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  1. The one you picked up is worth every penny...Congratulations! Thank you for sharing the link. I was tempted. But, then I saw the page you scored. And, I closed the wallet... $1,800.00 for the remaining page is still a 'reasonable' BUY...
  2. The page is a BUY at $7,000.00 USD...Est. valuation, $7,500.00 to $9,000.00 USD. It does not legitimately 'sell' today in this eBay auction. It is certainly being offered in the 'wrong' venue...this early showing has perhaps (only slightly) negatively impacted the perceived value of the page... I like this page...
  3. So, this Batman 457 2nd print Newsstand sits unsold on eBay, with a $5k asking price, or best offer... What do you all think is a 'reasonable' estimated valuation for this example??... https://www.ebay.com/itm/173859590723
  4. Wrong again... Just so we're clear, going forward, as your attorney, I am telling you to cut this Buscema piece into three sections. The first being just the top panel with the right hand side downward arrow included. The second being the middle panel. And the third being the bottom panel. It is in your best financial interest to then have each cut panel hand colored by anyone. Preferably Steve Oliff, Lynn Varley, Frank Miller, Bob Layton, or even Barry Smith if possible. Have each colorist prominently sign the panel which they colored somewhere in the art area with a Sharpie(kindly allow them the option of selecting the ink color). This next step is crucial...list each finished panel separately in a no reserve auction approximately four months apart. Place the first with eBay, the second with Comic Link, and the third with Heritage Auctions. Ensure that you understand exactly how much each panel is worth and enlist your friends/family to bid up the panels to that dollar amount. After you win each auction, you can either have them posted for sale on ComicConnect or on your very own original comic art dealer website. Regardless of platform, the NEW asking price for each panel must be marked up approximately 2-3X what you respectively paid to win each one back. Be certain to offer timed payments as well as offering to accept trade credit towards any panel or piece. After all, this is only fair.
  5. I agree with Gene. ...this "fine" example occurred during last year's Alamo City Con...The Governator, in blue Sharpie...
  6. The show opens at 10 a.m...should the 'First-Thing-Is-First-Mignola' attendee be in line at the door by 8 a.m.??... Who remembers a line at the door a couple of hours before open for last year's show??
  7. Regarding the 'valuation' of Conan The Barbarian #5 cover art by Barry Windsor Smith... $60k includes the Final Bid & Buyer's Premium. But, that price does not include the buyer's State Sales Tax charge, if it sold to a buyer in a taxed state, and nevermind shipping & insurance costs if it was mailed... ...Maybe, with all the trimmings, the cost was ~$65k(?). While I do not subscribe to a singular 'Silver Bullet' explanation or theory as to why a page of ART may sell for different prices one day to the next, I would agree that at least two critical variables are likely to influence THIS auction resulting in a 'minor' net loss...those two variables being the Venue and proximity to prior sale. I absolutely do not agree with the argument that the lack of Buyer's Premium and State Sales Tax will encourage potential bidders to bid beyond $60k on this specific piece of art. And, if you tell me that this Venue is better able to 'market' this cover than the 'competition', then I also respectfully disagree. Regardless of the final bid, this result is not one that I would use to strictly price any BWS Conan the Barbarian pieces I may be holding. For full disclosure, I do not own ANY BWS Conan original comic book art. And, I do not wish to own any during this lifetime. If there is no reserve, nor any yet to be revealed 'mitigating circumstances', then the cover will break $54k, but stop short of $61k...
  8. Jungle Comics #31, Dan Zolnerowich cover, only 3 Universal labels on the census...
  9. I failed to download the individual scans of the two books. As best as I can remember, the page quality was different. But, I am not certain which one possessed the 'higher' quality. Both books were under Universal 'blue' labels. As far as the wrap difference, I vaguely recall that one of the books had a very minor and ununiform miswrap, but, again I am not certain which one possessed greater alignment.
  10. Found this today...a clipping from an old CBG in the late 90's...
  11. Their 'reasons' are meaningless to everyone but themselves and arbitration... It is unsettling to imagine what CLink CGC graded comic book 'sales' results would do to the GPA data...when so many 'speculators' & would-be 'flippers' of the book you are selling denegrates your asking price by quoting what the last example 'sold' for according to GPA. I appreciate GPA & HA distinguishing between non-HA 'sales' with a link to the sold item page. In countless examples, especially for certain lesser valued books, the outlying GPA sales result has been lower than the averages, when the book was 'sold' via HA. This phenomenon is presumably a reflection of bidders taking into account the impending sales tax(?).[Shouldn't sales tax be included in the data point calculation?] CLink doesn't collect sales tax as broadly as HA...so, what is this 'recent' 'sold' auction example a reflection of??...page quality difference, perhaps. But, it is certainly not a reflection of their consistent ability to achieve record-breaking sales results for their consignors... Two CGC graded 9.8, X-Men 101's, same auction, days apart...
  12. If a few dozen or one hundred unique disenfranchised consignors decided to go elsewhere OVERNIGHT to unload their consignments, then I hypothesize that, at least in the short term, only the number of items in a given CL auction would slightly diminish. Because...because there is a large number of potential consignment items being held in reserve by either the house and/or 'friendly' would-be consignors. Regarding original comic art consignment material, there are at least a half dozen, active and well known, original art 'dealers' who combined hold enough material to keep the game going for an unnaturally extended amount of time (while still operating their own platforms). Years would be an understatement... I guesstimate that a few dozen or one hundred 'genuine' BIDDERS boycotting BIDDING would be detrimental to the house in the short-term, however, the occurance of such an event is significantly closer to being a scientific impossibility...than an equal number of 'genuine' consignors boycotting consigning...