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  1. First of all, it's hard to see because I only have a old crappy digital camera (I still don't use a "smart phone" with camera). On the left side of the image at the bottom is reflection from the flash. Right above it is something at first I thought looked like a crack, but after looking at it and seeing it on all the slabs I have pulled out for sale, I think it is more of some kind of post inside the slab, not sure what function it would serve, though. Thanks for answering, if someone could confirm that there is some kind of post there, I would appreciate it. Some of my slabs had the letter "A" imprinted right next to where the "post" ends, but not all of my slabs had the "A".
  2. Sorry in advance if this is a dumb question. I don't sell many slabs, but I just listed one. I noticed on the back by the left hand side of the label what looks like it could be a crack. However, when I checked out some other slabs I had, it seems like they all had the same mark, which leads me to think it might just be part of the slab design. My picture isn't great, but maybe someone can tell me what I'm looking at.
  3. I wonder if it's the same seller. I would imagine that there may be more than one shop doing pre-sales on Tuesday. I didn't want to mention them by name as I don't want to hurt their business. This shop also does auctions on Saturday and I'm also surprised by some of the prices they get on books that I would frequently pass by in dollar bins. I guess the secret is generating a "fan base" who don't mind paying more when they buy from you.
  4. Sorry to keep going off topic, but another thing that is reminding me of the last speculator boom and bust is stores asking over cover price for books that just came out. A shop that I have been buying from quite a bit here does a live pre-sale on Facebook of the new books on Tuesday night. There were at least four examples of books being priced well over cover that just came out this week. Probably most ridiculous was the Sonic #0 book that came out. Apparently it was supposed to be a free book before FCBD. Now, no big deal charging for it because I know the shops have to pay for them. I could understanding asking cost or even a little more, but they were charging $3 a pop. I bought nothing from them this week, but did place an order of several books with mycomicshop, as they had all the books I wanted at cover. We often hear support your local comic shop, but it's kind of hard to do when they seem to be going for a cash grab on new stuff that should be cover.
  6. I had a somewhat similar experience as there definitely was some pre-release hype on the Death of Superman. A local shop was offering pulls of all the issues leading into Superman #75. I ordered a set. They did not ask anyone to pre-pay. I remember going in hoping to get my books and was told they decided not to hold the books for anyone, and all the books leading into and Superman #75 itself were already jacked up in price the week it came out. Needless to say, I didn't go there after that and they quickly went out of business once the balloon popped. My Dad bought into the hype and bought a couple copies of Superman #75 black bag for me for $30 each or so. I'll never sell those books, not because I'll never get the money back, but because it meant a lot that he went out and bought those books for me. Those were crazy times and I do see a lot of the same thing nowadays.
  7. Amber Blake #1 1 in 10 variant is doing very well on eBay: Don't have one, unfortunately. Just have the regular cover. I like this series if for no other reason than that it is magazine format. The story is interesting enough, undecided if I want to continue with it.
  8. Were the Claremont/Byrne X-Men $1 or $2?
  9. Here's a scan of the chromium variant from As you can see, underneath the chromium cover is a small amount of the Silvestri cover visible (the tan/brown bit on the right edge). I don't have either the chromium or the holoplaid, but I would guess that they probably all had the Silvestri cover underneath.
  10. Nope, had no idea. I bought two copies of Web #48 because of the Demogoblin appearance, but didn't actually check the books until I got them home.
  11. Lots of goodies in the dollar boxes at the Philly comic show today, still going through them, but here's a favorite:
  12. No, I have a Zap #1 2nd print. but not looking to sell and it wouldn't grade that high as it wasn't from Donahue. It's a book called Ebon, has really blown up on eBay recently. Has some historical significance as it is the first African-American solo superhero book, predating Hero for Hire #1 by about a year and a half.
  13. The book in question is not a book where pressing is needed, I don't think. Not wrinkled or creased in any way. One of the main things I was worried about is that the source of the book was known to have books that were color touched which caught a few underground collectors by surprise when they graded his books. I'm pretty sure that's not the case with this item as it is more of a newsprint type paper that it is printed on (including the cover).
  14. Long time collector, and I own many slabs, but have never sent a book to be graded until today. Only reason I am sending this one in is because I intend to sell it and was nervous about selling it raw because it should fetch close to $1,000, which for me will easily be the most expensive book I will have sold. I went through a CGC authorized dealer in my area who I trust. Only thing I heard that was something of a concern was they mentioned that if CGC for some reason does not grade the book, CGC does not refund the grading fees. Is that accurate? I don't think there is any reason they would not grade this book, but that seems a little strange that they would not refund fees if they did not slab the book. Anyway, not sure if going through a dealer is the way most do it on their first try, but it seemed to be the easiest thing to do. Will update this thread when I receive the book back.
  15. That is the bottom edge of the arcade machine that is pictured in the advertisement on the back cover. It definitely looks like a scratch, though!