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  1. A "collector" in a world of investors

    This is an interesting thread and echoes many of the thoughts I've had. It was a bit of a culture shock for me after being out of collecting for 15 years and getting back into it via the older books. Finding these boards was definitely eye opening in terms of being able to see were the collecting focus has shiftedin that time. The amount of chatter and threads about money, flipping and investment far outweighs the threads about story, history or art etc. in comparison. The book that got me back into collecting was Avengers 5 that I saw in a shop (first one I had been in after living abroad for 10+ years) that was in this weird looking plastic case with a number at the top. I asked how much it was and they told me and they said it was certified. I jokingly said was it certified as being a real comic book. They explained CGC and certifying grades to me. I was like okay I guess this is something new. I then asked if I bought it how do you open up the case to read it. I may as well have pulled out a gun and pointed it at the dealer from the look of horror I got from the suggestion of even doing that. He told me you don't open it otherwise it loses its value. I bought the book, found a screwdriver and youtube video and cracked it open. Best reading experience in a long time.
  2. Fantastic Four 16 $68 2.5 Fantastic Four 19 $68 3.0 Fantastic Four 20 $69 7.0 Fantastic Four 24 $42 2.5 $20285 Remaining 73/250 Books
  3. I'm sure we all have great stories of bidding wars, great steals on Ebay etc. but what is your favourite book still in your collection that you weren't actually trying to win ie. a tracking bid that ended up winning, estate auction where you just getting bidding started etc. My most recent one was for Conan #1. It's not really in my collecting wheelhouse but I just put a bid in for fun that I didn't expect to be anywhere near the final auction price. But I'm kinda happy as it goes with some of my other BA keys that I'm starting to accumulate despite my best efforts not to.
  4. Miss the days when you could actually trade

    I think it's that keys have become disproportionately expensive compared to "non" key issues that it's really only key for key trading now.
  5. Some great posts. I have found myself googling some of the issues suggested. Definitely going to read some of the suggestions.
  6. Real things. It has been great so far. ASM 1-5 and FF 1-5 are going to be the real challenge. Even in 2.0 they are expensive. But I'm staying on budget so far.
  7. ASM 31-33 is a great example. Books that are valued and wanted by collectors because of their story, historical significance, creative team etc. that are not 1st App. (All-Star 3 is the 1st JSA but is not the 1st App. of the characters nor is it a 1st issue) or are 1st issues.
  8. A 1st appearance is Drax in Iron Man #55 (as defined by Overstreet) . None of the characters in the books listed above make their 1st appearances. Batman: The Killing Joke is a one-shot.
  9. In this age of #1's and 1st App. being king and the value of comics being speculative driven by appearances of characters in other mediums I feel that comics themselves being "cool" or merely having their own intrinsic value as comics is gone. Run collectors are pretty much considered dinosaurs in this new world. I started to think about what comics do we as enthusiasts consider that have worth based upon its historical significance or storyline or subject matter inside our world without outside forces influencing its worth (movie/tv show). What would a collection built solely without any of the speculative books (#1's or 1st App.) contain? So for fun I started out with 5 DC Books spanning Gold, Silver, Bronze, Copper and Modern. Feel free to add away as I know there are many board members with lots of knowledge about comic significant issues. All-Star Comics #3 Flash #123 Green Lantern #76 Batman: The Killing Joke Superman #75
  10. JLOA 21 $37 2.0 EBay JLOA 22 $29 4.5 LCBS JIM 84 $255 2.0 EBay JIM 85 $180 1.5 EBay JIM 86 $180 4.0 Ebay $20532 Remaining 69/250 Books
  11. Been a bit busy with a newborn so haven't been able to post much. Still collecting but I haven't had time to scan the books in. Definitely making a big dent though into the runs. Avengers 6 $51 4.0 EBay Daredevil 4 $50 3.0 LCBS Flash 113 $69 2.5 EBay GL 1 $350 3.5 LCBS $21213 Remaining 64/250 Books
  12. CGC's Future: the crystal ball

    Beckett has a monthly price guide for graded cards. I could see them doing something like that for slabbed comics.
  13. Beckett

    Fortunately or Unfortunately, depending upon your point of view, this forum is the only one of it's kind on the net that has wide-range of diversity in collectors (including dealers) and breadth of discussion about every factor of our hobby. The other sites or forums that I've found are very shallow in topics (no golden, no silver, or different genres) or are primarily news driven sites (cbr, newsarama etc.) However, this site does have a wealth of info that otherwise would never be shared and while our collecting reasons may diverge it least there is one place to share it with like-minded collectors or to change opinions by sharing it.
  14. TOS 62 $26 5.0 LCBS TOS 63 $51 3.5 LCBS $21733 Remaining 60/250 Books
  15. My first GA Captain America purchase

    Good Luck. You're in for a fun ride.