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  1. If I had to guess, the Titans piece probably got a bit of a premium because it's an early Nightwing appearance and it's part of the Judas Contract story. I'm with you on the Davis Excalibur stuff though, I thought the consistent supply would keep prices steady and maybe even push them down a little. Nope, they just keep getting higher.
  2. My "Death of Superman" page. It has Doomsday and Superman fighting and everything!!! Kidding of course
  3. Wow! You can never underestimate the power of nostalgia, but still ... Wow. Congrats on the sale.
  4. Definitely real. The signature, production markings, art board and even the hand writing are in line with this book during this time period. The price of $300 is a good deal, but I don't think you need to be concerned about a fake here.
  5. 14:1 ratio Published to Unpublished. For anyone who wants to get even more crazy dissecting their collection, I'll ask this question: What is the ratio of art in your collection that you know you are the sole collector to have owned (in other words art you purchased from the artist or through the art rep) vs. art that has moved through other collectors hands? For me it's about 3:1 Previously Owned to Sole Ownership.
  6. I became aware of original comic art in the early 1990s thanks to (of all things) Wizard magazine. They talked about original art and Bart Sears had the Brutes and Babes column which would often times show original art for learning purposes. My interest in owning art came about in the mid-90s when I saw a piece of OA up close for the first time at a small comic convention. It wasn't until the internet opened up the accessibility of OA in the late-90s however, that I finally got my first piece as a senior in college.
  7. I'm totally one of those guys who's superstitious about posting art before I have it in hand
  8. Of the two comic related Kickstarts I've backed, both were late. One was about five months late while the other was about ten months late. I have an art reward coming for the ten month late project, but since the printed book arrived just this week, it will probably be a while before the reward gets done. Communication was pretty good overall, though I would agree with other posters that when there isn't much work being done, the communication has tendency to go dark. All that said, I enjoyed the finished products from both Kickstarts immensely and was ok with the wait.
  9. Gary Frank is the artist for Doomsday Clock, not Frank Quitely. That said, I would consider both of them to be All Stars (though not new ones since they've each been working in the industry for over twenty years).
  10. Unlike most people, I didn't discover Norm Breyfogle's work on Batman but rather on the Ultraverse series Prime. I still remember being at my LCS as a teenager and opening that first issue. Everything just seemed so big, larger than life I guess you would say. From just those first couple pages I was hooked. Later in life, I was fortunate enough to meet Norm at the inaugural Akron comic con in 2012. As you can imagine, he was wonderful, and at the time I hoped he would make regular appearances at the show. Sadly he suffered his stroke less than two years later and now he has passed on. RIP Norm Breyfogle. Below are some of my favorite Norm Breyfogle Prime pieces that I've been fortunate enough to acquire.
  11. With the new Supreme Court ruling, this was obviously coming (though I'd hoped it wouldn't be this soon). Unfortunate for me since I'm in one of the affected states. I will definitely be factoring sales tax into future bids. On a more positive note, my last purchase was earlier this month, and it just so happened to be the biggest purchase I've ever made at one time. Being of modest means, I don't usually win that much off of Heritage due in large part to the BP. With sales tax now being a factor, I get the feeling my bids are about to become even less competitive.
  12. Well, not all of these artists are alive mind you, and even those that are may not be interested in spending their time authenticating the thousands of pages of art they created in their career. The logistics of authenticating original art are numerous, especially for things like existing sketches done by artists no longer with us. Regarding the idea of slabbing, I once again have to argue that it's not practical. You mention posters being slabbed, but how many of those can you store before it becomes cumbersome? I have a modest collection of 130 pieces of original art, when I try to imagine how much space and weight that collection would take up because it's encased in plastic, I shiver. That - and as another board member once observed - most OA collectors don't see their art as a collectible, they see it as art. Art is the kind of thing we see in portfolios and framed on walls; for many of us, slabbing the art would lessen it.
  13. This topic comes up every now and again. As Pete said, you can find some spirited discussions on it if you search the forum. For me, I have NO interest in slabbing my original art, even if there were a service that specialized in it. In truth, slabbing art just isn't practical given how large it is and the inconsistency in size. An argument can be made for an authentication service given the large number of fake sketches (and even published art) that exists in the hobby. Forgeries and misattributed art are real problems for collectors, thus opportunity exists there. Slabbing isn't necessary for that however, and in and of itself a slab really doesn't serve the needs of most art collectors. I can see using CGC to slab sketch covers, but other than that, no thanks.