Doohickamabob

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  1. What a score! I have never seen that "Loco" magazine before. Love it. Must have been a relatively clean "hoarder house."
  2. This is the first time I've ever owned something that Robot Man does not own! (Or even heard of Robot Man not owning something...)
  3. Those are the bomb. I'd like to have all four of those. "Never Say No" is a fun one, though the green hat and clothing makes me wonder if there's a St. Patrick's Day aspect to the story (probably not). "Reno Tramp" is such a great title...gosh, I wonder what it's about? "Bed-Time Angel" is one I have, and it's a great "optical illusion" cover worthy of outrage from the same people who burned pre-code comic books. The "Confessions of a Model" book rounds out the four for a scintillating scan...or titillating perhaps is a more fitting word here.
  4. We used to have an escape goat in the back yard. I often used him as a scapegoat. But he escaped, which really got my goat.
  5. Those books are fantastic. I especially love the "excitingly illustrated" bottom-right one, and if memory serves, that one is especially tough to get (I don't have it, and when it shows up for auction there's always lots of competition). Yes regarding the peeking book, BTW.
  6. All four of the top bidders have 100% bids with the seller. (Three of them are also current top bidders on a Silver Age book, Incredible Hulk #1 at 9.6 restored, being auctioned by the seller.) Update: The seller yanked their Incredible Hulk #1 eBay auction. It had all the same top bidders as the Tec #33.
  7. It's not clear to me why CGC doesn't consider tape to be restoration. One thing you can say for sure about tape, though, is that when it's applied to the outside of the comic, the person applying the tape is probably not trying to hide anything about the true condition of the comic. Archival tape strips applied on the inside spine areas of the comic is another matter. But scotch-type tape on the outside looks more like something an original-owner kid would do in the course of enjoying his comics, rather than something a dealer might do to pull the wool over the eyes of an unsuspecting buyer. Since one of the main reasons for CGC to exist is to detect restoration that a novice might not be able to find, and ensure a fair market price based on actual condition etc., there is not as much demand for CGC to define tape as restoration rather than simply factor it in to the regular grade (and downgrade accordingly). Idont think a drop of glue if so is hideing anything. I have a copy of Action 16 unrestored but someone put glue on a 6 inch rip on the centerfold so i would think thats would fall under restored more than small glue? For most types of glue, a drop of glue is much harder to see than a piece of tape. I can't speak for CGC's consistency in how they grade some books with glue versus other books with glue. I have noticed that they've tightened up their grading standards in the past year-and-a-half since their competition got more fierce (at least, that's my interpretation and based on my limited experience with them). Part of their grading process is to look at the comic under a black light, which reveals glue and color touch much more readily than regular lighting. It's possible that they use the black light more on the cover areas of the books and much less so while paging through the interior. Theoretically speaking, this could account for them failing to notice the glue on the inner pages.
  8. It's not clear to me why CGC doesn't consider tape to be restoration. One thing you can say for sure about tape, though, is that when it's applied to the outside of the comic, the person applying the tape is probably not trying to hide anything about the true condition of the comic. Archival tape strips applied on the inside spine areas of the comic is another matter. But scotch-type tape on the outside looks more like something an original-owner kid would do in the course of enjoying his comics, rather than something a dealer might do to pull the wool over the eyes of an unsuspecting buyer. Since one of the main reasons for CGC to exist is to detect restoration that a novice might not be able to find, and ensure a fair market price based on actual condition etc., there is not as much demand for CGC to define tape as restoration rather than simply factor it in to the regular grade (and downgrade accordingly).
  9. Anyone who regularly browses eBay or other auction listings, or who collects a lot of graded comics, knows that "Restoration includes" is CGC's generic lead-in to whatever restoration it is going to list. Think about the wording: Is there really a singular version of "restoration includes" that wouldn't be awkward? You can't write "Restoration include" without it being laughable. CGC needs to keep things short for space purposes, but I suppose they could change it out for "Restoration consists of," if enough people complained about "Restoration includes" -- which is highly unlikely. Also, even a book that has several types of restoration still gets the word "includes," which implies additional restoration, according to your reading. So it's only a misnomer for your book if it's a misnomer for every book, right? The intention of the person who added the glue is not for CGC to determine. However, the fact that the glue is on the spine makes it highly likely that somebody was trying to fix or reinforce something with the glue. And a potential buyer certainly would want to know that the comic has had something added to it to alter its condition, which is what grading is supposed to report. Your implication here seems to be that if the restoration is poor, there's a chance that it's not restoration but some sort of accident, and therefore it should not be reported as restoration. Obviously that's not a very compelling argument. Sotheby's would probably let potential bidders know if the painting had some sort of irreversible alteration or damage, or at least that information would be preferably available and not hidden. If a famous painting did have restoration work done, anybody who spent a substantial amount of money on the painting would have the right to know about it. Whether they cared or not is another matter, but they should know this upfront. Even though this is somewhat of an apples-and-oranges comparison, the same principle of transparency can be applied. If you want to know a detailed analysis of what people think about the glue on the book, you might consider posting close-ups that show all of the places where glue was applied to the spine. Is it just one drop, or done at several places on the spine? From the photo you provided, it looks like glue was applied at several locations. I can't tell if that's the actual glue though. It looks white -- is that the glue? Is it a water-based glue like Elmer's, or some sort of paste, or what?
