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  1. His offer is not so low as to seem like a "ripoff" or anything. Everyone's overstock varies. And even on keys or semi-keys... if I already have 5 copies, it may affect how much I want to pay for an entire collection. Or I may pass on those and explain they are valuable to someone but I'm stocked on them, and make an offer on the other items. 10-cents is fairly standard on $1-box stock, but I've heard as low as 5-cents... especially on very large collections, though I've never offered that low myself. He may be in line for your area, however, since no one else would even come look at the books. I have a lot of stock because I've been in business for 35 years. But we don't get collections rolling in through the doors in Ohio like they might in a major metropolitan area. If he stated $800, it's also possible he's expecting you to up him to $900, or maybe even $1000. Again... I'm just giving some general insights into business in this neck of the woods, and have no background in your region. But if I had to give you parameters based just on what I can glean... $1500 would be a windfall offer and should be grabbed up immediately. $500 is probably way too low, and definitely worth you taking the time to sell them yourself. Somewhere in the middle is where you have to balance time spent selling vs. instant cash and decide based on that.
  2. One can never be sure without seeing the books, and areas of the country will vary... but his offer does seem a bit low, especially in a market like New Jersey. I'm guessing most of your keys I might consider semi-keys... but even so, assuming the $1900 is real-world retail, I would likely be paying about $1000 (I have book scouts sell me that sort of material every week at about that percentage). True major keys (SpMan 129, FF48, SpMan 50, and on and on... would pay considerably more, even in lower and average grades). We pay 10-cents each for bulk 80s and 90s books that go into our dollar room. So your asking price of $1200 sounds like exactly what we'd offer. But we have a large store operation, and a lot of out-of-state travel-throughs. We don't put collectibles on eBay, however, or do shows anymore either... just in-store sales, and we're in central Ohio which is a tougher market than the big cities. I'm not sure I understand the 48-hour thing... we may sell some books immediately, but others may take weeks or months. A percentage of $1 books, even at that price, will never sell, or will have to be bulked out at or near cost. We have enough backstock on much material that if we can't make a decent offer, we simply pass rather than lowball... so as always, much would depend upon the mix.
  3. Yeah... here's the thing... you gotta be careful with those... an awful lot were actually auto-penned by his secretary.
  4. And just to clarify (for my post at least), I'm just teasing. I sell sig series books myself in the shop. In fact, that same book would sell far more quickly for me than any Aaron Burr (or Henry IV) signature, despite my own value preferences. Of course it's silly to mix and match different fields of interest for comparison, hence the just-having-fun point. But... fun aside, your thread is a serious one, and not meaning to derail it... here's hoping you can ultimately get your book back undamaged... we all fear similar situations whenever we mail off an expensive item.
  5. Yes... to be fair, to get top dollar, you have to have your King Henry IV autograph witnessed at a participating con.
  6. This is what makes comic collecting superior to all other fields... the bargains that can be had are astounding! Sure... judging by auction results, that $400 could have gotten you a signed Theodore Roosevelt letter, a land grant autographed by John Quincy Adams, a hand-written note from H.G. Wells, a document signed by Aaron Burr, not 1 but 3 letters signed by Alexander Dumas, or a one-page document autographed by King Henry IV of France in 1610... all well and good. But when that money can get you a modern comic signed by Lapham & Shooter... now that's what is called savvy investing!
  7. The great thing about 4-D movies is that you can travel back in time to an old theater and watch a better film!
  8. Few people realize, that in the 1950s the word "juvenile" referred to "people between the ages of 35 and 40". For more info on this historical tidbit, please see "Bowery Boys" and "Teen-Age Caveman".
  9. IN MY DAY... comic racks were a bit different. As a kid I'd saunter down to the Dry Goods & Sundries shop and pour over the spinner rack over by the pickle barrel. But the whole rack was nothing but the same copy of Obadiah Oldbuck. The next week I went to see the new selection... but same thing. Obadiah Oldbuck. Week after week. Month after month. One singular issue of Obadiah Oldbuck. Even as a kid I soon realized, after about the 3rd purchase, that this was the same book over and over again. Finally I asked the clerk, "Are they ever going to invent a new character... or even put out a second issue?". He chewed at his cigar a moment, then just shrugged. Eventually they did come out with something called "The Brownies"... but by then I was headed to college and my interest in comics faded as I sought to pick me up one of the new steam carriages. Once I returned from college, I discovered mom and tossed out my 3 copies of Obadiah Oldbuck. Something about needing the extra storage space.
  10. Not sure I understand this post. People can ask anything for a book... and often do. This issue routinely sells for $3-$4 on eBay (which is what the app shows). The last recorded CGC 9.8 sale was for $20.
  11. I will be cautious here, as this thread got me in trouble before. But I will just note that the app has since been updated with the new data -- just as he said he would when provided with new documented information.
  12. And those that repeat it have been endlessly correct (except that no one ever mentions the word "crash" except those accusing others of saying it). In the '40s and '50s there were comic issues selling over 1-million copies per month with a population half of what it is today. In the '60s 200,000 - 500,000 copies was the norm. Today -- most comic issues don't have enough readership to fill a baseball stadium. Crash? No... but a slow inevitable decline, accelerated in recent years by an overall abandonment of paper collectibles. It has nothing to do with doom and gloom. Comics simply are not immune to the patterns that have always affected pop-culture collectibles. And that's what we're talking about. Hard physical paper copies. People say the market is strong (hard to imagine with a 95% drop in sales over the decades) and then mention how movies and streaming will continue on. So what? Nobody is saying fiction will die out. Of course people will seek out entertainment heroes. It just won't be in physical books, magazines, or comics down the road.
  13. It's the dust-jacket that's rare. Jackets are generally scarce from most books from that period (we're closing in on 100 years now), and very rare in high grade. Jackets were literally designed to keep the book dust-free and fresh while it sat on the shelves of the bookshop. Early turn-of-the-century jackets were quite plain... but soon publishers learned they could attract attention with cover art, and they could use the backs and jacket flaps for advertising. Once bought, many readers just removed and discarded the jacket. That's why a 1st edition of Tarzan of the Apes will fetch around $1500 or so... but if it has a nice original jacket... $50,000.
  14. The problem here is, when popularity is tied to an actor, what can you do to increase popularity after they're gone? I don't think much can be done about it. I certainly don't want to see their films re-released in 3-D technicolor... or worse, I don't want to see "Bogart" appearing in a new bunch of R-rated action movies via CGI. Every year at the pulp conventions there are discussions on what can be done to revive the popularity of pulp stories. The answer is obvious... nothing. No generation ever goes back and craves the writers of 80-100 years ago... and especially not the workman-like tales of first-draft word-machines. Occasionally a small number of new collectors in each generation seek out historical artifacts and collect them. But few do so to read them. It's hard enough to keep up on contemporary stuff. I recently rented the excellent Stan and Ollie movie. After only a few weeks, the sole copy at the video store was for sale (something they generally don't do with just one copy in stock). I suspect I was the only renter of it they had.