Tony S

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    If you have a dream about out-posting me, you better wake up and apologize.

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  1. Tony S

    Seling Comics - Business Potential?

    THIS times 1000. I don't know what you do in your 9-5 job, but I assure you that based on the numbers so far, you will find selling 25,000 comic books a year will take a lot more than 40 hours a week of your time. This times 999..... Especially response to question B. No one is going to answer this question. Unless they are offering their business up for sale OR applying for a loan at the bank. Even then the numbers will only be provided to serious buyers or the bank loan officer. For decades I did mail order sales of collectible comics as a part time business via mail order while I worked a normal 8-4 job. You might find this is what is best for you but using online/ebay/comic books shows. Because old fashion mail order is much out of favor. I would also offer - as advice - that you need to move up the food chain as far as value of your inventory if you want to make $$ and not work like a rented mule. It takes just as much time and effort to sell a $5 book as $50 or a $500 book. You will likely have a larger gross profit margin selling $5 books. But you should make a lot more $$ per book selling $500 books. Or even $50 books. When it comes to listing items, taking pictures, answering inquiries,, packing items for shipment - the time spent is the same regardless of the value of the book(s).
  2. Tony S

    For the love of PGX

    Restored books don't follow a "50% of unrestored" price rule. There is a curve, based on condition. Restored books on key issues tend to bring around 1/2 in LOW GRADE. But when you get to high grade books, the percent that restored brings versus unrestored starts to shrink drastically. In 2011, AF 15 in CGC 9.6 set a sales record for Silver age books at 1.1 million dollars. Four months ago a Slight Professional restored AF 15 sold for $86,000. That less than 10%
  3. Tony S

    For the love of PGX

    Sometimes it works out for people. A few weeks ago sent in a X-Men 1 PGX graded 8.5 to CGC. It got an 8.0. My client paid - as you noted - about the 7.5 price. Because X-Men 1 makes a huge jump in price from 7.5 to 8.0, he made serious $$.
  4. Reinforced is using rice paper or similar to strengthen the book. It's most commonly done along the spine or centerfold but I have seen entire covers that were reinforced. Piece(s) added is just what it sounds like. A comic has missing piece(s) which are replaced with other pieces of paper. Professionals use similar paper (often from another vintage comic book) cut it to fit and glue it in. Leaf casting is done by creating a slurry of similar paper to what is being leaf cast. Then the page/cover with missing pieces is put into said slurry and the new paper adheres to the old. After removal and drying the missing pieces are filled in. When pieces are replaced / leafcasted there almost always color touch up or art recreation done. There is no inherent "good or bad" as far as each process. All are restoration. What matters is if the restoration is professional or amateur. A professional can replace pieces or leaf cast and both will look great when done. A professional reinforcing a page or spine will use archival materials and final result will be difficult (but not impossible) to see. Amateur restoration often looks worse than nothing done. I've seen pieces replaced with ruled notebook paper and elmer's glue.
  5. It is as Yorick said distributor ink. If you are unfamiliar with what distributor ink is.... Comic books back in the day were sold on a returnable basis. Retailers might only make a couple of cents on a comic book - but they only paid for the ones sold. Comic books were printed with a cover date that ranged 2.5 to 4 months later than when the actually arrived on the newsstands. This was an attempt to get retailers to keep the comics out for sale for a longer period of time - the publishers hoping for more sales and fewer returns. Retailers were wise to this and some would write or stamp an arrival date on the cover. Retailers were also deciding individually when to pull comics to return. Comic books back then were also distributed by regional distributors. Here in the Evansville Indiana area it was Loge News (I might be misspelling) Many distributors tried to enforce some consistency on how long comic books were out for sale before being returned. They did this with a color code system. Big stacks of comics would be placed on a table and an employee would use a can of spray paint and ideally do a nice neat stripe of color along the top edge of the comic. Then once a month the distributor would send - along with new comics - a note telling the retailer to "pull all red (blue, green, etc) coded comics and return for credit". Even if careful, the top and bottom comics in the stack tended to get more spray paint on them. Here in Evansville the joke among comic book collectors was that the employee spraying comics at Loge was paid by the number of cans of paint emptied, not by the hour. A lot of comics had excess distributor ink. If done neatly and the paint is only along the top edge, it doesn't affect the grade CGC assigns a book. Excessive ink will impact the grade - and how much the grade is affected depends on how bad the excess distributor ink looks. Your book here certainly has a fair amount of overspray. But I've seen a lot worse. The book will not be considered restored - at least not over the distributor ink. Nice pick up for a $1.
  6. The bottom staple is not "destroying" the book. If you keep the book in good storage conditions ( heat and humidity comfortable to human beings, not exposed to light (in a box) the rust is not getting any worse. 1) Don't bother removing and replacing the staple. That would result - if sent to CGC - in a conserved grade. 2) It would be a risky press, as the staple as pictured may well pull through the front cover 3) If you would like to have CGC graded 2.5-3.0, sure, send it in for CGC grading. 4) If you want the $$, sure. Sell it. 5) 2.5-3.0.
  7. Tony S

