justafan

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  1. justafan

    Seling Comics - Business Potential?

    I find it surprising you found 3 opportunities like that where I've heard of some seasoned dealers talking about collections drying up. the first example you cited is how many of the better finds are starting to end up. when the collector/heir understands the value of their comics, they tend to end up at auction with between 10% down to 5% commissions depending on the value of the collection. that's your biggest competition with large quality collections unless you've carefully been cultivating that relationship like many dealers. the halcyon days of nabbing a collection of SA/GA from an unsuspecting widow or grandma seem pretty much over. every now and then you might get lucky but it's usually feast or famine with long periods between feasts. 100k net annually means you'll either need to be hustling a lot of high margin comics or doing a bunch of high end low margin sales. 7 years ago at my peak with a busy day job I was clearing about 20k net annually for 2 years which of course I poured right back into purchases but I was doing that strictly to fund purchases for my collection. that was me driving around answering every lead, capturing arbitrage opportunities from weekly and monthly auctions on ebay and all the major comic auction houses, and pulling speculation hits at conventions. however there's a lot of collateral, expenses, and losses too that need to be accounted for with all that effort. I've stopped for 2 main reasons: my job now pays me more than the time cost of selling comics and the number of finds and arbitrage opportunities have become harder to come by. Good luck. it's fun to work at for a while but once the thrill of a big score wears off, it just becomes another daily grind.
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    For the love of PGX

    What I'm getting out of this thread is buying PGX is a great way to get a key book for a lower price with a bit of risk. At 50% of the GPA price some books may be worth the risk/reward curve if the book at least appears to be close to the assigned grade but possibly restored AND IF the market for a restored book is roughly at 50% the unrestored price as it seems to be with AF15's with A or B restoration. YMMV. For the OP, instead of having the book cracked out, just submit it as is to CCS and get their opinion on it. They'll evaluate it inside the PGX slab and if they detect something, they will tell email/call you to explain what they found and ask what you'd like to have done with it: return back to you, recommendations on grading or restoration removal, etc. If they don't detect anything it's up to you if you want them to go further by having it cracked out for further inspection or possibly pressing. I'd be more concerned about older books for restoration issues but moderns may be a safer bet. I have a copper age ASM PGX 9.9 with White pages that just looks like a really nice CGC 9.8. I won't crack it out for the same reason I wouldn't crack out a CGC 9.9 or 10.0. Chances are neither would achieve a 9.9 or 10.0 on a resub. I bought that book strictly for the novelty of the label as I find it both cool and funny owning a PGX 9.9. At the time I bought it, if it were in a CGC 9.9 I would have had to pay 3x the price. Of course it could have some restoration, trimming, or missing pieces from the interior, I'll never know until I get it cracked out but I don't really care because I'm not planning on selling it. Until then, I'll just giggle every time I see it in the middle of a blue sea of CGC 9.8's in the CGC box.
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    Venom Movie

