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  1. Tnerb

    Feeling Blind

    My first Journal was simple. I had a through an dI wrote. Now, thoughts have been few and far between. My life opened and upended again. I am almost exactly where I started and better off for it. However, my collecting has changed, and I don't necessarily mean by grading company. Marvel lost me on all titles but two and that might change to one. I have been visiting more comic conventions in the hope to lose myself into my hobby. Ive been listening to inspirational messages and trying to create my own. My father died over a year ago and I lost the one person I ready everything to. I still read it to him, but now I get no answer. My last CGC book arrived in the Mail a measly 7.5, and I am ok with that. the cover is awesome and it is signed. Actually my last CGC book that arrived was sent to me by a friend that is currently over seas which means I will be missing him at Baltimore. That as I write I realize I have no reason to write a journal, or rather no direction to write a journal. I am just trying out this new format. I am hoping I like it, because if I don't I most likely will fade away again. My goals are still the same, to own a complete set of New Mutants in a 9.8 or better, something CGC made harder after adding a few second, third, and fourth prints. Not to mention 5th and 6th. Then there are the BIRTHDAY books. At first I limited myself to 45. Forty five was doable. 45 was clean...45 is not longer the amount I need. Now will Dell, Charlton, Archie, and a few others, I need over a 100. some of these I am buying just to have. Others I hope will eventually be graded, but nothing less that a 9.2. do you realize how difficult it is to find some of these in the first place... and then there is original artwork. Yes, this bug bit me. However I am trying to really limit myself to what I get. I currently own nine pages from New Mutants 15. Two are framed, the other seven need to be still, and two of those I only just got in the last month. Now if anyone could please help me with learning the new journals, I would appreciate that. Image is from Buz Hasson who will be at the Baltimore Comic Con. I recommend seeing him for a commission.
  2. I found that the more I try to find out the differences/similarities of any third party grading company has taken away funds to buy something new. At NYCC my goal is to buy something new (to me). I think I might take a page from your book and see what my LCS has something graded compared to what CGC will grade it. Thanks for your journal.
  3. First off let us state who the other guys are. If they are not CGC, then they are the other guys. I have posted books on social media. And the one thing that was a real turn off is that if I posted a book by the other guys it was ridiculed and deemed a gift grade, no matter what the grade was. If it was a 9.2, CGC never would have graded it that high, or an 8.5...WHAT? With that grease marker... A 9.9... They are giving you a gift. If it was graded by CGC there was unadulterated praise. A Gem Ten...Wow, CGC really knows what they are doing. I even experimented a little to see the difference between CGC and the other guys. The results don't matter here, what matters is how another CGC fan boy treated the situation. After that happened I felt betrayed. I lost the impetus to share anything and everything about the grading community. Then the things in my personal life were occurring, the most heart wrenching was the death of my closest friend, my confidant, my sounding board. The thing is no matter who graded the book, we all forgot that it was the book in the first place we desired. If CGC never opened their doors in January of 2000, if grading was still argued over the convention floor, if you had to trust the auction sites to not only accurately grade the book, but to be honest about it, then it comes down to the original material at hand, the comic book itself. I had a book graded by CGC a 9.2, after a signature was added, it was an 8.0. The drop of the grade hurts in two ways, one financially and the other is ego. Can I praise a lower grade book? Can I scream from the roof tops that I have it? Can I look past that it is only an 8.0. Damn straight I can. Will I have it signed and pressed? Yes, I will. Will I be happy if it goes up? Damn straight I will. Will I be happy if it drops... Well, what does that matter? It's the book that is what collecting these things are all about, graded or not, by CGC or... well by CGC or the other guys. Thanks for Reading Tnerb See more journals by Tnerb
