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  1. Early fan-related memorabilia such as club items, fanzines and articles in mainstream press are all vastly underappreciated.
  2. I knows the covers to the Spider-man and FF books I read as a kid so well that I have sometimes used them as pneumonic devices to remember a number.
  3. This above all is true. The prices for original art feel inflated but every now and then I see pieces which seem like huge bargains simply because a lot of people still value things as if the aesthetics mean very little compared to a set of accepted metrics. Many times I've seen pieces I considered a bargain priced exactly the same as others deemed similar because of the metrics (and thought to myself "I can't believe this one is valued no more than the others") But just as often I've seen pieces priced beyond the moon which fall far short artistically, culturally and aesthetically but they tick a number of metric boxes, so bidding is frantic.
  4. True. Even given the greater numbers for Bat 1 the difference seems out of balance. There is much to suggest that Bat 1 is undervalued compared to other keys, including not only the Joker but Catwoman, who is arguably the 2nd most popular/important/recognizable super villain. But how soon it will close the gap or by how much up for guessing. Lost track of how many times I heard this or that book was going to stay flat or just increase incrementally or that it would just "never" be as sought after as some other book(s), only to see it surge. And I've heard that at one time or another about every single one of the biggest books.
  5. I wasn't presuming that books less than NM were non-existent. I bought a poor condition copy of AF15 in the 80s for 5 bucks.
  6. By recently I mean the past few years and I recall few specifics but metropolis got one that was found in the drywall of an old house; another showed up on facebook a year or so ago that was missing the spine, and others on this board are bound to have knowledge I don't. But even a couple books showing up in the past few years means that 80 years on it's still not unheard of (or "inconceivable!") that a copy heretofore unknown becomes known.
  7. I don't know what this went for and wasn't aware of it prior to the auction but this book exemplifies what's interesting about the collection as much as if not more than just about any other copy I've seen. To more it's far less interesting to hear that a book has a perfect spine or got a high grade number than it is to hear that a Japanese girl who was forced into an internment camp purchased a book that depicted racially stereotyped Japanese soldiers with a "secret" plan to destroy the USA. That starts a conversation with just about anybody. But if it's a generic non-war comic cover and you're gonna talk about how perfect the corners are and how white are the pages, there's a far smaller subset of people who will find it interesting. At least, if the people you're talking to are "civilians" out in the world.
  8. Unslabbed and previously unknown Actions 1s and Detective 27s have shown up recently, even as original owned copies. There are plenty of people still living today who were old enough to buy them on the stands and for each of those people there are many thousands who came of age later but were old enough to buy vintage comics for a song in old bookstores and at garage sales. Just like there are people sitting in houses that are worth many times more than they paid and many times more than they have in the bank, it should not be assume that just because something could be liquified today for a lot of money does not mean absolutely that it will. I mention those older books to make the point that when you're talking about books like AF15 which you could have bought off a newsstand without necessarily being so old you've got one and a half feet in the grave (though it may seem so to 20-something collectors, it just ain't so). Factor in that many people were carefully saving old comics by the early 60s, and the fact well into the 80s you could buy used copies of the book for less than dinner and a movie, and it should surprise no one that there are people out there who know they have one haven't felt the need to cash it in yet
  9. The Opper sketch is from the late 1800s, a "comic" piece but perhaps not true comic OA. The earliest published OA I have is probably the Captain Marvel (aka Shazam) from 1941. The others are early OA but not published. The Cap is from the early 40s and appears to be a tryout page though I don't know by whom (perhaps somebody can ID the artist?). The Subby is an unpublished splash page from 1942.
  10. To anyone outside comics, the words "file copy" would not imply great condition. It only took on that presumed meaning because some early finds of comic book file copies were also in great condition, and thus some collectors are prone to outrage if the words "file copy" are used on a book which was kept for reference but wasn't kept in great condition. I would not look at a Murphy Anderson book with tire tracks on the cover and a chunk torn away and think "oh it's a pedigree and a file copy, so it must be high grade no matter what my eyes tell me." Some collectors appear to have great concern about that, but I just don't see it happening. However, when the words "file copy" are used for books that were actually unsold stock in a warehouse, I see plenty of potential for confusion because the words "file copy" implies a very limited number, such as what copies might be kept in, you know, a file cabinet -- as opposed to being stacked on a pallet with hundreds or even thousands of copies of the same issue.