Flex Mentallo

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  1. It could help you identify which of your books are worth the investment of slabbing.
  2. Why did I think it was 14 that was the toughest? Maybe I am thinking it was the last one Cheetah needed for his run, but perhaps he was just being picky. The last one cheetah needed was #2. Always underestimated! #14 and #15 are both very tough - #14 more so than we used to imagine. #15 is probably marginally tougher I think, though that's arguable. But neither has surfaced in high grade as far as I know. 15 may be a bit tougher overall, but I've seen maybe 10 copies of 15 and 7-8 of those had brittle/slightly brittle pages. So when it comes to a collectible copy, 15 is much more difficult. It's interesting that FH in general during that 2-3 month stretch are usually the most difficult ones to find of the run. Presumptively there was a distribution issue, or with the lower PQ and inks it could have been a supply-chain problem. Wasn't there a problem because FH inadvertently breached WW2 security and copies from those months had to be withdrawn?
  3. Why did I think it was 14 that was the toughest? Maybe I am thinking it was the last one Cheetah needed for his run, but perhaps he was just being picky. The last one cheetah needed was #2. Always underestimated! #14 and #15 are both very tough - #14 more so than we used to imagine. #15 is probably marginally tougher I think, though that's arguable. But neither has surfaced in high grade as far as I know.
  4. Same here... holding out for lower grade copies of books that are on the short list. Impulse buying days are gone for now! You are not alone there. I always seem to buy when the dollar is high and sell when it is low. Impulse control much?
  5. Hi Matt - I'm sure you've thought through all the angles, but I'm just curious to know why you've decided not to delegate time consuming chores?
  6. Leaning towards 9.6 Actually I'm leaning towards fake. That copy is unreal. Fortunately JB promised it to me in his will if I have the good fortune to outlast him. Oh wait, I think that was a dream... ..anyway, JB will live to be a hundred - I can just tell.
  7. No, not at all. There are varying degrees of rusty staples, with the most noticeable cases being viewed as a serious defect by most collectors. Since CGC doesn't post their grading guidelines, I don't know how they account for rusty staples. Interesting point Steve. I've often wondered.
  8. Yah, me too. Page quality on that issue is tricky, and probably outweighs resto. Artboy has a nice fresh page copy I recall.
  9. You should do a recreation of that one Ryan. Easily the rarest issue and one of the rarest Fiction House books. what makes this copy exceptional is the comparatively deep reds, and the white pages. Here is mine by comparison, which only cost a little more, but you can see why. [i [i]seriously [/i]considered downgrading and having it restored, but missed the auction, which is probably just as well, given other commitments.] Wow. That's a really nice copy. I assume it was the PQ that brought down the grade. (I'm sure your bank account will thank you for missing the auction. ) I'm afraid my bank account isn't speaking to me at the moment. I'd've had to flip the 'overcopy'.
  10. Purely for my own amusement, I used the Heritage copy to create what probably does not exist - [the overall appearance of ] a hi grade #15 with colors that pop. I didn't bother to treat the defects.
  11. You should do a recreation of that one Ryan. Easily the rarest issue and one of the rarest Fiction House books. what makes this copy exceptional is the comparatively deep reds, and the white pages. Here is mine by comparison, which only cost a little more, but you can see why. [i [i]seriously [/i]considered downgrading and having it restored, but missed the auction, which is probably just as well, given other commitments.]
  12. BOLD MEN MARCH 1961 About fine - light wear to cover not as heavy as scan suggests. Classic GGA cover. Uncommon. $50
  13. Nice cluster of crime digests here, all in near perfect newsstand fresh, apparently unread condition with fantastic gloss. VERDICT AUGUST 1953, Raymond Chandler $60 Some slight rubbing lower left is probably from storage or may be a minor production flaw.
  14. MYSTERY IN SPACE #55 CGC 8.0 BETHLEHEM Very pretty copy! Bought from Doc Joe for $750, which is what he paid for it. Offered here for $650.