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  1. That's a sweet book, and I agree, I would be very happy with this green label, owning a piece of history!
  2. If signature is not on the cover, but on the first page (typical), you'll still get a blue label and CGC will note "XXX name written on 1st page". And the grade really won't be affected much at all for a small signature on inside page. I've never seen a PSA/DNA/JSA sig certification before - but if they are putting a sticker on the back of the book (assume it's actually on the book), I would think that would significantly hurt the grade, and likely be net negative for you. If you don't want red label Voldy, but really want it graded / slabbed (and sig is on first page), I think sending to CGC is fine as you'll still get blue label, grade will hardly be affected, and you'll get the note about the name on the label.
  3. Ah I see your point, yes, there's a bit more value in a Macfarlane SS 9.9.... Cool book. Have you looked at the B&W variant for Spawn #1? It was technically a reprint though CGC doesn't notate it that way (was a 1:50 retailer incentive for Spawn #65) They go for a lot more, but it's been on my list to pick up at some point when I can find a good deal.
  4. Fwiw, even though you like Spawn, I would really steer away from the #1 9.9. Agree with @MadGenius above that 4 figures for a 9.9 when there are that many other 9.9s and a few 10.0s imo is overpriced, given 9.8s are like $150 books. Even aside from the subjectivity angle of 9.8 v 9.9 v 10.0... So many Spawn 1s out there. Just get yourself a 9.8 and spend the remaining $900+ on another really nice IM1 WP book. I think if you spent up for the 9.9, as you get more into buying slabs and understanding the market, you’ll regret the decision and think you could’ve gotten a lot better value for your money. But end of the day, do what’ll make you happiest.
  5. Kevin this is a great line-up, if FXC is like this, I would be hugely happy! (Though I get Toronto is harder to get the same full line-up). Fyi for those interested in the John Byrne signing, I went to the one at Fan Expo Canada on Labor Day weekend 2018. It was the first show Byrne had done in ages, and was what I assume will be the same format here. - A signing paid package with William Shatner - Open signings at his table throughout the con A few notes from my experience: - I got the package. It guarantees you 1 signature with him + Shatner on the Star Trek omnibus that Byrne did, and 2 signatures on anything else you want from Byrne. I thought it was fairly priced, especially since it includes the cost of the huge hardcover omnibus. No witnessed grading whatsoever. He is really against grading. Fyi he won’t even sign on top of a slab. I was a bit bummed about this as I brought a PC book (Xmen 121 9.8 1st Alpha Flight), and said he could personalize it to me on top of the slab, but he still said no. Was a bit of a bummer, but I was respectful and didn’t cause a fuss as it’s his choice. - His public signings line was huge, every day. Like 2 hours+ minimum. And this was in Toronto, I imagine Dallas will be even more. Same rules as Kevin mentioned, as many as you want (hopefully ppl are reasonable given line size), no doubles, and obviously no witnessed grading. I think towards later in the day, if lines still long, they started putting like 20book per family limits, but Kevin will know better. - I was very happy to have gotten the package - given size of his line, to me it’s worth it to guarantee books signed, hard part is thinking of just 2!
  6. @Kevin Boyd Great news that Jim Lee will be back this year. Assume there will likely be packages again like previous years for a separate signing (non-graded and graded?) Not sure if that will depend on whether CGC is there or not (I think the Jim Lee one from 2017 was official CGC reps at the signing, vs other special events where it's ComicSketchArt reps (Eg. at the Snyder/Capullo events)
  7. I hope they never do. While it would be another avenue for revenue, I like that CGC SS holds the power it does, and think adding a red label type sig verification label devalues that power somewhat. Yes one could argue that they’re different labels, so one’s potential incorrectness doesn’t affect the other. But given the value of yellow label is the integrity and the belief that it’s 99.9% legit, even a chink in the armor of another label (but still CGC brand) IMO hurts the yellow label. It’s all built on CGC’s rep, and one bad scandal and the house can quickly come tumbling down!
  8. Have only been a buyer so never got around to creating one of these, but finally getting around to it! Cheers!
  9. I missed it, but am a big fan of the comic (got into it a year ago, caught up on trades, and have been picking up the singles for awhile now). Definitely want to watch it at some point soon - ep1 is no longer available on YouTube right?
