Westy Steve

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  1. If you want to try it without getting your butt financially kicked, pick an early year in the silver age and just try to do that. My suggestion is to try to collect every book make in 1963. If you get sick of it, you'll still have something worthwhile to sell. If you still enjoy it, select another year and keep going.
  2. All Star sold to Wasm All star western number 10. I think this is slightly better than a VG copy but you’ll be the judge. There’s a small piece missing on the right edge and some nearly invisible creases in the lower right corner. Still pretty fresh book though and supple. $170.
  3. Moved the Astonishing to a wider market. No longer available. Two books. US sales only unless you can convince me otherwise. PayPal goods and services only. Shipping is included in my prices. First “I’ll take it”in any format chronologically wins it. “I’ll take it” trumps ongoing negotiations. First book is Astonishing #3. I think this is the first golden boy in the series. Lots of spine splits and the cover is just barely hanging on to the bottom staple but it is technically attached. $300 or best reasonable offer
  4. With respect to what you said and what Alex Gross said, here's some food for thought. I'm very "into" the science of collecting. Not just the psychology, but especially the "how do I pick out something that might actually make me some money" angle. I once even considered taking all of my ideas to youtube, but I'm glad I didn't. There's a guy on there who calls himself "Reserved Investments". Look him up. He's so good, IMHO, that I no longer feel the need to try to launch a youtube channel because I'm confident he's doing it at least as well as I could, and (not surprisingly), barely has 3,000 followers after working at it for some time. In summary, he proved to me that very few people care about the science behind collecting. Hence, there is no need for me to attempt launching a channel. OK, I digressed there, but I'm driving at a point. The guy is good. And he makes great points. He makes the case that there are certain collectibles that are nostalgic only to a single generation. Your grandma's dolls are an example. A great example might be something like Howdy Doody memorabilia. Or maybe Beatles memorabilia. OK, the Beatles stuff might be valuable now, but like Howdy Doody collectibles, they will have their day, and then they will fade. In general, all pop culture stuff does this, though IMHO, comics won't fade until long after many of us are dead (I have reasons for this, but there's already too much info in this post). Anyway....and this is IMPORTANT...it will fade. So the point Reserved Investments guy makes (I think his name is Shawn) is that coins and currency are some of the few collectibles that are multigenerational. Well selected coins or currency are slow to rise, but the good stuff does indeed rise, and it will keep rising (albeit slower), long after we're dead. Oh, and something else. Some collectibles have what they refer to as "dark ages". A good example are Lego. People who played with Lego stopped doing it as teens and young adults, but some circle back to it years later. Those people came out of their dark ages. I've always tried to look at the age of collectors as validation that coins or currency was "going to die", but I see now that lead to false assumptions. Now when I go on youtube, I see most of the collectors are younger than me. OK, so it's youtube and that's a young environment, but there are young youtubers with successful channels, and they are clearly talking to somebody, right? FWIW, I've picked up, and put down coin and currency collecting a few times each on average. And I can testify that this last go-around, I did see that prices rose. It's hard to see while you're doing it, because it's only like 5% or so, but if you do it for a while, and then come back to it years later, you can see the change. Some of it is due to inflation. Some is genuine "real" growth. And that has me collecting coins and currency again, though not as actively as my other pop culture pursuits like comics and video games. I want my kids to keep the coins and currency but sell the comics. Steve
  5. My God, this! I will get an adrenaline rush from a new Acquisition. And I’ll enjoy it for a bit and then I’ll put it into storage and just about forget about it. I have found collectibles in my collection that I completely forgot that I owned. I revel in the moment so briefly upon the purchase that it didn’t reinforce itself into my brain strongly enough for me to remember long-term that I own it. I have learned though, that the better these items are, and the more painful they are to acquire the more I cherish owning them. Hence my new style of collecting us to sell off all my junk and buy nothing but amazing quality things at the top of my budget. Regarding that feeling of euphoria, while I don’t tickle my fancy from registry points, I do get that feeling from financial gain that comes from a collectible. Like a garage sale find or something. If I get a great deal on a great collectible it can literally keep me happy the entire week. I feed on the energy of that to get through the drudgery of my day job. Edit: Please understand that it’s not the monetary gain itself that’s satisfying. Sometimes we’re only talking about a gain of 20 or $30 which doesn’t take very long for me to earn. It’s how I made that gain that pleases me.
