jimbo_7071

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  1. It could be. Hobby Lobby just re-opened as an "essential business" in areas under lockdown. - Here in Michigan, AMC just closed one of their biggest suburban multiplexes. I guess they didn't have high hopes for profitability any time in the near future.
  2. I'll give you $100 for your copy of Dynamic Comics #8. You'd better accept my offer before the book spirals to zero.
  3. For a long time, many horror books went unslabbed because of the low guide values. I don't think we have a clear picture of how scarce or common some of these books are in high grade. I like horror, but I wouldn't buy much at current prices. EC horror is probably the highest-quality material out there, and those books are very affordable in mid grade and even high grade just because there are so many copies out there. Most of the Atlas material has come down in price quite a bit unless you're chasing single-highest-graded copies.
  4. The supply of highly desirable material may decrease initially because most people will let go of their best stuff last. Demand will also be down, however. Most books that do sell will be selling at a discount once the dust settles. For every wealthy collector willing to pay 2019 prices in the online auctions, there will be a not-so-wealthy underbidder who won't be there any longer. No-reserve auctions will be much riskier for sellers. - No one knows what the long-term impact of the coronavirus will be. Most of the deaths will occur among the elderly and infirm, most of whom are no longer part of the workforce, so at first blush one might expect a rebound within a year or two. However, this pandemic could get into people's psyches and change their spending habits permanently. That could lead to a 1930s-style depression.
  5. Green skin on an alien to Green skin on an alligator (and a turtle).
  6. Sci-fi Batman cover to sci-fi Tec cover.
  7. Even those of us who are expecting a decline in prices didn't expect it to be immediate. The effects on the economy in general and the collectibles market in particular won't be clear for many months. What if a collector owns a buffet-style restaurant? How much will business be down this year? What about a collector who owns a martial arts studio? How many parents will pull their kids out of extracurricular activities? How many people won't buy that new car because they decided to work from home permanently? That car salesman who relies on commissions might have to let go of a few items from his collection. The belt tightening will begin in earnest six months or so down the road when people have run out of rainy-day money to spend on comic books. Some people will do just fine, but the supply-and-demand curve is going to shift.
  8. What do you call a long-time collector? I started collecting GA books when I was still in elementary school (circa 1985). My car was paid off about 11 years ago, but my house is nowhere close.
  9. Well, the numbers weren't based on the 1918 info. The death rate was calculated from what's been documented for this particular virus, and the projected percent infected came from mathematical models based on the estimated R value for this virus, how that R value will decrease as some people acquire immunity, etc. - In 1918, many people lived in very rural areas and may have escaped exposure. Few people today will have that advantage.
  10. Scary-looking dame to scary-looking dame.
  11. The world population is supposedly 7.7 billion, so 1% dead would be 77 million dead worldwide. - Some experts have estimated that 81% of the population will eventually be infected, and the World Health Organization has estimated that the overall death rate for the coronavirus is 3.4%. 7.7*10^9 * 0.81 * 0.034 = 212,000,000 (212 million) dead worldwide. That's more or less in line with the 1918 flu pandemic, which is estimated to have killed about 50 million worldwide when the population of the planet was around 1.8—1.9 billion. - Using the same formula for the US population of roughly 330 million: 3.3*10^8 * 0.81 * 0.034 = 9,088,200, or about 9.1 million dead. That's probably a worst-case scenario. 1% of the US population would be 3.3 million.
  12. Question mark in the lower-right-hand corner to question mark in the lower-right-hand corner.