  4. Or Let's forget about Surfing There has been so much said about the new case and the waves it created. My problem with the new case is totally different. CBCS has their case, PGX has theirs. And then there is Halo and Vault. The case is essential to the collector, or at the very least it is to this collector. In 2007 I immersed myself back into the comic book world and picked up my first two CGC graded comic books. They were both blue label books, one was a 9.8 (eventually I sold this one) and the other was a 9.0 (which I still have). These labels were after the red labels and showed the numeric grade quite dominantly on the left hand side. Every single New Mutants issue I own have these labels, whether they are blue (universal) or (yellow) they are a complete set. Out of the original 107 issue set (CGC has since added a few) I had 106. The 107th one I need is issue 58. Only one currently exists in 9.8. The problem is that when a second one arises and I get it, the label and slab will be different than the other 106 books in my set. As a completist I'll be happy to have them all. This of course is before they added the multiple prints and summer special that are part of the current set. So what am I to do? Can I get a 58 and trade it with the only one in the new old label? Will bagofleas do that? Or do I just submit them all for the new label? And then what about my original set? Do I continue to get CGC to grade them, or CBCS since I just recently used them to get Jim Shooter and Tom Mandrake? If it comes down to a choice of either purchasing a new label or the old label, I will choose the old label and the only reason for this is my OCD tendencies. Thanks for reading PS. Photo of New Mutants Annual 2 was cracked for signatures and the old new label. See more journals by Tnerb
  5. Or I have been "Wallaced" once again. Sometimes my collection is filled not with what I have, but with what I lost. I am a collector. The Star Wars Pepsi cans I had to cut at the bottom to allow the soda to be released without breaking the seal lay in a box some where in storage. The Star Wars action figures are in multiple boxes in multiple closets behind multiple book cases. Should I mention the hardcover novels I like to read, the pops craze that took over my shot glass space, or my digital library that I fear I will lose (or had already lost due to a computer crash)? Lately I have been selling off pieces of my CGC collection. The items I bought with the increase of cash from this purge of books have been for healthcare payments, car payments, even a plane ticket back home for my wife for a funeral. I've been lucky though, since I found a buyer and out of the abundance I sold I only got rid of one book that was a Grail. The others I was happy to see go to a good home. Each time I sold five or six books, I thought I could use that money to buy one book. I didn't. Instead, another payment was paid, rent, utilities, and insurance again. Yes, healthcare is damn expensive. Did I mention I'm at the doctor's office right now? I was watching a few books in the most recent Pedigree auction. One in particular was a beautiful copy of a CGC 9.8 of a birthday book I struggled to find in near mint condition (the struggle continues). Sure, the pages weren't deemed white, but a 9.8 as old as me (Technically older, since most of my birthday books were released in February of 1972) is amazing. I placed an opening bid that I knew would never win. In hours I was notified to try again. I didn't. I hoped to come in and win in the final seconds. I watched and waited. I calculated what I WOULD spend against what I COULD spend. They were vastly different dollar amounts. Suffice it to say in the weaning hours, I was out. It's not that I wouldn't have gone higher, because I would have. It's just that I couldn't. I had something similar happen with a Sub-Mariner #38 which I eventually purchased, although not the same I might add as what I clearly craved. The bidding closed, my data base was not updated and I lost without really playing at all. I hope to find one in the wild, maybe during a game of ComicBookGo, maybe I'll find it in a distant land rummaging through a box here or there. Maybe it will be there waiting for me? Or maybe, just MAYBE, it will sit forever, lost among my collection of never-haves and never-should-be's. Ps: To whomever purchased the item pictured, Bravo. See more journals by Tnerb
