marvelmaniac

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    Silver Age
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  1. All I see is some minor creasing top and bottom left front cover, the book lies flat, I do not see any stress lines so IMO... 6.0 FINE (FN): Back to TopAn above-average copy that shows minor wear but is still relatively flat and clean with no significant creasing or other serious defects. Some accumulation of minor bindery/printing defects is allowed. Minor cover wear apparent, with minor to moderate creases. Inks show a significant reduction in reflectivity. Blunted corners are more common, as is minor staining, soiling, discoloration, and/or foxing. Stamped or inked arrival dates may be present. A minor spine roll is allowed. There can also be a 1/4" spine split or severe color break. Staples may show minor discoloration. Minor staple tears and a few slight stress lines may be present, as well as minor rust migration. Paper is tan to brown and fairly supple with no signs of brittleness. Minor interior tears at the margin may be present. Centerfold may be loose.
  2. Any copy of this key book is a Nice Copy and could be the pride of anybodies collection. IMO this book would have graded at a VG 4.0, however... With the piece missing at the bottom right front cover I would say... 3.0 GOOD/VERY GOOD (GD/VG): Back to TopA used comic book showing some substantial wear. Cover shows significant wear, and may be loose or even detached at one staple. Cover reflectivity is very low. Can have a book-length crease and/or dimples. Corners may be blunted or even rounded. Discoloration, fading, foxing, and even minor to moderate soiling is allowed. A triangle from 1/4" to 1/2" can be missing out of the corner or edge; a missing 1/8" to 1/4" square is also acceptable. Tape and other amateur repair may be present. Moderate spine roll likely. May have a spine split of anywhere from 1" to 1-1/2". Staples may be rusted or replaced. Minor to moderate staple tears and moderate stress lines may be present, as well as some rust migration. Paper is brown but not brittle. Centerfold may be loose or detached at one staple. Minor to moderate interior tears may be present.
  3. First let me say... Any copy of ASM #2 is a Nice Book. especially the "Well Loved" copies so ENJOY!!! IMO that book would have graded at a GD+ 2.5 - GD/VG 3.0 if not for the chunk missing from the rear cover which places the book in the FR/GD 1.5 range but IMO the overall condition presents too well for that so... 1.8 GOOD- (GD-): Back to Top Fits the criteria for Good but with an additional defect or small accumulation of defects that detracts from the book's appearance by a perceptible amount.
  4. I really do not have that much info on it, it was given to me for Christmas back in 91/92, I have no idea where it was even purchased. There are no markings anywhere on it that would indicate anything about it. When I moved and took new pics and made a new/up to date list for the insurance company I tried a Google search to get an idea of date or any info and was not able to find out anything about it.
  5. Where this books sold exclusively at the Worlds Fair? The only way to find out for sure why there were three separate issues would be to contact... Dell/Gold Key, Warren Publishing or Hanna-Barbera. This is one of those mysteries like the one I have been trying to solve for 10 years... Why was issue #12 of the Sad Sack Armed Forces Complimentary Comics never published?
  6. I always like to grade conservatively but you guys are harsh. I know my eyesight is not good but all I see other that the mistrimmed top edge is slight wear by Thor's head in the Marvel Comics Group logo, slight creasing by the staples and a wrinkle on the bottom left of the back cover. Without being able to see this book up close in person and not knowing how the miscut cover affects the grade I would grade this book at a... 7.0 FINE/VERY FINE (FN/VF): Back to Top An above-average copy that shows minor wear but is still relatively flat and clean with outstanding eye appeal. A small accumulation of minor bindery/printing defects is allowed. Minor cover wear beginning to show, possibly including minor creases. Corners may be blunted. Inks are generally bright with a moderate reduction in reflectivity. Stamped or inked arrival dates may be present. Minor foxing. The slightest spine roll may be present, as well as a possible moderate color break. Staples may show some discoloration. Slight staple tears and a small accumulation of light stress lines may be present. Slight rust migration. Paper is cream to tan. Centerfold is mostly secure. Minor interior tears at the margin may be present. 6.5 FINE+ (FN+): Back to Top Fits the criteria for Fine but with an additional virtue or small accumulation of virtues that improves the book's appearance by a perceptible amount.
