Squeezy McSphincter

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  1. investment opinions

    I'm going on the assumption that today's mid tier will be tomorrow's bottom tier. There will be top tier stuff in every era, but that stuff is a very slim portion of what's available. The nostalgia bump and hope eventually washes out of everything. Overall I think prices will decline just because I can't imagine that the interest in comics will last forever. What happens in 10 or 20 years when the guys that bought in the 80s sell their stuff off? I'm buying, but factor in a 75% loss on anything I hold long enough.
  2. A Dealer's Pricing

    The most recent one I remember was the New Mutants 87 fake cover thread, posted probably in 2017.
  3. 2018 Collecting Goals

    Ya, thanks for the heads up. I had heard that mentioned here before, unfortunately. I don't really expect anything, but if it comes up I'm primed and ready to be outbid in spectacular fashion.
  4. 2018 Collecting Goals

    After spending my first full year (2016) on the sidelines, I bought four minor pages in 2017. There was one piece that I missed out on due to mistiming the auction by an hour, which was a bummer. I’m hoping to sell off a good chunk of my comics and roll the money into art this year. My income will also increase substantially starting in January, so some of that will likely wind up as new money into the hobby. My macro-level, long-term goal is to not wind up with hundreds or thousands of pages like some have. It's a different beast, obviously, but after lugging my comics across the continent twice, and holding onto them for 20+ years, I want to keep things managable. A few things I’d like to acquire in 2018 are: At least one page from Doom Patrol 51 (and other Morrison DP art, in general) A Bisley cover Something by Bolland—maybe an Animal Man cover. TSR art! I don’t anticipate being able to pull in more than one or two of those, at best, but we’ll see. The list above had too many honourable mentions to go into, but will provide opportunities if the above don’t materialize, I’m sure.
  5. I'll pound you to a "Pulp" if you don't show off yours!

    I bought a few pulps on a lark some time in the mid-90s. I didn't know much about them then--something that hasn't really changed. I haven't looked through them much, though there was a nice resume rejection letter in the older Blue Book.
  6. New podcast/video from Felix Comic Art (UPDATED 1/3/17!)

    You're right: I looked it up and the rights sold again this year for $345M. The selling company ran into (from what I remember) a bit of an accounting scandal a year or so ago and may have had to sell. When they originally sold the rights in 2010 the Schulz company did about $2B in sales per year--much more than I would have thought--so their ongoing 20% could still be a nice chunk.
  7. New podcast/video from Felix Comic Art (UPDATED 1/3/17!)

    I don't have the info handy, but I've seen it mentioned here a couple of times that someone in the Schulz family has been willing to help with that sort of thing. I'm sure someone more knowledgable will chime in on this point.
  8. New podcast/video from Felix Comic Art (UPDATED 1/3/17!)

    The Schulz family sold 80% of the rights to a brand management company for $175M or so in 2010. So you're right that they do still get a good chunk of whatever is earned, plus sit on a enough money to do just about whatever they want.

    I did limit where I would send packages, but you're right--I'll tighten it further and probably just limit it to the US and Canada. Thanks for the advice.

    I've just started selling again for the first time in a little over 20 years. Sold one item without issue, but the second situation is similar to Matt's. Buyer with an ebay account in Europe and a Paypal account in the US wants me to ship the item to the Middle East. Was quick to respond to emails several times, but now that he has an opportunity to cancel the transaction as agreed there's a delay. I'll give it a another try or two, but ebay doesn't look worth the effort to me. I sold hundreds of comics (at least) on Usenet without a problem, and that was pre-Paypal to expedite things. Catering to the lowest common denominator generally isn't a positive.
  11. Clink Auction Started tonight

    I mistimed the Warfront 11 cover by a few minutes and missed out on bidding. It was weirdly patched together, but I would have bid it up a bit. I guess I get to play another day. Congrats to the winner!
  12. Art from your first comic?

    I'm in the group that can't remember what my first comic was--probably an Archie or something from a Whitman three pack that was bought for me. The first comic that I bought was the first issue of the Wolverine limited series. Nice to have something from that, but one page would buy too many great pages that are of more interest (primarily a few pages from Doom Patrol 51)!
  13. Fan Expo Vancouver, November 10-12, 2017

    I was considering going--primarily to get comics submitted for grading--but decided not to. I'm sure my kids would have loved it. Maybe next year. One of the kids' daycare teachers told me that she went for the first time and enjoyed herself. Her friend wanted to go meet the Flash, and that was a big success. I can't imagine paying $90 for a photo and a chance to say "big fan", but if people buy that I can't blame someone for selling it.
  14. The official Comiclink September Focused auction thread

    There was only one page that I cared enough about to put a tracking bid on, and that was just barely. It may have just been an auction that didn't inspire many to hang out and get caught up in the action. All I do is low end, so that wasn't the issue for me. The selection, and, as RyanfromOttawa said, auction fatigue may have been factors. It's incredible, to me, that demand still seems to be there when there's so much supply on all levels. It helps nullify regret that I could have missing out on almost anything. Friday may have been a factor, but aren't most of the people buying OA closer to getting senior's discounts than being out partying? Maybe CL should have scheduled the auction between nap times.
  15. ComicArtTracker.com

    As others have said--nicely done! CAF's for sale section is 90%+ "please enquire" with some searches, which made it only useful if I felt like punishing myself. A vast improvement. I'll also join the choir and say that Spencer has a lot of stuff that I hadn't noticed before.