01TheDude

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  1. 01TheDude

    The Haul

    call me a cynic or whatever-- but when I see people ONLY seem to talk about buying speculation/movie hype books -- obsessed with condition and valuation -- that does not make me think "oh hey, this person is really into comics". It makes me think this person thinks they can work the collecting system. I am by no means some big time collector but I appreciate the books for what they are. I do not hunt or even buy keys very often-- I prefer to collect runs and buy SA and BA books that are reasonably priced (mid grade) not in hopes of flipping them but just to own them and read them. I realize people collect in a lot of different ways and no one way is the right way. I just find some of the newer people who come along to our boards and instantly start in with the value/condition/"key" worthiness/Hot book etc are little too disingenuous. While people collect different things-- the one thing most of us have in common is a passion for the hobby. Maybe I am just having trouble appreciating this collecting tactic or cannot see their degree of passion beyond the money aspect. Add to that the numerous new posters who have been creating "Friday threads" the last few months(perhaps years?) - bitcoinswami in particular-- and it is not hard to see why I am initially skeptical of splashy new posters like the OP. It is also why I try to advise them to check out the newbie forum - as I would rather they get up to speed with how to best use the forum than make a ton of newbie mistakes and end up leaving/annoying people until they do get it. I got the impression they missed my intention and took what I said as a threat. To be fair - the prison comments were a little strange to me-- and only through context of later posts did I figure out they were in prison not in the USA (Canada perhaps? best guess). Regardless-- that type of information seems a little over the top sharing wise imo - and might be best kept on the down low - though I get the impression they are apparently proud of those 20 years of incarceration. Most Americans would find that counter-intuitive because our prison system is an overpopulated, mostly privatized, corporate disaster. Anyway -- good luck with your collecting and time on this board. Sorry if I misread the situation.
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    To Slab or not to Slab?

    well at least we can all rejoice in that beachcoinswampi is clearly learning from all the numerous mistakes and has toned down the rhetoric with the posts. Awesome to see them really taking the bull by the horns and acting quickly -- so quickly no one can answer the silly questions like "what should I buy for $50" when clearly they have already bought the thing for $50 and wanted to see if we guessed what it was. bitcoinswami -- making everyday feel like a Friday since Dec 31st, 2018.
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    The Haul

    https://www.cgccomics.com/boards/forum/93-newbie-comic-collecting-questions/
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    The Haul

    probably not the best type of information to share on these boards I suggest you hang around the newb forum for a while and get acclimated to how this place operates. Coming in here and boasting that you made some dealer look like a jerk because you paid less for an item they were selling-- that is not going to go over like you think it would. Or bow up and act all tough about it and ignore any decent advise-- that seems to be what many people who don't last very long here so often do.
  5. very true. Whether they follow the next series of he actual books is sort of up in the air. One thing I noticed is they kept mentioning something about a bullet or fingerprint from 1938 -- so maybe they are going way back in time. That would be pretty cool if they ended up making it some sort of WWII type of team. But I also got the impression they were going to be go forward in time based on some of the conversations Five had with the Commission Supervisor. Either wya-- looking forward to what happens next. +
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    The Haul

    keeping in mind they are talking about a CGC graded 9.8 copy - there seems to be a huge premium paid for moving up from 9.2 to 9.4 to 9.6 with a nosebleed jump to some 9.8s. I am guessing your copies might not be quite that exceptional condition-wise if these weren't your focus (and you stated you have them "somewhere" which makes me doubt they have received the best care). I won't go into the whole pence copy part either. But yeah-- I get the same good feeling when I see a book I bought off the rack getting good money when I paid cover price (25-35 cents) when I was buying from the rack.
  7. I know you are kidding but I would not be shocked to see that come out some day. It might even be fun to watch if you liked the original series.
  8. I'll give it a chance-- if they make it well and the writing is good, any topic is fair game imo. While I agree that Solo was disappointing - if we start predicting things will suck before giving them a chance, we will never see anything new and exciting. For example-- I didn't think I was going to enjoy the Peggy Carter stuff-- but I did. Talented people can surprise you. And I say this having given up on Gotham itself after the first season or so (not a huge Batman fan and the show was sort of boring to me).
  9. Same boat here in that I never heard of the series before. This was a very entertaining show and I also found myself binging it this weekend. It will be interesting where they take it from here. I waited until after the show to read up on the wiki page for the series (glad I did-- lots of spoilers otherwise). But after reading the wiki-- it seems like there isn't a whole lot of material to work with for more than maybe another one or two seasons. Regardless- really enjoyed watching it.
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    To Slab or not to Slab?

    wow-- slabbing that book is almost criminal I think my cousins collection of early X-men had more to do with my liking that version of the title. It was kind of short lived and I never went deep into collecting it. When the new team came along, I did buy the books from the rack-- but rarely had time to read them. Sold that small set of books (6 or 7 in the high 90s through low 100s) in the mid 1980s for what seemed like decent money. Later I checked to see if I had sold away some awesome books-- there were a couple but mostly they were average ones. I think most of the keys sold out before I had a chance to see them on the rack which I would buy out every Marvel title from every month-- but missing some of those books did not bother me-- I was more into Thor and Daredevil
  11. Has anyone gone through this list to see how many of the books listed are from post 1980? I would imagine it is around 85 out of 100.
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    To Slab or not to Slab?