  7. 10.0 GEM MINT (GM): Back to TopAn exceptional example of a given book - the best ever seen. Only the slightest bindery or printing defects are allowed. Cover is flat with no surface wear. Inks are bright with high reflectivity. Corners are cut square and sharp. Spine is tight and flat. Staples must be original, centered and clean with no rust. Paper is white, supple and fresh. No interior autographs or owner signatures. 9.9 MINT (MT): Back to Top Near perfect in every way. Only subtle bindery or printing defects are allowed. Cover is flat with no surface wear. Inks are bright with high reflectivity and minimal fading. Corners are cut square and sharp. Small, inconspicuous, lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable as long as they are in an unobtrusive location. Spine is tight and flat. Staples must be original, generally centered and clean with no rust. Paper is white, supple and fresh. 9.8 NEAR MINT/MINT (NM/MT): Back to Top Nearly perfect in every way with only minor imperfections that keep it from the next higher grade. Only subtle bindery or printing defects are allowed. Cover is flat with no surface wear. Inks are bright with high reflectivity and minimal fading. Corners are cut square and sharp. Small, inconspicuous, lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable as long as they are in an unobtrusive location. Spine is tight and flat. Staples must be original, generally centered and clean with no rust. Paper is white, supple and fresh. Only the slightest interior tears are allowed.
  8. After posting the above photos I decided to hang the two remaining items that were in the closet. Still have not figured out how I am going to display the loose figures. There is a story about the Spider-Man painting, that was painted freehand on a canvas by an old friend, I came home from work one day back in 98 and the painting was sitting outside my door with a note that read... "I am leaving town and cannot take this with me and you are the only person I know that would appreciate it as much as I do". Painting title, date and artist are written on the frame in the back.
  9. What exactly is a "nice book"? You do not want any "well loved books" only high grade?
  10. The only answer I can come up with is that it is listed as starring almost all Hanna-Barbera characters so I would assume it was popular with kids.
  11. Nice Books!!! You did very well from a financial standpoint if you are interested in current value. Recent eBay auction sales show... ASM 41 CGC VG+ 3.5 sold for $136.00 and $152.00 F.F. 30 Raw FN- 5.5 - FN+ 6.5 sold for about $60.00, CGC 6.0 ?
  12. I moved and this is the new comic/collectibles room.
  13. I have spent the last 40 years amassing my collection which involved a lot of legwork/driving for 30 years before the internet and eBay, comic collecting was/is my passion and I have no plans on liquidating my collection. I am leaving all of my books (1800 +/-) to my two Children (42 and 39) with detailed instructions stored with the will on proper handling/storage and all of the options on how and where to sell the collection detailing the pro's and con's of each option. Since most books are 10/12/15 cent covers, all are graded (All Raw, Only Two CGC), documented/inventoried/cataloged/photographed and stored in short boxes by title/number, (lowest to highest) and all boxes are marked with the contents in each and stored alphabetically it should not be to difficult. All of the pictures/lists of books/collectibles are stored on my computer and two separate flashdrives and the instructions with the will telling them where to find the flashdrives. Since my Son has decided to sell his collection (1800 books +/-) and collectibles he will have some experience selling. Besides, if I cashed out I would end up spending the money, this way they get something since any and all remaining cash after all final expenses are paid is being left to my 6 Grandchildren.
  14. Comic Book Grading Standards. https://comics.ha.com/tutorial/comics-grading.s?show=comicdefinitions If you prefer something with illustrations showing the defects allowed in each grade then purchase this. https://www.gemstonepub.com/en/the-overstreet-guide-to-grading-comics-2016-edition