    swapping pages

    What marvelmaniac said. Your idea is called "marrying" pages. You have taken pages from another book and married them to this book. It will earn a restored "purple" label. Restored books - especially books published from 1970 on - are worth a fraction of what blue "universal" label books are. You are better off just getting hit on the grade of the book as is. Or keeping the book raw (unslabbed)
  8. Very sad.... He was an important character on Walking Dead during it's best years.
  9. Tony S

    In a pinch .....

    If you lay a comic book out on your driveway - in full sun - you'll start to notice a change in paper within just a few days. Comic books hung on dealers walls where the store has big windows and florescent lighting and the lights are on 8-12 hours a day 5-7 days a week will start to look faded and have color shifts in a couple of months. Experts in the field displaying and preserving valuable paper documents (Library of Congress, Northeast Document Conservation Center) list "best practices" for such. LED lighting at the lowest level practical, lights only on when the items are being viewed, no windows with sunlight coming in. And of course temperature and humidity should be controlled to the ideal ranges. Which fortunately isn't hard. If you are hot and sweaty in the room with your comics - the room is too hot and humid. If you are comfortable, your books are as well. So the takeaway from all of this is limited exposure to light - including using light to examine books or scan them - isn't going to be an issue at all. The real damage occurs from long term exposure. And it's possible to balance display and exposure. A windowless room (or darkening window shades), LED lights - and the lights only on when you are admiring the books. I personally prefer to frame pictures of covers and art prints for display in my comic room and keep my comics - raw and slabbed - in boxes in the dark. But I know many collectors like displaying their professionally graded and slabbed comics. If one follows the recommendations of professionals in the field of paper conservation it is possible to do so safely. If one displays their slabbed books in bright, sunny rooms there will - in a year or less - be regrets.
  10. Tony S

    Vintage Staples???

    The Overstreet Price Guide grading guidelines do not consider replacement of staples with vintage staples to be restoration or conservation. Professional grading companies (CGC) disagree. Staples cleaned or replaced - even with vintage staples - will get a conserved notation from CGC.
  11. Recessed (or sometimes referred to as impacted) staples are a common printing defect. Books stapled with too much force. At it's worst the staple can cut right through the paper off cover. It can also be a defect caused by poor pressing CGC - for the most part - gives printing defects a pass. As Bomber-Bob notes, given the number of color breaking spine creases visible, it certainly appears as though the impacted top staple had no effect on the grade assigned.
  12. Tony S

    In a pinch .....

    No You can order UV blocking film. Slab-pro makes such already pre-cut for CGC slabs. It is worth noting that while UV wavelengths are the most destructive, all light is damaging over the long term to paper. If you display your slabs, for safety it should be in a room with no windows and the (LED) lights should be off except when you are actually in the room. I personally make color copies of covers I like and frame those. My comics - slabbed or raw - stay in boxes, in the dark.
  13. Tony S

    In a pinch .....

    The owner is badly misinformed. seriously paranoid - or doesn't want people looking to close.... Damage from exposure to light takes a great deal more time than a few minutes with a cell phone flashlight. More importantly, the light on one's phone (iPhone or Andriod) is from LED's. LED lights emit no UV wavelengths - the most destructive wavelengths of light. As Aszumilo observes, the fluorescent lights at most venues that host comic book shows are doing much more in the way of aging paper.
  14. Tony S

    In a pinch .....

    No - it is CRITICAL that only the flashlight on Android phones be used. Sorry More seriously, there is no fool proof tool that will make sure you catch restoration. Black Lights for instance are best used in a dark room and the wavelength of the light matters. There is a sticky on how to detect restoration on this forum. Like many discussions here it gets off topic and repeats itself, but it is worth reading
  15. There is little point to pressing 9.8's to 9.8. Pressing takes time and costs money. Save your moderns until you have 25. Then submit them at a 9.8 prescreen. Any books slabbed will be 9.8's. Any rejects are returned to you raw. Look over the rejects closely. If you don't see any defects pressing can't fix then have them pressed and resubmitted for grading. To a lot of people it looks like the big dealers always have nothing but 9.8's with their moderns. Leading to suspicion that dealers that submit large volumes get better grades. This isn't what is going on. Large volume submitters prescreen their moderns at 9.8. Prescreen is a wonderful tool and more people should use it.