  10. Good question. This is one of the best sites I've ever seen about paperbacks: www.bookscans.com
  11. All four of the top bidders have 100% bids with the seller. (Three of them are also current top bidders on a Silver Age book, Incredible Hulk #1 at 9.6 restored, being auctioned by the seller.) Just to clear this up. I contacted the Meyers as was interested about this point. They told me he/she has already paid up So as long as you don't think they are lying the sale went through and all was good Congrats to both seller and buyer interesting...since they were willing to confirm payment was made, I am curious the method... sat evenings, no banks are open to wire, and even if they were, wouldn't clear Fed till monday? paypal (apple pay, google wallet, etc) restricts the amount one can send instantly, so only a bank account transfer could be initiated, and that takes a few days (business) at fastest, to clear? no way to send a cashiers check in the time from end to now? I guess the winner could have met them and paid in cash? so, and this is totally from a curiosity stand point, are they willing to divulge how payment was made (as I might like to incorporate the technique myself, in the future) Plus this doesn't tell us anything about the underbidders, one of whom was a 3-feedback bidder who placed 34 bids in succession. Such behavior does not align with a serious bidder, and could be construed as designed to increase the bid count and thus place the auction higher in a "most bids" search result. The whole thing looks curious, at least. Of course, it is entirely possible that there are four high-end collectors who simply do not participate in eBay auctions on a regular basis, and thus have low feedback scores and 100% bidding activity with the seller. The fact that three of the same bidders are also showing high amounts of activity on another of the seller's books, a Silver Age key, does add to the sense that there is something going on here that raises questions.
  12. Here's my meager collection of Saber/Tropic (Europa, Vegas, etc.) books. These are borderline un-showable here, due to how sleazy they get. Normally I don't collect 1960s-era paperbacks, but I make an exception for the Saber/Tropic publisher because of the appealing style of the cover art -- which was often done by Bill Edwards. I think he used the same model for a lot of his work, and she must have been really cute, to put it mildly. The first group contains some classics. The 2nd photo is indicative of how much sleazier or more violent things got later in the publisher's history, which mirrors the times. "Passion's Greatest Trap" is an image straight out of a Man's Story magazine type of scenario. (As you can see, my copy is trashed. It's tough to find these in grade without having to shell out $$$.) The "Berlin Bed" book has a fold-out flap that I can't show here, as it goes full nudie.
  13. Here's a recent Popular Library pick-up, "The Case of the Crumpled Knave" by Anthony Boucher. The draw for me is the cover art, which is Rudolph Belarski's first work for Popular Library and marked the beginning of his productive and sensational run doing these kinds of book covers.
  14. Some Avons.... The first photo is nothing new, but I never get tired of looking at these covers. The 2nd photo is a recent acquisition, "The Woman Aroused." I love the cover image but especially appreciate the dripping blood at the top.
  15. Diverseys. I am lucky to have found the two #1 issues (at top) as a fluke. Though the Reform School Girl photo cover is famous, I am partial to the Broadway Virgin photo cover. Many of the books from this publisher are fairly tough to find in grade.
  16. Here are some Rainbow, Ecstasy, and Venus books. (Again, a few new additions here and there.) Most of these aren't too difficult to find with a little searching, but they're severely difficult to find in grade. Which is why most of my copies are ratty.
  17. In a similar vein, here are my Quarter Books. I am pretty sure Exotic, Rainbow, Ecstasy, Quarter, Diversey, Venus, and Cameo books were often connected to each other, along with some other digest-sized publishers (including Avon). Hard to keep up with them all. I've posted several of these before, but never got organized enough to group them by publisher.
  18. Here are the other two Exotic books in my collection. Cover-wise and condition-wise, I like 'em a little more than the first two.
  19. Can't go wrong with Exotics Hey, those Luther Gordon books look familiar! (Your copies look much nicer than mine.)
  20. All four of the top bidders have 100% bids with the seller. (Three of them are also current top bidders on a Silver Age book, Incredible Hulk #1 at 9.6 restored, being auctioned by the seller.)
  21. Out of curiosity, how did you find out later that all of the low-feedback bidders were legitimate?
  22. That's really cool! Nice framing/matting too.
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