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  1. XXXPHOENIX
    AVENGERS THE MYTH - EXHIBITION MILAN (ITALY) 28/3/2015 - 31/5/2015
    Hello Avengers fans!
    With great pleasure I would like to announce that in occasion of the release of the new movie "Avengers age of Ultron", a fantastic exhibition devoted to the Avengers is being held from the 28th of march to the 31st of May 2015 at the prestigious Museum of Cartoons of Milan - ITALY
    And ... with great pride I wish to announce that many prestigious vintage pieces on display (MEGO and Marx Toys, 60/70s posters, memorabilia and CGC comics from the Silver and Bronze Age) come directly from my personal collection ...
    The exhibition is organized in 5 sections: Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Shield. In each area you can find objects, comics, vintage memorabilia, original drawings, movies costumes etc etc. all accompanied by explanatory panels that guide the visitors through the decades from the '60s to today.
    There are also various sections devoted to Avengers-themed toys and models and a couple of interactive sites.
    The national media have given a lot of prominence to this initiative!
    A television report aired on the most important news channel of Italy (TG1) on the 1st of April 2015...You can watch it at minute 25:45
    http://www.rai.tv/dl/RaiTV/programmi/media/ContentItem-fde5fb7f-4e68-4344-8918-0610cbba2b82.html#p=
    Another interesting TV report can be found here...from minute 1:13
    http://www.movieforkids.it/news/alla-scoperta-degli-avengers-a-milano/28008/
    Some pics of the exhibition are posted here:
    http://blog.screenweek.it/2015/03/avengers-il-mito-la-nostra-visita-alla-mostra-di-wow-spazio-fumetto-a-milano-421654.php
    This is the official website of the exhibition:
    http://www.museowow.it/wow/it/avengers-il-mito/
    And this is their Facebook page:
    https://it-it.facebook.com/SpazioFumettoWOW
    It's the third time I lend some of my beloved vintage collectibles from my Marvel collection: I love to share hard or impossible to find items with other Marvel fans.
    These are the links of the other two exhibitions I lent my items to:
    SPIDER-MAN THE MYTH - EXHIBITION MILAN (ITALY) 19/5/2012 - 29/7/2012
    http://comics.www.collectors-society.com/JournalDetail.aspx?JournalEntryID=11676
    MARVELMANIA POSTERS at MOTORSHOW!
    http://comics.www.collectors-society.com/JournalDetail.aspx?JournalEntryID=16201
    If you happen to come to Italy in this period or you plan to visit EXPO in Milan...why not stepping by the exhibition?
    CIAO!
    FEDERICO PICCININI - Sassuolo (ITALY)

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  2. XXXPHOENIX
    ...once again no 9.9
    HI Guys!
    I have been away for a while
    Mego World Greatest Superheroes are my new passion so CGC books have lost the top priority in my collection...but despite of this I keep on submitting books...
    I have just received 60 graded comics (mostly early copper age) I had shipped to CGC in February 2016. 39 working days to get the awaited "graded" status is a VERY LONG TIME in my opinion.
    Honestly, after 38 submissions, I need to say that this long waiting really demotivates me a lot. I think that 15-20 working days should be the maximum acceptable amount of time.
    These books were selected during 2015 and most of them came back in 9.4 (the minimum grade I usually accept for post 1980 books) or better...
    2x 8.5 3x 9.0 9x9.2 13x9.4 17x9.6 16x9.8
    ...with the gem being a complete DD 227-233 (Nocenti Miller) run...that resulted in an almost complete set in 9.6-9.8 (weirdly 227 came out in 8.5 )
    Unfortunately after 38 submissions to CGC for a total of 880 books I still haven't received a single 9.9
    TITLE ISSUE FORECAST CGC
    Amazing Spider-Man 255 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Amazing Spider-Man 343 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    Avengers 299 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Avengers 300 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    Cloak & Dagger 4 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Daredevil 227 9.4-9.6 // 8.5
    Daredevil 228 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Daredevil 229 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Daredevil 230 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Daredevil 231 9.4-9.6 // 9.8
    Daredevil 232 9.4-9.6 // 9.8
    Daredevil 233 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Elektra Assassin 3 9.4-9.6 // 9.2
    Excalibur 1 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Excalibur 6 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Excalibur 7 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Fantastic Four 322 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Fantastic Four 323 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Fantastic Four 336 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Hulk 369 9.6-9.8 // 9.2
    Spawn 9 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Thor 392 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 275 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 276 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 169 9.4-9.6 // 9.2
    Uncanny X-Men 198 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 231 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    Uncanny X-Men 234 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 236 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    Uncanny X-Men 238 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 262 9.6-9.8 // 9.2
    Uncanny X-Men 270 9.6-9.8 // 9.2
    Uncanny X-Men 280 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 284 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    Uncanny X-Men 285 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 294 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    Uncanny X-Men 295 9.6-9.8 // 9.2
    Uncanny X-Men 296 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Wolverine 4 9.6-9.8 // 9.0
    Wolverine 5 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    X-Factor 12 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    X-Factor 14 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    X-Factor 33 9.6-9.8 // 9.2
    X-Factor 35 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    X-Factor 71 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    X-Factor 84 9.2-9.4 // 9.0
    X-Factor 85 9.6-9.8 // 9.0
    X-Factor 86 9.6-9.8 // 8.5
    X-Factor 19 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 186 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 193 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    Uncanny X-Men 197 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    Uncanny X-Men 267 9.6-9.8 // 9.2
    Uncanny X-Men 279 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    Uncanny X-Men 287 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 288 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    Uncanny X-Men 289 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 290 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 291 9.6-9.8 // 9.2
    Wolverine 2 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
     