  10. Not about comics, but related. I bought a house this past summer, and the sellers were a family of 3 siblings (who are in their 60s), who grew up in the house as kids. Once they grew up and moved out, their parents continued to live there. The dad passed away many years ago, but the mom had lived there for many years by herself (with a caregiver). She passed away this past year, and so the "kids" sold the house. There was a lot of interest in the house, and in the end after a few rounds of increasing our offer, it was down to us and a "builder" (who would gut renovate and then sell the house). We were at our limit, and put in our final offer. As part of the offer, our agent told our story as a young growing family (I have 2 kids, a 3yr old and at the time my wife was pregnant with our now 4month old), and they ended up accepting our offer, which was meaningfully lower than the builder's (think mid-5 digits). In the end, given what the house meant to them, they wanted to see another family grow up in it vs a builder who was out for profit. It was a really touching moment, and they all called us together to tell us that we had won and they were going to sell to us. Now, a couple things: - The money offers were "relatively close". Within some amount, the excess dollars mean less to people vs the "joy" the sharing of the sentimentality can bring. - Related to that, I think it helped that the sellers were older in their own right, and had lived full lives themselves. They were likely fairly comfortable financially (and didn't need the money badly). Additionally, the incremental money would be split 3 ways, so less down to each person - So it comes down to what is the incremental dollars worth to you as a seller vs the benefit of feeling like you passed on something that brought you much joy in life? People have different "utility curves" with money, depending on how much you already have and how much you need the extra dollars. When I get older, for certain books that mean a lot to me, assuming I didn't badly need the money, I could see myself accepting less money to sell to someone I felt is a "collector" and would enjoy/love the books as much as I have. But presumably up to a point.
  11. I'm guessing it has to do with the fact that his image / likeness is on the label. Presume CGC had to pay to be able to use that, and the contract was only good up until he passed away.
  12. Thanks for posting - interesting that a couple of them went up in grade! I'm actually quite relieved to see that - makes me believe their grading process is legitimate (and blind to book's previous grade, or even that it's a cross-over book at all). I was worried that the graders may know (one way or another) that a book is a cross-over book, and so would grade more harshly (to try and avoid having books go up in grade). I have a few Voldy books that I got at good prices that I've been thinking of submitting, but haven't as of yet. This may push me to do so.
  13. Think he means the new Die series by Kieron Gillen. I enjoyed the first issue as well - kinda like a Jumanji type fantasy book. I’ll keep checking out the next few issues.
  14. I remember Preacher being hot in the 90s, but I was just a kid, so meant nothing to me. Recently got the whole series on a great Comixology sale and binged it all over a month, reading a few issues per day. Awesome series and something I can definitely appreciate now. Have since gotten all of Ennis’ Punisher Max run also and it’s also been fantastic.
  15. Yep, saw 9.8’s back in the $325-350 range again. Will be interesting to see where Snyder takes the BWL. In continuity story and has been setting up the story in his Justice League run as well.
  16. Agree with others, GPA is the market standard (for popular books, quoting "90-day GPA" is pretty much the starting point). But it definitely has a very old, clunky interface which is in need of a big UI overhaul. After you search for a title, the hard part is finding which volume your book was from. For example, if you search for "X-Men", you'll get 100s of results. If you're looking for the original series (what became "Uncanny X-men"), you have to click on "X-Men, The (1963-1981)". Then, that only goes until #141, because after that the title is officially "Uncanny X-Men, The (1981)"... For your popular titles, once you find the right one, you should "Add this Title to My Titles" so you can easily access it again without having to re-search. If you only saw a #1, most likely, you had the wrong volume of the book, and you need to click a different one. Remember, the (year) in parens is the year the volume started, not the year your book came out. Sometimes, if I'm having trouble, I'll use the CGC Census to help find the book / right volume. If your'e sure you have the right volume, and your issue # isn't there, then that means there've been no graded sales for that issue in any of the venues that GPA tracks.
  17. Agreed - over the last few months, I binged the entire series digitally after some really good Comixology sales. I may buy a Saga #1 9.8 for long-term if I can find a good price / motivated seller over the next year while it's on hiatus.
  18. Think the % is calculated only on feedback from either last 6 months or last 12 months only. So if they don't have any feedback recently, percentage will be 0%, but you can still look through their past feedback
  19. I know this isn't the point of this thread, but I can't help but ask - you understand how the bidding system works on Feebay right? (ie. it's not like a standard auction, but uses a system where the bidder with the highest "max bid" wins, and the price paid isn't necessarily his max bid, but "one increment" higher than the 2nd highest bid?) Whenever I read things like "I keep getting outbid by a $1"... it's often someone who doesn't understand that Feebay does that automatically, if that other bidder put a higher max bid than you. It's not supposed to be the kind of auction that most people see in the movies (where competitors keep out-bidding each other back and forth...) This isn't the right thread to go into it more, but if it is a misunderstanding on your part, I'd do a little digging on basic Feebay bidding tactics. Would pain me to see a fellow boardie consistently losing auctions because of that misunderstanding... Back to the thread, I also love this run of X-Men. Have it in trade, and a couple of the keys slabbed. Truly a classic with so many of the best storylines having come from!
