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  1. I can understand the original printings of the Howard stories in Fight selling for what they do, but can anyone explain why Fights with the late 30s/ early 40s reprints of these stories often end up selling for around $300 in average condition at auction?
  2. It looks like the same seller sold this in early January, and the same zero feedback bidder took it $275, and then bid three times over that. Either it's a shill, or someone is playing games with the seller. Suspicious looking bidders aren't always in league with the seller, sometimes they can be someone with either an axe to grind with a seller, or who has some other motivation for running up the bids on something they never intend to buy. Who knows what the second zero fb bidder was doing, but it looks like they wanted to see how high the first one was willing to go. Expect to see this
  3. Their selling history indicates this lot was actually BINned several times over the weekend, and initially they were not listed as reprints. My guess is buyers jumped on the lot just in case it was real and then backed out after ascertaining they were indeed beat up FFE copies, and informed the seller they were reprints, which he eventually acknowledged in relistings. They were back up for sale within hours of being "sold", so I doubt anyone was really foolish enough to complete the sale. If immediate payment isn't required, ebay will list an item as being sold prior to payment being sent, and
  4. I think we can dispense with valuation and speculation in such polls, as they tend to clutter the debate. Just imagine you can have one or the other on permanent loan for the rest of your life, at the end of which it doesn't go to your heirs. Like others here, I find other comics more desirable independent of value, but recognize we are talking about two of the biggest keys in the medium, either of which would be cool to own, no matter how tenuously, even if the characters are not your favorites.
  5. While I respect the paramount importance of Action #1, I wold prefer Detective #27 if my collecting goals included such huge books to start with. I've never been much of a Superman fan, whereas Batman has always been one of my favorite costumed heroes. I'm not so sure there would have been no Batman without Superman. Batman was far more similar to the pulp heroes of the day than he was to Superman, and fully costumed, not just masked or hooded, heroes predate Superman, most notably The Phantom, so while Superman set the tone for what was to come in comics, not just in terms of superhuman
  6. The X-Men #1 may have more upside potential short run, though I suspect both may have used up a few years worth of increases in the last few months, but FF #1 is the cooler book.
  7. If I drafted behind a semi, I could get 17 on the highway going 55.
  8. I suspect this would get a 1.0 from CGC, as the missing piece only slightly effects the readability of the story. It would be nice if Heritage listed such a flaw, even on a FR copy, but I'd say they got the grade right. I'd prefer finding this flaw to finding out a low grade book had brittle pages that weren't disclosed. FWIW, high volume sellers like Heritage sometimes miss things. I recently had to return a FR book because the wrap behind the CF was missing. I suspect someone opened it to the center, saw the cf was there and looked no further, but it was an old Quality book, where each
  9. I see that PGX has a 4/52 date for the contents on the label, which would make the issue #108, not #18, which is more in line with typical date range of the contents. CMJr. 108 is about a $20-$30 book in lower grade. I can't really see buying a PGX slabbed copy of RC #4 with that as the contents for much more than that, even if it was given a 9.2 grade.
  10. Rural Home publishing slapped this cover on a variety or remaindered issues from a number of different publishers. Most of the time the contents are from 1948-1954, indicating they may have done this for several years. CMJr. #18 came out in 1944, which seems early for the contents of one of these, but I suspect PGX getting the issue number wrong is more likely. Sometimes the title of the content book is stamped on the cover. Blue Circle #6, and Blazing Comics #5 and #6 have a similar history. Rural Home published original material briefly around 1945, and it is speculated the covers for these
  11. Base MSRP for a '73 Mustang was around $2900, so I suspect Mitch is either misremembering the price he paid, or it wasn't exactly brand new. Of course it didn't take long for vehicles to lose half their value back in the 70s, so it might have felt "brand new". I purchased a '72 Catalina wagon with 70K on it in 1979 for the princely sum of $250. The run up in gas prices totally destroyed the resale value of gas guzzlers.
  12. 2/3rds of 10% down on the median SoCal home will apparently buy you a CGC 9.9 Transformers #1 these days.
  13. To put that in perspective that would be $10K for a 35 year old comic. Of course it was then and now recognized as the supreme key for collectors, even if you didn't care about Superman personally, and there were/are only a relatively small number of copies extant. Contrast that with values on TMNT #1, which is 37 years old, and for which probably about half the meager 3000 issue print run is still in existence, not a lot for a copper age book, but still multiples more than Action #1. For $10K you can get a copy that is in better shape than most Action #1s, but will still be considered a lesse