Robot Man

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  1. This guy does not to appear to be a “comic guy”. He saw what looked like a great deal and took it. Probably some great stuff but tons of stuff that will sit forever. I doubt he really knows that yet. He really needs to know what to grade and what has the best chance of selling. 

    Looks like a good deal for him but a LOT  of creative work. Not to mention storing that hoard. I would personally, hate to have to deal with it. Fun to go through, pull out the best stuff, then dump the majority on some other “greedy speculator”. 

    I feel bad for the original owner. He obviously loved this well put together collection. Sad to see it go this way, 

  2. I have never had a problem with green labels and in fact welcome them. You just have to understand them and of course pay accordingly. 

    Many years ago, I bought a very large collection of GA in AZ. Great books. 1948-1954. Lots of ECs, late run DCs like Flash, Green Lantern, All Star and All Flash as well as a bunch of late Atlas superhero titles and others. They would grade today in 7.0-9.2 white pages, except for one thing, they were 3 hole punched. Several people told me they would grade good-vg and turned up their nose at them. 

    Technicaly, maybe true depending on how you feel about it. This was back in the old The Buyer’s Guide days with no photos. I graded them on how they looked and felt and noted the punch holes. I sold them all very quickly pricing them at around vg. Some, a little more, some a little less. But they went quick to very happy buyers. 

    I always felt that CGC needed a label for books like this. Thus the green label. 

    The Spiderman pictured above is a perfect example. In a slab, I would much prefer the green one. 

    At the end of the day, I always buy the book, not the number on the slab. 

    I still have a fair amount of the AZ buy in my collection. Beautiful, scarce books with a defect I can live with at the right price. 

    To each, his own...

  3. 16 minutes ago, bronze johnny said:

    50 years of a price guide is an incredible achievement. Agree with the view about the self serving articles in the market report section not being helpful to the guide - isn’t this just one of many self-serving examples we see throughout the hobby? 

    The Guide should be taken in its entirety and the historical role its played in the hobby. I remember a time when I could walk into a comic book shop or go to a show with a current edition of the guide and refer to it as a reference on pricing when a seller tried to take advantage of me. I also remember the surprised and sometimes uncomfortable look on some sellers’ faces when they saw my copy in hand.

    Let’s keep in mind Bob’s view on long term view on pricing with all the shenanigans that go on in the comic book market. Just check out threads and you’ll see hype about movies and/or tv shows increasing the value of a book. You then see some seller‘s using hype like “movie --script is in the works...” to push a book. We’ve always had hot books but the notion that success in another medium automatically and permanently increases the value of a comic book is also something to look out for. The Guide provides a view that hyped-inflated prices on books due to flipping and in some cases, market manipulation (see shill bidding on eBay), will not necessarily lead to long-term increases. One other factor that’s significant today has to do with the lack of transparency in auctions. A book that doesn’t sell for a price can then appear on an auction and sell for a greater than expected price. Who’s bidding is another question that lacks transparency. The time may eventually come for laws requiring greater transparency in private auctions in order to protect the integrity of the auction process. Collectors should keep this in mind when looking at previous auction prices for books. The Guide is a reference that can help provide some accuracy about how to interpret these sales but the emphasis should be placed on the word “can” since the standards used to confirm source material may raise issues. 

    The Guide has been and will continue to be one of many sources (along with the internet) a collector will refer to for pricing and history despite the lack of objectivity provided by some of its market reports.

    I was happy to add the 50th Edition to my hardcover collection and upon looking at all the editions going back to the first, still can’t believe how this comic book “institution” has provided the hobby with a degree of consistency and predictability - necessary for the existence of any marketplace.

    Most importantly, the Guide has not only given collectors references to the history of our hobby but also become one of the greatest parts of comic book history.


    Well said...:applause:

  4. 8 hours ago, mtlevy1 said:

    Ok - so this isn't the nicest copy but when I bought it I was happy to find an affordable copy as while I think Maneely is great, I am more an Everett fan and this has a nice 6 page Everett story in it.  That said when it arrived I noticed the aftermarket art on the female figure - this is one of the oddest things I've got on a book in my collection!



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    Love those Atlas “melting covers”. That is probably my favorite. 

    I too, have a couple of similar “altered” Fox GGA books. Seems some horny kid penciled in the “private parts” all through them in pencil...:roflmao:

  5. On 5/17/2020 at 10:29 AM, PopKulture said:

    Those are awesome! I've never seen the Tippie one before. It's a wonderful cross-over item with comic strips and Halloween front and center, with great artwork and color as well. :luhv:

    Just heard that Halloween is “canceled” in LA this year. No door to door treat or treating. I expected it and probably not a bad idea. But Damn! :sumo: