probably be scattered around the entire forum. I've deleted all the new "migrated journals", I figured I'm not going to continue in that format anyway (and kind of depressing to start with a view count of 0) - so for now none of my journals are migrated, they're just locked. BTW, locking old threads aren't very stimulating - it gives you the impression that such threads are a burden and unappreciated - in fact it got me to think if it's time to quit and do something else - and I wouldn't be surprised if Doc Joe is thinking exactly the same (I'm sure he's aware of what's happening right now). I believe that the moderators were trying to be nice and to help us with the transition to a new improved and much better place, unfortunately that was not at all what their members/customers wished for. There're several small sub-forums in here with few readers/visitors, I'd love to keep "old journals" one of them - and feel free to close it when new posts haven't been written for 3 months ;-)