  6. The following is very personal and close to my heart. It's also sad. I needed to vent and I chose to do so where I feel most comfortable. This isn't about comic books. 045772324 I've been a private person. I got this from my father. When I started to collect CGC graded comic books I wrote about them in the journals over the years. As I wrote I opened up. I not only told you of my efforts to complete a New Mutants set in a 9.8, not only did I talk repetitiously about my ASM 129, but I also wrote about my life in general. Last year I closed up again. I stopped writing. One might assume that CBCS might be the cause, that I switched sides. This has nothing to do with The newest grading company coming on to the scene and although I have a few, the reason for my seclusion was deeper. Married life changes a person and as I adapted (and still am adapting) I became closer to being like my father. My father cared for his wife, she wasn't his first, but she was his best. They married back in 78' when I had a handful of comic books to my name. I owe her a lot. My father cared for his kids, it didn't matter if they were his or hers. He loved us all the same, equally. Then it was his grand kids. He cherished them, but only after they became potty trained. I read him my journals after I wrote them. At least 500 made their way to his ears before they made it to your eyes. Each one made me feel elated as he smiled or laughed and he told me they were good. The positive praise was much better than when he told my 12 year old self I sucked at singing and I should quit now. I returned the favor by teasing him well into my adult life by showing him the comic book he refused to buy me for $300 when I was 16, and currently sells for $20k-$25k. This netted me the credit card whenever I wanted it. I just had to pay him back. That was fair, but he was always a fair man. Over 44 years I angered him, made him sad, made him happy, had him cry, had him scared, had him jubilant, victorious, and defeated. Never in games. His record stands at 1-0 in a single game of Monopoly. And many of those things, if not all those things, he never told me. What he did tell me over the years from the first time he held me until he could tell me no more was "I love you". And for a good ten to fifteen years straight after every phone call he would tell me he was proud of me. After every phone call I hung up smiling. This man never understood why I collected comic books. He never understood the search, but as I took him to a few conventions with my son he was just happy to be there. I can go on, and I want to go on because there are so many more things I want to say. So many memories I want to share, but the result is the same, I type in tears. I'll have no more memories. My father was battling cancer. In the beginning he told no one. Finally he succumbed and no longer kept it secret. I can here my step-mothers voice calling his name telling him to tell her. Then months later it was our turn, but only when it was too late. My father never wanted to burden us (his kids) with his problems, its the way he was. Finally my step-brother, sister, and I knew. My father got weaker. On April 5th 2016, he was the weakest I've ever seen him. As I left his place he simply told me, "Lee, this is life". I simply replied "I know" while inside me was crying like a lil kid and I thought "this is the part". The next day he was in the hospital. He did get to go home but was back in the same hospital for the same reason a few days after that. There was too much fluid in his lungs and the cancer that was originally in his skin and bones that narrowly missed his pancreas was attacking what gave him breath. Finally on the 12th of May he was moved to hospice and when I started that day at work I realized the worse thing, he was never coming home. They gave him the option to go through chemo, since the other options, that had huge success ratios with others, simply did nothing for my father. The chemo option, the last option, had just a good a chance to kill him than to save him. My father is a smart man, smarter than I ever gave him credit for, he knew the odds were not in his favor. He told the doctors, it's ok. They did their best and it's time for him to move on. I keep visiting, my optimism thinking that somehow, someway, some miracle will prevail, while the other side of me, just wants his daddy back. The tears flow again. I've been blessed more so for knowing this man, because with one simple twist of fate, I could have missed having the greatest father I ever could have. One more time dad. I love you. Thanks for reading Lee Ps. This man. This great man was still with me as I wrote this and I wonder do I show him this and read it to him, or do I just let him hear it in the hereafter. Maybe, he will hear you read it out loud. See more journals by Tnerb
  7. Tnerb

    Comic Book Memories

    My older books were Sub-Mariner 38, Crazy 3, Tales of suspense 97 and 99.
  8. Recently the New Mutants set had the $5.95 price variant and a sixth printing variant added to the set for the Marvel Graphic Novel issue 4. Can we add the other printings (2,3,4, and 5)? And while we are at it, maybe the Summer Special as well.