    Just saw it. Well I guess the best thing I can say is that I did not throw up in my mouth like I thought I would after seeing only the trailers to judge by. Hard to say what I liked and didn't like without spoilers so I will just be as general as possible. Things I liked: 1. easter eggs, references, and homages 2. Venom symbiot form and movement when not in a host. 3. Explanation of the symbiot-host relationship, compatibility, and sustainment 4. All the examples of creative venom weapons and venomization especially that 1 scene towards the end. 5. fight scene at the end. Things I didn't like: 1. The acting - from any of the characters. 2. The plot and all plot vehicles. 3. The Venom form when on Eddie. 4. To me the interaction and relationship between Eddie and Venom was awkward, ill paced, and just not authentic, felt rushed and forced. 5. The reason for the alien symbiot changing its mind about its ulterior motives. Just felt weak and contrived. It was kind of like the BvS Martha moment. 6. Lack of more gore but I'm ok not having seen too much blood and carnage but it would have made for a bit more of a thrill. 7. The pace of the movie. 8. The forced suspension of disbelief. Really, you're going generate that many explosions in the middle of downtown SF and not have DHS, FBI, and every major CT task force hunting Venom and the antagonist? 9. The lack of spider-man in this movie 10. The lack of the white spider on his Venom form. 11. The lack of any webbing used - I get it this is not a Spider-man origin Venom but the stuff used instead of webbing looked goofy 12. Plot holes and errors. I'm glad it's doing well enough to gain support for a sequel but I hope they spend more money on CGI and improvements on the acting, plot, and just about everything else. It wasn't a terrible movie but is was a B-movie superhero. I put it on par with Hulk 1. I think most Venom fans are just happy to see the character they love on the big screen and doing the vigilante lethal protector badass things that Venom does. The next movie may have potential with the first credits scene but man they need to spend some of that profit money on getting a better wig for Woody.
  4. No one touching this with a ten foot pole either, eh? I don't blame you. I can imagine this is something CGC might miss or might see and downgrade and fail to note. However, once in a slab in an inner well it might be difficult to see and then you'll wonder why isn't it a 9.6 or even a 9.8? (without the stains I'd give it a strict 9.6). As is I'd call it NM- or VF/NM. Ok, now someone disagree with me but you need to explain why. shouldn't be too long for that to happen.
  5. The 2014 edition of the OS Grading guide doesn't mention staining being acceptable until we get down to the FINE + grade level but that also includes an accumulation of other allowed defects. Yet it references an example of a Marvel Team-Up #54 on p164 with small stains to the top right FC as an example of a Very Fine / Near Mint book. And again on page 140 a Marvel Two-in-one #50 cites the defect of Slight Staining along with corner not squarely cut and abraded corner as an example of a Near Mint book. My question isn't about the semantics of the Grading Guides references to stains at different grades. I can appreciate that the type, appearance, and severity of the staining plays a role in the overall grade determination but those examples and others in the book are ones that are visible. What about those "invisible" or less obvious stains? You know the ones I'm talking about? The ones that sneak up on you and bite you in when you least expect it. Say you're looking at a nice book. Shining a bright light on it, opening it to every page, checking the spine and it's a beauty. Looks Near Mint with maybe a pressable spine tick or bend here and there and the price reflects that. However, you get home, take it out to accurately document its minor flaws and hold the book at an angle to your headlamp and voila, there it is. On an otherwise NM/NM+ book 3 stain spots/blotches subtly hidden within the colors of the book invisible when you shine a bright light on them but at an angle you can easily see and even feel something is there if you know where to touch. Take a look for yourself. Can you spot the stains from this photo? This is what the book looks like from all angles until you allow the glare to reflect off the cover. And here's what you find when you allow the glare to reflect at the right spot Anyone have experience with what CGC typically grades for this type of defect?
  6. Neither. I only collect White pages. However, IF, the book had white pages, I would go for book 1. Normally I'd go for something where the defects were only on the back cover, but the exception would be things such as shadow and tanning. The tanning and shadow concern me that the book has suffered humidity damage or sun exposure further damaging the paper putting it's lifespan a bit further along than it's front cover defect counter part. Also, #1 has a better chance at getting White pages on a resub. Since eye appeal may be winning the day with most bidders for book #2, I'd also go with #1 if the 2 books were at auction and Book #1 is trailing in bid price which might allow me to get it at a discount.
  7. justafan

    Venom Movie

    has anyone whose seen it yet able to recommend if this movie is worth paying extra to see in IMAX or extreme HD or Dolby theaters in AMC etc? or should I just movie pass it?
  8. I know it's a bit last minute but a last minute change of plans has left me with 2 Thursday and 3 Friday badges I no longer need and would be looking to sell at what I paid for them. If anyone is interested in them feel free to PM. If you already have a Fan Verified account I can transfer them to you or just activate/transfer them and meet up with you at the show or nearby. If you want to do an overnight shipping option I'd be ok with that too but you'd need to pay for shipping and obviously pay with enough time for me to put an address label on and get to the shipping carrier. I'll be at the show starting at 10am on Thursday so feel free to hit me up if you'd rather do a local pickup. I do have 3 saturday badges as well but was thinking of taking the family to see the cosplay folks and check out a panel. However, I could be persuaded to sell the 3 saturday badges if you also buy the 2 Thursday and 3 Friday badges at a slight discount. Thursday badge: $58 (x2) Friday badge: $61 (x3) Saturday badge $66 (x3) will only sell if buying all the Thursday or Friday badges. If you purchase all my Thursday and Friday badges ($299) I will discount them to ($250) If you purchase all 8 of my available badges I will discount the total to $460. Payment accepted via paypal or cash if picking up locally. If no responses by this afternoon (10/3) I'll be posting on ebay, CL or wherever.
  9. I apologize in advance if this should be put on the for sale section but figure it might reach a more relevant audience here. I know it's a bit last minute but a last minute change of plans has left me with 2 Thursday and 3 Friday badges I no longer need and would be looking to sell at what I paid for them. If anyone is interested in them feel free to PM. If you already have a Fan Verified account I can transfer them to you or just activate/transfer them and meet up with you at the show or nearby. If you want to do an overnight shipping option I'd be ok with that too but you'd need to pay for shipping and obviously pay with enough time for me to put an address label on and get to the shipping carrier. I'll be at the show starting at 10am on Thursday so feel free to hit me up if you'd rather do a local pickup. I do have 3 saturday badges as well but was thinking of taking the family to see the cosplay folks and check out a panel. However, I could be persuaded to sell the 3 saturday badges if you also buy the 2 Thursday and 3 Friday badges at a slight discount. Thursday badge: $58 (x2) Friday badge: $61 (x3) Saturday badge $66 (x3) will only sell if buying all the Thursday or Friday badges. If you purchase all my Thursday and Friday badges ($299) I will discount them to ($250) If you purchase all 8 of my available badges I will discount the total to $460. Payment accepted via paypal or cash if picking up locally. If no responses by tomorrow afternoon I'll be posting on ebay, CL or wherever. If this needs to be moved/removed due to violations I'll post the link to the auction in ebay or sales thread.
  10. I don't necessarily have another qualifier/disqualifier bullet to add to either but perhaps a better indicator of scope/ratio could be obtained by keeping a running count at a large comic oriented convention. Harder to show evidence unless video documenting your searches but you could probably improve the accuracy by minimizing a lot of the over-representation factor for Newsstands on ebay (your last bullet above) as dealers tend to not spend a whole lot of time cultivating their long-boxes with regards to newstands/direct editions especially for non-key books. Longbox distribution of comics tend to normalize the importance of the issues for the sake of the run. A dealer may pull 194 and 300 from his ASM run and put on his wall/ebay but he will leave ASM 193 (June '79 issue) and 192 (May '79 issue) whether Direct or Newsstand. You can then keep a count of how many ASM 193 DM vs NS you come across vs ASM 192 DM vs NS and see what the ratios look like at the end of the show. Of course mentioning that on here I've thus disturbed the quantum particle that may now change the state of the ratio from what it was to what it now is. I'm hoping that those issues are relatively unimportant enough to keep anyone from "manipulating" the distribution in every dealer's longbox from here on out. Too late to try this in Baltimore but I might try this exercise with ASM 192 & 193 or any other popular long box title from May and June of 1979 at NYCC and keep a count as I dig though each longbox and post findings on here. Just from my past experience longbox diving for ASMs I can honestly say I have come across DM editions of those 2 books WAY more than 6% of the time. I'd be willing to hypothesize it will be closer to 50% of the time. I think Rozanski is mistaken about the year for when the percentage DM distribution was at 6%. I'm more inclined to believe that DM distribution was 6% the first year they began a DM edition. I think it steadily increased until going full bore in 1979. Very cool exercise.
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    Amazing Spider-Man #800 Variants

