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  1. I struggle with this myself. First thing that resonates in your post is the legacy of passing them on to the kids. I was in that camp until recently, but my kids aren't interested in comic books, so now I'm of the mindset of grading and eventually selling the key material. Or at least letting the family know what will sell biggest after I'm gone. So, what to grade? Obviously the early silver age and key issues from the 60s and 70s seem like locks. From there I'd say more recent key issues that have a shot at a 9.6 or higher *might* be worth a shot, though it seems some might be willing to pay big for those without the grade, taking the risk on themselves. My inclination is to stick to the less populated books and hold back on all but the highest value issues from the 80s and beyond. Since you are like me and bought most of your books when they came out, it's all theoretically gravy and will pay for the grading costs.
  2. From an early age I had an appreciation for history and antiquity, so in addition to the usual stuff collectors my ages sought out, I kept my eyes open for some more unique material. In high school, I worked Saturdays at Comic Book Heaven's flea market booth in Queens. I'd make $40 and spend $50. Every week, my boss would chastise me, especially when I bought "junk books" like this one (I think this one was $5). Now, 16 year old me, a young art student to be, sometimes took in projects and tried to make them more presentable - so what you have here is a fairly attractive book, but thanks to the use of a special pen & ink that allowed me to carefully fill in creases on the cover. Unfortunately when the damage was more severe, it would bleed through the cover and show on the inside, as shown in the last few photos here. Curb appeal is certainly nicer, but I'm not sure the overall value is up or down from the non-modified version.
  3. I'm still learning here, and am not looking to represent myself as any sort of expert, but to me, this book has the feel of having been trimmed. Those are very tight corners given the chips on the edge and comparing it to other copies of this issue, the amount of margin at the top, bottom and right seems diminished
  4. I've heard of losing one's marbles, but not saving. Regardless, I'm happy for you that Mom didn't put them in a garage sale or toss them out.
  5. There's a bit of an ink issue at the bottom right, some spine tearing at the bottom left, and the masthead has been quite damaged by BRB. 3.5
  6. I don't know enough to grade, but that's a beautiful book. Congrats.
  7. Another Spidey key issue - the crease at the top right seems to be a printing press botch, as with the upper staple which is firm, just not typical bend pattern.
  8. See below, and thanks in advance.
  9. One more ahead of the weekend. A pressing candidate since there is a small gather bend that goes through the entire book, see last photo, back cover, first page.
  10. Terror and Tragedy in a Tiny Tear! So, one of my fears with the whole grading process was realized today as I took photos of a few of my Amazing Spiderman books. After taking my pictures, I was putting this one back into it's mylar sheath but did not notice that the sheath itself had a small tear in the corner, which became apparent as I felt this poor book suffer - see the last photo. Dammit.
  11. Thanks to those who offered a grade for the X-Men 14 I posted yesterday. Continuing with some books that are hopefully interesting to everyone, I offer up Batman 83:
  12. Hello all - I'm new to these forums but I've been giving more serious thought lately to finally getting some of my better issues graded. I've always been anxious about the process but at least I'm now in the right place to learn more. I've got some decent books to share and possibly submit - I'm hoping to get some opinions on a few of them. Without further ado, X-Men 14...
  13. 3.0 - the masthead has been highly damaged by BRB
  14. Hi, my name is Ron. I live in Westchester, NY. I'm new here, but I'm a collector from quite a while ago who has recently been giving thought to grading some of my key issues. I started collecting in the late 70s/early 80s with the Micronauts (Michael Golden artwork was amazing!), buying at Mike's Comic Hut in Queens under the UA Quartet. I bought my copy of ASM #3 from Mike, paying the $125 in installments. In high school, I worked at Comic Book Heaven in Queens Village, earning $40 for a Saturday then spending $50. In college I worked at Starship Excalibur in Providence (RIP Fred Ganczar) and again probably spent more than I earned. Finally as a young man in the mid 90s I helped my buddy Jimmy out at Chameleon Comics running M:tG tournaments. All the while I fed my addiction to graphic media. I "invested" in copies of the new issues and spent when I could on some decent silver and golden age books. By the late 90s I was growing disenchanted with gimmick cover variations and diminishing value to the stories and artwork. Rob Liefeld and the popularity of his plagiarized panels finally did me in and my boxes have sat pretty much untouched since. I'd figured my books would eventually get passed down to my kids, but neither of them have really taken to comic books, even with their love of the MCU movies. So now I start looking at them and wondering if maybe some of these might not be worth grading... but the process has always scared me (moreso with baseball cards, but that's for a different forum...). It's going to happen though - I owe it to my family to get a sense of what these might be worth. I used to pore over each edition of Overstreet, looking for what moved up or down in value. I kept a ledger (long gone) of all my books and where there were gaps in my collections. Now, I'm still a fan of some of the artists from back then - Neal Adams, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Miller, Bill Sienckewicz come to mind, but I haven't bought a comic in decades. They just don't live up to my childhood memories.