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. Sorry, but it is sun fading. You can tell by the yellow in Amazing Spider-Man. Yellow is a color that simply fades exposed to sun light. And what you see on your 7.0 is a faded yellow.
  2. ComicLink & Comic Connect would be my first and second choices. If you really just want to sell, get the books to one those two auction houses and let them take care of everything. Not just the auction, but deciding what books should be professionally graded and encapsulated (CGC) and what books going to CGC should be cleaned and pressed before graded. And have them arrange for all of that along with doing the auction. They would cover the cost of such upfront and deduct the costs of pressing/grading from your payment(s). If you think you probably want to sell this is also the best way - emotionally- to go about it. I know half a dozen people personally that I recommended having their books sent directly from the grading company to an auction house. Rip off the bandage so to speak. Also saves postage costs. But they decided they'd like to see the books one last time and send them in for auction after they had a chance to see all cleaned up and slabbed. NOW they are all comic book collectors. Instead of a nice wad of cash in the bank they have an expensive hobby
  3. Pressing can flatten out subscription copies that were folded and mailed. But those books nearly always have a crease visible on the back and/or front covers. In areas of color the crease nearly always breaks color. A 10 inch crease is not a small defect. Even after pressing It's rare that a subscription copy ever grades higher than 6.0 - and 5.0-5.5 is more common.
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    Overspray or Mold?

    Cannot tell for sure from pictures what it is. I think it very likely the grading notes would say. And that CGC took into account whatever it was when assigning the grade.
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    Scanning CGC slabs

    Great information and even better picture!
  6. CGC would not fix the microchamber paper showing. They probably would fix something like hair trapped in the holder.
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    Scanning CGC slabs

    New CCD scanners start at close to a grand. Used is your friend here so eBay and Craigslist. Look at the thread that was linked above. Lots of good suggestions. My own is an HP Scanjet 8300. They were built like a tank, sold in large numbers to businesses and government agencies. HP has kept the drivers up to date. ch
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    DC vs Marvel as a kid

    I was ten years old in 1964. My years of buying comics as a child was 1964-1970. At 16 I discovered girls and cars and sorta ignored comics until I was junior in college. My brother and I read/bought everything except Romance, Archie and Westerns. Marvels were where the most excitement was at, but Batman was on TV and Gold Key impressed with both the Disney characters and small superhero line that had painted covers - front and back - and no ads. Tower had great art, Harvey had Spooky and Charlton taught you Judo. That wide interest persists to this day. For me, there is no Marvel Vs DC.
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    Peter (Comics4less) is a great example of how one can build a solid business on eBay. Low starting bid, no reserve auctions. Every single week. Conservative grading. cheap but secure and quick shipping, easy returns. I discovered him early on and nabbed a good number of bargains. But as time went on Peter amassed more and more followers. It is RARE that anything goes cheap now. I still purchase a few books from them every once in a while. But it tends to be the more obscure stuff that I like (say Charlton or Tower Superhero) where I'm not competing with as many buyers. Comics4less attends a lot of shows but only brings inexpensive $1-$3 books. At those shows he goes looking for inventory. He sells literally all of his good stuff on eBay, not shows. It's a solid business model that if someone wanted to put in the work, time and money could be duplicated.
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    International shipping

    No, you could ship it by USPS. I'm using the UK for my estimates at the USPS website. Canada would be less, Australia 2x more. . Western Europe the same price as UK. You are looking at about $180 Priority Express international and $350 Global Express Guaranteed. You can check the websites of UPS and FedEx for their rates. They will not be cheaper. Probably more. There hasn't been any inexpensive international shipping options for a decade now.
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    International shipping