  20. Yah it's a good fun series. Somewhat different take on the "Vampire" story which many have done - more personal, character-driven, with just a bit of the typical Donny Cates "silliness" that he has in most of his books.
  21. One of my favorite threads to go through, a lot of variety in what people like / get slabbed! Have mostly bought the books in my PC already slabbed, but have started subbing more of my own, particularly for sig series. Have learned a lot from this forum about proper window-bagging for sigs (to keep as high-grade as possible!), being deliberate about placement and color of pen, etc. Most of these books are for my PC, though may end up selling some down the road so nice to have gotten nearly all 9.8s. Am a big fan of Donny Cates, and have been reading most of his books (Marvel and creator-owned) week by week. Finally was able to get a bunch of my books signed by him at NYCC this year (and others at Fan Expo Canada). Sorry for the bad photos, need to get a scanner. Big Donny Cates run coming (really enjoying his Redneck and Babyteeth creator-owned on-goings books now). Basically have been reading all his books weekly when they've come out post-God Country (inc. Thanos and Dr Strange runs, current Venom) My first 9.9! Have never felt the urge to pay the premium to buy 9.9's, but sure is nice when you sub them yourself! Am a huge Tom King fan (previously subbed his Vision #1 and Omega Men #1 variants and Mister Miracle #1, all series which I loved) and read most of his books weekly. I loved this book (bought the 2nd print as a "coffee table book") - I actually gave it to my wife to read, who thinks this obsession is weird, but read it and thought it was very good and (hopefully) got a small glimpse of why I still read comics. Bummer that Tom's signature got a bit smudged, probably combination of glossy cover and nearly-dead sharpie! One of the "iconic" books of my childhood (yes, I grew up in the late 80's/90's, and early 90's was my peak childhood collecting days. I remember when this book came out and it was "so crazy" haha. I actually acquired a raw Gold version of this (the 1:150 or 1:200, the sketch cover which looks cooler is 1:100), but I could tell it would be more a 9.2 area, and so decided to get the regular version for my PC. I know I should slab what I want, especially if for PC, but (maybe as a consequence to time on this forum) I strongly dislike modern slabs <9.6 hah!
  22. I know this is more about vinyl specifically, but before I got back into comics in a big way, I developed a mini-audiophile habit, but made the intentional choice to go all-digital. It may be a generational thing (in my mid-30s), but growing up in the mp3 era, don’t have the same nostalgia for vinyl. Lived in condos / apts for most of my post-school life so mostly gone with headphones vs speaker setup. Have a huge digital lossless and high-res collection (all FLAC, lots of 24bit/192khz). Have a mid/high-end (think ~$1-2k DAC/AMP/Headphone each) but not crazy-high end (like in the 2-channel world, it gets crazy expensive at the high end). When I talk to other vinyl enthusiasts, one similar experience we share is the process of intentionally choosing an album or what to play and actively listen (usually beginning to end, and not doing anything else, eg. not background music). While I enjoy the “Spotfiy Playlist” listening at certain times, I do love the experience of thinking about what to play and then just committing to an hour or two listening session. When you go digital, it’s easy to amass huge collections and so choosing what to play can be a legitimate hurdle. I use a program called Roon as my listening application - not cheap but a great program that greatly improved my digital listening experience.
  23. Loved it. This is one of the few books I picked up on Wednesdays, and as we were approaching the end, really looked forward to. I think Tom King and Mitch Gerads really pulled off another great one, and I put this up there with King's Vision run in terms of showcasing what can be done with the comic book medium at the highest level. As King is great at, there was some great adult themes here on happiness, deriving meaning from life, family vs worldly responsibilities, just fantastic stuff. I'll be honest, the first time I read #12, I wasn't sure I really understood what the "real story" was, and I re-read #11 and #12 again a few days later. I have all the single issues, and at some point, I'll re-read them all again binge-mode and see if I can take more in. But here's my take...
  24. I always thought this was odd. I have #121 in 9.8 (technically the "1st Full App", at least according to CGC), and #120 is worth more than twice #121 in 9.8. I assume it's the tough black cover that makes it really tough to get in 9.8 (only 64 copies of #120 on the census vs 267 copies of #121), but I'm also fine never owning #120 in 9.8...