Westy Steve

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    Bid more or post more... tough one...

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  1. Here you go. I have this. But I dropped it and a big plastic piece on the back of the case fell off. Didn’t affect the book. Will sell for $150 shipped.
  2. I think I have an Xmen 97 at home, CGC 9.4. I'll check.
  3. This is what I am driving at. He “had owned” an Action 1. And yes theoretically he could buy it back. But perhaps some systematic method of holding back really good stuff without crippling your overall business would make sense?
  4. Hey guys, Just wanted to ask a question to the dealers here. I imagine that you also collect comics. Do you ever hold something back for your collection? How do you decide what you're going to keep for yourself and what goes into general inventory? TIA
  5. Hey guys. Can't believe this thread is still going. I guess that's a good thing, right? I got my answer to the question in the form of the above. The guy contacted me to buy more stuff. And this time he asked me to give him an offer, which I did, and he took. And my offer was better than the first purchase.
  6. I saw the thread about people making a lot of money on comic book flips. Here's a question: Situation #1. Someone offers you a comic book collection for $50. You buy it, and after you total it up, you're pleasantly surprised with the value of some of the items not immediately known to you, and then with some labor on your part, end up selling it all for $400. Is that unethical? Situation #2. Someone offers you a comic book collection. They say, "make me an offer". You see it's worth $400 retail. You offer them $50 and they take the offer. Is that more unethical? How big of a profit is unethical? You should get compensated for your time and effort to sell something, but how much is too much in Situation #1 and Situation #2? What do you think?
  7. Coincidently, my favorite cover and I didn't realize there was a backstory behind it. I just bought this one a few months ago. It's a masterpiece. Yeah, it's raw, and it's not a 9.8. Looks fantastic in Mylar.
  8. Arguments about the artist are interesting. But the writing. Oh the writing! Genius!
  9. Thanks. I'll give it a shot. Hmmm....plus to stop following. That's like clicking "start" to shut down your computer. :)
  10. Sorry, but I can't figure out how to shut off notifications for a thread that I started following a few months back.
  11. Call this a rant, if you like. Crom and Mitra, but I'm seeing stupid prices on things and it's dam irritating! Books a little nicer than normal...books I turned my nose up on a couple of decades ago...cost as much as I'm willing to spend on a used car for my soon to be college student daughter. I just don't know that I can enjoy tying that much money up into something that isn't really the very best and/or that I don't find captivating. Kudos to you guys who got in early and avoided the temptation to sell over the years. I really do love books with a vintage look to them. But I can't afford vintage anymore...especially in light of other things I can buy with that money. I'm having a hard time with the fact that spending $100 can buy me something absolutely beautiful and interesting in other collecting genres, such as vintage video games, but $100 might get me a first appearance of Spidey's black costume in an acceptable grade. Puleez! I just can't get excited about that...it doesn't move me and it's not rare. I want rare, beautiful, interesting things. There comes a point where I refuse to pay big dollars, not even to buy the gems, but (to extend an analogy) not even to buy the agates or the slightly prettier stones. I feel bad about all of the nice books I sold in the past, and the rising prices continually remind me of those mistakes...this stuff is supposed to be fun, right? (not jog bad feelings) I'm just saying I can have fun going to flea markets and actually finding other kinds of collectibles. But if I want something remotely interesting in the comic book genre, I have to buy it from a wall at a show. There's nothing in the wild of interest unless I have the luck of a lottery winner. Tired of that. On the bright side, I'm still here. I do love my Conans, and I have a head start on a nicer set of those (I have the keys), so I guess that's what I'll pursue moving forward. I know that the money I spend on them won't be wasted because people collect Conan for the love of the series, not because he's going to be in a movie soon, so maybe if a crash ever comes, they won't take a hit. Holographic covers, anyone? And that Barry Smith Artwork looks so freakin' good! Yeah, that'll be my fix for comics, other than reading low grade good bronze stuff. And best of all, I won't look at my collection, constantly wondering if I should sell, or not enjoying them because I have so much money tied up on them when I have kids needing school books. So I'll buy Conans and retro video games. Because they are cool and still cheap. I'll be an early adopter in that genre, I guess...
  12. What's interesting about this thread is that collecting lower grade as an answer to the affordability problem doesn't seem very popular. People who want to collect "Comic A" but can't afford it in high grade have resigned themselves to collecting "Comic B" in high grade. Personally, I'd rather collect low grade just to have the book. I think it would be fun to put together a silver age key set in 1.0. Of course, right now, I'm not sure I can even afford that! :)
  13. Reduced. I didn't realize I was above GPA...so I fixed that.
  14. Another book. Xmen 94. CGC 8.5. White pages. A little faded which is reflected in the grade. Reduced to $660 firm.