  9. Tnerb

    World's Finest

    That is beautiful
  10. Although I am happy with my copy, your is truly a specimen to hold in awe. Your journal was truly inspiring and have always been a pleasure to read. I remember being disappointed with first Punisher movie, even upset about hearing they didn't want to use his emblem with the skull siting it was to comic bookish. The reboot, I enjoyed. It was fun to watch but I never did see War Zone. I've always like Frank Castle as the anti-hero and felt he was always better as a character who plays best as a supporting character, mainly because he kills his enemies. How many enemies does a writer have to create for the character be true to form. I look forward to your next journal.
  11. Originally written for PopCultureUncovered with the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman movie to be released. I hope I did it justice. Batman and Superman: Truly the World's Finest. As a Marvel comic book fan it might be difficult for me to say this, but my first introduction to the World's Finest team wasn't the Fantastic Four, Avengers, or the X-Men; it was the super duo of Batman and Superman. Even though I wasn't around for their first comic book meeting, I was introduced to them in 1981. It impacted the way I would look at team-up books over the next few decades. The two Golden Age heroes originally teamed up in print with Superman #76, where they exchanged secret identities (5-52). This was published between the Golden and Silver Age of comics, known as the Atomic Age. If you want their true first meeting, it was actually years before, on March 5th 1945. This took place on the Superman radio show, but that's a whole different story, or is it? My father was only four when the Dynamic Duo and the Man of Steel joined each other on the cover of World's Best Comics #1, something they also did a year earlier in New York World's Fair Comics from 1940, but if you opened the pages, they were never paired together. Over the years National Allied Publications (before they became DC, a name they were called throughout the years, but wasn't officially their company name until 1977) presented the covers with Clark and Bruce's alter egos, but they didn't find themselves working together until 1954 when DC published World's Finest #71 entitled "Batman-Double for Superman". Four decades had passed before a copy of the greatest super hero duo made its way into my hands. The series lasted for 323 issues and ran from 1941 to 1986, but it was issue #271 from September of 1981, 200 issues after they joined forces, that introduced me to the comic book world of Superman and Batman together. At nine years old it was a comic I read over and over. To this day I still have no idea how this comic book came into my possession. For $1 I would have rather purchased a candy bar than an over-priced publication. Issue #271 was a few stories told in one comic book. This is where the radio drama unfolded in beautiful four color form. Batman was missing and it became Superman's job to rescue him, with the help of Robin, the Boy Wonder. One story even had Bruce help Clark when Lois was absolutely, positively sure that Clark Kent and Superman were the same person, not to mention that Bruce discovered that Superboy and Ma and Pa Kent's adopted son were one and the same. And did you know that Robin was the defender of Gotham since Batman was originally dead on Earth 2? In January of '86, DC ended the long running World's Finest with issue #323. The cover was simple as Batman and Superman said goodbye, two words rested on the cover stating "The End". The title of the issue was "Afraid of the Dark". I never purchased it. To this day issue #271 is still the be-all, end-all Superman/Batman story to me, while many favor Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. The success in the eighties of DC's square bound limited series starring both of their franchise quarterbacks (as older counterparts) prompted a second series, the Dark Knight Strikes Again, and more recently the Dark Knight III: the Master Race. The first two can be found in trade paperback format for the reader, while the more collectible conscious person might hunt down a reasonably priced graded copy. I recently found among all the new number ones, that my passion in collecting comic books has remained strong for nostalgic reasons. There is something beautiful and poetic about finding a book from my childhood, and also that I would find it today in the same condition it might have been in when it was originally on the shelf thirty years ago. In today's market, at the turn of the millennia, after Superman's death and Batman's broken back, third party grading arrived on the scene. This helped cause speculation, and dealers to clamor for higher prices. And now with a movie that should have been released right around 2007's I am Legend, many key team-up books featuring the two Warner Brother's franchises has led for these issues to be desired again. On eBay, typing in Superman and Batman along with Comic Books will fetch you over 15,000 