    I don't doubt that-- just one of those titles that I haven't dived into. I was more of a fan of the old X-Men stuff though.
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    To Slab or not to Slab?

    only keys? Hmmmm Not sure you know what that means
  14. 8 of the first 100 - agree that this is Spider-man heavy influenced list. Didn't bother to try other lists. Seems like the newer stuff that has more available sales and much more activity outshines the bronze age and earlier stuff unless it is red hot or movie influenced. Seems like this type of list is more for the speculator than the collector perhaps.
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    To Slab or not to Slab?

    if it were a personal copy-- I could see cobbling together some sort of restoration project out of it. That type of damage to the top makes me think that many of the pages are fused together though. It would be interesting to look at it raw and page through it. I don't think I've ever read that comic (never a big new X-men fan).
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    To Slab or not to Slab?

    I can't say for sure that this is termite damage for one. Could just be the remnants of serious water damage where the top part of the book was destroyed. regardless-- I would think, given enough time -- that pages from this book might actually have some value to some collectors. Some of those single pages from Action 1 go for big money - not that this book is close to that valuation BUT again-- given time... might be possible. Now if you find some who has an intact front portion of the comic that has major damage to the back-- a nice Frankenbook could be cobbled together as well. ABout the only thing the slabbing has done is verify that it is a legitimate, albeit really terrible copy, of GSXM1.
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    To Slab or not to Slab?

    Nova #1 ? What year is this? Your timing is way off - do you only buy books that are peaking in price? also-- that only one person has reported you is amazing to me. You've earned plenty more
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    If Stan Lee worked at DC

    He has lots of powers-repulsor rays, flying and stuff. the suit is not a power. He is a genius-- that might be Tony Stark's power. Same goes for Doc Oct and several others. Now Paste Pot Pete--- sure, a villain -- but what does he bring to the table other than a paste gun? Honestly-- the actual super powers part seems less important sometimes than the willingness to face the danger itself. either way -- this thread could have been so much more but because it started out with a basic attempt to see what Stan Lee would rename/embellish already existing DC characters-- it got sidetracked from the start imo. The real question should be -- If Stan Lee had only worked at DC (or had Atlas/Marvel gone under and he went to DCin the very early 1960s for example), would any/all of the characters he created still be created? Would Jack Kirby et al have ended up at DC? Would there be a Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor, X-Men, Spider-man, yada yada? Would the Marvel-type universe ever exist? Would the stories be more than just the fight and show these people had flaws and other issues? Would comics even still exist or would the art form peter out as they ran out of goof ball stories that DC seemed so dead set on running with all the time? I think without the rise of Marvel, DC never changes course from the camp style of product. Either that or some other form comes along and provides a new outlet/thought process to what a superhero world could be like.
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    To Slab or not to Slab?

    reminds me of some 1970s Hotrod magazines I used to have in the garage that suffered from termite damage - tossed the entire box why anyone would slab that mess is beyond me.
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    Help me decide on a collection.

    It sounds like you have made your decision already. Just pull the trigger
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    The "Newsstand Edition" Phenomenon

    - remember when this came out ?
  22. Kind of crazy on the values listed - for example, is X-Men #1 in 9.8 really worth $1.4 million There are other shocking values but that one made me gasp
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    Ebay seller Tonfulle-84. $357 for a Stan Lee forgery

    I see you identified this as Chris Evans. I was thinking it was Arnold Palmer but just the Arnie part... way off though....
  24. interesting. I get Wrightson signing it-- he did add his art. Did King do anything to warrant being included? Maybe help produce the book
  25. with the enormous number of authentic (and SS verified to boot) Stan Lee signatures floating around in the collecting world, I can never understand why getting this signature is so sought after. The prices for those verified authentic (SS for certain) books are more expensive since they clearly were paid for from the signature (typically $100-150) along with the slabbing costs if done on a decently valued book to begin with (and god forbid a mega key)-- holy cow does it get ridiculous. More alarming is that is defies the logic of supply and demand. Personally-- I am not a fan of signing comic books to begin with. It is writing on the cover, plain and simple. As Kav and others have pointed out-- someday, this hobby will probably also come to that conclusion save for a handful of very well presenting examples. But for those people who had him sign some reader bronze age book of no significance-- AND had that book slabbed-- to those people, I don't know what to say. If it is something for your personal collection-- did you need to get it authenticated? Seems like the main reason to have a SS is to either resell it at a significant mark up OR that you have most of your treasured books in CGC cases and OCD forces you to follow suit. If I were ever interested in getting a Stan signature when he was alive - I would have simply had him sign a decent copy of something he worked on that was not worth a ton on its own and not even bother with SS. That book would have only been for me - and I would never have to worry about "proving" it was authentic since I had no intention of selling it. But everyone collects the way they like to and that is what the focus should be on. If you want to amass a bunch of Stan Lee (or even just one) that is CGC SS -- more power to you. It is just not for everyone. And in answer to the original question-- CGC will not authenticate without witnessing and if you have one that is raw, I would just keep it that way.