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  1. It should. Outside my pay grade, but that’s a museum piece. If one were to choose 10 copies of issues on the planet to represent the history of the hobby, that book might make the list.
  2. Frazetta’s Famous Funnies from the collection of “X”
  3. I’m doubtful we see that TMNT pop up for sale here. Didn’t seem like a flip to sell kind of purchase. After tax, $100k barely breaks even. I’d hope it was a keeper purchase for the buyer. Has anyone seen the WWBN 32 9.8 that went for $50k+ go up for sale since?
  4. The only uber high grade SS 6 slab is the Church. If someone with the full run decided it was a good idea to slab the early issues but not the later ones, that would be quite the interesting choice.
  5. I think there’s a strong likelihood that Phantom Lady had a much bigger print run than Seven Seas and earlier issues in a run more copies than later issues. Look at he number of copies of Frazetta’s run in FF, 209 far more copies than later issues. PL 17 was at the beginning of the run compared to SS 4 which was relatively late, especially given the issues that came before. My guess is that’s part of the reason for the disparity
  6. A 3.0 went for $8400, a 4.0 went for $9800 in public sales. Each of those were scooped up almost immediately, no more than 5 minutes. I paid well in excess of either of those numbers for a 4.5. Let's just say less than double what the 3.0 went for, but substantially more than $10k. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. And I know I'm responding to the guy that probably has the best Baker collection of anyone on the planet. As for the Seven Seas 4, there are 30 graded copies, but rare to see one come to light in high grade, though there are 16 5.5 or higher, how often do you see any of those copies. Seven Seas 6 is a great book, I'm a fan, but has clearly been left in the dust by 4. SS 4 is probably worth 4X what SS 6 is. There was a poll done not all that long ago. I don't know exactly when, maybe a year ago regarding Bakers, I think the results were pretty much on point. Seems the most popular Bakers are CL 25, SS 4, GCE 12, and PL 17. Other Bakers are Bakers, those 4 books have their own identity and are going for multiples of the rest because of it imo.
  7. My initial thought would be to confirm with Overstreet what criteria they use to come up with these lists. There are any number of reasons why their lists are way off. Any subjective list will have room for criticism. But in this case, people look to them as a trusted guide. Certainly a list produced from the aggregated opinion of top dealers in brick and mortar stores had a heck of a lot more value in 1989 than 2019. A list equal part GPA and polls voted on on this site would produce far more accurate results. Books are bought and sold online and recorded on GPA, online and not recorded on GPA, in private sales, and at conventions way way way more than in stores. When Overstreet established their relevance, there was no internet, conventions were far less popular, and private sales took place much less as we were less connected. On top of that, there was no CGC. No one can take away the positive impact the guide had on the hobby, nor should they view it without that context. Brick and mortars utility of the guide and that trusted resource filtering through the hobby from readers and collectors at their lcs helped make the hobby what it would become. But they're old news. Yesterday's story. And they haven't kept up with the times. They are a relic. They haven't been remotely relevant for at least 20 years, and in my opinion they were only marginally relevant 30 years ago. Certainly Gerber's Guide is of more consequence today, even if the overall impact of Overstreet was greater, it's very much past tense. The hobby was messy circa 1990, but there's a reason that even then, a Wizard, more flash than substance, was more relevant when it came to the pulse of anything. They could also just come up with a committee to discuss once a year or vote once a year to come up with a list. It's easy enough to come up with good people for that. Just top of mind, Gator Rick, Bedrock Richard, Harley Yee, RicksNeatStuff, FilterAdam, Metro Vincent, Guru Jeff, Heritage Jim, a handful of others on this board. One thing is certain, the list they came out with this year is completely bunk. There's zero argument for it having any validity at all. Two reasons. First off, where is Planet Comics 1 on the list? Did they come up with a new explanation that somehow Planet Comics are not sci-fi? If so, I'd love to hear an explanation on that one. How did Planet Comics #1 go from being #1 on their own list years ago to no longer in the top 10 in the same year that the loudest sci-fi sales were the Church Planet copies? Planet Comics #1 has to be on the Sci-Fi list, and really, it has to be #1. The fact that Startling Comics #49 isn't there is also absurd. It should probably be #2. The other is Cinderella Love #25. There are likely more fans, collectors, sales, and "experts" of the Romance genre on this forum than anywhere. Any vote would have Cinderella Love 25 #1, and in fact among Baker books in a poll with scores of voters it finished #1 without a close second. To boot, removing private sales, just public sales reflect as much. Whether it's #1 or not is not the issue. One could make an argument for a couple of others. But for it to be left off the top 10 is as egregious as leaving Planet 1 off of the sci-fi list. Giant Comics Edition #9 and #13, Negro Romance #2 and #3? Then with Sci-Fi Showcase #17 is ranked ahead of Starling #49 and Planet #15? In what universe? Then you have the horror list which may be the worst of all of them. No LB Cole, or Suspense 3, or Punch 12, Mask 1, Startling 11. Even just ranking EC books, their list isn't remotely accurate. It's almost like they were intentionally trying to produce a list with no merit whatsoever.