hits. Some of them tediously priced, most likely caused by the fervor of the upcoming movie. In 1979 Superman was shown to the world making us believe a man could fly. Ten years later we realized that Mr. Mom could be a good Batman. And when it was announced Ben Affleck would portray Batman, fanboys (and girls) frothed at the mouth spewing their feelings about it. As far as comic book collectors (and dealers) were concerned, this caused more and more people to send in books to get graded, speculating that the higher the grade, the better the profit. After all, it worked for New Mutants 98, the first appearance of Deadpool. A perfect Gem Mint 10 copy sold for $15,449, a price normally reserved for books from the sixties, not the nineties. The Dark Knight Returns had several printings. Issue #1 had four different printings graded by CGC. 1,857 of the first printing of the Dark Knight Returns was graded by the premiere grading company while 1,239 of issue two (first printing), 1,327 of issue three (first printing), and 1,407 of issue four. It is rare when a comic book series' subsequent issues climb higher in the number of graded copies. Issue one is normally the highest submitted issue, keys withstanding, then the numbers usually drop, like in this instance, it is unheard of for a third issue and then a fourth issue grade more frequently than the second issue. In fact, I know of no other instances. When it was finally announced that Superman would battle the Caped Crusader the Dark Knight Returns was once again becoming a hot commodity. Issue #1 has climbed in the last few years, almost doubling what it was selling for in 2012. The last recorded sale, as of this writing was $650, slightly less than the $708.90 day average. The 90 day average for the following issues graded a 9.8 by third party grading company CGC are as follows: #2 at $163, #3 at $124, and issue #4 at $270. Imagine originally buying these at cover price. Not to mention the fact that a Gem Mint 10 copy of issue 3 sold for over six times the amount of a 9.8 copy. This sale happened in August 2008 and I could only guess it would sell for six times that in today's market. I don't see the owner parting with this anytime soon (No, it isn't mine.) As for my ultimate Superman/Batman pairing, there is no 90 day average. Only five 9.8 copies of them have been recorded as being sold and one of those copies is recorded twice. The highest it ever sold for was in 2007 for $192, the following year the price dropped to $45, and the last sale was in 2014 for $90. Only 18 have been graded by CGC and a third of those are the coveted 9.8 grails. One day I hope to find a copy that looks like it came fresh off the shelf and send it in for grading myself. The issue itself was dedicated to telling the history of the forming of the two greatest DC characters ever created. In each story, weaved together in a singularity tale so the reader could understand and enjoy. The plot concluded with them becoming friends, so what other possible outcome could there be on the silver screen? And I almost forgot Superman #76, the only 9.4 graded by CGC was sold in 2011 for a minimal $8,365. The highest copy recorded on the CGC census is a 9.6. Two of which exist out of the 197 recorded as being graded. There are no recorded sales by GPA for those. I try not to speculate on what I can buy to sell. In 1986 I purchased what I liked to read. And when DC published this Frank Miller classic I passed on getting this iconic story for other comic books (it was expensive for a young teenager with an allowance), but I will not pass seeing these two characters up on the silver screen as they square off against each other. The only question remains is not if the movie will be great, but will I see it the day it is released. Thanks for Reading *all sales figure numbers are from GPA. GPA does not get all sales data from all sources or from private sales. *all quantities of graded comic books are from the census created by CGC. The census is only an approximate count since any books taken out of their protective slabs nulls any certification. *additional information was also attained from an editorial written by the writer of issue #271, Roy Thomas, published in the inside cover of the same issue. An issue I recommend to anyone who likes these two characters together. *Batman being dead on Earth II is not entirely accurate. By the end of World's Finest, when Batman and Superman defeat the villain of the issue, it was revealed that Batman of Earth II was dead, but in our world two years later when Brave and the Bold #197 was released, Catwoman married the Caped Crusader. How that worked in the Copper Age continuity or even today's, is anyone's guess. See more journals by Tnerb
  12. I'm in. Thank you for the invite.
  13. I would love to see them too. I've been staring at older books knowing I can't afford them, but seeing the, especially books I have never seen before help me discover things I never would have before.
  14. Merry Christmas my friend. I hope you have the best Christmas you possibly could have.