    Insurance is always my biggest concern with shipping internationally. Substantial amounts of insurance are only available with the most expensive shipping services. So unless you are willing to risk giving the statues away, you are going to have to use the most expensive services Priority Mail international provides up to $200 of insurance. No extra can be purchased Priority Mail Express International allows you to purchase up to $650 of insurance Global Express Guaranteed allows you to purchase up to $2499 of insurance coverage. The cost - before any extra insurance - for a 2lb package to the UK is $60/$74/$135. International buyers will understandably want you to use the least expensive shipping method. But I refuse to unless I have received payment that cannot be reversed. Like an international MO or wire transfer. Because if you get paid with PayPal or a credit card and agree to use something like first class international that isn't insured, you run a very high risk of ending up with neither your stature NOR your money
  12. So far I think the most important thing has not been addressed. CCS charges $$ to screen a comic book for suitability of pressing. . Screening is specifically recommended on the CCS home page to mitigate the chance of damage during pressing. If screening was not paid for there is zero chance of getting any sort of compensation from damage as a result of pressing. Even if screening was paid, there is no guarantee of compensation - but your chances are probably better. The last two paragraphs on CCS's homepage explain it best:: Link: Because of the interactive nature of pressing, there is always a possibility of damage occurring to the comic book. This generally only happens if a comic book is in fragile condition, including books that are tanned or brittle, spines exhibiting splits, loose paper on the staples, or pieces that are barely attached. To mitigate the possibility of damage, it is recommended that each book is examined for these defects prior to submission. When in doubt, the CCS screening service should be utilized to assess safety. Because it is impossible to ensure that damage will not occur, CCS will not be held liable for split spines, covers or pages detached from staples, or detached pieces.
  13. Your book looks to be financially worthwhile to get professionally graded and encapsulated. ASM 300 has long been a collectible issue and is very much in demand right now with Venom soon to have his own movie. It's also a book that tends to sell for more professionally graded than raw. As comicdonna mentioned, the book also looks like it would benefit from being pressed before graded. Your copy shows a good amount of potential of grading fairly high. Welcome to the boards!
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    Yep, we are in the 1990's collectibles pre-crash

    I don't know anything about sports cards and what is good or bad for the hobby. But I would dispute the Walking Dead TV show bringing in new comic book fans. Rather the TV show has caused a great deal more interest in the comic book - especially collecting the key issues - among people that were ALREADY comic book collectors. At it's peak in season 5, you had 14 million viewers watching the show. That's dropped by 1/2 to about 6.6 million viewers this season. The comic book routinely sells around 75,000 to 85,000 copies a month. Depending on what other titles are being released, The Walking Dead comicbook sometimes slips into the top 10 best selling comic books and is typically in the top 20. Obviously, not even a tiny fraction of the 6 - 7 million viewers of the show are coming into comic book stores to buy the comic. I suspect Amazon probably sells some extra trades to the occasional rare viewer that wants to see what happened in the comics. But even that is few and far between. People can search the internet for what the differences are between the comic and TV show. The TV show has interested existing comic book collectors in putting the Walking Dead on their pull list and want list. It hasn't done mess to bring in new comic book collectors.
  15. It's rare for CGC to bump up modern's to a higher tier. CGC's own advertisement for rolling the modern tier back to 1975 is a picture of a Giant Size X-Men 1 in 9.6. That's a book worth over $3000. People are sending in ASM 300's, New Mutants 98 and NYX 3 all the time as modern tier submissions. Your question about shipping is actually more important. FedEx and UPS shipments have $100 in insurance. The entire box - not each comic. Loss or damage is uncommon - but not unheard of. IF FedEx or UPS were to lose or damage your package of say six books the best you would get is a note from the carrier saying "we're sorry" and a check for $100. So using FedEx or UPS comes down to your aversion to risk. As the saying goes, the fact the odds were 1 in 1000 doesn't mean much if YOU are the one. If you declare each book at $200, send in say six books and use Registered Mail, your package travels back to you insured for $1200. But equally important is how Registered Mail works. Where loss or damage is uncommon with FedEx and UPS, it's virtually unheard of with Registered mail. This is the service jewelers use to ship diamond rings. Registered mail is packaged so as to be tamper evident, it doesn't travel with other classes of mail, when it's not actually moving it's locked up. So you might still be under insured at $1200 for your package of six books. But you 12x more insurance than $100 AND you are using the service that gets as close to "for certain" as is humanly possible. Registered Mail costs more and takes longer, but it's worth it. Use the modern tier, list each book at $200 and have the books returned by Registered Mail. And welcome to the boards!