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  1. Sad News, Dr.X's mother passed away today

    Sorry for your loss Tim, my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
  2. I got Robbed

    Pawn shops are licensed buyers of used merchandise, are loan providers, and use "pawned" merchandise as collateral. While it is true that laws vary state by state, I know for certain a comic shop doesn't operate neither under the same license or laws, and are not exempt from stolen property charges. This is particularly concerning since the comic shop owner allegedly knew these were stolen. We are still light on some details, particularly whether the officer who had requested proof of ownership proceeded to file the report. If he did, it wouldn't matter that he wasn't reachable. The length of time that has passed is certainly something that doesn't help the situation, but knowingly selling stolen goods is not something that should have happened no matter how long after the robbery took place, or was first reported.
  3. I got Robbed

    I hope for your sake the police officer who was asking for you to provide proof of ownership proceeded to file them as stolen property before his accident. Your first call should be to the law enforcement agency who filed your stolen property report, and to confirm the report lists those books as being stolen. If such a report exists, then according to what you've stated, Central City Comics in Surrey should not have sold them.
  4. Batman 324 whitman

    Yes, I'd have to agree. I've owned and seen far fewer copies than any of the others mentioned on the list. I always liked the cover, so I scooped up the OA cover when it came up. I would agree if they were Canadian Price Variants, but not as a general rule. As a multipack collector, I'm more inclined to think distribution was just as spotty here. I pick at least once a year from one of the biggest multipack collections I know, and over 90% of his Whitmans are sourced from the US.
  5. Batman 324 whitman

    You'll find a lot of the "demand" on issues such as Uncle Scrooge 179 relates to Scrooge focus collectors, and Black Hole 4, which crosses into spaceship and dinosaur cover collectors, as well as Whitman collecters for both. Super Goof 61 isn't the rarest Whitman from Sulipa's list, neither is Uncle Scrooge 179, and in my opinion, Black Hole #4 isn't either. I found 6 copies of Black Hole #4 in the space of approximately 6 months with an above average intent to find them, all in dealer inventory. At that time, it guided at $16 in NM, and VF or lesser copies were selling consistently for over $100 on eBay. The common thread they all share is that no dealer will spend time going through their inventory to pull this to sell for guide. A few are out there because dealers couldn't be bothered to fulfill my requests. Doug's inventory surpases practically any other dealers inventory I know, except maybe for Chuck's if we take him for his word. The difference is Doug was tracking these as they came through him before anyone here. Wild finds of these are more likely to occur in thrift shops (I made an exceptional find 2 years ago in London, Ontario, with a dozen from the rares list). I'm with you on the spotty distribution, but the thing that you have overlooked (which I have always felt is important in niche markets such as these) is that the market, particularly the value dynamics of these low distribution comics, is a tendency similarly found with price variants. Collectors want to find them in the wild, pay next to nothing for them, but want to price them to the moon when they luck into one to resell. You can't effectively grow a market where collectors seemingly want them, but don't want to pay more than guide for it. Anybody with common sense would rather sit on them, or let their kids have at them rather than to allow some "collector" to cherry-pick it out of their collection for an eBay flip. Doug's list is pretty darn good, nothing wrong with it in my opinion. It's how people use his information that is the problem.
  6. Pat, here's my old one (which I mentioned in @comix4fun's post that I foolishly sold - sorry about the blur, but the image is the actual one I posted in an old "Post Your Garage Sale Finds" thread). It's a snapping mouth action JAWS, held together by two elastic bands, with the weight of the parts keeping it from closing. The game includes a fishing hook which the player uses to remove junk parts from the mouth. As each part is removed, the jaw closes ever so slightly so the object of the game is to remove as many parts as possible before the mouth snaps shut. For anyone considering buying a used one, unless it's sealed like Chris', you have to watch out for repro junk parts (which are usually cast in different colours - I remember the original ones either being blue or white. The other is the rubber-molded teeth which seem too often to have been glued back on after breaking off from play wear. The eyes for some reason on these are prone to peeling off with time, so take a good look and compare as they may be repro stickers.
  7. Around 5-6 years ago, the Yak Face figures experienced a really unusual price surge, and there were opportunities where you could sell a loose one for very nearly a mid-grade Trilogo MOC price. I had about 6 loose ones at one time, and was tempted to do a lateral move on an MOC, but Trilogo's weren't my thing.
  8. Chris, that was my first toy ever! I remember like yesterday, walking through the toy aisle and picking it out. I found one about 8 or 9 years ago at a garage sale, and stupidly sold it at a toy show I did a few years later. Always been a great memory link piece for me! Congrats!
  9. Can Ebay be sued for this?