  8. Break the Suspense Rick! You're killing us
  9. I also paid more than Rick's price for a Ghost 6 4.5 very recently from someone else and am very happy with my purchase and price, which was fair. If you search online, you can quickly find a couple listed by reputable dealers at a lower grade for a higher price than Rick's number. I'm not suggesting Rick's too cheap here, but let's just say...if you're going to price shame, at least pick on a listing where your point has any merit at all, and maybe on someone who doesn't consistently sell more volume and to a wider variety of buyers than just about anyone on here.
  10. I bought $2500 worth of Valiants raw, filtered out non 9.8s, got the group signed and slabbed at 3 cons in Tampa, Baltimore, and Portland. The slabbings cost like $2800. $5300, sold them all 6-9 months later for $15k or so net when I decided to liquidate. Wasn't worth the time or effort. But I'm happy the books exist now for the collectors.
  11. We all know the dealers get big deals done all the time, those that see themselves as brokers do plenty of big deals, but they know they're not doing what the big boys are, and then there's collectors like most of us who have stories just because, but for the most part we're all small potatoes and know it, if that's even a thing. It's also not why we're in it and it's not what we do for a living. I prefer to be net positive on books I've sold just because it means I'm not being dumb and maybe can buy more books, but I don't think many of us if any measure ourselves that way.
  12. I bought and sold 2 Punch 11s within about a week. Not the most money on a deal made or lost or the highest percentage, but interesting enough nonetheless. Both about the same grade, 1 a slab, the other raw. If I take all costs into account, shipping, auction fees, taxes, here's my net, again both same week, probably exact same grade. Raw, paid $250 sold for $900 Slab, auction won $897 plus tax, so say $980, auction sold $685 minus fees say $580 Net, net not much, maybe +$250 I also bought a FF 52 raw for $700 and sold it for $1400 within 24 hours a few years ago. Again not the biggest flip by dollars or percentage. I had a bunch of huge flips percentage wise on raw books that I got signed, slabbed, came back 9.8s and rare. I bought an Archer & Armstrong Gold 0 for $50, signed by Shooter and Layton slabbed comes back 9.8, traded for Eternal Warrior Gold Flat 9.8 signed by Frank Miller, sold that Miller slab for $1500. Slabbing, press, fast track and sigs costs etc was I think $70 or so. So $120 to $1500, I gave away a flip on a slab a couple months ago that was $6500 to $10k within a week because I was cash poor in the moment.
  13. As a percentage or in dollars? Which one of these is the better flip? $25 to $150 $100 to $500 $250 to $900 $700 to $1400 $2500 to $4000 $10000 to $13500 $20000 to $25000
  14. I hear you. More often than not, that kind of thing doesn't remain a secret though. I mean the guys at Metropolis must have been told right?