Calamerica

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    Can you at least nominate me for Entertainment Director?

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  1. Coins is a totally different dynamic, and I feel I am qualified to say this as I sell coins on the 'Bay when enough interests stockpile. Coins are a great hobby like any other hobby of one's personal preferences, but a noticeable difference between a segment of coinees is that SOME coinees collect knowing the MELT value for their prizes; no other hobby has this factor built into it. If there is such a hobby, correct me and teach us all something new. I must also add here that coins had THEIR "crash" a la 2007 - 2008, and even though there are, in my estimate, 2 million "serious" coin collectors versus 200,000 "serious" comic book collectors. Yes, they minted far more coins than comic books, but a HUGE difference between the two hobbies is that coins were never "returned" to the distributor if they did not "sell", thus creating the crucial ingredient of collecting for VALUE in the first place: SCARCITY. Let's put an example here: go to swap meet after swap meet for a year. Which item are you most likely to find: Hulk # 181( any condition) or a 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent( decent VF grade)? Chances are you will find that Lincoln cent first, as they minted 484,000 of them. But as far as Lincoln cents go, that was a LOW mintage. Starting in 2010, they made over a BILLION Lincoln cents per year. How many Hulk #181's were printed? My guess is about 270,000 and I used to know the print runs for SA and some BA. About 40% of that Hulk 181's 270,000 were returned to the distributor. Sure, a few Lincoln cents got "lost" in sewage drains, wishing-well fountains all over the USA, kids putting them on the railroad tracks, etc. but they were never "returned" for lack of sales; coinage provides the means of commerce and has so for over 3,000 years. Back to the example: in fifty years from now, what will the dynamic be for your grandchildren, who we can assume you love with all your hearts and soul and care for their financial well-being. My money is going to be on the COINS. Comics may or may not hold the current values we see now. Back in the early 2000's, you could not get ANY, I mean ANY MINT CGC/PGX 10.0 for under $1,000, even a spin-off Dark Horse reprint mid-numbered issue. Now you can get the CGC/PGX 10.0 MINTs for $150 for the drek issues. I sell IMSM on a regular basis and have seen a drop in final pricings( grade dependant). But those Fifty cent pieces I sold earlier this year? Trending upward and I get at least one inquiry a week when I will return back to selling coins. I don't get that with the comics, what I am somewhat known for. A few parting examples with Comic Books: I see ASM 361 climbing and climbing, this 1992 Copper Age( bubble argument for the transitioning to the Modern Age, which actually DETRACTS imo) ASM has Carnage 1st appearance. But those non-key TOS I used to sell ( VF - NM 9.0ish) for $150 per pop are now less than $40.00 in most auctions. Bronze issue Battlestar Galactica was selling for $25 per crack, and he was a "guaranteed sale" if it was at least NM 9.4. Now you can get them for $5.00 or less. Iron Fist has done well per se, but I see prices falling. Closing paragraph: Beanie babies, cabbage patch dolls, Elvis stuff has gone bye-bye. Sports cards has been on life support, and I am ashamed to tell you guys how much I lost on the early 2000's "investing" in sports cards. I managed to sell a box of stuff we found when we closed out a storage unit last December, and yes, there was ONE Albert Pujols GEM I had a 15x bagger, but the rest I know I lost over 75% or more on, including that MINT Rickey Henderson Rookie. My wife and daughters insist that this is the path of pulp paper ephemera products; coins can last a thousand years or more, and has MELT value... CAL the retired investor...
  2. RMA, again, is correct 100%. ANY Buyer must wait a full seven( 7) calendar days before leaving a Negative or Neutral Feedback. Any Buyer, however, can post a Positive Feedback at any time. I had forgotten this little detail myself when I answered in this Thread a day or two ago. Bottom Line: Best way to handle that Buyer: 1: BLOCK him immediately. The quicker you do this NOW, you won't forget and get a "surprise" a year or two later. This happened to me twice. No more. 2. Post a separate Thread in YOUR own website, which cannot be shut down by Mods, and put this person's eBay User ID there so people like me can and WILL block them. 3. Do NOT, I repeat: do NOT "relent" and give 2nd or even a 3rd chance. I used to do this, and it still never worked out right. One of the guys, a CGC Forumite AND an eBay Power Seller, who at the time had a higher rating than I did, was a perennial "trouble-bidder" and TRIED to lie his way out of this right here. Clue: had something to do with one of my "pets", IMSM. Good Luck in your future eBay selling. Despite all the "little things" over the years on the 'Bay, I personally am still pro-eBay and wish they would reach the level of consistency to keep their business and business model rocking. Notice I did not say "competency" because they actually ARE competent; even towards the extreme part of the spectrum. They CHOOSE to cut corners, hire Customer Service reps who don't even HAVE AN eBay ACCOUNT THEMSELVES( Thanx, Meg Ryan), and have NO ANSWER to Amazon kicking their butts for the soon-to-be fifth( 5th) year in a row. CAL who still is more a Buyer than Seller on the 'Bay...
