I don't know on the 18, someone must've needed money bad for it to be selling close to the auction price. And yeah the chip is too bad, but it looked so nice. My first time holding a Church Planet and they live up to the hype!
As to my impressions of the show, I did one day Friday. Not enough time, I didn't see half the dealers I wanted to and they were practically dragging me out at 730. A great selection of stuff at most dealers, but I agree with others that prices were very high. But many people were willing to deal. I heard some people thought things were slow on Friday, not sure how it went Saturday. I have been on and off in past years and think the selection was quite good. Just wish it didn't involve the whole Wizard circus of gutter salesmen and others aggressively selling. One guy practically chased me down as I walked past him talking for 20 seconds or so and I just kept walking and he just kept talking and I just went faster and faster til he gave up. Shouldn't have to deal with that at a comic and entertainment show.
I did pick up some nice stuff, including some early Fiction House books and a Centaur and Brick Bradford 6. Had a blast seeing all the great books and art on display!
And very sad to hear the news of the thefts from Tomorrow's Treasures. After the theft last year, I thought people would be more careful, but also wondering if Wizard isn't doing much for security there. Smart dealers are boxing in their wall books, with only a small space and letting in only one or maybe two people to see the good stuff. But I wonder about keeping the backside and sides of a display wall secure, if the person behind you isn't a serious dealer and watching out for you. Heritage put out a list of the stolen merchandise that I thought I would list here as well:
Our friend Richard Muchin from Tomorrow's Treasures tells us that a number of comics were stolen from his booth at last weekend's Wizard World Chicago. The books included:
Tales of Suspense #2 CGC 7.0
Tales of Suspense #3 CGC 7.0
Daredevil #1 (1964) 4.5 CGC. 2036526015
Spider-Man #1 5.0 CGC 2036528006
Spider-Man #3 CGC 3.5 2036526006
Tales to Astonish #9 8.5. CGC 2048163003
Action Comics #19 7.5. CGC 1493862001
Daredevil Comics #1 (1941) 4.5 CGC 2020020001
Detective Comics #144 9.0. CGC 0700844001
Mystery In Space #4 9.4. CGC 1970249019
Startling Comics #22 6.5 CGC 1345362003
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