dichotomy

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  1. Iron Man after Bob Layton by Pete Darker. This was a shot in the dark but it came out great. Fits well too!
  2. I do both of these things also - good practice I feel. I recently received a second, extremely polite inquiry about a piece I had listed NFS. The polite inquiry prompted my mind to re-evaluate the piece in question, and surprisingly, it did not 'spark enough joy' so I decided to let go of it. For those of you paying attention, POLITENESS was key here, though paying FMV+ was also very important! And I was able to check my CAF 'inquiry emails' about this piece and the person was indeed first-in-line, as it were. I'll diverge here a little to address something that has bee cropping up - a piece is listed NFS means one should not approach the owner at all. I disagree with this. I look at the amount of time the piece has been listed and send a polite inquiry based on that. But I think it's important to remember that owners often add a piece, list the status as NFS, because it IS NFS in that moment of time, and then move on with their lives. You never know how the owner is going to feel a year or several later, despite the NFS listing. I have acquired a couple To the second point, I definitely feel it is required of me to leave some instruction and detail to my survivors about the collection if something should suddenly happen to me, and an independent spreadsheet is easier to pass on or share than data on an external website.
  3. I always get the feeling that you are the calmest, happiest person here. I feel I'm similar, but substitute 'most manic' for 'calmest'.
  4. Thanks! This is the kind of unknown gold I was prospecting for. For those using CAF, I totally get it, but feels odd to me to rely exclusively on them, plus there is always the possibility of that information being compromised.
  5. Head goes round and round while steam comes out the ears.
  6. Ah, I like this idea. I keep a pretty tight mental tally on some grail pieces, but a spreadsheet would be useful for others.
  7. One piece of advice I wish I had gotten as my collection started to grow, and certainly when I ordered my second portfolio, was to start and maintain a spreadsheet. I gather there are at least a few other collectors that do this, but I wonder if it is as widespread as it ought to be (imho). I started a spreadsheet when I started to think about separate insurance for the collection, and once I started and implemented a rule that a piece cannot be framed or put into a portfolio UNTIL I enter the details into the spreadsheet, it has been easy to maintain. However, I still haven’t fully entered everything I bought before I started it, particularly in the heady first year of collecting, between cons/ebay/online. Most of it is archived in emails, but the con pieces are the ones you want to record asap because there is often no written record of how many benjamins you handed over to someone in a crowded line. Having it organized in a spreadsheet is much more convenient, and also gives me access to DATA! I track TITLE / DATE PURCHASED / MARKETPLACE / ARTIST(S) / PRICE / DATE SOLD / HISTORY / PHOTO / NOTES TITLE - Self explanatory DATE PURCHASED - I’ve settled on the day that I physically receive the art, but I can definitely see the value in adding DATE(S) PAID and changing this value to DATE RECEIVED. Particularly with commissions… MARKETPLACE - This is the Where and Who (if not direct from artist). ARTIST(S) - I try to include everyone I know has touched the piece. PRICE - SUM this column for a thoughtful pause about your life and choices. Also, for me this is a single amount that represents the amount I put in. I round up and down at my discretion. Buyer's premium is included, when applicable. DATE SOLD - Date I mail it out and I also record the amount in this column. I very rarely sell so this works for me, but I suppose someone who trades more would want more details (when payment was received, how payment was received etc) HISTORY - One of the most important elements for me. As much information as I can gather about who owned the piece before me. PHOTO - Not strictly necessary, and does make the spreadsheet file much larger. NOTES - Any other details, like medium of the piece, artist sent a signed print too, on multiple boards etc. It’s by no means perfect. One column I’d add is DATE OF CREATION - it would be interesting to see what the average age of my collection is, value of collection by era etc. I know of one other board member who tracks some CAF stats as well, such as number of likes and comments. I’d be curious to see what others like to record.
  8. Here's a sequence from Absolute Carnage: Immortal Hulk by Filipe Andrade. I picked up a few when the art was released but also managed to track down 2 more pages. Sorry, scrolls from bottom up the way the pics posted. But you can see how the sequence really comes to life when seen together. My page 18 was pretty useless until I managed to get 19 and then one can see the artistry and control of the panels much better.
  9. A bit off topic but two separate individuals in Italy ended up posting sequential pages on CAF one after the other. What are the odds?
  10. Thought it was interesting. Definitely more so when compared to last year. Also, seeking a conversation that doesn’t dissolve into sales tax...
  11. This happens somewhat in modern comics when an interior page might be a later printing cover, or as mentioned a trade cover.
  12. I don’t think Cheapskate is accurate. More like The Bargain Basement.
  13. Thanks @BCarter27 and everyone who voted. Lots of fun, and I’m pleased as punch with my ‘rookie’ performance. For next year, I’d personally lower the limit to $350 inclusive of juice, but excluding tax and shipping.