  6. This is what I’m getting at. Truth is I am collectoraholic. I collect all kinds of different things, and in high grade. I would have an amazing comic collection if that’s all I did. Right now I am rotating through genres. It sometimes consumes me but its a source of comfort too. I have tried to create a Facebook page for people like me but there are no takers. I’m very interested in discussing why we do what we do and perhaps trading ideas and concepts on how to do it better. With respect to the origins of my collecting. When I was a kid my brother and I would collect coins out of the cash register at the gas station that my father used to run. We became competitive enough that my parents told me that since he started collecting first I was not allowed to collect coins. If you ever wanted to make somebody into a ridiculously driven collector tell them they’re not allowed to collect something when they’re about 11 years old. My brother doesn’t collect coins anymore. I still collect to this day. What drove me to comic books was when I was in my early teen years I somehow got a copy of Lois Lane. It was an early issue and it was immaculate. It blew me away regarding how it could be in such great condition even though it was so old. It made me conceptualize the entire distribution chain of comics and made me wonder what was out there. From there I got into Marvel comics and I was amazed by how stories would reference previous stories. Like when the narrator would say stuff like “all the way back in issue number two of the avengers“. I realize they were complete parts of these characters lives that needed to be tracked down. Or stories referencing re-emerging Ultron, or brushes with the cosmic cube. The continuity of those comics was amazing to me. I found comics to be more immersive than coins, but I still loved coins for what they were.
  7. Coincidently right now I’m collecting currency. You should dig a little deeper into the hobby. Some people collect based on the numerical sequences on the dollar bills. They look for things like radar notes, ladders, etc. lots of cool stuff in change.
  8. So I'm really interested in the science of collecting itself. Like what motivates us to collect? And what techniques can we use to do it better? I find the economics associated with selecting a collectible fascinating though I know that's not everyone's cup of tea. Anyone else interested in that kind of thing? Is there a forum somewhere that people get down to the nitty gritty on this stuff?
  9. Never ceases to amaze me how people can steal something and be OK with it. Not even live in guilt. Like they justify it in their mind so strongly that it appears they feel no remorse about it. Like something is missing from them.
  10. I just opened a thread for the Netflix series over in the Comics General/movies section because I didn't see one here. This has been a long time coming...finally the licenses are consolidated!
  11. Someone just bumped an old thread on this topic to the top...like 15 minutes after I posted this drivel. No need to read this thread now. Don't read it. I said stop it. You're not a good listener. Whatever...just do what you want... I can't believe I'm the first person to post about this. Did I miss the thread somewhere else? Conan is being optioned by Netflix. They're looking for a show runner. OK, I don't pretend to know what the steps are for developing a show about extremely cool Cimmerian Barbarians, but I'm thrilled to see some progress. Tonight, when I go to bed, I'm going to pray that they do this one right. So how good can it get? I mean, with the success of Game of Thrones, it's been proven high budget sword and sorcery will work. This is a seriously fertile field for story ideas...I mean there's magic, sword fighting, wenching, drinking, dungeon crawling, temporary alliances with cool co-characters and it has Marvel branding. I'm cautiously optimistic here. Oh, and for those blood suckers who hope to speculate on this and cash-in...good luck with that! Conan fans are hard-core and hold onto our BWS issues dearly.
  12. Hey guys, For fun I looked up one of my favorite books to find out what an upgrade would cost me. Campus Tramp, by Shaw. I was kind of surprised to find none on ebay and only one on Abebooks. And it wasn't exactly inexpensive. So then I looked up a few of my heavy hitters...not as many on the market and the ones I saw were markedly more expensive. Do you think this is due to Covid? I didn't expect that kind of movement, but perhaps this is anecdotal data. Steve
  13. These two came in recently. I haven’t been following books as closely as I usually do but my search parameters still occasionally send up a flare. Not the highest grades but I just really wanted these books.
  14. Interesting. I went further with this and looked him up on CAF. Something I noticed is that the ratio of dealer items to the for sale by owner classifieds is a ratio of 20:1. That seemed awfully high to me...so many dealers selling relative to private sales, so I looked at other artists and figured out that a typical average ratio range might be 2:1 to 8:1.