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  1. I think you're going to want to take it out of the bag and take/post some better pictures if you want any solid grade opinions here.
  2. I prefer that the replies here be generally stricter with the possibility of being pleasantly surprised when the grade comes back than generous here and disappointed.
  3. One of a pair bought mail-order from Westfield Comics back in the 80s. Our HS Comic club used to buy wholesale from them and they always had a few back-issues for sale, but you bought on blind faith in their grade.
  4. 50 cent bin pickup a long long time ago figuring a 200 had to be worth a little extra. I'm still waiting.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. I don't know enough to grade, but that's a beautiful book. Congrats.
  11. 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.
  12. See below, and thanks in advance.
  13. 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.