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    HO Trains, Glass chemistry, Tree farming and lumber, raising trout in the pond
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  1. I sold my entire collection except for the Journey into Mystery and thor and that includes an AF15 I had for fifty years. Now, It's all back in a long box starting at 84 thru 200 when I stopped getting them at the newsstand. It's all on backer board in covers. When Bob Stomrm came and took it all away, I told him I didn't want to sell the Thor. It's not really valuable, I just like it. The only thing I asked him was to send me around $500 bucks worth of lower grade Dr Strange. Jeez, that wardrobe switch was bad.
  2. In the words of a really timeless song called "Lone Star Hotel", Didn't she look great back in 1956?
  3. Yesterday, I was looking for my DVD of game 4 of the 2004 ALCS baseball playoffs and instead found my four English DVD's of Cow and Chicken which were AWOL for three years . The rest of the day was a total waste. I do note Marwood slumming around in the AF15 thread.
  4. And then of course there was "Daria" which was clearly an existential threat. And how could I leave out "Dexter's Laboratory"? Courage was a strange cartoon for Adults, screw the kids...
  5. I remember them using boneless as a frisbee and he got thrown on the roof. Just perfect.... I would like to know anything of Fleiss's career, or lack thereof. Mom's everywhere would be so relieved.
  6. It's odd to me that the Johnny Bravo meme shows up. Cartoon network in this country had this brilliant period which was sadly short produced by David Fleiss. It included Bravo but had some real gems of "Courage, The cowardly dog", "Cow and Chicken", as well as others. I feel fortunate to have a complete set of DVD's of Cow and Chicken which came over here from England. Playing with their cousin Boneless Chicken was so incredibly tasteless, i continue to watch it from time to time. I've often thought of those rare visions Fleiss came up with. Courage had some very strange stuff in it at times. I just loved it. I do not know if Cartoon Network played out in the British Isles. It was a very short run but it was just hysterical.
  7. I would have loved being a fly on the wall when these titles were being hashed out and why (..... really?) they were thought to be materials that would find financial support.. ( I MEAN REALLY?) At the time this was coming out, I was a kid with fifty cents heading for an idyllic day at the beach in the summer of 1959. I had an orange crush and usually I had a "flash" comic and some penny "Abba Zabbas" . I recall lying in that hot sand with that haul with the waves calling from the pacific., and the sun coming down. Everything was folded back. I would only go home when the afternoon fog came in. Tomorrow was another day. Even into the time 10 years later when I was going by the bus depot every third thursday with a five dollar bill to get the marvel run of the month, it really didn't occur to me that this junk would ever bring money. My mom had already thrown out the 10 cent stuff along with the baseball cards but now, I lived a thousand miles away and she couldn't do it. I kept them for years, not thinking so much that someday they would have value, but more because I really liked this stupid stuff, When I sold, it was like lightinng. I never would have thought a radioactive spider biting a really badly drawn kid was going to be in demand. Then, there were the 950 others I didn't chuck either. I bought a tractor for me and a house for my son. I confess to keeping the "Thors" Sort of stupid that way. So, keep after it. Life should be a passion for things that make it worth living. You're doing well. I admire your persistence. If you want investments, buy Mastercard.
  8. It seems to me that if you're looking for historical perspective in the evolution of comic books ( not books) that the historical group is what you really need. This place is about money and little else. Candidly, I love what you do but it's really in the wind which is blowing over investment potential. You are all wonderfully funny. We really need that.
  9. After having sold my entire collection of comics, it's really nice to come and read this thread and to know I did just the right thing before the subpoenas started coming. I've sought therapy and you will no longer find that "E" in Charlton. I'm cured. The AF 15 thread just leaves me riddled with guilt but when I come here, I feel like I've been to the sermons in the New Testament. That of course implies I didn't understand them at all. The odds of finding a Charlton book from the sixties here in New Hampshire are no better than those of a sperm.
  10. That seems extreme to me as a response. Comic books are not living creatures. Let me try again. If you owned an AF 15 graded 7.5 and it was stolen from you and broken out of its slab, Tell me how you could proof positive identify it as your book in court? I don't see how that can be done currently with any degree of confidence. I doubt that saying "mine has this stain" is going to quite provide what would be needed. There's lots of fish in the sea and admittedly not all books are even in slabs. One of the recurring discussions surrounds how many copies of AF15 are in the wild. It's not a rare book but it sure is expensive . Those very books would defy conventional identification principles. It becomes a case of "you lost it". When I owned my AF15, I had it for 50 years and it was never slabbed. When I found out what it was worth, I was floored. I didn't even know about grading. I always viewed it as a generic run of the mill Spiderman. Then it became a slabbed 5.0 Who knows how many of those exist? If it had been stolen, I certainly would have been SOL unless it had some invisible ID. It's food for thought. I read about fraud and theft here constantly.
  11. Always look in the bottom of the barrel! I fear we have ruined the obscure nature of the value of the beast. All those pre med students in school won't chuck their copies now.
  12. I think it would be really interesting to mark a book with some form of watermark, or fluorescent activated marking, then submit it to CGC and see if the graders ever notice the marking at all. You could even send it in twice and the second time around, tell them where the marking is and see what they say. It's not like someone wants to scrawl in Crayon. In fact, it could become a service generated by the graders themselves although I think an independent party would be far better. Change is inevitably a scary thing but embracing security in what seems to me to be a fraud riddled endeavor would give all of you security.
  13. In finance, the escrow company is the holding agency. Somewhere, a company could form that did not hold a financial interest in the actual grading fees. It collates the results and ultimately watermarks ( or however) the book in question. It registers that book with the watermark. While I think it could take a long time to arrive at a large representation, something needs to start. The observation about the trimmed hulk is just another example. The hobby needs the capacity to weed out fraud and currently just dances around it. I think the point about it winding up in the hands of law enforcement eventually is likely. This method would do nicely with books that had been stolen as well. Cracking the case is no longer the issue, the actual ID of the book is registered with the escrow group. Grading companies would benefit the graders as well as the owners. Being registered inside a slab would be a plus.I recognize the proposal has issues but the concept is in my mind worth pursuit.
  14. I don't object to the forum but it's inarguable that the primary concern is monetary value. This forum is running by the blessing of house rules and the house profits on the accuracy of the grading among other things. It strikes me that the auction houses ought to have some complicity in the process if they're marketing collectibles. There's an uncomfortable level of fraud in these transactions yet it seems to be fairly accepted that the fraud will always be a part of that. When one is talking about cash sales in the neighborhood of six figures or more yet the fraud can persist, I would not be inclined to support that system. There must be a better way in that the auctions and the graders can come to a meeting of the minds over how to police their own business. In horses, they tattoo the inner lips of the beasts for ID. I would think that some mutually agreed on form of ID ( some sort of watermark perhaps?) could be placed in a book that all concerned agreed did not lower the value for at least the upper end ones.
  15. and you people all call this a hobby? Really? Come on...