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  1. JLA #1 cgc 9.6 in May 18 heritage auction!!!

    High grade DC's have been heating up across the board (not just SC #4 or #22) but because supply is so sparse a small demand quickly equals an uptick in price. I have no idea what this book will sell for but I wouldn't be surprised if it did well at auction. It is a highest graded copy of a legitimately tough book and a it is a DC key.
  2. JLA #1 cgc 9.6 in May 18 heritage auction!!!

    Really? I just did a deal that included several highest graded JLA books and having dealt with some of the biggest JLA collectors in the hobby they have told me the exact opposite. They seem to think that JLA is hot but they may only mean the high end JLA books they're chasing.
  3. JLA #1 cgc 9.6 in May 18 heritage auction!!!

    This #1 9.6 is a different book than the original 9.6. I've seen both books. As for #2 9.6, there are 5 copies in that grade so it's probably one of the other copies. As far as I know #1-3 are still together (or they were a few weeks ago)
  4. JLA #1 cgc 9.6 in May 18 heritage auction!!!

    Schmell bought them from a dealer in Kentucky who brought issues #1-3 from an original owner collection. Can't remember who the intermediary dealer was right now (I think there was one). They were the only 3 books to walk in from that collection. Quite a find.
  5. Michael Fleisher RIP

    Just read the Wiki entry on Fleisher. I remembered this name as the writer of the Encyclopedias of Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman and wondered if it was the same guy. Apparently it is. I read the Batman encyclopedia from cover to cover as a kid. Loved it. He never did finish the 6 volume set with the other characters (I think Green Lantern was supposed to be one of them, along with Flash and I'm not sure who else) Wiki went on to say that a few people (like Harlan Ellison) said that he was not 'all there' and it affected his career. From what I can see though, he seemed to be highly intelligent and pretty sharp all around.
  6. Are the Boomers cashing out?

    Mid-late 1988, Mile High was advertising them for $35 (guaranteed Fine). Mid 1990 Crestohl/Ross were advertising Mint for $300 (F/VF $150). I paid around $250 for mine right around 1990 or so.
  7. Are the Boomers cashing out?

    You're choosing your goal posts to fit your discussion now. Back in the early 90's there were very few books that sold for $5K. Now there are literally 1000's of books that sell for $5K. A 'MINT' Hulk #181 was worth a couple of hundred dollars back then. Valiants were being bought over older SA keys. Advent of online auctions, certification and other factors (influx of speculation due to movie hype) are all going to change dynamics. My point was that it's all cyclical and that very little about the market is absolute.
  8. Are the Boomers cashing out?

    You are proving that everything is cyclical. Most people, unless they do a little historical digging, have no historical awareness of values. People think that pre-Robin tecs and Showcase #22 are the hottest books on the planet, but there was a time when you could go to a show and nobody really wanted those books. Not that nobody wanted them but nobody wanted to pay Overstreet prices for them so they sat. Moderns were expensive. Then they weren't. Now they are again. Gold and Silver were expensive. Then they weren't. Now they are again. If you're around long enough (or read into the past) you'll see that it's all cyclical.
  9. Are the Boomers cashing out?

    But an X-men #1 in 9.9 would sell for well over $5000K so comparing apples to oranges isn't really logical.
  10. JLA #1 cgc 9.6 in May 18 heritage auction!!!

    For the longest time there was only one, lone 9.6 copy. Looks like there is another one now.
  11. The cost. Canadians seems to live in denial because we are neighbors but the fact is that it's a different country and as a Canadian collector you need to factor in the exchange and shipping costs if you want to continue to buy US books. It's what the rest of the world does. Just because we happen to be in North America does not make a difference.
  12. It's no different for Asian, European, Australian or South American collectors. They just suck it up and have come to learn to accept the cost of shipping. I find Canadians complain a lot about it (that and the exchange, I am Canadian BTW) but in reality it's not going to change so you just have to factor it in.
  13. No, but it is time consuming and a lot of work for very little return and a HUGE potential can of worms if something goes wrong. And then you have to deal with customers who don't like their grades. It's a nice service to offer but in the end I'd rather show a customer how to package their books and have them do it themselves.
  14. Much like the Canadian exchange, Canadians just need to start factoring in shipping costs into their costs. It's just the simple cost of doing business. Either that or buy all your books already CGC graded in Canada.
  15. Fair enough. I always fill out the commercial invoice and just figured it was part of the paperwork as the books are returned.