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  1. Thanks for filling in the details of the story, and an interesting story. Back in the day, the Comic Buyers Guide (CBG) was the conduit to everything that was publicly for sale. I got mine via regular mail and only the most esoteric of books were still available by the time I got my copy. But for me, fine. Cuz the stuff that folks did not grab right away were Chesler, Centaur, Holyoke, Fox, etc.... types of titles.
  2. Can some one elaborate on what a Claire Moe copy is?
  3. This was an unintentional purchase from Ebay a few years back, just cuz it was pretty cool. The back story was this was from an estate sale from a long time editor of a newspaper in Orange, CA. I have found pics of others out there in the world so they were produced for some reason. The base is obviously made to accommodate a plaque of some sort, and others I have seen have a glue stain there where something was attached. It is very akin to a very early Buck Rogers that I must assume it has something to do with. So that character and journalism for some type of award?
  4. Just imagine that some where out there, tucked away in a box with some other pre-code horror books, the Mile High copy of this book is lurking. Much like the creature on the cover. So far this one is in first place in my book, hands down. This is a great thread subject.
  5. Seriously Lou, you have been the ultimate crapper on this thread. The last several post of yours have been about perceived value, how to recoup that value, who gets left holding the bag, etc... And now you call BS on a guy who asks a question about taxes? Neither subject (your own BS or taxes) was what this thread was about, it devolved (with your help) into a debate about what is something worth, how much money will it return to me, the guide is wrong, etc.... Try...... Please just try to look at the bright side of life. This was an epic auction for the hobby, people went after what they wanted and some came away happy, others not so much. This was not about "investing" for the vast majority of the sales. This was about collectors getting some very significant once in a lifetime opportunities at books that will be squirreled away into long time collections for the foreseeable future, and they paid what was comfortable to them. I can also concur with your position that people paid what I consider to be a lot of money for certain books, but I won't say the overpaid since this was an auction venue. I will use Amazing Man #22 here as an example. I would love to have that book, wanted it forever, and I only have 3/4 of one (missing the Green Nazi Gorillas of course). But I had no idea that other folks would pay so much money for it ( in my little world anyway), and congratulation to SushiX for bringing that book home (did the kitty really go to a sushi restaurant for that avatar picture?). It is really all relative to what you compare your experience to. There are many many many people out there, that for the life of them, cannot and will not understand why anyone would pay a significant amount of money for an old comic book. Enjoy stuff like this. Life is too short to fret that much. If you are a collector of golden age books your doing OK, its not a cheap hobby. Now, I gotta go dig up my copy of CBM #71 as one of the boardies here posted that Jon had a Larson article published in that issue with more details about how he found Lamont and what he found (a list?). Would that not be the coolest thing? So hey Lamont, is there anything in the shed out in the backyard?
  6. I'm not sure that I am following the logic here. I think Vincent summarized pretty concisely the message he wanted to deliver on CNBC, even with Maria asking the questions. Comic books have become "commoditized"! This was the aim of 3rd party grading from day 1. It has brought money into the hobby and we have seen the result of escalating prices. For a long time it was really just the main stream DC and Marvel titles that saw the biggest influx of money. For some time now you have seen it spill over to the more esoteric titles. How many peeps ever heard of Amazing Man #22 until this auction shined a light on it? I don't like my books slabbed. I want to look at the pages inside and smell the stinky musty old paper. But, it is what it is. Personally I don't like the new slabs cuz it is harder to get the books out of.
  7. Safe words if you are "investing" in the books. If it is just disposable income and a enjoyable hobby as it is for me, then Purple is sometimes my Huckleberry! I don't have anything against a nice un-restored golden age book, but I don't have a disdain for those that have had a make over either.
  8. When it comes to esoteric books, even in moderate grade much less a high grade with a pedigree moniker to boot, why would the Overstreet Guide be of any value in terms of what the market is going to bring on books like that? If you are actively going after book like that, then you are paying what it is worth to you, and therefore anyone bidding against you. You are setting the new market price for the book. The Overstreet guide is in the rear view mirror only keeping up with what market conditions have dictated, and it will be dated information by the time you want to use it as a reference. Prices realized at recent auctions like this one and Heritage are a much better gauge of what people are willing to pay. The prices I paid for the few books I won are no where near the OSPG, but I thought they were a fair and reasonable price compared to what I saw similar graded books going for. I went a little above and beyond for one book, but by-god I was going to come away from this auction with a Larson/Berk book. The auction was unique in a way that no other can be. I always enjoyed Jon's comic articles that were always focused on the creativity and the history of what has become an iconic medium in American folklore. These craftsmen of their time were likely just making a living for themselves and their families, but it is obvious that some of them excelled at their craft and were doing what they loved to do. And that is what I think we all have a fond appreciation of today. The artwork and the art of story telling. Jon recognized that and his collection reflected that. He tried to have an example of every book, awesome or less than awesome. One very refreshing thing I have read from many people that this auction may have finally broken the stigma on restored books. For me, not great news. But for the hobby in general I think healthy. You see for me, I have never been a ardent collector of the grade as the books I was always interested in were just so hard to find. So when one came along that I had on my list I generally bought it. Consequently I have some beautiful books, and then some dog eared tattered and well loved specimens. I also have a short stack of books that, when I look at them I ask myself, why did I buy that? I'm sure all of you have a short stack like that as well.
  9. Who took home the Red Raven Larson book? Also curious as to who scooped the Scoop #2. That one was a battle and went well beyond where I thought it would go. But I do see the allure, it is one of my favorite books.
  10. I came away with two books from the auction. An Exciting Comics #5, which is an upgrade for the book in that run. I wanted at least one Larson book out of this and managed to procure Whirlwind #1. It is not of the high grade variety, and it is a bit dog eared. But, it is a Larson. If I recall Jon's account from the Comic Book Marketplace this was a favorite short run of his. But he also noted that he bought this book out of the marketplace. Recall, there were some Larson's that found their way into our hobby before Jon found Mr. Larson alive and well, and then a bunch more of his books. So I like the little piece of history this one has. It was one of several books that made Jon realize there was a Lamont Larson out there somewhere, I wonder if he still has any books in his collection. Who got the Larsen Red Raven because I think that was a bargain for a great book. The Mile High Rex Dexter a great buy for someone. Monumental auction, I need to get a catalogue since they did not deem me worthy to send one. Thanks Jon for making your books available to many collectors.
  11. Well I really hope there is a catalog as this will be a monumental event to catalog such a significant collection. Money aside people, that is given. There (to my knowledge) is not anyone who was more interested in the entirety of the golden age of comics than Jon was. Additionally, he shared his investigations and discoveries into the peeps that crafted these stories and the magnificent artwork they created with all of us through a variety of media, these boards included (very much so). I very much appreciate that he is giving folks a unique opportunity to fill a spot in their collections that only a collection of this caliber can provide.
  12. Sorry, meant to be a PM. Phil Barnhart
  13. Yes it is the Green Turtle wrapped in the ugly Buccaneer cover. The two I have found are well loved. It looks like some pedigree collections had that issue in them so they are high grade legit copies from back then, but they are slabbed so just have to go by the description on the label. The scanned copy on the Digital Comic Museum is my copy. I noticed that it is the scans that the guy on Ebay used to make his reproduction copies.