    Ciao!
    Federico - Italy
  3. XXXPHOENIX
    Let's celebrate my 1000th graded book and 202.000 registry points!
    AND
    ...once again no 9.9 HI Guys!I finally did it! after almost 10 years of CGC collecting...I reached the remarkable goal of owning more than 1000 graded books (1017 in competitive sets but they are 1041 if we consider my customs sets too).More than 202.000 registry points is not a bad result too!In February I submitted 60 more comics (mostly late bronze/early copper age) to CGC.Most of these were selected during 2014 and 85% of them came back in 9.4 (the minimum grade I usually accept for post 1980 books) or better...28x 9.8, 17x 9.6, 8x 9.4, 3x 9.2, 2x 9.0, 1x no grade , 1x 6.5Lately I have been concentrating on late bronze and early copper age Marvel books and they are very very hard to find in high grade!A minimal spine stress is capable of killing a gorgeous book. X-Factor 1-80, Uncanny X-men 200-280 are pretty hard to find in 9.6!I think high grade books of this period will be appreciated in the next decade by our sons :)Unfortunately after 37 submissions to CGC for a total of 820 books I still haven't received a single 9.9 :(Ok..I don't submit post-2000 books so the chances for a 9.9 are thin for bronze/copper age books but I still feel very unlucky.Turnaround was HORRIBLE this time. Cgc received my books on 04/01/2015 but they were ready to ship in early july.TITLE ISSUE FORECAST CGC2001 Space Odissey 3 9.2-9.4 // 9.62001 Space Odissey 4 9.4-9.6 // 9.62001 Space Odissey 5 9.4-9.6 // 9.42001 Space Odissey 6 9.6-9.8 // 9.82001 Space Odissey 7 9.6-9.8 // 9.62001 Space Odissey 9 9.6-9.8 // 9.62001 Space Odissey 10 9.4-9.6 // 9.4Marvel Fanfare 1 9.6-9.8 // 9.8Man-Thing V2 #1 1 9.4-9.6 // 9.4Micronauts 1 9.2-9.4 // 9.4Punisher War Zone 2 9.6-9.8 // 9.8Punisher War Zone 3 9.6-9.8 // 9.8Punisher War Zone 4 9.6-9.8 // 9.8Punisher War Zone 5 9.6-9.8 // 9.8Punisher War Zone 6 9.6-9.8 // 9.8Punisher War Zone 7 9.6-9.8 // 9.8Punisher War Zone 8 9.6-9.8 // 9.6Incredible Hulk 338 9.4-9.6 // 9.4What If 28 9.4-9.6 // 9.6Silver Surfer 1982 1 9.4-9.6 // 9.6Uncanny X-Men 253 9.4-9.6 // 9.6Uncanny X-Men 262 9.4-9.6 // 9.2Crisis on Infinite Earths 11 9.4-9.6 // 9.8SuperMan Man of Steel 3 9.4-9.6 // 9.2SuperMan Man of Steel 4 9.4-9.6 // 9.8SuperMan Man of Steel 5 9.4-9.6 // 9.8New Mutants 71 9.6-9.8 // 9.6New Mutants 72 9.6-9.8 // 9.6New Mutants 73 9.6-9.8 // 9.8Amazing Spider-Man 3rd 700 9.6-9.8 // 9.8What If II 1 9.6-9.8 // 9.8What If II 2 9.6-9.8 // 9.8X-Factor 37 9.6-9.8 // 9.8X-Factor 38 9.6-9.8 // 9.0X-Factor 39 9.6-9.8 // 9.6X-Factor 60 9.6-9.8 // 9.2X-Factor 61 9.6-9.8 // 9.4X-Factor 62 9.6-9.8 // 9.4X-Factor 63 9.6-9.8 // 9.8X-Factor 64 9.6-9.8 // 9.6X-Factor 65 9.6-9.8 // 9.8X-Factor 66 9.6-9.8 // 9.6X-Factor 67 9.6-9.8 // 9.8X-Factor 68 9.6-9.8 // 9.6X-Factor 69 9.6-9.8 // 9.8X-Factor 70 9.6-9.8 // 9.8Daredevil 264 9.6-9.8 // 9.4Daredevil 267 9.6-9.8 // 9.8Wolverine 75 9.6-9.8 // 9.8X-Men 25 9.6-9.8 // 9.8X-Force 25 9.6-9.8 // 9.6X-Factor 92 9.6-9.8 // 9.0X-Terminators 1 9.6-9.8 // 9.8X-Terminators 2 9.6-9.8 // 9.6X-Terminators 3 9.6-9.8 // 9.8X-Terminators 4 9.6-9.8 // 9.8X-Men 25Gold 9.6-9.8 // 9.8Excalibur 71 9.6-9.8 // 9.6Uomo Ragno II Serie 59 9.6-9.8 // .0Uomo Ragno III Serie 1 7.5-8.0 // 6.5Ciao!Federico - Italy
  4. XXXPHOENIX
    CGC vs XXXPHOENIX grading contest PART 8 : 30 books just graded!
    Hello to everybody!
    IT TOOK A LIFE .... CGC received my books on the 5th of June 2012 CGC but graded them early this week....let's compare their grades with my forecasts!
    All of them were purchased thorugh internet, mainly on ebay as NM/M...
    This is what I got! 5x9.8 8x9.6 6x9.4 3x9.2 4x9.0 2x8.5 1x8.0 1x7.5
    I am quite disappointed this time. Considering I bought them as NM/M (mostly uncirculated)and that I thought of having carefully graded them ...getting 11 books below 9.4 is probably my worst submittance performance ...ever
    One of the few nice surprise was NEW MUTANTS 95 second printing in 9.8! HIGHEST GRADED!
    If neither Tnerb nor bagofleas owns it...it really must be rare in this grade!
    Marvel books from 1982-1991 are probably the hardest modern books to be found in high grade due to the low quality of the paper and to the spine stress normally found even in uncirculated books.
    No surprise it's so hard to build a high grade Byrne Fantastic Four or McFarlane Spidey set...
    I will keep in my collection all books graded 9.4 or higher and few of the 9.2.
    TITLE ISSUE FORECAST CGC
    Amazing Spider-Man 302 9.4-9.6//9.4
    Amazing Spider-Man 303 9.4-9.6//9.2*
    Amazing Spider-Man 304 9.4-9.6//9.4
    X-Men Alpha 9.6-9.8//9.8
    X-Men Omega 9.6-9.8//9.8
    X-Men Prime 1 9.6-9.8//9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 281 9.6-9.8//9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 282 9.6-9.8//9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 283 9.6-9.8//9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 292 9.6-9.8//9.6
    New Mutants 97 9.4-9.6//9.6
    New Mutants 95A 9.4-9.6//9.8
    Marvel Comics Presents 1 9.4-9.6//9.4
    Marvel Comics Presents 4 9.4-9.6//9.0*
    Heroes Reborn the Return 2 9.4-9.6//9.8
    Infinity Crusade 1 9.4-9.6//8.5*
    Infinity Crusade 2 9.4-9.6//9.0*
    Infinity Crusade 3 9.4-9.6//9.6
    Infinity Crusade 4 9.4-9.6//9.6
    Infinity Crusade 5 9.4-9.6//9.0*
    X-Factor 25 9.6-9.8//9.2*
    Fantastic Four 259 9.4-9.6//9.0*
    Fantastic Four 261 9.6-9.8//8.0*
    Fantastic Four 262 9.6-9.8//9.4
    Fantastic Four 265 9.6-9.8//7.5*
    Fantastic Four 266 9.6-9.8//9.4
    Fantastic Four 268 9.6-9.8//9.4
    Fantastic Four 269 9.6-9.8//8.5*
    Fantastic Four 270 9.6-9.8//9.2*
    Fantastic Four 278 9.6-9.8//9.6
    CIAO!
    FEDERICO
  5. XXXPHOENIX
    MARVEL SUPERHEROES - THE SCIENCE OF THE SUPERHEROES
    ...loaded with pics!!!Hello fellow collectors!Last week, while visiting the beautiful city of Valencia, Spain, I took my wife and my two children to the fantastic City of Arts and Science and to my surprise I found a pseudo-scientific exhibit of over 1000 square meters inspired to Marvel Superheroes .The exhibit is temporary and will last only until 15 September 2013.I decided to document it because the level and quality of the show is so high that it would be a crime not to share it!This is the Intro I have cut and pasted from the official website:http://www.cac.es/museo/exposiciones/ficha/?contentId=107908&languageId=1"MARVEL SUPERHEROES - THE SCIENCE OF THE SUPERHEROESDiscover Spiderman's secret and imitating the Daily Bugle's photographer by scaling a wall, investigate into whether there is a scientific base behind The Hulk's rage. these are some of the interactive proposals that the Science Museum is offering with the "Marvel Superheroes" exhibition located inthe third floor. Until 15th September 2013With the slogan "Long live comics! Long live science!", this exhibition is set up such that the visitors are invited to immerse themselves into the comic world and discover little by little how the superheroes bring science into their adventures. Genetics and evolution with X Patrol's mutants; the development of sensorial abilities with Daredevil; ; states of matter with Robert Drake, the Iceman; or the study of spiders with Spiderman -- these are concepts that are explained in different interactive modules."In short, in the initial part of the exhibition, on large panels you can read the evolution of Marvel superheroes, then proceeding in the visit you will encounter several sections: Dr. Ock, X-Men, Iron Man, Hulk, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Thor etc etc in which the powers and characteristics of superheroes are explained "scientifically".Then you can touch and manipulate objects trying to swing like Spider-Man, X-raying Wolverine, get mutant DNA tested, touch two huge ice frozen Iceman hands, scream in the X-Men Danger Room like Banshee to defeat the sentinels, test the lightning of Thor, transform from Banner to Hulk, try a sphere that rotates 360°;, challenge Daredevil super smell....In short, an exceptional interactive sensorial experience that has no equal in the world!The whole area is also dotted with life-size statues of our heroes, huge comic pages and giant panels with descriptions of the characters and of their powers!I have documented everything here ... I hope to have done something pleasing for you overseas friends!http://imageshack.us/g/1/10305289/Excelsior!Federico - ItalyTo see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.
  6. XXXPHOENIX
    AF15 + AS1 + AS700 ...high-grade CGC books on the same table
    Hello fellow collectors!
    Last week I received from CGC one of my latest submissions :
    AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 700, Ditko Variant! It received a decent 9.6...but when I looked at that vintage cover I thought that it would have been nice to reunite the grandfather and father of this comic book...and take a family picture!
    All three books belong to my collection and their particularity is that I did not purchase them already slabbed but they were submitted by me from the "Belpaese"!
    Read the stories of my AF 15 and AS1 here:
    http://comics.www.collectors-society.com/registry/comics/ComicDetail.aspx?PeopleComicID=230328&PeopleSetID=32367
    http://comics.www.collectors-society.com/registry/comics/ComicDetail.aspx?PeopleComicID=207515&PeopleSetID=32384
     
    Ciao!
    Federico - Italy

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  7. XXXPHOENIX
    What if Marvel invaded motorsport?!
    It has passed a while since my last post...
    Last week I loaned my precious Marvelmania posters for a show called MOTORSHOW being held in Bologna (Italy) from the 6th to the 14th of December...
    www.motorshow.it
    This is one of the greatest MOTOR shows in Europe with hundreds of racing cars on exhibit (Rally, F1, FCART, NASCAR etc etc...) and racing for the joy of the public(!!), simulators and various entertainment events for the automotives-addicted.
    Weirdly...the guys from the Milan Comic Museum asked me to support them with some of my rare Posters in one of the entertainment side-events...and I could not say no!
    Especially because they were placed right next to a vintage Ferrari Formula 1 (F1126C2) Car driven in 1982 by the mythical Gilles Villeneuve!
    The lucky visitors will be able to see altogether the following original posters:
    1. Spider-Man by John Romita (1969)
    2. Captain America by Jim Steranko (1969)
    3. Silver Surfer by Jack Kirby (1969)
    4. Hulk by Herb Trimpe (1969)
    5. Thor by Jack Kirby (1969)
    6. Doctor Doom by Jack Kirby (1969)
    7. Fantastic Four by Jack Kirby (1969)
    8. Captain America -- Cap goes wild by Jim Steranko (1969)
    9. Black Knight (1969)
    10. Spider-Man (1966)
    11. Hulk (1966)
    Ciao!
    Federico

