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  1. Hi, I just wanted to ask if any of the professional Comic dealers get a commercial invoice for the CGC Membership costs? I asked for one and got told, that the don't generate invoices for Membership costs. I find it strange because these are also costs for my company which should go into book keeping. Maybe I'm missing something there... Thanks!
  2. I saw the movie today, there are no mid and post credit scenes and not really something worth staying for, if you are looking for more footage. But at least they show all characters again that were in the movie and pay tribute to the Original Avengers after that. I stayed because you just need the time to come down again from what you just experienced and this was the right way to do it. It reminded me of the Lord of the Rings 3 end credits, which was also a nice way to say goodbye to those characters.
  3. Correct, that's a typo, it's #386. Thanks for your input on the value!
  4. Yes you are right, especially if I would have bought it for myself. But this time I bought it for potential resale, so I wasn't so sure about it.
  5. Great, so here we go :-) I bought these two pages at a convention today and I know that these are very good artists but I don't have a clue about the value of their OA pages, especially when the pages are not that exciting. Price was fine for me, which is why I bought them. The one on the right is Hulk 409 by Gary Frank and the one on the left is Hulk 386 by Dale Keown. The only similar Keown page without any action in it I could find was on HA (Auction Result). This one didn't even have Hulk on the page and it sold for $1.314 !? But it was from From the Ethan Roberts Estate Collection and I don't know if that adds any value to it? Anyway, it just seems a lot but maybe they go for that price all the time? So what are your opinion on these two pages? Any help is very appreciated!
  6. Hi, I would like to know if it's allowed to ask for some market value for two OA pages? I did some research but couldn't find any really good data. Thanks!
  7. Hard to tell, it depends on how fast the customs clearance is. At least a week later or longer, but that's not the issue. Most stores get shipments only once per month because they can't afford the hight oversee shipping costs on a weekly basis. And then, when there are problems with the order, which happens very often (damaged goods, wrong goods, missing goods), it takes so long to get a replacement from Diamond, if at all. I know stores who waited 2-4 months to get the right books or even for confirmation, that they can't be replaced anymore. This kills your customer service and people move on. It seems, that Diamond isn't interested in small oversea stores, the support is very bad. That's why I don't even bother with that material too much.
  8. Hi Guys, after many years of collecting and also selling US Comics at Conventions in Austria, I decided to give it a try and start my own little brick and mortar store in the heart of Europe - Vienna, Austria. I focus on back issues with only a little bit of new stuff, because we already have enough stores here which offer all the new releases and believe me, getting the new books as a small store in Austria from Diamond can break your neck. My goal is to fill the niche, which is back issues and graded books. I know, it's an ambitious project and only time will tell, if it's really sustainable. But that didn't stop me from starting this business. You cannot succeed if you don't even try it out :-) So it would be my pleasure to welcome board members in my store when you are on holidays in Vienna. I also have some vintage toys from my private collection in the store, maybe also something worth checking out? The Website isn't finished yet, but you can finde my social media links there and follow me there, if you like. I hope to see some of you soon!
  9. Interesting side note: A lot of these books have a very nice paper quality, like the Phantom Lady above with white pages.
  10. Correct, but not all books were stamped, I wonder why. Since then I discovered two other collections from that time in Austria. I'm sure most of the books didn't survive, but there are a few people who really kept them.
  11. The label was my idea, I explained it to CGC what it meant and asked them, if it would be important enough to get a note on the label. And it did.
  12. You are talking about UK, but what about the rest of Europe? In almost every country you pay import VAT and duty. Sure, shipping to UK will be cheaper (hopefully they won't charge for shipping to US too, because than it will probably be the same cost), but everything else stays the same as if you would ship to the USA (including all the paperwork). That's why I don't see the point in opening an office in the UK, they should have opened one in one of the EU countries.
  13. Why is everybody forgetting Brexit? Beginning with April 2019, it won't matter anymore for all Europeans, because we will have the same customs problems with UK, as we have with USA.
  14. I got a reply today, the opening has been pushed back to June 1st!