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    We have unpaid interns to hold each slab on display.  Since light is bad for comics, they mostly sit in the dark.  Come to think of it, there's probably no good reason we make them hold the slabs above their heads.

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  1. I don't know how often JRJR does conventions, but from my recollection he should attend at least three to four per year in the US? Is there a specific reason you've highlighted the Sao Paolo appearance? Are you planning to go to that one, or is just the soonest appearance? Or do you live in Brazil? If either of those are true, it would be EXTREMELY PERTINENT to say that. In which case your best option is probably Desert Wind aka Celestial Comics (you can google them). Otherwise, you should follow the advice below (from above)
  2. I understand the urge to hit an-out-of-town comic shop, but, well, not much in Los Angeles. No GA. Anywhere, really. Earth 2 in Sherman Oaks is near you and best, I find. Ask for Carr. strong agree on not much going on in LA for comic stores. You're probably better off hitting up some yard sales or garage sales. Earth 2 in Sherman Oaks is fine, but not a WOW store or anything. LA in general has too many people, too many tourists, too much focus on movie/tv comic media in recent years, too many people working irregular hours, too many people with money (yes I know also plenty of people without) for there to be any uncovered gems left in the greater LA area. There's some good stores (friendly and knowledgeable) and some GREAT paraphernalia on occasion, but the actual comic game is lacking....
  3. in the event the OP returns, you can find out the prices for grading on the CGC website (make sure you factor in shipping/insurance/time). You can look up on ebay sold items to get an approximate ballpark of the books value in raw vs the book values graded. Then make sure you consider all the variables, do your own math, and see if its worth it to you based on your own financial situation and collection preferences.
  4. if none of the posts are broken, its difficult to think its been switched. But you could send detail pictures to CGC and check with them. Grading is subjective, and the more perfect the comic, the more susceptible it would be to damage, even in the slab. If you're not satisfied, try and send it back.
  5. You don't think there's some point to flipping books you already have or can buy cheaply for solid profit in the short term? That is some KAV level hyperbole. Potentially in order to bankroll long term investments or things you actually want in your collection? I know its not always the biggest absolute value profit, but if I'm at the comic book store or garage sale anyway looking for stuff I want, I don't mind buying some books for a buck or two that I can get 500% - 2000% (or more) profit.
  6. That still doesn't work. I think its not clear to the rest of us what you mean by 'the grading is already done by GCG online' Might have been a typo, might not have been, but CGC is not the same as GCG. CGC does not do online grading. You have to actually send in your book where they grade and encapsulate (of course for a fee). Or perhaps you were just talking about the forms and fees being online? Also, you should consider that while CGC is the industry leader and generally do a nice, consistent job, they are not perfect and the grading process is still subjective and done by humans. So certainly there will be 9.6's and 9.8's that were on the border that might have gone one way or another depending on any number of factors. Which is something else you should factor into your expected grade calculations and estimates.
  7. ultimately, you have lot of internal math to do, and a lot of variables to consider, especially if you're in Canada, where shipping cost goes up exponentially AND you have to consider the risks of customs both ways. If I were you, I would get in contact with CGC to go over the entire process and all the costs very specifically and explicitly, and all the paperwork etc. I would look on ebay and GPA to do some price/grade analysis, and I would post some pictures in the Please Grade my Comic area of the chat boards. Think of all the variables and do a full cost benefit analysis, including wait times, expected grades and expected values, realizing that being Canadian has currency variables AND a potentially tougher selling market because you don't have such easy access to the much larger American market. If you're in position to do so, you should consider submitting at a convention (either in Canada or USA), OR driving over the border to ship your comics to CGC (or possibly shipping to a US friend/PO box), noting that TECHNICALLY there might be some customs implications. good luck
  8. I like this thread. Even if there isn’t a ten now, it might inspire folks to press and resubmit. Who knows?
  9. Q: hey, should I bet the astros over the Nationals in the World Series? A: I don’t watch baseball anymore. I don’t like the overshift of infielders. I just watch games I taped in the 80’s the game is more pure.
  10. In the history of the entire world, the girl lying to you to sell you moldy comics has never been cute
  11. This is also not a logical argument. Signed books aren't "suddenly devalued" if they're not submitted to the Signature Series program. They are worth whatever the market will pay for them. No one is pressured to pay anyone to "verify" sigs, and "pre-signed" issues don't become worth less than if they had no signatures at all. If a publisher wants to participate in the Sig Series program, they are welcome to do so...in fact, publishers and creators enjoy special discounts from CGC that aren't available to anyone else...but they aren't required to. That the market is willing to "pay more" (which isn't necessarily true, either) for Sig Series books is the market being free. CGC doesn't create any market, and publishers don't really care if their products have any value after they sell them. Signatures that don't follow the proper protocol are a defect like any other writing on the book and have to be graded accordingly. No one is forced to submit to Sig Series. That the market considers the Sig Series program to have "added value" doesn't mean anyone must participate. There isn't anything unfair about the program. I agree with Oche. The same thing happens with paper. All these comic companies feel like they have to print their comics on paper instead of banana peels, and all of the banana peels I was hoarding are now essentially worthless.
  12. I think if you're focused mostly on copper, digging around this thread is probably your best bet. But I don't think anyone is keeping (and publicly posting) an ongoing list. There are also some speculation websites you could check out. The tough part is that the time frame matters quite a bit. There are many many books that have become hot and cold for various reasons in the past ten years that you might not be aware of. Something that have been worth $1 ten years ago, $100 five years ago, and $30 now. So it might be worth looking into for you and your purchases, but very few people who keep up with CURRENT comics would classify it as "hot". To most people especially for copper/modern, 'hot' would imply more valuable now than maybe a few months or a year ago. Something that plateaued or has gone down over a period of time would not be considered 'hot' anymore, but still might be QUITE valuable (or relatively more valuable than 15 years ago). So as someone stated, it seems like you might have gotten better results if you tailored your question to something more like this: "My son has a large collection of 80's/90's comics he might have interest in selling. I know very little about copper comics, but I have identified some of the major keys, but I'm looking for some help identifying some of the comics that have become significantly more valuable over the past 15 or so years, that previously weren't considered keys, possibly something that would have been a dollar book in the year 2000 but now sell for $20 (or whatever value you like) or more in NM. Most of the comics are Marvel or DC (or whatever)." I think people (not every single person, but most) tried to give you good faith advice or ask good faith questions, but the ultimate result would be that someone (you or your son) would most likely have to put in a decent amount of time to the time and research in order to maximize returns, but there's too many unknowns from an internet stranger POV to give you specific advice. With all the back and forth at this point over the various threads, you probably could have looked up completed sales on ebay for every single book by now if its just a few long boxes (I think I read somewhere it was 4-5? sorry if I'm wrong).