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  8. XXXPHOENIX
    ...in 9.4 and higher!
    Hello my friends...yes.... I did it!
    After a long long search I have finally completed my Eternals Set in high grade!!!
    The Eternals (1976) is one of my favourite Bronze age runs!
    Incredibly intriguing plot plus Jack Kirby art = A REAL MASTERPIECE!
    It was not an easy task to complete this high grade run.
    I submitted most of the books to CGC by myself: some of them were purchased from Superworld Comics, some others were found inside a closet in my parents' house...forgotten for at least two decades. The last issue I found....was the last issue #19...purchased from QualityComix.com in November 2013 as a raw NM+ 9.6 from the Tongie Farm Collection.
    I think I submitted 30 Eternals books in total...some books looked flawless but unexpectely came back home as 8.5 or 9.0...it's the bronze age baby!
    I am not at the top of the ranking and not even on the podium even if all 20 books range from 9.4 to 9.8...but I am super happy because any bronze age book in 9.4 or higher is hard to find!
    For those not familiar with this masterpiece I will cut and paste from Wikipedia:
    The Eternals are a fictional race of superhumans in the Marvel Comics universe. They are described as an offshoot of the evolutionary process that created sentient life on Earth. The original instigators of this process, the alien Celestials, intended the Eternals to be the defenders of Earth which leads to the inevitability of war against their destructive counterparts, the Deviants. The Eternals were created by Jack Kirby and made their first appearance in The Eternals #1 (July 1976).
    The storyline took elements from the ideas of the Ancient astronauts, which postulate that humanity may have been visited by extraterrestrials in ancient times and interpreted them as supernatural beings. Thus, a recurring topic of the plots was to use the Eternals, the Deviants or the Celestials to provide explanations for myths or obscure events from history. In particular, many points from the book Chariots of the Gods by Erich von Däniken were incorporated into the plot, such as the Nazca Lines being a spaceport or the Incas getting technological advances from them and in turn worshiping them as gods.
    Kirby began The Eternals when he returned to Marvel after his "New Gods" experience with DC. The Eternals' saga was thematically similar to the New Gods', but the series was also eventually canceled without resolving many of its plots, particularly the Celestials' judgment over humanity.
    I am now looking to start collecting Kamandi..what do you think? Is there any other Kirby run worth being collected a part from FF1-101 ?
    CIAO!
    FEDERICO - ITALY

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  9. XXXPHOENIX
    CGC Turnaround times....Finally improving?
    HI!
    I have 90 books sitting in CGC vault...
    the first 30 books arrived at CGC on 11/13/2012, the other 60 on the 01/24/2013. I chose modern tier for all of them.
    I am really excited to see them added to my sets since I sent many high grade AF(Byrne),DD (miller),FF (Byrne), -Men (200-300) and Thor(Simonson)books!
    The first order went into Scheduled for Grading after 76 Working days (I did not count saturdays and sundays) and into graded status after 86 days. After 94 working days it's still in Grading/Quality Control status. I expect to see the books shipped by day 100th...ROTFL!
    The other two orders went into Scheduled for Grading after 42(!!!??) Working days on 03/22/2013... Will they be shipped by working day 70?
    I talked to the excellent CGC customer service last week (Bree you are the best!) and they confirmed they hired new graders and are working very very much to return turnaround times to normal.
    In the last 5 years I submitted more than 25 orders to CGC (600 books in total!)and I was starting to lose motivation for the turnaround time.
    But... for me hunting down raw treasures and getting them graded is very FUNNY!
    What still I don't understand is why all of a sudden 1 year and a half ago the turnaround times for lower tiers became so slow...
    Total Number of Comics Registered: 722
    Total Number of Comics Currently in Sets: 688
    YEAH: The 1000th slab is not so far away!!!
    CIAO!
    FEDERICO - ITALY
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    CGC vs XXXPHOENIX grading contest PART 5
    Hello to all!
    CGC just graded 30 of my books....let's compare their grades with my forecasts!
    MANY MONTHS AGO I submitted 30 modern books to CGC...they were received on June the 23rd 2011...and it took 2 MONTHS to switch from verified to graded status...
    Hey CGC...hire more graders please!
    This is what I got! 4x9.2 3x9.4 13x9.6 10x9.8
    I am VERY happy both for the CGC grades and my grading skills!!!
    TITLE ISSUE FORECAST CGC
    Avengers/Invaders1 8.0-8.5 9.2
    Alpha Flight 6 9.4-9.6 9.2
    Alpha Flight 7 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Alpha Flight 8 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Alpha Flight 9 9.4-9.6 9.4
    Alpha Flight 11 9.4-9.6 9.2
    Alpha Flight 12 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Alpha Flight 14 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Alpha Flight 15 9.4-9.6 9.8
    Alpha Flight 16 9.4-9.6 9.8
    Alpha Flight 18 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Alpha Flight 20 9.4-9.6 9.8
    Alpha Flight 22 9.4-9.6 9.8
    Alpha Flight 27 9.4-9.6 9.8
    Alpha Flight 51 9.4-9.6 9.6
    DC versus Marvel 1 9.6-9.8 9.8
    DC versus Marvel 3 9.6-9.8 9.8
    DC versus Marvel4 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Incredible Hulk 314 9.4-9.6 9.6
    She Hulk 1 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 185 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 200 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 202 9.4-9.6 9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 206 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 207 9.2-9.4 9.4
    Uncanny X-Men 208 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 210 9.0-9.2 9.2
    Uncanny X-Men 257 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 258 9.4-9.6 9.4
    Uncanny X-Men 300 9.6-9.8 9.8
    byeeeeeeeee
    I will post more "grading contests" since I have 4 more comic lots in verified status....
    FEDERICO
  11. XXXPHOENIX
    103 working days later...CGC vs XXXPHOENIX grading contest PART 9:
    MARVEL TEAM UP & ETERNALSHello to everybody!CGC received my books on the 29th of May 2012 but were graded today: 103 working days later if I am not wrong (VALUE tier)....let's compare their grades with my forecasts!Most of them were purchased thorugh internet, mainly on ebay as NM/M and from Metro... The Eternals books, instead, were found inside a VERY old ETM/American Entertainment unopened package I had forgotten in my parents' home ehehehThis is what I got! 9.8x1 9.6x5 9.4x4 9.2x3 9.0x1 8.5x1It seems I tend to undergrade a bit my bronze age books!I will keep in my collection all books but one....TITLE ISSUE FORECAST CGCEternals 9 9.4-9.6 // 9.6Eternals 10 9.4-9.6 // 9.8Eternals 11 9.4-9.6 // 9.4Eternals 12 9.4-9.6 // 9.6Eternals 13 9.0-9.2 // 8.5 *Eternals 14 9.0-9.2 // 9.4Eternals 15 9.2-9.4 // 9.4Eternals 16 9.2-9.4 // 9.6Eternals 18 9.2-9.4 // 9.6Marvel Team up 5 9.4 Metro // 9.6Marvel Team up 6 9.4 Metro // 9.2Marvel Team up 7 9.2-9.4 // 9.2Marvel Team up 8 9.2 Metro // 9.2Marvel Team up 9 9.2-9.4 // 9.0Marvel Team up 11 9.2-9.4 // 9.4CIAO!FEDERICO
  12. XXXPHOENIX
    Why not suspending the submissions of post year 2000 books at least until the company can guarantee more reasonable turnaroud times?
    I wonder if CGC is trying to find a solution to improve the turnaround times....
    Nowdays the VALUE and ECONOMY TIER turnaround is 100 working days (!!!!), the MODERN TIER is 45 days (!!!) instead of the forecasted 20 days...
    I have 103 books sitting at CGC facility....
    Date No. of Comic Status
    03/30/2012 28 Verified
    03/30/2012 30 Verified
    06/05/2012 30 Received
    05/29/2012 15 Received
    Does it take so much in terms of time and investments to "graduate" a grader to the CGC standards?
    Do these delays come from an increase of submissions?
    Why not suspending the submissions of post year 2000 books at least until the company can guarantee more reasonable turnaroud times?
    THANKS
    FEDERICO - ITALY
  13. XXXPHOENIX
    CGC vs XXXPHOENIX grading contest PART 7 : 58 books just graded!
    Hello to everybody!
    CGC just finished grading 58 books....let's compare their grades with my forecasts!
    MANY MONTHS AGO I submitted 58 MODERN books to CGC...As soon as I receive them I will add them to my numerous registry sets.
    Most of these come from my personal collection. They were all purchased as NM books before the CGC era...Anyway you can easily guess how hard it is to build a high grade comic book collection with the unique&only option of buying my books via (air)mail... to ITALY!
    You can't imagine how many dealers just throw mint books in padded envelopes without further protection...
    This is what I got! 27X 9.8 , 12X 9.6 , 4X 9.4, 7X 9.2, 4X 9.0, 1X 8.5, 2X 8.0, 1X 6.5 .
    As usual most of my forecasts were pretty exact and remained in a +/- .2 range in comparison to CGC grading standards...with few unexplainable exceptions (check the *).
    I will keep in my collection all books graded 9.4 or higher and few of the 9.2.
    TITLE ISSUE FORECAST CGC
    Alpha Flight 4 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Alpha Flight 5 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Alpha Flight 6 9.6-9.8 // 9.2
    Alpha Flight 10 9.4-9.6 // 9.8
    Alpha Flight 11 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Alpha Flight 13 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Alpha Flight 17 9.4-9.6 // 9.2
    Alpha Flight 24 9.6-9.8 // 6.5 *ARGH!
    Spider-Man 2 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Spider-Man 2 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Spider-Man 3 9.6-9.8 // 9.0 *WHY!?
    Spider-Man 4 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Spider-Man 4 9.6-9.8 // 8.5 *WHY!?
    Spider-Man 5 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Spider-Man 6 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Spider-Man 7 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Spider-Man 8 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Spider-Man 9 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Spider-Man 10 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Spider-Man 11 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Spider-Man 12 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Spider-Man 13 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Spider-Man 14 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    Spider-Man 15 9.6-9.8 // 9.0 *WEIRD
    Spider-Man 16 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Spider-Man 17 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Spider-Man 1 GOLD 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Spider-Man 1 POLY 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    Spider-Man 18 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Spider-Man 19 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Spider-Man 20 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    X-men 2 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    X-men 3 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    X-men 4 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    X-men 5 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    X-men 6 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    X-men 7 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    X-men 8 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    X-men 9 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    X-men 10 9.6-9.8 // 8.0 *OPS!!!?
    X-men 11 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    X-men 13 9.6-9.8 // 9.0 *ARGH! POLIBAGGED book
    X-men 14 9.6-9.8 // 9.2 *ARGH! POLIBAGGED book
    X-men 15 9.6-9.8 // 9.0 *ARGH! POLIBAGGED book
    X-men 16 9.6-9.8 // 9.2
    Amazing Spider-Man 300 8.0-8.5 // 8.0R Restoration includes: small amount of color touch on cover. BOTTOM EDGE TRIMMED. *WHAT THE *** ...restored?
    Amazing Spider-Man 313 9.2-9.4 // 9.2
    Amazing Spider-Man 331 9.4-9.6 // 9.8
    Amazing Spider-Man 666 9.4-9.6 // 9.6 ITALY COMICS
    Amazing Spider-Man 666 9.4-9.6 // 9.4 ITALY COMICS
    Captain America 253 9.2-9.4 // 9.6
    What The 1 9.4-9.6 // 9.2
    Spider-Man Unlimited 1 9.4-9.6 // 9.4
    Fantastic Four 243 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Fantastic Four 248 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Fantastic Four 251 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Fantastic Four 256 9.4-9.6 // 9.2
    Fantastic Four 258 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    FEDERICO
  14. XXXPHOENIX
    Did you know that.....
    HELLO overseas friends!
    Few american collectors are aware of how many international editions of Marvel Comics exist...and even less are aware that Italy has been and still is one of the largest comic books markets in the world...
    Did you know that comics like Tex and Mickey Mouse still sell 750.000(!!) copies per issue in the Italian version nowadays?!
    And now ...some MARVEL-IN-ITALY-INFO for dummies!
    0) The first Marvel comic book was published in Italy only in march 1970 (Spider-Man 1 = Uomo Ragno ). FF appeared in some comic magazine in 1968 but nothing else... A poster (a small size reprint of the mythical 1966 USA Spidey Personality poster) came with the book.
    It took 2 decades to reach the american production. In 1984 they were still publishing the Marvel USA 1980 issues!
    1) MARVEL comics in Italian edition printed in 1970 to 1985 are very very nice collectible items and HARD to find in high grades (according to US standards at least..) especially if complete with their gadgets. Italian collectors are not sophisticated about conditions as US collectors!
    It would take too long to explain but in Italy nobody uses the American grading system...
    Grades are very unaccurate and superficial and it's VERY hard to find 9.0 or better Italian books from the 60s-80s in accordance with the US grading standards...
    Average Collectors just refer to POOR / GOOD / VERY GOOD / FINE / VERY FINE / NEAR MINT / MINT....
    2) The first Marvel publisher was "Editoriale Corno" from Milan. The company went into bankrupcy in 1984 leaving Italians orphans of Marvel comics 'till 1987...
    In 1987 - 1994 plenty of publishers (Star Comics, Play Press....) got the rights to print various Marvel books...at least until Panini/Marvel in 1994 took direct control of any Marvel related publication in Italy...
    3) The first 50 issues of Uomo Ragno, Devil (Daredevil), Fantastici Quattro (Fantastic Four), Thor were printed half in colour and half in b/w to save on printing costs...
    4) Many issues from the 70s and 80s had gadgets like posters and stickers...
    5) The eyes of Spidey were painted in yellow 'till 1987!!
    6) In Italy the standard "SuperHeroes"-comic book had 2-3 stories per issue from various american series, with very limited ads.
    I.E. : UOMO RAGNO 18 - 24/12/1970
    Stories:
    Amazing Spider Man n.22 (03/65) "La minaccia in agguato" (LEE / DITKO)
    Doctor Strange n.180 (05/69)"Eternità" (parte 2 di 2)
    Doctor Strange n.181 (07/69) "Se un mondo dovesse morire prima che io mi svegli" (parte 1 di 2)
    Cover:
    Graphic re-elaboration from Amazing fantasy 15
     
