GM8

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  1. Registered mail insurance as someone mentioned is a fuzzy area. I recently had a big scare shipping ungraded high dollar comics to CGC. The tracking stopped for 2 weeks (apparently this is common with Registered mail, ) and I was thinking next steps. Problem was I had the books since childhood and no receipt to speak of. I had photos that maybe could have gotten me a value declaration from a "reputable dealer" - something the USPS says can be a proof of value. Luckily, after I initiated a claim and trace with the Post Office, the package mysteriously reappeared and was delivered intact.
  2. Can anyone login to see their workorders? The link hasn't worked for me for a week or more.
  3. It's broken and has been for days. I asked them about it and they said indeed it was under maintenance and to wait. Then after that I get an email announcing a CGC/CCS combined submittal and view current orders page in the works. I have yet to be able to sign in again though.
  4. I agree, this looks legit and a first printing. I've never heard of an issue #2 being counterfeited though....only #1, go figure its a 100 fold value difference. I guess that's why money counterfeiters don't dupe $5's.
  5. The mysteries of ebay users are deep and unknowable. From my own experience I only typically use BIN where sometimes a little bit of descriptive language on why this book matters will help sell. Auctions are hit or miss. List during slow periods on ebay, of which there are many, and you could get half the real value or less. Other ways to lose money are many, including listing anything auction that is not hot, that ends at an odd hour or slow day. Sometimes auctions have the potential to bring in more than similar BIN items. Why? Because people get in bidding wars with other people on the same rush. The problem is once it ends, will they pay? Many get buyers remorse and either take forever to pay or just don't. I find auctions on anything other than the hottest items a bad deal for sellers.
  6. yeah but his customer service though....
  7. When I sell a run which doesn't have anything in particular that's valuable, I just list it first as the entire lot and see what happens. I've had just as much success selling big sets vs splitting them up into say 10 comic lots. Any listing I do that is a small run or a single issue I notice that a $20 per listing max gets more interest.
  8. The 5th prints have come down quite a bit. I would say 1/3 to 1/2 off their highs. Raw 5th prints were going for 70-80 before the film, now they are 30-40.
  9. MoS Doomsday issues are way down since the movie. They have come down by 1/2 in some cases, especially #18 which is known to have a higher print run than #17. We might have already seen the all-time-highs for these issues.
  10. Wow. I must post details what happened to a friend of mine, a large Sports card/Coin dealer in LA. Sells his Father's collection, you fill-the-blanks of what he had. 21K. The Winner pays within 60 seconds of Auction Expiration. Was smart enough to ship Registered USPS Certified mail. As soon as item was delivered, eBay takes the 21K right out of the man's bank. Why? The Buyer had a stolen credit card from NYC, and reversed charges, and somehow( I can't recall exactly how that worked, but the operators were PRO scammers) withdrew the 21K and either eBay or the Man was on the "hook". He and his wife had spent Thursday through Sunday listing the next batches of eBay Auctions, and eBay DELETED every freaking one of them until this "Issue" was resolved". I know this Man personally, but he did not grant me permission to use his name anywhere, so let's suffice it to state that he is a lot like me, takes no bull, gets a Lawyer, who then gets the Federal Marshals involved vis Postal Fraud. 3 business days later, the Feds somehow got the goods back, they inventoried every card, coin, etc. Believe it or not, only ONE item was missing: a 1880-ish Tobacco card( I can't recall which one it was) that apparently this scammer thought was the most valuable piece in this huge Auction. It was not. The Feds take it to UPS, NOT USPS( what an insult and ) and returns the items back to the Seller. So for about a $500.00 loss( $500 for that Card, $3 K for the Attorney), we all re-learned a valuable lesson: be careful out there! CAL back for a bit... I don't see how this man was on the hook. He sent to registered paypal address, it was marked delivered at some point. Even though this card was stolen seller should be protected by the delivery. I've personally had cases like this (though not for $21K). Buyer on last one resorted to begging me to refund on a delivered item. I saw in his sale records tons of like-kind items I sold him and politely refused. Ebay ruled in my favor. Same with Paypal cases, ruled in my favor with tracking information.
  11. You have to do a magazine size comic and walk-through service submission (anything high value), which is super fast but runs about $120 depending on the value of the book. I recommend USPS Registered mail with insurance of what you think the book would sell on the market today. Your shipping cost/insurance of getting it to them can run $20-100 depending on insurance. Also, make sure you give a value to CGC that reflects the same market value because that's what they insure it on for the return mail. Who did you use to sign it?!? In assuming you did this yourself then?!? No facilitator? Unless you are one?!? Also did you ccs it Express also?!? I'm not the person who posted the photo of the book, I was just giving you general info on submitting to CGC. No idea about the signatures etc. you're asking about. With CCS, they have walk-through service also.
  12. You have to do a magazine size comic and walk-through service submission (anything high value), which is super fast but runs about $120 depending on the value of the book. I recommend USPS Registered mail with insurance of what you think the book would sell on the market today. Your shipping cost/insurance of getting it to them can run $20-100 depending on insurance. Also, make sure you give a value to CGC that reflects the same market value because that's what they insure it on for the return mail.
