willybaum

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  1. willybaum

    Updating My Set!!

    Don't really have a lot of room for a proper group shot so this will have to do for now! Mahalo!
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    Updating My Set!!

    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! Hope everyone is enjoying their collections!
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    Set Finally Completed!!!!!

    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 copies of Claw the Unconquered 8 and Our Fighting Forces 168 and submitted them to CGC. When I got them back, the Claw comic was a 9.4 with White Pages and I was ecstatic! But then I saw the other one and it was an 8.0! I immediately went online to read the Grader Notes and it noted foxing on two areas of the back cover. I was bummed. Since I wanted only 9.x copies in my set I couldn't add this one to my set Worse, I wasn't sure where I could find another high-grade raw copy. But I scoured the comic retailers, including those on eBay and finally found another copy months later that was graded by the seller at 9.4. Based on the scans, it looked really good although the cover was a little crooked. So, with much trepidation in my heart, I submitted this copy to GCC. If this one didn't come back at least 9.0 then I was really screwed. I watched the progress as it went from Received to Grading to Shipped/Safe. As usual, I didn't look at the emailed shipping document or the invoice online because I like to wait until it arrives to see the grade. Then it arrived ....
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    Have you been sniped posted by Shivabali

    Been there (been sniped) and done that (have sniped). I've both lost and won a lot of auctions due to sniping. First couple of times I lost I was frustrated. Eventually, I resorted to sniping primarily to keep the final cost of the item as low as possible. With age and experience comes wisdom though. Having gone through both extremes many times, I have accepted it as a reality for one simple reason: the other person was willing to spend more. If I put in a maximum bid of what I was willing to pay and got outbid, whether at the last second or the day before, then that simply means the other person was willing to spend more. Frustrating, yes, but unless you're a billionaire, you can't win every auction. Also, I take it as a blessing in disguise sometimes. Somebody out there is obviously telling me not to spend so much money on a hobby. C'est la vie! By the way, nice ditty!
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    One more to go!

    Aloha abccool2, Yes, that would be great if you could check. I'd be interested in a NM with no worse than off-white pages if possible. Mahalo!
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    One more to go!

    ComicLink comes through again! I was really wondering if I could ever complete my DC Bicentennial set. After collecting 30 of the 33 titles, I only managed to find a raw high-grade copy of Claw #8. Our Fighting Forces #168 and Weird War Tales #47 were not showing up anywhere and haven't for the last several years! Then I saw Weird War Tales #47 on a ComicLink auction! I was prepared to go as high as possible to win it but fortunately, like most of the titles in my prize set, it's not a comic most people would want and I got it for a steal. Anyway, there's only one title left for me - Our Fighting Forces #168. Crossing my fingers! See more journals by willybaum
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    One more to go!

    ComicLink comes through again! I was really wondering if I could ever complete my DC Bicentennial set. After collecting 30 of the 33 titles, I only managed to find a raw high-grade copy of Claw #8. Our Fighting Forces #168 and Weird War Tales #47 were not showing up anywhere and haven't for the last several years! Then I saw Weird War Tales #47 on a ComicLink auction! I was prepared to go as high as possible to win it but fortunately, like most of the titles in my prize set, it's not a comic most people would want and I got it for a steal. Anyway, there's only one title left for me - Our Fighting Forces #168. Crossing my fingers! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.
  8. I'm trying to finish out my DC Bicentennial set and I need the two following comics Our Fighting Forces 168 Weird War Tales 47 I'm interested in either high grade raw (at least NM-) or CGC 9.0+ with no worse than off-white pages.
  9. willybaum

    CGC'd G.I. Combats posted by richard8158

    Any chance you have a high grade of Our Fighting Forces 168?
  10. willybaum

    Almost there!

    Mahalo! I'll check it out.
  11. willybaum

    Almost there!

    30 down, 3 to go! Yay! Just got back my CGC submission of four raw high-grade comics to add to my DC Bicentennial collection. Now that I have them back - all 9.0+ and no worse than off-white pages (two were white pages) - I'm only three comics away from a complete set! Of the three remaining, I have a high-grade raw of Claw #8 and just need to find copies of Weird War Tales #47 and Our Fighting Forces #168, either raw or CGC. I have the last two on want lists with about half a dozen online comic retailers and I have them as saved searches on eBay but it's going to be really hard to pick up these last two in high-grade. Oh well, 30 out of 33 for a really obscure set ... just having fun here! See more journals by willybaum
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    Almost there!

    30 down, 3 to go! Yay! Just got back my CGC submission of four raw high-grade comics to add to my DC Bicentennial collection. Now that I have them back - all 9.0+ and no worse than off-white pages (two were white pages) - I'm only three comics away from a complete set! Of the three remaining, I have a high-grade raw of Claw #8 and just need to find copies of Weird War Tales #47 and Our Fighting Forces #168, either raw or CGC. I have the last two on want lists with about half a dozen online comic retailers and I have them as saved searches on eBay but it's going to be really hard to pick up these last two in high-grade. Oh well, 30 out of 33 for a really obscure set ... just having fun here! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.
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    29! by willybaum

    Mahalo guys! BTW, my math skills seem to have deteriorated with age. It should be 30, not 29!
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    29!

    My DC Comics Bicentennial collection nears its completion! Yay! Finally scored a CGC comic (Unexpected #174) via auction for my collection of DC Comics Bicentennial set. Haven't seen any of my needed issues on auction for several years. Out of 33 comics in the set, I was at 25 issues with 4 high-grade raw comics currently under grading by CGC so that gives me 29. And I also picked up a high-grade raw copy of Claw #8. Now I only need to find Our Fighting Forces #168 and Weird War Tales #47 in either high-grade raw or CGC and my primary collection will be complete: 33 comics, all CGC 9.0+ and none worse than off-white pages. Can't wait to see what my four at CGC will achieve! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.
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    Once more into the .... fire?

    My second submission for grading! Okay, here we go! A couple of months ago, I submitted four high-grade comics for grading with my membership coupon. My wishes were fulfilled with all coming back at least 9.0 and no worse than off-white pages. With my last submission, my collection of DC Comics Bicentennial rose to 25 out of 33. Now, my next submission is ready and I'm crossing my fingers for 9.0 and up! With the Modern Tier being lowered to 1975 I can now submit for less $$! Only question is, how long will it take? To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.