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  1. Yay! After realizing that I didn't have to have CGC 9.8 copies right away in my DC Bicentennial Set, I've been able to upgrade my set twice so far. Last upgrade was from a 9.4 to 9.6 WP of Blitzkrieg 4 (adding 50 points to my set total) and now a 9.6 WP of Batman Family 6 (adding 52 points)! Wasn't sure about being able to upgrade from my 9.4 copy because the 9.8 versions have been listed at over $1,400 on eBay which is too much for me. But I saw a 9.6 WP version being auctioned on ComicLink and went for it and won. Of 33 comics in the set, I now have 17 at CGC 9.8 (three with OW/W i
  2. It's amazing what happens when you expand your vision — you see so much more! My main goal with my only CGC Registry set "DC Bicentennial Comics" was to collect all 33 comics graded at no less than 9.0. It took over a decade but I finally succeeded 3 years ago (yay!). My next, and ultimate, goal is to have each 1976 issue at 9.8 with White Pages. Of the 33 comics in the list, I've managed to get 14 in that state with 3 others also in 9.8 but with Off-White to White Pages. Of the remaining 16 titles, 5 do not have any 9.8 graded copies by CGC but I did grab 2 of them in their highest
  3. My DC Bicentennial set seemed destined to be stuck at 3,027 points. I have only seen two CGC 9.8 copies that I needed for my set that were on sale at eBay but they were very expensive $$$$. However, one of them recently dropped in price almost by half and I had to jump on it. Snatched up The Joker 8 CGC 9.8 (White Pages!) and was pleased as punch Then, while looking through the registry for how many 9.8 copies of each issue that I needed to upgrade were available, I found out that 5 of the issues in my set did not have any 9.8 graded copies! I did a quick search and found out that th
  4. It's been almost three years since I completed my set of 33 DC Bicentennial Comics but I wanted a challenge and a better set, all CGC 9.8 with White Pages. Just before I got the last comic for the set, I was able to swap out a couple of issues with newer CGC 9.8 WP (Detective Comics and Justice League Of America). And, after completing the set, I was able to pick up four more CGC 9.8 comics (Claw, Our Fighting Forces, Richard Dragon, and Our Army At War). The net result is six more CGC 9.8 comics, albeit one at OW/WP quality and +505 points for the set (I finally broke the 3,000 mark
  5. Don't really have a lot of room for a proper group shot so this will have to do for now! Mahalo!
  6. Wow, last month I found out that my little niche set of 33 DC Bicentennial comics was awarded one of the Best Bronze Age sets for 2018, a very nice recognition I must say Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) to CGC! And, even sweeter, I just picked up a replacement for one of the issues in the set - going from a CGC 9.0 WP to CGC 9.8 WP and gaining 98 more points! Although it's unlikely I could ever make a complete set of all 9.8 WP issues, I'm hoping to at least upgrade all the 9.0 and 9.2 comics to a 9.4 or 9.6. Attached is a pic of Our Fighting Forces 168. On my way, slowly! Hop
  7. At long last ... I've completed my DC Bicentennial Set! Started almost 10 years ago and I wanted to have a high grade set of the 33 comics that DC published in the summer of 1976 with a red/white/blue banner at the top of the front cover. Most of the copies were easy to find in high grade but as I picked up the issues, the last remaining ones became more and more difficult to find, either as CGC graded or raw. My criteria was simple: nothing less than 9.0 and no worse than Off-White pages. Eventually, it came down to two comics a couple of months ago. I picked up raw high-graded copi