Flex Mentallo

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  1. 23 minutes ago, Dubble G said:

    I take your points, but I was not talking about monetary value. I'm not interested in that aspect, probably because I'm not in those leagues. I was merely talking about aesthetics. Whatever the reasons behind the qualification, that book looks to be an 8.5 at best to me. However that is my opinion, and only my opinion. It's an honest one.

    Would I be happy to own that particular copy? Of course. Would I be happy with the grade assigned to it? 

    Over the moon. 

    I've always felt that CGC's dilemma regarded aesthetics versus technical grade. I once passed on some early Mystery Tales [Northland pedigree] because of severe browning to inner covers. I mean, they were baked. Another buyer, evidently more astute than I,  had them graded, and they came back in the NM range - maybe 9.0 [it's a while ago so not entirely certain now]. I was shocked, but it is interesting to think on 'visible' versus 'invisible' faults after a book is CGC graded, and how various faults are treated. It's far more an art than a science, and art is opinion, which sometimes leads to discomfiture.


    As for whether it is an 8.5 or a 9.0? I doubt very much it's inherent desirability [let's not say value] is much changed if the grade is lowered - the chip is still there, and so are the vibrant colors, and the exceptional structure.


    I respect your opinion, but give me aesthetics any day!

  2. 1 hour ago, Dubble G said:

    Congrats on your acquisitions. Some really nice stuff, and books to treasure for sure. I am not trying to p**s on your chips, but I am at a loss to see how a book with that flaw on the bottom corner can achieve a 9.0?  I mean, how is that possible? I know the book has other qualities that on balance level out at the grade, but it's still an unrealistic grade on pure appearance for me. Just sayin'. Nevertheless a great book.

    It's a bindery chip on [what would be] a 9.6 copy otherwise. Not to lecture, but whether or not you are aware, bindery chips are exceedinglycommon on Fiction House books, so much so that  CGC treats them as an aspect of the production process. [My erstwhile Fight #44 is a case in point.]


    The Church #6 now, is an absolute beauty, and the chip would not phase me in the least given the compensatory factors, because I know there is not a better copy out there - this is a tough, tough book in grade. [I used to own the former highest graded, at 7.5, so I would know]. Would I prefer a 9.6 ped without the chip? Absolutely - but we all have our fantasies, and without the chip that book is easily 20k. I'd say it is worth far more than Kelly paid for it.


  3. 9 hours ago, kelholt said:

    First book #6

    Overstreet says 5 and 6 are rare. You don’t have to be a planet collector long to realize this is true. There are only 21 cgc copies of 5 and a mere 17 of 6. This 9.0 is the best 6 I have ever seen (and yes I see the chip in the bottom right. Beautiful colors and a great spine. I think this was one of the bargains of the auction, especially being a Rivet. 60D0A2F6-8396-49B5-8463-547C4A96A01C.jpeg.8094eb1fb5e686bed75f0c9bc22db288.jpeg

    Absolute bargain!

  4. 9 hours ago, kelholt said:


    One of my first 5 Planets was #19. I owned the Lost Valley 9.2 copy. Loved it. Then life happened and I had to sell it along with 18 other Planets. Out of the group I sold I missed this one second most. Jeff owned the Lost Valley after me and it moved to a 9.4. I tried to buy it when he sold it on HA, but just didn’t have the dough. Then whoever owned it auctioned it again about a 18 months later, and again I was the underbidder. This one was not going to get away. 19 and 13 are very similar in composition and they are both tops on my rivets list.


    Congratulations, Kelly! Those are stunning - you have such a good eye for the picks of the litter!

  5. Between 1933 and 1935, Matania illustrated several science fiction stories for the British magazine, The Passing Show. In  1933 Matania applied his very realistic style to illustrations for 'Pirates of Venus' and 'Lost on Venus', first serialized in six parts in Argosy in 1932.  Matania's version was also syndicated - how extensively I cant say.