    AND this is an essential list of Marvel books published in Italy in 1970-1984 by Editoriale Corno...I left some Italian words but if you want I can translate them for you!
     
    MARVEL SERIES PUBLISHED IN ITALY IN ITALIAN LANGUAGE (1970-1984) by EDITORIALE CORNO
    L'UOMO RAGNO (1a serie) 283 issues (from 30/4/1970 to 6/3/1981)
    IL SETTIMANALE DE L'UOMO RAGNO 43 issues (from 17/3/1981 to 5/1/1982)
    L'UOMO RAGNO (2a serie) 58 issues (from 4/3/1982 to 9/2/1984)
    L'INCREDIBILE DEVIL 126 issues (from 6/5/1970 to 6/3/1975)
    I FANTASTICI QUATTRO 259 issues (from 6/4/1971 to 18/3/1981)
    IL MITICO THOR 243 issues (from 13/4/1971 to 1/8/1980)
    CAPITAN AMERICA 128 issues (from 24/4/1973 to 8/3/1978)
    GLI ALBI DEI SUPER/EROI 49 issues (from 2/5/1973 to 5/3/1975)
    HULK E I DIFENSORI 44 issues (from 20/3/1975 to 11/11/1976)
    L'INCREDIBILE HULK 38 issues (from 4/80 to 11/83)
    I DIFENSORI 15 issues (from 5/79 to 7/80)
    CONAN & KA-ZAR 44 issues (from 19/3/1975 to 10/11/1976)
    GLI ETERNI 29 issues (from 3/78 to 7/80)
    SHANG/CHI, MAESTRO DEL KUNG/FU (1a serie) 54 issues
    SHANG/CHI, MAESTRO DEL KUNG/FU (2a serie) 5 issues
    CORRIERE DELLA PAURA 22 issues (from 6/74 to 3/76)
    DRACULA 18 issues (from 4/76 to 9/77)
    SUPERFUMETTI 17 issues (from 3/76 to 4/80)
    EUREKA POCKET 82 issues (from 12/68 to 1/84) with Marvel Horror stories in issues 8, 14, 19, 25, 30, 38, 43, 50, 55.
    MARVEL REPRINTS 1970-1984 published by EDITORITOE CORNO:
    L'UOMO RAGNO GIGANTE 93 issues - from 7/76 to 3/84
    I FANTASTICI QUATTRO GIGANTE 39 issues - from 3/78 to 6/81
    DEVIL GIGANTE 40 issues - from 4/77 to 7/80 -
    CAPITAN AMERICA GIGANTE 14 issues- from 4/80 to 5/81
    I FANTASTICI QUATTRO(2a serie) 16 issues
    THOR (2a serie) 42 issues - from 26/5/82
    CAPITAN AMERICA (2a serie) 29 issues - from 3/6/82
    I VENDICATORI GIGANTE 14 issues- from 4/80 to 7/81
    CONAN 9 issues - from 5/80 - to 9/81
     
