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  1. I thought the importation order was in April but I didn't look it up and misremembered - anyhow this is what I meant to say, but wrote that part hurried.
  2. I'm not so sure it is Canadian. I used to own this Cap 66, and the ad on the rear cover was a Canadian ad. Most Canadian editions did have modified/altered ads (later in the SA, they were blanked out rear wraps). I'm more inclined to look at this Batman 2 as a second print that may have been priced at a subsequent point where there was possibly a reaction to economic circumstances that rationalized a price increase. We also have to keep in mind that WWII importation order started in 1940, and that the appearance of a low print run may have been impacted by what was happening at the time. This is all speculation, but you have to look at this in it's proper context, and we know Marvel Comics #1 had an Oct and Nov copy (albeit with no price increase), which we don't call a "second print", and whether you consider it a variant, second printing or second state, this is one of those mysteries that you can't definitively say (outside of the cover price) that it is one or the other without more information. It would be interesting to compare the indicia from a 10 and 15 cent copy.
  3. One trend that I have to say I find concerning (and to be honest, I just discovered) is seeing/hearing Gary Vaynerchuck recommending people speculate and invest in sportscards. Before I even attempt to expand on this, is there anyone here who has listened to his videos/podcasts on this, and/or listens to him enough to trust what he is telling people and would consider investing in sportscards themselves? Not asking to target anyone, just curious to see what kind of reach he may/may not have here in this community.
  4. This^ I didn't think this would have had the reverse effect to be honest. I think this was too recently released here in Canada (I believe early screening for Festival started in December of last year, but only started showing in parts of Canada in Feb). I contacted their website asking if there was an option for people outside of Canada to view this. If I hear anything I'll post it here. I do wonder if this will eventually be picked-up by any streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime. Outside what I said already, this is a very well done documentary. The pace makes the near two hours fly by.
  5. @Taylor G @Twanj@Buzzetta hey guys, sorry I don't know what else to recommend. I think @ESeffinga is right, there might be some algorithm that prevents it from playing with redirects. If you search for "There Are No Fakes" in YouTube's search, it should show up as the one with the most time (just under one two hours). I highlighted in the screenshot below in the red square. Guys, it's worth the effort. This is an incredible story and one anyone that collects anything should watch to really understand the criminality and interconnections when fakes and forgeries proliferate:
  6. @Twanj @ESeffinga guys if you click this YouTube link and visit the site and watch it on YouTube, it will work. For some reason it just doesn't work if you try to embed on the boards.
  7. That's weird. It's from TVO's YouTube channel. I wonder if it's a regional restriction. Try this link instead (I've updated the post with this so let me know if this works)
  8. A thread that attempted to draw on the similarities of cards and comics when they are altered to look like they were cared for better than they really are:
  9. I wanted to share this here with the community because while this does specifically delve into the story of the much contested and fraudulent art of the "Picasso of the North", this could very easily apply to any big money collectibles market. It has tones of the scheming opportunism that followed folk art painter Clementine Hunter, but with a more deeply profound and stranger than fiction twist of bad actors and a crime forgery ring. It took Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies to bring this matter in front of the courts for the truth to come forward, and what follows is an eye-opening expose that shines a bright light on those most invested in continuing to obscure the truth. (Regional restrictions may apply if you live outside of Canada) FOR PEOPLE OUTSIDE CANADA: visit this link on YouTube. For some reason, if I embed it in the post it won't work, but if you visit YouTube and watch it there, it works.
  10. Athletes carry a greater risk with ethical lapses. Look at how endorsement contracts are written these days. Think of your card collection as being the benefactor of such a contract, and if a player steps out of line for whatever reason (addiction, sexual misconduct, gambling, etc.) they lose that value, and so do the cards. That doesn't even broach any issue that may occur with an athletes career being abruptly cut short due to injury. In comparison to comics, if more people saw lacklustre success at the box office as more of a necessary correction from ridiculous and unjustified value climbs, then it would almost be a sure bet and wouldn't even really be considered a risk.
  11. Research, and education are a very tiny part of the solution. One can be completely educated, and in doing so, may avoid any/all pitfalls. But the collective inertia is what determines whether the issues persist or not. You have to understand that the much bigger monolith to topple and overcome when sketchy, and downright fraudulent activity occurs is getting everyone on board with it needing to stop. There is just way too much money riding-on the status quo. And too much opportunity being lost by messing with it. Once you've seen this kind of thing happen in more than one hobby, you not only can spot it from a mile away, but you can anticipate which people are going to stay silent counting their stacks of cash, those who will be vocally against any change, AND you can also very nearly predict the words, the choice of language and tactics they will use to minimize it on the hopes that it will all blow over. Right now, the Bill Mastro story is the only thing I've seen that comes anywhere close to a matter reaching a judgment and prison sentencing. Once you enter into the multi-roomed void of contested and fraudulent hobby activity, it's very difficult to come out of it being optimistic any of it will change unless people start to lose massive amounts of money ALL at once.
  12. Is topsides the one you flipped and you could call front face or back facing? I loved farsies, but knockdowns was where you could make the most cards on a win.
  13. This is why I saw sheet cut cards as such a gross transgression that wasn't properly being vetted. Instead it was rewarded, and rather significantly in cases where it was used to obtain 10's on cards deemed impossible due to wire cutting methods. This was, for someone who saw the writing on the wall, an inevitable progression of the issue. Whether it will come back to cause issues for the less severe practice of sheet cutting, only time will tell.
  14. One other thing. When I was on the plane, he showed me a vintage card. I remarked how perfect the centering was, but what really caught him off-guard was how I mentioned it wasn't sheet cut. To me, this is one of the more disappointing things that has been allowed to perpetuate within the vintage card grading market. I told him, even if he offered it to me at a quarter of the value I wouldn't buy it if were a sheet cut example, and he was floored that I knew how to tell. I explained how much time I had spent buying this same card to get regraded, and how many sheet cut cards I saw in PSA holders. The market hasn't reacted towards them negatively yet, but as populations rise, I believe it will become a more important variable factored into valuating them. I was glad he showed it to me because it made him more aware about something he knew nothing about, and with the amount of money he was spending, frankly I was surprised he didn't know.
  15. On the contrary, the GOAT's, particularly those we grew up around, from say the Gretzky's to even LeBron, are going for insane money. It's not necessarily the rookie cards only, I was talking to a gent I met on the plane last week and all he collects is Jordan's. He was showing me some PSA 10's which are going for ridiculous money now. There's a lot to learn, but all I can tell you is that as a financial experiment, I went out and bought a number of graded cards for a particular player, and had them regraded. It was obscene to me how much money people leave on the table not unerstanding the nuanced differences between graders, and the characteristics which command big money. I got in and out because I was starting a trend that others in the hobby noticed, and began picking-up on, and suddenly the population of this player spiked to a level where it left me uncomortable speculating anymore than I did. I wouldn't have lost, but the amount of effort and gain wouldn't have been the same and it really felt like fishing in a barrel for awhile. After speaking to that gent on the plane, I noticed the market has stepped-up once again, so I might give it a go once more. FWIW's the new crop of talent has just shown a completely different pattern where they get out of hand in value right out of the gate, I only see those dropping eventually. Depending on where you're buying (i.e. peak market) you might be losing when the market corrects on them.