  13. Pawn shops in NY lend money on comics? Is this common because I haven't heard of it.
  14. People do this out of laziness and/or lack of knowledge. I get a high percentage of these unfortunately because of what I tend to buy. The other day I bought a cheap lot and it was sent UPS, which is rare but they always beat up packages. This one was no different, it had a big rip in the envelope and looked like it had been dragged through a mud puddle. The seller didn't make it better with his packaging. Two manila envelope halves on each side of the stack of loose comics. Ugh. Anyhow, it was $5 and I got a couple key issues so I'm not going to bother with sending it back. But this is just what happens. When its egregious and I'm set to lose some money I make a fuss. Otherwise I just chalk it up to life.
  15. Is the final issue of this run the most collectible? I see that the last handful are priced higher I would assume from low distribution.
  16. What did they fix exactly? Just curious because I have a 2nd print with a long crease and some signature depressions on the cover. Who signs in ball point pen! Argh.
  17. I disagree... It's certainly a useful tool, but where a price guide assigns values by grades, eBay is a constant and ever-variable contest between a seller's CLAIMED grades, and a buyer's PERCEIVED grades. As a result, eBay-based sales represent GUESSES at a book's value based on incomplete information. It's also awash with inaccurate and (sometimes deliberately) misleading information. Even where grades are assigned to books (as with CGC books), a tool like GPA doesn't base reporting on eBay, but rather on eBay and a wide range of other sources. I say all this as someone who uses eBay regularly, and watches completed listings closely. However, I feel that using this information on its own is questionable. With respect to GPA, they only include CGC graded books and without going into the weeds on this one...today that is insufficient. They don't really indicate how much of their information comes from ebay but let's be real - it's the majority. The other auction sites that make public their information do a fraction of the volume that ebay does. Everyone already has free access to recent ebay sales of all comics, graded and ungraded. GPA to me would be useful for the historical information mainly. If you were pricing multiple books daily it would be a nice reference tool to save time. Other price guides are guesses also of course and you have no idea what they're really based on. But you can wager they probably use ebay for the majority of their values. Perhaps you can use their "sifting" through to their advantage. But one would want to double check their prices on, where else, ebay. I would agree that for the average person who maybe checks the prices of grandpas comics they found in the attic, finding a price guide that they trust based on their own verification is the best option. To collectors who can analyze and interpret data at a higher level, there is no substitute for ebay sold listings.
  18. The best price guide is ebay completed listings. Tailor your search using "-" right before words you don't want (ie. -poster).
  19. That likely means that they were reserved for friends/family and is meaningless for the final # now as anyone with a brain would have kept them. So the real # is probably the 3250 ballpark. I'd guess 1-2% lost or destroyed over the years. Considering the number of copies that are in mid-grade shape in the market... plus the fact that the book doesn't fit with the rest of comic books... I'd say way more than 2% are gone... possibly gone by 1986. I can't tell you how many magazines and other collectibles I tossed as a kid simply because I didn't have the right sized box to put them in. Maybe...but this book was hot right from the start and known to be very rare so chances are it was a very small number of people who didn't hear the news. This isn't some book that was released, forgotten about and then later saw its day. Turtles were everywhere back in the 80's and up until the 90's. Heck they're still pretty omnipresent today. I'd guess over 3100 or so are still out there. TMNT #1 1st print's rarity and hotness was all the rage back then to everyone in the comic world and many people outside it. It was that way within months of release at all the locations I scouted them from. I recall talking to dealers here in NYC and all over the state and noone could get a copy. When the 3rd printing came out it never looked back. Unless Eastman still has those copies or says they were destroyed they probably made their way into the wild. You just have to assume unless he knows otherwise. That's what happens to hot collectibles.
  20. That likely means that they were reserved for friends/family and is meaningless for the final # now as anyone with a brain would have kept them. So the real # is probably the 3250 ballpark. I'd guess 1-2% lost or destroyed over the years. Considering the number of copies that are in mid-grade shape in the market... plus the fact that the book doesn't fit with the rest of comic books... I'd say way more than 2% are gone... possibly gone by 1986. I can't tell you how many magazines and other collectibles I tossed as a kid simply because I didn't have the right sized box to put them in. Maybe...but this book was hot right from the start and known to be very rare so chances are it was a very small number of people who didn't hear the news. This isn't some book that was released, forgotten about and then later saw its day. Turtles were everywhere back in the 80's and up until the 90's. Heck they're still pretty omnipresent today. I'd guess over 3100 or so are still out there.
  21. That likely means that they were reserved for friends/family and is meaningless for the final # now as anyone with a brain would have kept them. So the real # is probably the 3250 ballpark. I'd guess 1-2% lost or destroyed over the years.
  22. I don't get it. Can someone change the shipping address post-order and the seller be responsible for it?
  23. Looks real to me. Seller seems like a good guy too. Bid it up gents.