    CIAO!
    FEDERICO

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  15. XXXPHOENIX
    The Mistery and the Hoax
    MY FIRST NOGRADE (NG)... and the strange story of the mysterious UOMO RAGNO (Spider-Man) #59
    While I am still waiting for CGC to award me with my first 9.9 (almost 1000 books submitted and no 9.9 to date ), I would like to entertain you with the strange story of the misterious UOMO RAGNO (Second Series) #59 italian edition.
    Spider-man and all other Marvel Heroes were published in Italy from April 1970 (almost 8 years after AF15!) by a publisher named EDITORIALE CORNO. Marvel comics flooded italian newsstand with print runs of over 200.000 copies in mid 70s... But the advent of MANGAs and ANIMEs and the low quality of the late 70s' Marvel stories quickly lead EDITORALE CORNO to bankrupt.
    UOMO RAGNO (First Series) terminated with issue #283 in March 1981 but the publisher attempted to relaunch the character with SETTIMANALE DELL'UOMO RAGNO (3/1981-1/1982) and finally with UOMO RAGNO Second Series. The Second Series resisted a couple of years (3/1982-2/1984) until issue #58, due to EDITORIALE CORNO bankrupt.
    But, for many years a real mistery fascinated italian collectors: somebody claimed that #59 had been printed but never distributed. In fact, the last page of #58 had a preview of the #59 cover (the same of Spectacular Spider-Man's #58 "Ravaged by the Ringer" in the original USA version).
    The "Golden Age" of Italian superheroes had ended leaving all italian Marvel Fans orphans...for years! Later somebody found some of the printing plates of issue #59, but other sources later confirmed that it never made it to the printer...
    Three years passed and in 1987, STAR COMICS restarted to publish Marvel Comics (after another unsuccesfull attempt by LABOR COMICS in 1985), but guess what... issue #1 of UOMO RAGNO Third Series came out with the same cover (Spectacular Spider-man #58) that should have had to be used for #59 Second Series...
    The demand for #59 Second Series remained high, also because a collector (and friend of mine) kept maintaining the mistery alive by claiming he had some copies...
    His hoax continued until 2004, when that same guy produced issue #59....in 59 copies (could it be otherwise??). The uniqueness of this production is the total originality of this book: not to be confused with a reprint as it is not the reproduction of something that already existed. The book, instead is a recreation with the same graphic, structure (stories of Spider-Man and Captain America, Fan Club insert, central poster, ads)and paper of a 1984 book that was never published.
    The big hype created by this event is still alive today, some people love and other people hate this initiative but perpetrating a joke like this to us collectors for 20 years has been devilishly ingenious!!!
    I submitted my #59 (37/59) in 2013 and CGC sent it back to me...slabbed but with a nefarious NG (NO GRADE)... probably the fame of this story had already reached the atlantic too!!!
    ...More pics on the boards...
    CIAO!
    FEDERICO - ITALY

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  16. XXXPHOENIX
    MODERN Books and the rare X-MEN vs Micronauts!
    Hello to everybody!
    CGC received my books on the 24th of August 2012 but were graded on the 4th of January 2013: approx 94 working days later....let's compare their grades with my forecasts!
    Most of them were purchased off Ebay recently as NM/M...The X-Men and Micronauts miniseries, instead, remained buried in my collection in mint condition for 2 decades...and CGC agreed with me: these four books are real treasures in CGC 9.8 9.8 9.6 9.8.
    Once again the FF Byrne books came back with some disappointing grades...I will discard the FF books in less than CGC 9.4.
    I don't understand why on earth it is so difficult to find flawless marvel books from that period (approx 1984-1991).
    18 books to go...and all my FF Byrne Books are in 9.4 or better!
    My Byrne Alpha Flight set is also almost complete now!
    This is what I got! 9.8x7 9.6x9 9.4x8 9.2x2 9.0x2 8.5x1 8.0x1
    A part from 4/30 books my grading standard remained extremey close to CGC's!
    TITLE ISSUE FORECAST CGC
    Alpha Flight 21 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Amazing Spider-Man 600B 9.2-9.4 9.4 Hard to find in High grade due to corner splits!
    Fantastic Four 263 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Fantastic Four 264 9.6-9.8 9.4
    Fantastic Four 271 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Fantastic Four 279 9.6-9.8 9.0
    Fantastic Four 280 9.6-9.8 9.4
    Fantastic Four 281 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Fantastic Four 282 9.6-9.8 8.5
    Fantastic Four 283 9.6-9.8 8.0 DOOOOOOOH!
    Fantastic Four 284 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Fantastic Four 347 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Fantastic Four 348 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Fantastic Four 349 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Incredible Hulk 377 9.6-9.8 9.6
    New Mutants 59 9.4-9.6 9.2
    New Mutants 60 9.4-9.6 9.4
    New Mutants 61 9.4-9.6 9.4
    New Mutants 75 9.4-9.6 9.2
    New Mutants Annual 5 9.6-9.8 9.4
    Punisher War Zone 1 9.8-9.8 9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 269 9.6-9.8 9.8
    X-Factor 11 9.4-9.6 9.6
    X-Factor 24 9.6-9.8 9.4
    X-Factor 37 9.4-9.6 9.0
    X-Factor 38 9.4-9.6 9.4
    X-Men Micronauts1 9.4-9.6 9.8 really flawless books!...My set is now #1 in the ranking!
    X-Men Micronauts2 9.4-9.6 9.8 really flawless books!
    X-Men Micronauts3 9.4-9.6 9.6 really flawless books!
    X-Men Micronauts4 9.4-9.6 9.8 really flawless books!
     
    CIAO!
    FEDERICO
  17. XXXPHOENIX
    CGC vs XXXPHOENIX grading contest PART 6 : 112 books just graded!
    Hello to everybody!
    CGC just finished grading my 112 books....let's compare their grades with my forecasts!
    MANY MONTHS AGO I submitted 112 MODERN books to CGC...they were received between 8/8 to 8/12 2011...and it took 2 MONTHS to switch from verified to graded status...As soon as I receive them I will add them to my numerous registry sets.
    Hey CGC...hire more graders please!
    Most of these come from my personal collection. They were all purchased as NM books before the CGC era...Anyway you can easily guess how hard it is to build a high grade comic book collection with the unique&only option of buying my books via (air)mail... to ITALY!
    You can't imagine how many dealers just throw the NEW books in padded envelopes without further protection...
    This is what I got! 43X 9.8 , 32X 9.6 , 19X 9.4, 10X 9.2, 4X 9.0, 2X 8.5, 1X 8.0, 1X 7.5 .
    As usual most of my forecasts were pretty exact and remained in a +/- .2 range in comparison to CGC grading standards...with few unexplainable exceptions (check the *).
    I will keep in my collection all books graded 9.4 or higher and few of the 9.2.
    TITLE ISSUE FORECAST CGC
    Alpha Flight 19 9.4-9.6 // 9.8
    Alpha Flight 28 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Amazing Spider-Man 303 9.6-9.8 // 9.0 * WHY?!
    Amazing Spider-Man 305 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    Amazing Spider-Man 314 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    Amazing Spider-Man 316 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Amazing Spider-Man 323 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Amazing Spider-Man 388 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Amazing Spider-Man 500 9.4-9.6 // 9.8
    Avengers 1II 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Daredevil 319 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    Daredevil 321 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Daredevil 323 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Daredevil 324 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    Daredevil 325 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Earth X 0 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Earth X 1 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Earth X 0DF 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Fantastic Four 1II 9.4-9.6 // 9.2 * WHY?!
    Fantastic Four 254 9.4-9.6 // 9.4
    Fantastic Four 255 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Fantastic Four 257 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Fantastic Four 260 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Fantastic Four 267 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Fantastic Four 285 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Fantastic Four 1A 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    Ghost Rider 15 9.4-9.6 // 9.2
    Ghost Rider 15A 9.4-9.6 // 9.4
    Hearth of Darkness1 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Hellstorm 1 9.4-9.6 // 9.8
    Heroes Reborn the Return 1 9.4-9.6 // 9.8
    Heroes Reborn the Return 2 9.4-9.6 // 9.4
    Heroes Reborn the Return 3 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Heroes Reborn the Return 4 9.4-9.6 // 9.4
    Heroes Reborn the Return 1A 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Heroes Reborn the Return 1B 9.4-9.6 // 9.0 * WHY?!
    Heroes Reborn the Return 2A 9.4-9.6 // 8.5
    Heroes Reborn the Return 3A 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Heroes Reborn the Return 4A 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Incredible Hulk 331 9.2-9.4 // 7.5 * WHY?! * WHY?!
    Incredible Hulk 333 9.2-9.4 // 9.4
    Incredible Hulk 334 9.2-9.4 // 9.4
    Incredible Hulk 335 9.2-9.4 // 9.6
    Incredible Hulk 336 9.2-9.4 // 9.8
    Incredible Hulk 337 9.2-9.4 // 9.4
    Incredible Hulk 338 9.2-9.4 // 9.2
    Incredible Hulk 341 9.2-9.4 // 9.2
    Incredible Hulk 342 9.2-9.4 // 8.0 * WHY?! * WHY?!
    Incredible Hulk 343 9.2-9.4 // 9.4
    Incredible Hulk 344 9.2-9.4 // 9.2
    Incredible Hulk 345 9.2-9.4 // 9.6
    Incredible Hulk 346 9.2-9.4 // 9.6
    Incredible Hulk 393 9.4-9.6 // 9.8
    Incredible Hulk 400 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Infinity Gauntlet1 9.2-9.4 // 9.6
    Infinity Gauntlet2 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Infinity Gauntlet3 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Infinity Gauntlet4 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Infinity Gauntlet5 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Infinity War 1 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Infinity War 2 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Infinity War 3 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Infinity War 4 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Infinity War 5 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Infinity War 6 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Marvel Fanfare 1 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Marvels 0 9.2-9.4 // 9.4
    Marvels 1 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Marvels 2 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Marvels 3 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Marvels 4 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    New Mutants 88 9.6-9.8 // 9.4 * WHY?!
    New mutants annual 5 9.2-9.4 // 9.0 * WHY?!
    New Warriors 1A 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Nomad 1 9.4-9.6 // 9.8
    Sleepwalker 1 9.4-9.6 // 9.2
    Spider-Man 1 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Spider-Man 10 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Strange Tales 1 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Tales of Suspense1 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    Tales to Astonish1 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    The secret Defenders1 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 214 9.4-9.6 // 9.0 * WHY?!
    Uncanny X-Men 216 9.4-9.6 // 9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 217 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 218 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 223 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 227 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 228 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 229 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 233 9.4-9.6 // 9.4
    Uncanny X-Men 242 9.4-9.6 // 9.4
    Uncanny X-Men 254 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 255 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 297 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 298 9.4-9.6 // 8.5 * WHY?!
    Uncanny X-Men 299 9.4-9.6 // 9.2 * WHY?!
    Uncanny X-Men 301 9.6-9.8 // 9.4
    Uncanny X-Men 302 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 304 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Warlock Infinity Watch1 9.4-9.6 // 9.8
    Web of Spider-Man90 9.6-9.8 // 9.8
    Wonder Man 1 9.4-9.6 // 9.6
    X-Factor 3 9.4-9.6 // 9.2 * WHY?!
    X-Factor 4 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    X-Factor 7 9.6-9.8 // 9.2 * WHY?!
    X-Factor 8 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    X-Factor 9 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
    X-Factor 10 9.4-9.6 // 9.8
    X-Factor 23 9.4-9.6 // 9.4
    X-Factor 25 9.6-9.8 // 9.2 * WHY?!
    X-Factor 26 9.6-9.8 // 9.6
     
