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  1. Didn't see this thread when it was started. My vote goes for No. 17 hands down. Also, if the cover was a Baker / Feldstein collaboration, then it becomes even more appealing, since Feldstein Junior covers are out of this world, especially 13 to 16. I agree with other posters that 17 is the sexier cover, and I also like the fact that she's not as helpless as in #23. The PL looking at the reader aspect is also very appealing to me, which is why I've always loved the Jo-Jo #11 and Jungle Comics #85 covers so much.
  2. My approach to collecting GA books is that if I can locate copies fairly easily in grade on Ebay, the CGC forum or at auctions, I'm willing to wait 3 to 6 months to get a decent deal. On the other hand, if the book doesn't show up for 6 months to a year, then I'm more likely to bite the bullet and pay the dealer's asking price, even if it's priced at the FMV 3 or 4 years into the future. In my experience over the past 13 years, it's usually these type of books that double or triple in value in 5 to 10 years. In hindsight, paying 140% of FMV for a hard to get, key, rare book is way more profitable in the future than getting a great deal on a run of the mill type book. I also agree with a previous poster, that buying in bulk does give the dealer incentive to give you a bigger discount. Early on in my collecting days I'd e-mail Metro asking for a 10% discount on a given book, but would usually get rejected. However, if I waited 3 or 4 months to build up my want list (while saving some money in the process), and ask Metro for a 10% discount on 10 to 12 books, I'd usually get an e-mail back from Vincent stating that I can't give you a discount on 4 of the books since they're consignments, but can offer you a 12% discount on the rest with free shipping. At the end of the day I'd get my 10% discount for the entire lot.
  3. Id love to say I was going for that PL17 8.0, but I'd be lying. Man what a nice book. I liked the 7.5 in the last auction WAY better than this 8.0 copy. This one has 2 long creases bottom right corner that the 7.5 did not have. The 7.5 also had much better pages. I tend to agree. It'll be interesting to see if this 8.0 copy sells for $3k or $4k more than the 7.5 copy, or will it go for relatively the same price (around $14.5k).
  4. in a thread full of many of the best books in the hobby this would be the one i would take to the grave with me. my word what a book. +1 If I'm still alive my then, I may have to arrange for a midnight dig at the graveyard.
  5. Check out this thread:
  6. These books are worthy of a slobbering, drooling gremlin, if there was one. I like that. Perhaps the next thread should be titled "Books worth Slobbering Over"!
  7. Nedor/Better/Standard are the same company. Thank you. Some others I'm not sure about: Pentagon Ace Periodicals Realistic Comics Leader Enterprises I.C. Publishing Ace is on the list I posted and Realistic is an imprint of Avon. Since he wanted only the start-up package, I "only" gave him 88 publisher names. I have another 100 I didn't post. Didn't seem relevant as most publishers with output noticeable should be on the initial list I posted. Thanks for the info. I really didn't know how it worked myself.
  8. Nedor/Better/Standard are the same company. Thank you. Some others I'm not sure about: Pentagon Ace Periodicals Realistic Comics Leader Enterprises I.C. Publishing
  9. Good to know. How about Universal Phoenix and Flying Stories? I didn't see Nedor as well.
  10. Last year I sent some moderns (via slow track) in mid November and they were subsequently sent to CGC in early January. Not sure if the same will apply this year during the late fall / early winter season. CGC sent them back by early March.
  11. Thanks for the information. Are you doing restoration work or just pressing / restoration removal? I'm assuming it's the former.
  12. No friggen way!!!!!! What the hell, are they building you a book from scratch? who knows. at this point, i'm not sure if they still have it. maybe they're hoping i die first so they won't have to find a replacement? Have you been invoiced for the work being performed on this book?
  13. Wise desicion. 30s here, and I got my start in GA from skybolt and am forever grateful. I'd also like to add that there is nothing wrong with hiding GGA and spicy pulps from the wife as it adds to the thrill of collecting That's awesome to hear. I still remember regretting buying a copy of Blue Beetle #49 for $800 back in 2003, instead of the typical superhero books. However, when I received the book in the mail, it completely changed my collecting habits. From that point forward I only collected GGA.