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  1. It would be a huge surprise if any of the comics are in gem mint condition. When comics are brand new and fresh from the manufacturer, very few can ever attain a grade of gem mint. Typically 9.8 is the best one can reasonably expect. If something has been in its original shipping box for nearly 3 decades, it is highly likely that many copies would have indentations, waviness or other issues just from the box they were stored in. Depending on the storage conditions, the page quality could have suffered. Inspect the books very carefully before you ship them in, and send only th
  2. ask yourself questions questions. Do you personally like the books? Is the price worth it to you? if the answers to both questions are yes, then buy them.
  3. Given that these go for about a buck apiece new (according to my exhaustive two-minutes of Googling), I was hoping somebody would have a use for these used ones at a fraction of that. If there are no takers, I'll shut this down and try elsewhere. If all else fails, they'll go out with the trash, but I'm really hoping somebody has a use for them.
  4. Here's a cheap way to identify the books in your longboxes of unslabbed books. White plastic title dividers. But not just ANY white plastic title dividers. VINTAGE title dividers. These were used in a comic shop in the mid-1990's. They show signs of aging (some have yellowed) and wear. These are well used, and some are a bit dusty. Some are pre-printed with the names of series you probably don't collect (Heathcliff, one?); others were never pre-printed, but have titles written on them in marker or printed laser labels on them. What these need is a new home (yours!) and your label
  5. In my experience, they are not split at the spines nor glued. They are typically trimmed on 3 sides, though. Previously-bound books that I’ve encountered have many holes along the spine from the binding.
  6. The short answer is “no.” A miswrap like that is common on comics. In fact, that one isn’t actually very severe compared to many others that I have seen. Frequently collectors who are new to comics expect that production defects will make the comics more valuable. That may be because of their knowledge of some other collectibles: People who don’t collect anything at all have probably heard of the Inverted Jenny postage stamp, estimated to be worth more than $1 million because of a misprint. Coins with errors on them are known to be worth more. However, there is an important
  7. While re-reading the 1955 US Senate report on comics and juvenile delinquency, I came across my answer. It appears that it was common for entire books to be returned in their entirety. "The newsdealer is charged for the entire contents of the bundle he receives. However, the newsdealer may return the comic books, if they remain unsold, as in the case of other items, and receive credit. The Wholesaler may route the returns to other dealers. When it is finally determined that certain returns are not salable, the wholesaler returns them to the distributor, for use in his accounting with the
  8. It's been a while since I've offered one like this. Here's a grail for somebody who wants the ultimate SOTI experience. Seduction of the Innocent by Dr. Fredric Wertham, first edition, first print, first state (with bibliography!) The dust jacket has some paper loss at the head and tail of the spine, edge wear, and two small closed tears on the FC. The book is very tight and clean. Unmarked with the following exceptions. There is one stamp inside the FC and another on the front free end paper. There's a yellowish stain on the "how to hurt people" illustration page. There is tape r