    CIAO!
    FEDERICO
  18. XXXPHOENIX
    SPIDER-MAN THE MYTH - EXHIBITION MILAN (ITALY) 19/5/2012 - 29/7/2012
    Hello fellow collectors and Spider-Man friends,
    With great pleasure I would like to report that in occasion of the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man, a fantastic exhibition is being held from the 19th of May to the 29th of July 2012 at the prestigious Museum of Cartoons of Milan - ITALY (sponsored by the city council, the Mexican and U.S. consulate !).
    And ... with great pride I wish to announce that many prestigious pieces on display (posters, memorabilia and CGC comics from the Silver Age) come directly from my personal collection ...
    A special occasion for me and for those who want to soak up the atmosphere of America's most beloved superhero and enjoy virtually unique pieces for their rarity and degree of conservation.
    I attended the inauguration on the 19/5/2012 and I was amazed by the job made by the curators.... Everybody was really impressed!!
    Even the national press gave a lot of visibility to the exhibition with enthusiastic comments like this " From now on, this (exhibition) becomes the benchmark for any comic-related character in Europe!!!".
    The exhibition is divided over the five decades with large displays of rare material from all periods and with good captions and explanatory panels.
    Either the original American editions or the Italian variants are on display!
    I hope that the number of visits will reward this initiative that has the aim of celebrating an ICON like Spider-Man.
    For this event they released:
    1. Catalog (really sooo well done!)
    2. * Postcard
    3. * Small Poster
    4. * Poster
    5. No.3 VIP passes with different subjects
    6. Orange postcard that advertises a competition (http://milanomilano.eu/uomoragno.php)
    * Same image
    In these links you can find dozens and dozens of photos of the show!
    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.291000030993330.65290.100656493361019&type=1
    http://www.uomoragno.org/articoli/mostra%20wow%20milano.htm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvEaFiWgWHg&list=FLnXHXaVU0maOXzPaSjITqEA&index=1&feature=plcp
    And here an interesting review (in Italian but you can translate it with Google) of the same:
    http://www.postcardcult.com/articolo.asp?id=4377&sezione=11
    If you happen to visit Italy in this period....go the fantastic city of Milan and spend some time with SPIDEY!!!
    Friendly SPIDER-GREETINGS
     
    FEDERICO PICCININI - Sassuolo (ITALY)

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  19. XXXPHOENIX
    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED .... I have just completed the X-Men #94-#143 SET !!
    YEAH! I did it!! It took years and years to complete this CGC graded X-Men #94-#143 SET...
    One of my favourite runs EVER, E V E R !...and now I am so proud to own them all in high grade: 94/105 in 9.2-9.4 , 106/142 in 9.6!
    http://comics.www.collectors-society.com/registry/comics/PeopleSetDetail.aspx?PeopleSetID=32404
    In 2005 I was smart enough to buy GSX1 in CGC 9.4 + X-MEN 94 in 9.2 at a decent price...then in 2009 I decided to complete the set.
    It was very challenging because even if I already owned a raw high grade run (at least that's what I thought) of these books, when I submitted the first lots I started receiving some disappointing 8.0 - 8.5 from CGC .
    Probably the grading standards of the 80s and 90s were much less stricter than CGC's...SIGH
    So I had to hunt all books on Ebay, Metro, Comiclink , Highgradecomics, WWW comics...with the target of not exceeding $200 per book.
    As soon as I can I will post all the pictures of these beauties!
    CIAO from ITALY
    FEDERICO
  20. XXXPHOENIX
    ...and How I acquired my 900th CGC comic!!!
    Hello Collectors Society friends!
    Several weeks ago I submitted another large lot of books I had purchased raw off ebay or from www dealers in 2013. I find very challenging to hunt and select books to submit for my registry...it's much more interesting than purchasing them already graded!
    The majority of the submitted books comes from the late bronze / early copper age.
    I find this era particularly though because books were not immediately bag&boarded after purchase and the low quality of the paper and cover means spine stress and corner dings even in unread copies...
    These are the turnaround times (from "received" to "shipped/safe" status -- MODERN tier):
    36 working days -- received by CGC on 28/10/2013, 28/11 verified; 5/12 scheduled for grading; 6/12 graded, 18/12 shipped/safe :36 working days
    This is one my best grading performances...ever!! STATS for my 90 graded books:
    9.8 x28
    9.6 x25
    9.4 x3
    9.2 x4
    The winners are a #1 Spider-Man UPC Gold Cover in 9.6, a #700 Amazing Spider-Man Ditko Cover in 9.6, the Chromium Marvel Collectibles all in 9.8 with with just 2 exceptions in 9.6. I am particularly proud of the Silver Surfers and the Punisher runs too!
    Now I own 920 CGC graded books, 900 of which are in my registry sets!!! Considering that I discard/sell books worse than 9.0 of any age, it's not a bad result, isn't it? My target for 2014 is to hit the 1000th registered book!!!!
    9.9 is still a mirage to me...I keep on submitting perfect books but no 9.9 yet sigh sob. 0/920 is not a good average ... but, probably, if I only submitted more worthless modern books I would be luckier...
    TITLE ISSUE FORECAST CGC
    Amazing Spider-Man 666 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Amazing Spider-Man Ditko version 700 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Amazing Spider-Man Midtown Comics 700H 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Amazing Spider-Man Quesada 700E 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Daredevil 252 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Ghost Rider 2099 1 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Hulk 2099 1 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Infinity Crusade 2 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Infinity Crusade 5 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Infinity Crusade 6 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Marvel Collectible Classics: Avengers 1 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Marvel Collectible Classics: Spider-Man 1 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Marvel Collectible Classics: Spider-Man 2 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Marvel Collectible Classics: X-Men 1 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Marvel Collectible Classics: X-Men 2 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Marvel Collectible Classics: X-Men 3 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Marvel Collectible Classics: X-Men 4 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Marvel Collectible Classics: X-Men 5 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Marvel Collectible Classics: X-Men 6 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Mighty Thor 338 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Mighty Thor 342 9.6-9.8 9.2
    Mighty Thor 353 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Mighty Thor 360 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Mighty Thor 364 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Mighty Thor 365 9.6-9.8 9.4
    Mighty Thor 371 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Mighty Thor 372 9.6-9.8 9.2
    Mighty Thor 373 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Mighty Thor 374 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Moon Knight 1 9.2-9.4 9.2
    Punisher 1 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Punisher 2 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Punisher 3 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Punisher 4 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Punisher 5 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Punisher 6 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Punisher 7 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Punisher 8 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Punisher 9 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Punisher 10 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Punisher 2099 1 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Ravage 2099 1 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Silver Surfer 1 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Silver Surfer 2 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Silver Surfer 3 9.6-9.8 9.4
    Silver Surfer 4 9.4-9.6 9.6
    Silver Surfer 5 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Silver Surfer 6 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Spider-Man Gold UPC Cover 1 9.2-9.4 9.6
    SuperMan Man of Steel 1A 9.6-9.8 9.6
    SuperMan Man of Steel 1B 9.6-9.8 9.8
    SuperMan Man of Steel 2 9.6-9.8 9.8
    SuperMan Man of Steel 6 9.6-9.8 9.8
    The Falcon 1 9.4-9.6 9.2
    The New Mutants 1 9.6-9.8 9.6
    The New Mutants 2 9.6-9.8 9.6
    Uncanny X-men 237 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Uncanny X-men 239 9.6-9.8 9.8
    Wolverine 3 9.6-9.8 9.8
    X-Men 2099 1 9.4-9.6 9.4
     
