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  1. In fact, this whole going back in time to buy a valuable comic has already been done. But as you say, there were consequences. Before this occurred, the most valuable comic book was not Action #1 at all, which was a little known book with a character who was cancelled after 5 issues. No... the time traveler went back in time to secure what was indeed the world's rarest and most valuable comic. But he got greedy. He piled away box after box of the goodies, expecting to be rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he also inadvertently altered the past. Then he kept going back further and furth
  2. Let me clarify. I am talking about new stock that after 6 months or a year, if unsold, is probably going to go into the $1 bins. Low-grade stuff is altogether different... in fact, most lower-grade non-key books from the '80s on are probably going into my dumpster... even my $1 stock needs to be in nice condition. We do several hundred per week in $1 books, but then we have 30,000 of them in stock (I've got ample space, so it's not like I'm sacrificing room for more profitable items). And, most importantly, I'm not saying they should be worth more... $1 is obviously where the market is at.
  3. There is definitely resistance above the $1 level. But it is a bit odd in some ways. When I started out in 1984, comic cover prices were 75c. Back issues, after a couple of months, were bagged and boarded and put out at $1 (the thinking was that customers expected to pay a slight premium for stores to maintain inventory of out-of-print issues). Over the years, cover prices rose to $1.00, $1.25, $1.50... and non-key back-issues were still $1. As prices escalated... $2.00, $2.25, $2.50... back issues were.... $1. Now many comics are $3.99, $4.99, $6.99 (!)... and back-issues are $1. W
  4. Interesting. I believe that was one of the 3 Challengers issues (I believe #11 was missing from the group). It also has the "S" (though not red this time... but some may not have been?). White pages notation. Old label. I think there's a pretty good chance you are correct.
  5. Your recollections are pretty accurate. Joe tossed away the certificates I had made for the books, so the provenance on the others has been lost over time. I'm not sure who tracked down or had CGC put the "Ohio-Fairborn" designation on the label, but it is the only book that has it, to the best of my knowledge (and it's still in the "old" label I see). I don't think the collection would have qualified for pedigree status, however. Not enough books, nor complete enough, nor enough keys. There were about 300 DC hero comics from a short range in the mid-50s (and a few Quality Blackhawks). B
  6. I've never had anyone make an offer on anything I've won... but I think that says more about what I tend to win than anything else... On a side note... I see my old "Fairborn" copy of Showcase #4 is back at auction again, though it's already at a "tad more" than I sold it for in 1992...
  7. Yes. This is the same way it works if one gambles at a casino. You cannot deduct losses from earned income. But if you win, then you must report the profit.
  8. You know, I tried to have a decent debate with you. So have others. And you even raise some valid points if you can locate them in your sea of bile. But every time, I think, okay... I'll grant you that point... you go off on a name-calling rant that belies your true nature, and I say, nah. Just because people disagree with you, doesn't mean they are stupid or evil. You're the one actually boasting about how ignorant and uninformed you are, and then go on and on lecturing others about things you openly admit you know nothing about. You keep blatantly lying about people's positions, even t
  9. Since I'm even more of a rare book person than a comic book one, I'll introduce a factoid some might not know. The title was changed almost simultaneously as the British edition came out in 1939. Christie did not come up with the phrase... it's the title of what was a popular nursery rhyme at the time (in England, not here), which of course plays into the whole plot of the novel. The original title was actually not generally considered offensive in Britain, seen more as a quaint colloquialism than an intentional attempt to denigrate. But in America, that was a different thing entirely. Ev
  10. This is not the same thing though. The book did indeed sell for $3600. What you received personally from the sale is not relevant. The mistake here is that consignors sometimes believe the auction fees are 20%, but in reality are really 33% (the way the math works out), because both buyer and seller are being charged 20% (usually). But bidders know this, and bid accordingly (I always do). If I'm willing to go $1200 on a book, I bid $1000 knowing that $1200 will be the end-price. The seller receives $800. Sotheby's and Christie's work similarly. I wish all auction houses worked like Her
  11. Of course. It comes in waves every couple of decades or so. Comic collectors, especially, should know this. I believe I've made it clear I've argued against this from both sides over time... how is that political? Yes. Although, burning books is legal also, unless you're burning books that aren't your own. Heck, I was tempted to burn The Colorado Kid and Gravity's Rainbow just out of spite for the hours of my life they wasted! True. Time will tell. But most censorship issues have been local and not movements per se. (Comics books were one of the few that were nationwi
  12. Who says history has to be "cool"? Pretending history didn't happen has always been dangerous. It's not about profits. History has also never been kind to book-banning... even in limited capacities. The censors, no matter how major or minor, are never later seen as the "good guys". Exactly. History needs to be seen in context... in fact context is what makes it fascinating. And each generation should add to the conversation. Avoiding someone you personally dislike makes sense. Banning it for someone else doesn't. And for that matter, reading something doesn't mean you
  13. By the strict standards Namor and others have put forth about the definition of "censorship", nothing has ever been censored in America. Yet "Banned Books Week" is a thing highlighting books that have been banned throughout the years. None of them was banned by the federal government. At all times these books were available in other places. But they were censored in specific localities, by certain libraries, by certain school boards, by specific county prosecutors (as what I dealt with, and no, the State of Ohio was not involved at any level, as Namor insinuated). Yet these books are cons
  14. ACLU: "Censorship, the suppression of words, images, or ideas that are "offensive," happens whenever some people succeed in imposing their personal political or moral values on others. Censorship can be carried out by the government as well as private pressure groups. Censorship by the government is unconstitutional. In contrast, when private individuals or groups organize boycotts against stores that sell magazines of which they disapprove, their actions are protected by the First Amendment, although they can become dangerous in the extreme. Private pressure groups, not the governme