    Well I can't speak to the particular matter with eBay as I can only go by what you shared, but issue #2 does feature a cover far more sexually exploitative (i.e. s&m/bondage) in nature than practically any other cover in the run. I'd understand if this was 52 other examples of #2, but I can kind of see why. For what it's worth, I've sold numerous copies of issue #1 with no issues.
  10. Can Ebay be sued for this?

    Where they all Cherry Poptart #2 listings?
  11. Thanks Chip, you're too kind. ESB holds a very special place for me in terms of my childhood. I don't remember the exact reason, it might have been because I acted-up or my Mom's overprotective nature, but one of the older kids on the street I grew up with took a bunch of my street buddies to watch it, and I had to sit it out. I was severely bummed to say the least. Eventually it meant using the ESB trading cards and toys from the ESB wave combined with a knack of guilting my Mom about not letting me go watch the movie, to imagine my own version of the movie with toys until I finally got to watch it on TV. Of course, by the time that happened, I had acquired a significant amount of the figures and a handful of the ESB vehicles. I would later watch it again on VHS when I was older, but I developed a greater fondness for the ESB wave because of these early experiences. The ESB 7-pack has always been something of a goal and nostalgic piece growing-up in Canada, and our exposure to some of the coolest and unique sets.
  12. I was born the same year. I was a first generation Italian Canadian kid who grew up in a predominantly "new immigrant" area of Toronto. My Dad took us to watch Star Wars, but it wasn't something that instantly connected me to the merchandise - it was more influenced by cereal promotions (Ad Pac Star Wars stickers), comic ads, and movie trading cards. Once I saw the Star Wars toys for the first time in the Consumers Distributing catalog, I began to see them in their true (or near true form anyway, if the photograph used early concepts or prototypes) rather than the line art form in the comic ads. Getting my first set (the Creature Cantina with Yoda Special Offer set) and the four Cantina figures is what opened the floodgates of my pursuit as a kid to collect them all, as well as collecting them later in my life for nostalgic reasons. Looking back, the Marvel comic series and ads certainly played a part, but back then it was the SW trading cards that allowed you to rewatch the movie through a series of photographic stills. I've always felt that a lot of the marketing behind Star Wars was an extension of what the trading cards did, and it never really felt like any of it was forced. It felt more like the time you'd wait between each issue of your favourite comic title. That anticipation, I found anyway, to have been diluted in later years by Hasbro when they started doing all the animated series and comics around the toy lines. Eventually everyone began upping their strategy, and that influenced Kenner to do the same with ESB and ROTJ, but there was a time (at least in my early childhood years) where there was a certain magic in collecting all the merchandise, because it allowed you to rewatch, reexperience or reimagine Star Wars. And my regular comic titles picked up where Star Wars left off. The weekly animated series for lines like Gi Joe or He-Man never had the same magical feeling.
  13. Wrightson’s in person are just....

    Awesome! Thanks for the share Hado, been awhile since I've seen you. Hope you're good. And now I have to figure out when I can go and see this!
  14. Someone posted this one FB. Even before I saw TLJ, it had that vibe of me being 9 again waiting to watch ESB in the theaters. Funny to see the parallels then and now:
  15. 100% agree. I would say in the He-Man toy line, He-Man and Skeletor were the two main selling characters. With each new wave, and as new characters are introduced, you have a model of trying to recover retooling/new tooling costs from each preproduction phase as new characters enter into the mix, so you're shipping a higher ratio of newer characters, and sprinkling an old recognizable character into each case. If the ratio starts to be one He-Man and one Skeletor mixed into a case containing Leech, Dragstor, Zodac, Clamp Champ, you eventually end-up with bargain bins filled with characters no one wants, and no main characters to be found anywhere. Mattel continues to do this with their toys, as I remember I had to go through two cases at the local Wal-Mart to find one Batman and one Superman in a case of 24 ballistik cars (when my son was into that Hot Wheels line). It would not suprise me to hear that in later waves of He-Man, there were no He-Man or Skeletor in the case assortments. If the cartoons evolved, not showing He-Man or Skeletor as each wave progressed, that may have allowed kids to latch on quicker to these new characters, but He-Man and Skeletor remained the main characters througout the entire animated series, and to not have those figures available to purchase later in the line I'm sure was a huge factor in the dramatic drop from 400 million to 7 million.