    That's a real shame and I feel for you. I'm looking forward to asking them a few questions about their customer service at NYCC. Guess I was just lucky or you were among the unlucky ones or like you said, they are just unable provide good customer service.
  12. Ok, here's what I have. I'm a bit disappointed I didn't have more on your list but I suppose most of the ones on your list are probably difficult to find even among completist collectors. Anyway here's what I'm able to offer up. Let me know if you're interested or want to see photos. ASM 546 Book Market "Not for Resale" variant CGC 9.4 WP - $600 ASM 634 2nd Print (2 copies) NM- ($30) & NM ($40) - tough one to find in NM. CGC only has 10 graded under the 2nd print label (all 9.8s). Those darn spine ticks on black covers make it impossible. I did come across some in Baltimore but didn't really pay much attention to them.
  13. justafan

    Amazing Spider-Man #800 Variants

    I actually received mine (ASM 796-801) on the 1st or 2nd week of august. if you still haven't received them and would prrfer to have them rathwr than do a chargeback do exactly this: locate your order # from your email. During normal business hours M-F 9AM-4PM ET. login to facebook. if you don't have an account just create one with fake info and a spam email account. then go to their Facebook page and direct message them and politely ask: "Hi, Can you please check on the status of my order #xxxxx?" reply times may vary but usually between 5min and 1 hrs for a response so if you don't receive a response right away check back every 15 min. If you haven't received a response in 1 hr, repeat the question and politely ask "When do you expect to ship them?" If you still get no response and if you are attending NYCC you can ask them yourself as they will be in attendance. Or Id be happy to inquire for you if you provide me your order #. otherwise you can resort to chargeback. direct messaging them on Facebook worked for me.
  14. Hi, I know I have some newsstands that might be in that range and some of those variants as well. When I get home tonight I'll take a look and see if I have any that match your list and send you a list of the grades and prices. Most are raw. The condition may vary, however. Not sure if you need any others outside that range or upgrades in condition but I'll be posting a sales thread in the Modern section later this week for other newsstands and variants from issues #385 to 700. I've had the most fun hunting for those in the wild.
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    Amazing Spider-Man #800 Variants

    I actually plan on mentioning this to them on Sunday and comicxposure at NYCC next week. they r overdoing it. their variants are getting watered down. they might have made a killing the first few times but they may be feeling the hit on ASM 1 and beyond. law of diminishing returns and all that. I'd recommend they reign it in to no more than 1 maybe 2 variants and only on key events or coordinate with other stores to spread them out. As 797, 800, and 1 variants eat up an entire longbox. a whole longbox for 3 issues! that is not only monetarily unsustainable able. that is physically unsustainable. keep in mind the most valuable ASM variants were not store variants or artist variants that were artificially restricted to 1000 or less copies. they were just normal incentive variants that were partly under ordered and partly ignored until they became significant. many of these variants are hoarded and we'll preserved from release. I've managed to find many in NM/MT condition 1-2 months after release for less than half the prices on release date.