    Just a note about some of the books... The following comics had originally some flaws but I considered they were perfect candidates for pressing...and thanks to Matt Nelson services they had an enormous improval!!!
    TITLE ISSUE CONDITION before pressing CGC
    Infinity Crusade 2 Rolled spine 9.2-9.4 9.6
    Infinity Crusade 5 Doesn't lie flat 9.2-9.4 9.6
    Infinity Crusade 6 Doesn't lie flat 9.2-9.4 9.6
    Spider-Man UPC gold 1 Lower left corner crease 8.5-9.0 9.6
    Uncanny X-men 237 Slightly rolled spine, light fold 9.2-9.4 9.8
    Uncanny X-men 239 Rolled spine 9.2-9.4 9.8
     
    CIAO AND BUON NATALE!!!
    BYE AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
     
    FEDERICO - ITALY
  21. XXXPHOENIX
    ...once again no 9.9
    HI Guys!
    In February I submitted 60 more comics (mostly late bronze/early copper age) to CGC.
    Most of these were selected during 2013 and 85% of them came back in 9.4(the minimum grade I usually accept for post 1980 books) or better...
    17x 9.8, 23x 9.6, 11x 9.4, 4x 9.2, 4x 9.0, 1x 8.5
    Not many key books this time but i filled many holes in my sets.
    The gem is surely a NM+ DD179 I paid $20 that came back in CGC 9.6.
    Unfortunately after 34 submissions to CGC for a total of 745 books I still haven't received a single 9.9
    Ok..I don't submit post-2000 books so the chances for a 9.9 are thin for bronze/copper age books but I still feel very unlucky.
    Turnaround was about 40 working days.
    CGC COUPON ISSUE FORECAST CGC
    Alpha Flight 24 9.6-9.8//9.4
    Avengers 233 9.6-9.8//9.8
    Captain America 247 9.6-9.8//9.2
    Crisis on Infinite Earths 3 9.4-9.6//8.5
    Crisis on Infinite Earths 7 9.4-9.6//9.6
    Crisis on Infinite Earths 10 9.6-9.8//9.6
    Daredevil 179 9.4-9.6//9.6
    Defenders 100 9.6-9.8//9.4
    Marvel Comics Presents 73 9.6-9.8//9.6
    Marvel Comics Presents 74 9.6-9.8//9.8
    Marvel Comics Presents 76 9.6-9.8//9.6
    Marvel Comics Presents 77 9.6-9.8//9.4
    Marvel Comics Presents 78 9.6-9.8//9.6
    Marvel Comics Presents 79 9.6-9.8//9.0
    Marvel Comics Presents 80 9.6-9.8//9.6
    New Mutants 3 9.4-9.6//9.4
    New Mutants 18 9.4-9.6//9.6
    New Mutants 21 9.4-9.6//9.6
    New Mutants 59 9.6-9.8//9.2
    New Mutants 60 9.6-9.8//9.8
    New Mutants 61 9.6-9.8//9.8
    New Mutants 86 9.6-9.8//9.8
    Thor 351 9.6-9.8//9.4
    Thor 358 9.6-9.8//9.6
    Thor 359 9.6-9.8//9.0
    Thor 361 9.4-9.6//9.4
    Thor 369 9.6-9.8//9.4
    Incredible Hulk 332 9.6-9.8//9.4
    Incredible Hulk 367 9.6-9.8//9.6
    Incredible Hulk 371 9.4-9.6//9.6
    Incredible Hulk 372 9.6-9.8//9.6
    Incredible Hulk 374 9.6-9.8//9.8
    Incredible Hulk 375 9.6-9.8//9.8
    Incredible Hulk 376 9.6-9.8//9.8
    Incredible Hulk 380 9.6-9.8//9.6
    Incredible Hulk 381 9.6-9.8//9.8
    Incredible Hulk 382 9.6-9.8//9.8
    Incredible Hulk 383 9.6-9.8//9.8
    Incredible Hulk 384 9.6-9.8//9.6
    Incredible Hulk 385 9.6-9.8//9.8
    Incredible Hulk 386 9.6-9.8//9.6
    Incredible Hulk 387 9.6-9.8//9.8
    Spider-Man vs Wolverine 1 9.6-9.8//9.0
    Uncanny X-Men 238 9.6-9.8//9.2
    Uncanny X-Men 250 9.6-9.8//9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 260 9.6-9.8//9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 261 9.6-9.8//9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 263 9.6-9.8//9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 277 9.6-9.8//9.4
    Uncanny X-Men 279 9.6-9.8//9.2
    X-Factor 3 9.6-9.8//9.6
    X-Factor 7 9.6-9.8//9.4
    X-Factor 12 9.4-9.6//9.0
    X-Factor 13 9.6-9.8//9.8
    X-Factor 25 9.4-9.6//9.6
    X-Factor 28 9.6-9.8//9.4
    X-Factor 37 9.4-9.6//9.6
    Iron Man 256 9.6-9.8//9.8
    Iron Man 258 9.6-9.8//9.6
    Iron Man 259 9.6-9.8//9.8
    CIAO!
    FEDERICO
  22. XXXPHOENIX
    CGC vs XXXPHOENIX grading contest PART 11 : 90 (!) books just graded!
    Hello Collectors Society friends!
    Several weeks ago I submitted a big lot of books I had purchased raw off ebay or from www dealers in 2012. I find so challenging to hunt and select books to submit for my registry...it's much more interesting than purchasing them already graded!
    The majority of the submitted books comes from the late bronze / early copper age.
    I find this period particular challenging because books were not immediately bag&boarded after purchase and the low quality of the paper and cover means spine stress and corner dings even in unread copies...
    Some books are cursed: It's at least the third time I submit a MINT unread copy of FF261 for my FF Byrne set...and I this time I got another lousy 9.0! The same story for Amazing Spider-Man 309 and Alpha Flight 24!
    Most Uncanny X-men and the other FF issues I submitted received 9.4-9.8.
    I also got a 9.8 for Marvel vs DC #2 a book that together with DC vs Marvel preview in 9.2 allows me to reach the top the ranking.
    Avengers/Invaders 1 Dynamic Forces in CGC 9.6 sketched by Romita is a real treasure! So far I have put together 5 different copies of Avengers/Invaders 1 Dynamic Forces sketched by Romita (5/100 wow!).
    The boxes sent to CGC were three with the following turnaround times (from "received" to "shipped/safe" status -- MODERN tier)
    n.1 112 working days -- received by CGC on 11/13/2012
    n.2 61 working days -- received by CGC on 01/24/2013
    n.3 62 working days -- received by CGC on 01/24/2013
    STATS for my 90 graded books:
    8.5 6x
    9.0 5x
    9.2 9x
    9.4 18x
    9.6 33x
    9.8 19x
    I am quite satisfied since only 11 books graded way below my forecasts...Unfortunately for me most 8.5 were Miller Daredevils I had purchased from an unread/uncirculated lot of books. They looked flawless...but I won't spend a cent to get the grading notes!
    TITLE ISSUE FORECAST CGC
    Alpha Flight 17 9.4-9.6 /// 9.4
    Alpha Flight 23 9.4-9.6 /// 9.4
    Alpha Flight 24 9.4-9.6 /// 9.0 UHM!!!!
    Alpha Flight 25 9.4-9.6 /// 9.6
    Alpha Flight 26 9.4-9.6 /// 9.6
    Alpha Flight 6 9.4-9.6 /// 9.4
    Amazing Spider-Man 303 9.4-9.6 /// 9.8
    Amazing Spider-Man 309 9.4-9.6 /// 9.2 ...I can swear the book was flawless!!!
    Amazing Spider-Man 332 9.6-9.8 /// 8.5 UHM!!!!
    Avengers/Invaders 1 9.6-9.8 /// 9.6
    Daredevil 173 9.6-9.8 /// 9.6
    Daredevil 174 9.6-9.8 /// 9.4
    Daredevil 176 9.4-9.6 /// 8.5 ...I can swear the book was flawless!!!
    Daredevil 178 9.6-9.8 /// 9.4
    Daredevil 183 9.4-9.6 /// 9.4
    Daredevil 185 9.6-9.8 /// 8.5 ...I can swear the book was flawless!!!
    Daredevil 186 9.6-9.8 /// 9.8
    Daredevil 188 9.4-9.6 /// 9.4
    Daredevil 189 9.6-9.8 /// 9.8
    Daredevil 190 9.6-9.8 /// 9.2 ...I can swear the book was flawless!!!
    Daredevil 191 9.6-9.8 /// 8.5 ...I can swear the book was flawless!!!
    DC vs Marvel preview 1 9.2-9.4 /// 9.2
    Fantastic Four 236 9.6-9.8 /// 9.4
    Fantastic Four 252 9.2-9.4 /// 9.6
    Fantastic Four 256 9.6-9.8 /// 9.4
    Fantastic Four 259 9.2-9.4 /// 9.6
    Fantastic Four 261 9.4-9.6 /// 9.0 this book is cursed...I submitted three MINT copies in the recent past and never got anymore than 9.0!
    Fantastic Four 265 9.4-9.6 /// 9.6
    Fantastic Four 270 9.4-9.6 /// 9.4
    Fantastic Four 274 9.4-9.6 /// 9.6
    Fantastic Four 277 9.4-9.6 /// 9.8
    Fantastic Four 289 9.4-9.6 /// 9.6
    Fantastic Four 291 9.4-9.6 /// 9.6
    Fantastic Four 292 9.4-9.6 /// 9.6
    Incredible Hulk 331 9.4-9.6 /// 9.6
    Incredible Hulk 332 9.4-9.6 /// 9.2
    Incredible Hulk 339 9.4-9.6 /// 8.5 UHM!!!!
    Infinity Crusade 1 9.4-9.6 /// 9.6
    Infinity Gauntlet 6 9.4-9.6 /// 9.8
    Marvel vs DC 2 9.6-9.8 /// 9.8 NOW I AM N.1 in the ranking!
    Spectacular Spider-Man 200 9.6-9.8 /// 9.8
    Spider-man 3 9.4-9.6 /// 9.8
    Thor 337 9.4-9.6 /// 9.6
    Thor 339 9.4-9.6 /// 9.2
    Thor 340 9.4-9.6 /// 9.0
    Thor 341 9.2-9.4 /// 9.8
    Thor 343 9.2-9.4 /// 9.6
    Thor 344 9.6-9.8 /// 9.4
    Thor 345 9.6-9.8 /// 9.6
    Thor 346 9.6-9.8 /// 9.6
    Thor 347 9.4-9.6 /// 9.4
    Thor 349 9.4-9.6 /// 9.6
    Thor 352 9.6-9.8 /// 9.6
    Thor 354 9.6-9.8 /// 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 184 9.6-9.8 /// 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 209 9.6-9.8 /// 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 211 9.6-9.8 /// 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 224 9.6-9.8 /// 9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 226 9.6-9.8 /// 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 249 9.6-9.8 /// 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 259 9.6-9.8 /// 9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 272 9.6-9.8 /// 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 167 9.4-9.6 /// 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 203 9.6-9.8 /// 9.4
    Uncanny X-Men 214 9.6-9.8 /// 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 215 9.4-9.6 /// 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 219 9.6-9.8 /// 9.2 ...funny I chose this one out of 3 #219 BAH!
    Uncanny X-Men 225 9.6-9.8 /// 9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 230 9.6-9.8 /// 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 232 9.6-9.8 /// 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 235 9.4-9.6 /// 9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 245 9.6-9.8 /// 9.6
    Uncanny X-Men 246 9.4-9.6 /// 9.4
    Uncanny X-Men 247 9.6-9.8 /// 9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 252 9.4-9.6 /// 9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 264 9.6-9.8 /// 9.4
    Uncanny X-Men 265 9.4-9.6 /// 9.2 I could not spot any defect!
    Uncanny X-Men 273 9.6-9.8 /// 9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 274 9.4-9.6 /// 9.8
    Uncanny X-Men 278 9.4-9.6 /// 9.4
    Uncanny X-Men 279 9.4-9.6 /// 9.0 How is it possible!!!! For the third time I got a lousy 9.0 on this issue!
    Uncanny X-Men 299 9.4-9.6 /// 9.8
    Web of Spider-Man 100 9.6-9.8 /// 9.8
    X-Factor Annual 1 9.4-9.6 /// 8.5 ...I can swear the book was flawless!!!
    X-Factor 27 9.4-9.6 /// 9.4
    X-Factor 28 9.6-9.8 /// 9.2
    X-Factor 5 9.4-9.6 /// 9.6
    X-Factor 7 9.4-9.6 /// 9.2
    X-Men 11Silver 9.4-9.6 /// 9.0
     