  3. Agree. Don't ship the item. He's already given you an undeserved Neg. CAL who has had every excuse in the world from unreasonable NEG Buyers...
  4. The total encapsulated: 185. 178 CGC 1 RPG( prototype) 8 PGX Thinking about getting them all again. Thinking about buying every copy out there. Flounder: "Why?" Blutarsky: " WHY NOT???" CAL still sneaks in here once in a while to check for signs of life...
  5. I bought these off the Spinner rack back in that day....then had to scramble to get the 1st part of the story from that Avengers issue.... When Psyklops's spell wore off on ol' Greenskin....LOL CAL who still reads the Gold/Silver/select EARLY Bronze on occasion....
  6. Not true. Iron Man and Sub-Mariner NEVER was on par w/ Iron Man and Subby 1 - look the prices up in ANY older Overstreet guides. However, IMSM HAS gained traction, and prices have increased steadily over the last 15 years. There was a rumor that this man had 187+ encapsulated, and 5,015 raw books in one entire storage unit, 33 boxes of the raws, 18 boxes of the encapsulated ones. I know the person, so this is not some made up fantasy story. He still has about five boxes of raws sitting somewhere. I personally seen them. He told me that he's going to have photos soon. That guy used to have a Marvel Silver Age collection where the Dealers would pick up their phones and call him every now and then. Jon Allen used to work at Heritage and cold-called him over CGC items. He's slowly sold stuff over the past ten years or so, as he's getting back into Coins, his first foray into Collecting. He said something about the Coinees are more reasonable, well, you get it. More "coin" to be made in Coins anyway( pun intended). You guys can talk to that man yourselves, who am I to speak for him? He's very reasonable until you shove him. He was born in Baltimore, MD and did not have the best of childhoods; when he gets pushed around that Baltimore City Bad Boy comes out and that is not a sight to behold. Back to IMSM, it has been proven more than once here on this Forum that the higher grade copies are the hardest to get out of the three( IM, SM , IMSM). There were production issues with that "One-Shot". Certain acceptable details such as the common chipping on the upper left back cover, and the green, sometimes blue-green excess distributor's ink on the first page, lower right margin. The advertisement on the front inner cover has heavy, thick impressed "lines" from that ad that are easily seen from the front cover side, and I can tell if any copy has been pressed because of that ONE detail. But enough for now. IMSM is the greatest One-Shot, and that guy just liked that issue. He's told that story time and time again as to WHY he set out to do this with IMSM. maybe I can get him to tell it sometime soon. CAL who knows certain people....
  7. You don't know mess about me. STFU
  8. I am on that job site during lunch break sending a PM for something on the Sales Thread. Not too good on cell phone; functions are limited. Anyway, to this "knots*dew" when I get home I WILL RESPOND and will cut and paste the " evidence" YOUR SO CALLED WIFE sent me. You are not going to like that, especially the PARTS where she contradicts herself and tries to bluff me. NO Fire Report from her was ever sent YOU are the Liar. I got MY OWN Reports, and they did NOT match up. I also don't think that this is rs0429 from the eBay Chats back in the day. If so, then CAL was again correct that people here WOULD and DID call/PM each other to tell whomever that this topic was drug back to life. You can thank Loagn510 for that. You also can thank CAL for making the inquiries to ANY charity event here or anywhere. SHE posted the "emergency event" and it is hard to fathom one person continually getting "charity" time and time again. The THING was NOT the person who got the thread going and I was contacted and have NO REGRETS responding and you know what you can do if you don't like that. I really could care less, as I was not going to give ONE RED CENT anyway, but some due diligence with MY independent findings are what they are, no apologies of any kind are forthcoming. Right or wrong does not matter. ANYONE can ask questions. That Coinee asked I responded. I am headed out that way in Feb. 2019 for a Conference. I may reopen this just to solve this for finality. The names better add up. You don't want CAL here or anywhere blowing this out of the water. CAL
  9. Well KAV, It's getting quite late over on this side of the Pond.... I didn't get through half of the Thread w/ my snarky responses, so I will have to do it another time. See ya CAL
  10. I saw those Terminator movies in the Theatres back in those days, and that was when the seats got filled quite regularly!!! CAL who recalls seeing Jaws 1 several times just to laugh at the head-in-the-boat scene where the girls all screamed!!! LOL
  11. I have Syd Field's first Screenplay Book somewhere.... CAL who kept ALL his Cinema books and Notes....
  12. Well, KAV it's getting late over here on this side of the Pond, and I gotta get up in a few hours as I am working on a specific project at my wife's place of employment... BBIAB
  13. Great choice and great Taste! CAL the movie buff....
  14. What is your favorite movie? Only can pick ONE, please.... CAL the movie buff....