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    Newsstand Edition Distribution in the early '90s

    Diamond, Capital City, Friendly Frank's... possibly others? There were more distributors at that time, so it's possible that a store that didn't use Diamond would have done things differently.
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    Albedo #1 & #2 Club

    No, names inside a book get blue labels. It's writing on the front cover that results in the green label.
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    Can anyone recommend... For CGC graded (and easy to use lookups):
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    What DVD's Came with Mini Comics?

    Here's one (not a mini-comic, but a bagged regular-sized comic): I can't picture many DVD packaging options that would even have room for a regular-sized comic, so this might have been an experiment that DVD makers didn't repeat.
  5. I think that there is a segment of collectors who have always "done the math". When modern books were $2 each and a few of them become $10 or $20 books, you had to decide "do I want to spend $100 on 50 comics, or do I want to spend $100 on a couple of pre-code horror books that haven't gone up in decades?" It's easy to see how pre-code horror was overlooked (for decades), because the math made more sense to most collectors to get books that had the potential to go up to 10 times their value quickly. Doing the math in the past kept a lot of collectors in the bargain bins, rather than the $100+ book display cases. Today, instead of seeing modern books as $2 each, you see that the only "good" modern books are extreme variants that sell for $500 or $5,000 each. You have to decide "do I want to spend $500 on a recent variant, or do I want to spend $500 on a 60+ year old pre-code horror book that looks cool and has seen an increase in values and popularity in recent years?" Obviously, for the collectors "doing the math", the Golden Age has some significant bargains relative to the Modern market, and many of the Golden Age books will still be bargains even after they double in price from where they've already risen today. It blows my mind that it ever became possible to buy 10 copies of 75+ year old mid-grade Action Comics #20-somethings for the same price as one copy of an Amazing Spider-man or Batman variant from 2000-something. It's not like they still print Golden Age books... but modern variants, on the other hand, just get "rarer" and "pricier" while they're still rolling off the printer with wet ink. People who "do the math" usually make good decisions, and lately, those who have done the math and followed the results have found themselves in the market for classics.
  6. Yep, the Valiant movie book is $1. Because you're such a swell guy, I'll pay you $2.
  7. Just between you and me, I always compare prices before I buy. And when I decide to sell some books, I'll try to price them competitively. I know that most sellers listen to offers, but a high asking price discourages offers, I think. Buyers should definitely compare prices. Sellers don't "shop around" for what they're selling.
  8. It's more likely that the seller isn't window-shopping for other copies. They already have one they don't want.
  9. A king? Seems more like extra lunch money when a $1 book goes to $10 overnight.
  10. I just want to encourage @dinesh_s to post.
  11. There are collectors for oddities and error books, but it's pretty rare that they are going to pay more than $5 extra dollars. For the Bloodshot #3, which is worth about $1 otherwise, it might be worth $5 to $10. There is always the possibility that a particular error catches someone's eye and they don't mind paying more... but generally speaking, the books which had the higher print runs (like Bloodshot #3) have lower premiums placed on errors. It's the "sweet spot" combination of a "neat looking error" combined with a limited edition (lower print or higher normal value) book that creates a more exciting oddity. Magnus #0 with two coupons is definitely neat, though it doesn't look any different from the outside, and Magnus #0 is a lower print book, but the 8.5 to 9.0 grading knocks it down to where it would have very little value if not for the two coupons. As a result, that one also seems like a $10 book, possibly more since Magnus #0 does usually sell for more than $10 in near mint.
  12. There's more than just 1960 on that site:
  13. I agree with this sentiment, but I think a worse problem in the industry is recent variants selling for $300+ when they have zero qualities that matter long term. The first Shang Chi will always be the first Shang Chi, but the latest low-print variant will not ever be new again, other variants will be lower-print, and the coolest art will get cooler when the artist does a more deluxe version of his/her most popular selling designs. If you had to put $300+ into something, there's at least SOME merit in a 40+ year old first appearance. There's only a hot potato of bad news being tossed around in the barely dry ink modern market.