    CIAO!
    FEDERICO - ITALY
  23. XXXPHOENIX
    AVENGERS/INVADERS 1 JOHN ROMITA SPIDER-MAN SKETCH SET
    HI!
    I am so proud to show you a FULL AVENGERS/INVADERS 1 - JOHN ROMITA SPIDER-MAN SKETCH SET made by all 5(!?) different types of Spidey poses that Romita Sr. drew for this particular issue!
    DF Certificate number 2/100 - Signed by Romita Sr.!
    DF Certificate number 5/100 - Signed by Romita Sr. and Alex Ross!
    DF Certificate number 7/100 - Signed by Romita Sr. and Alex Ross!
    DF Certificate number 27/100 - Signed by Romita Sr. and Alex Ross!
    DF Certificate number 83/100 - Signed by Romita Sr. and Alex Ross!
    I bought them raw mainly off Ebay and had them graded by CGC along the years.
    It has been a very hard task getting 5 different Spider-Man poses considering only 100 books were officially sketched by Romita for Dynamic Forces.
    Unfortunately CGC slabbed them with the Green label...
    I have always been a fan of Romita Sr.! His work on Amazing Spider-Man contributed to make Spidey an Icon!
    The sketches made for Avengers/Invaders 1 look awesome : Romita at his very best!!
     
    Excelsior!
    FEDERICO - ITALY

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  24. XXXPHOENIX
    Are you curious to see some rare vintage italian Marvel variants?
    PLUS.... get some free vintage Marvel italian books if you join the competition....Hello fellow collectors...Probably few of you are aware that Italy is probably the 3rd/4th largest comic books market in the world...Still today i.e. Mickey Mouse (Topolino) sells 700.000 copies per week(!).99% of the comics sold in the country are italian editions and are very different from their american counterparts.For what concerns Marvel comics, a part from few stories published in 1967-1968 in anthological magazines, we had to wait until 1970, when, an Italian publisher (Ed. Corno) purchased the rights to print Spider-Man etc etc from MARVEL!The first MARVEL comic published in Italian language was L'UOMO RAGNO #1 (SPIDER-MAN #1) in april 1970, followed in may 1970 by DEVIL #1 (DAREDEVIL #1). Many Marvel series were published in that decade: THOR, CAPTAIN AMERICA , FANTASTIC FOUR etc etc. Each book usually contained 2 or more stories instead of 1 as it was in the USA and once in a while you could find posters and stickers attached to the comics. Strangely, the first 50 issues of L'UOMO RAGNO and DEVIL were half in colour and half in B/W to save on printing costs!A month ago I still had not decided how to use my free collector society coupons so I opted to submit three books that had been sitting in my multiple-books-box for decades...I know they were not in good shape but I thought they would display nicely once graded!!!L'UOMO RAGNO 1 - 4/1970DEVIL 1 - 5/1970THOR 1 - 4/1971I have some multiple RAW ITALIAN Marvel books from that era ...SO I have decided to send some of them for free to the first 2 collectors who will able to associate the cover art of L'UOMO RAGNO 1, DEVIL 1, THOR 1 to the original american issues!!!To join the competition you need to post on the message board and not write me privately!CIAO!!!FEDERICOTo see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.
  25. XXXPHOENIX
    About the bad habit of not uploading cover scans in the registry...
    This simple thought has been buzzing in my head for a while:
    Do we collect serial numbers or comics?
    I would like to involve all the friends of the collector's society on this issue ...
    I usually browse other collectors' registry sets but, most of the times, I just find lists of serial numbers without covers scans nor descriptions.
    Isn't this sad?
    For this reason, in the past two months I have decided to write descriptions of all my slabbed books (more than 800) and to add the scans of all the covers.
    I can still improve my own sets: for example by writing presentations to all of them but, at least, if everybody uploaded the corresponding cover scan to its CGC serial, it would help to understand that we do not collect serial numbers but colorful valuable items!
    I hope that thanks to this brief thought, other collectors will be convinced to enrich their own sets with descriptions and scans in order to make our registry more colorful and enjoyable!
    HELLO!
    P.S. And yes...the attached picture depicts my entire CGC collection
    FEDERICO
    ITALY

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