namisgr

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  1. A "not quite" version, but with strong cover colors:
  2. The many iterations of the older slabs are easy to open. The front and back of the slab aren't sealed together at the sides. Use both hands to pry an opening in either the right or left side, then pull the slab apart with your two hands. As others have mentioned, carefully cut open the inner well just above the top edges of the comic, then remove the book. The newest slab iteration is much, much tougher, from what I understand, and is what the posts above are referring to.
  3. I love the look of some of the monotoned covers:
  4. You should contact the seller through e-bay 'contact seller' and let them know.
  5. A suggestion: if you'd like there to be more discussions about comics, why don't you start a discussion about comics or participate in an ongoing one? And skip all the extraneous stuff.
  6. Where else would Cal2 announce the return of talking about comics?
  7. Being a Marvel zombie, it was especially gratifying to complete runs of some of the most enjoyable Silver and Bronze age titles. I had complete runs of Fantastic Four from 1-165 (including slabbed copies of 1-131 plus Annuals 1-7), Journey Into Mystery/Thor from 83-251 and Annuals 1-3, Strange Tales from 101-168 plus Annual 2, Amazing Spider-Man from 2-265 plus Annuals 1-5 (and an AF15, but I never owned a Spidey 1), Conan the Barbarian 1-65 plus Annual 1, Hulk 1-6, and Tales of Suspense 39-99. I had the opportunity (meaning the age ) to buy the books in these runs published from 1972-1976 when they were new.
  8. Agreed. It's typically when kids become teenagers that they read and store their comics more carefully. This is noticeable in some pedigrees and big collections: the stuff bought at age 10 is often considerably less nice than the books from later years. My friend who turned me on to how cool comic books had become in the early '70s when I was 17 had been reading them since he was 10, storing them in massive stacks in a bedroom closet. His Avengers #1 was totally beat, but by the late '60s he'd become meticulous and his stuff was gorgeous.
  9. Yes. Every ultra high grade Silver and Bronze age comic that's not part of a warehouse find comes initially from an original owner who bought it when it was new and preserved it thereafter. With haphazard storage conditions that were common back in the day, it's a bit miraculous when some books emerge unblemished and looking like new. In my case, like others have described already, comics were kept piled up in cardboard boxes. Twice these cardboard boxes were moved from coast to coast without the help of backing boards, the first time without bags either. My advice for the original poster, from experience dealing with my own collection, would be the following. Over seven thousand comic books will take an extraordinary amount of time and effort to sell one by one. Bagging, boarding, grading, pricing, selling, and either packaging and mailing or dragging to a convention dealer table. It's more practical to handpick the most valuable books for individual sale, and then part with the bulk of the collection by selling them wholesale by the longbox to a dealer. This was another comic I bought, read, and stored away in the summer of 1974, to be sold individually more than 35 years later.
  10. Yes, this comic I bought off the rack emerged wretched from its New Jersey mud hut.
  11. They weren't from my experience. Sure, they were available from Robert Bell even a decade earlier, but they weren't widely used by collectors, and at that time most dealers at conventions offered their material without backing boards. Even bags were uncommon in the early '70s. Having begun collecting in 1972, shopping at several back issue comic stores, and attending the New York Comic Con twice just prior to 1977, that's personal observation. Shadroch offers independent confirmation in his post above, and photos of dealer rooms from the early to mid 1970s conventions do too. My collection of 3000 books bought off the rack and hundreds more acquired at conventions and through the mail (thanks to The Buyer's Guide For Comic Fandom) weren't bagged until around 1982 and weren't boarded until the late-1980s. You mentioned that mylar was in use back then, but mylar comic bags weren't even brought to market until 1979 according to E.Gerber's website, and of course took a number of years thereafter to become commonplace.