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  1. Well played. Finally bought myself a What If... #31 in 9.8
  2. mattn792

    Ebay seller kellyssuperheroes?

    100% agree. As someone who (sadly) ONCE (and luckily once only) bought from Robojo (advertised 9.8, really a 9.2), the pics are the dead giveaway that Robojo and kellysuperheroes are one and the same. Same angle. Same inability to zoom. Oh, and same overgrading. The "9.8" Star Wars #1 I'm looking at has at least five discolored corners between front and back, and one glaring front cover spine stress. No one should ever buy from this individual.
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    Stolen Book Alert!!

    As Denzel once so aptly put it -- "It's not what you know, it's what you can prove." Both eBay and PayPal can quickly counter OP's assertion with "well how do we KNOW that you REALLY sent the book you're claiming that the buyer stole. Maybe you really are the scammer, and YOU sent that hardcover to start with..." In a situation like this, probably the only foolproof way for a seller to prove that he/she did indeed send the book(s) in question would be to video the entire process. And I mean non-stop. Starting with packing, all the way through the drive and drop off at the post office. Tripe J's assertion that "The buyer isn't simply always right, ebay empowers buyers with what amounts to diplomatic immunity." is spot on. eBay's policy is "Buyer first, buyer second, buyer third. Sellers can have relations with themselves." Horror stories like this are why I will NEVER sell a high dollar book on eBay, I always consign with people I know I can trust.
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    Incredible Hulk #181 - is it *that* red-hot?

    I'll say this much -- whoever spent $2850 on this raw 5.0ish copy will be upset if the price doesn't keep appreciating -- (item number is 323341310716)
  5. But what if it’s Episode IX: The Poke of Lando, in which Lando is declared the new King of England???
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    Incredible Hulk #181 - is it *that* red-hot?

    If you sell it and you make money, don’t worry about where it goes in the future. Some good advice I received a while back.
  7. mattn792

    Incredible Hulk #181 - is it *that* red-hot?

    The latest ComicLink auction kicked off on the 11th, and the 9.2 with CR-OW pages is already up to $5900. My 9.2 ow/w sold for $100 less a little over one week ago. It'll be interesting to see where the CLink book ends up with 12 days to go until auction close.
  8. Sadly, I think you're right that Disney's (lack of) braintrust is going to draw the completely wrong conclusions from fan reaction to the last two films (I can't comment on the merits of "Solo" because I was never really interested in seeing it, mainly because a Han Solo origin movie never held any appeal for me). The worst part of an old vs. new conclusion would be that the audience at large is already drawn to the new cast, The Force Awakens clearly proved that with its box office haul. A blind man can see that the backlash over The Last Jedi has nothing to do with old vs. new, it's because TLJ suffers from many of the same maladies that Episodes I - III do -- bad -script, hokey subplots, "name" actors forced into roles they don't fit, and that overall "fake" feeling. I was watching TFA for about the 40th time last night, and one thing that I especially love about that movie is that it brought back a sense of realness to Star Wars. In addition to the characters actually feeling human (for lack of a better term) in their interactions, TFA has many nuances that serve to raise the audience's emotion level -- the transports hitting the ground under fire in the opening scene and the Stormtroopers immediately come pouring out shouting orders and firing, the X-Wings coming in from the horizon kicking up a wave of water for cover, even something as small as BB8's reactions to situations. Does TFA have its faults, like being a bit too derivative of IV - VI at times? Sure. But is it a whole heck of a lot of fun to watch? You better bleeping believe it. TLJ was missing all of that. I legitimately feel bad for the cast taking heat from the social media warriors over TLJ though, because it wasn't their fault the movie sucks. They did the best with what they had, in fact they alone probably saved TLJ from being an Attack of the Clones level mess/unintentional comedy (I seriously can't watch watch Hayden Christensen whining "I hate them!" without nearly laughing myself to tears). Give the audience what they want to see, and they'll show up in droves. Tell them what they want to see, and they'll show you a bunch of middle fingers. Is Disney's ego too big to listen? I guess we'll see.
  9. Uncanny 104, 9.6 w/p from MCS. $240ish after discount
  10. Estimated percent of the book that is original is a great idea.
  11. mattn792

    Incredible Hulk #181 - is it *that* red-hot?

    It's actually a Stan Lee SS 9.8 according to the book's details. But still...$30k... indeed If memory serves, a blue label ow/w 9.8 went for under $17k recently (ComicLink auction I think).
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    Incredible Hulk #181 - is it *that* red-hot?

    Look outside of eBay at some of the major sellers for how many 181s they have available. Last time I looked, Pedigree, the Reece’s, and ComicLink’s exchange all had none, and I believe Metropolis only had one copy. Demand is largely driving the spike, and it isn’t a recent phenomenon. Back in 2016 I saw my 9.6 nearly double in fmv in the span of six months. The question becomes do you expect to see a flood of copies onto the market in the future which will drive prices down to a level you consider reasonable, or is it better to strike now? Only you can answer that. Also, green label prices won’t be all that much cheaper for a copy that presents well.
  13. Valid points. To the contrary, we’ve seen the Phoenix fiasco already played out in The Last Stand, so this could be a “been there, done that” situation for the fans. The capitalist in me certainly wouldn’t mind if the Dark Phoenix books spiked though...sell sell sell!
  14. That might come to pass if anyone actually wanted to see Dark Phoenix. Anticipated flops don’t tend to lead to speculation on the source material.
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    Incredible Hulk #181 - is it *that* red-hot?

    I wonder how many books might be counted multiple times within the census though due to pressings & yellow labels? All it takes is for a book to be re-subbed without its original label, or for CGC to receive the label but not remove it from the census?