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  1. Sounds like a plan for my next trip.
  2. Do they have manga from the 50s and 60s? Early first printings etc? I tried looking in Japan years ago, but never found a store that carried “original printings.” It was explained that manga has been reprinted so many times that almost nobody has made a market for original/first printings like we do here. Or perhaps it only goes on in some rarified books stores in a Tokyo?
  3. I have a GoCollect question. I was looking at prices today and saw that their price guide prices were wildly higher than the actual sales they were using. I know that when there are very few sales, it’s hard to draw conclusions as to their values, but when there are actual sales, you should use them as the value, and not calculate a price derived from say a 9.8 and a 4.0 and build a curve from them. Real work]d sales ARE real world values until more data comes in. Anybody have any insight into this? Sorry I don’t recall which title it was , so sorry that important info is missing in my qu
  4. New copies coming to market is good for that comics value... if there are only a handful, and they are locked up, the values can only be guessed ar. Sure there’s the danger tat too many copies come out, but that doesn’t affect prices as much as we used to think now while new collectors have come to snap them up.
  5. This is such an innocent thread... a discussion about serial numbers back when few people understood how they are created. Sigh, we are all so much older now.
  6. Sorry if that was cryptic. I just mean that pressing and “restoration” weren’t invented in 2001. Books have always been improved by collectors and dealers since it all began.
  7. Chalk it up to the cost of doing business. Danny D had it right when he said that grading would make you take on a lot of partners in your collection to sell for what they are worth!
  8. well, in a positive light, the fact that CC auction site wasn't built to handle buyers premiums supports the idea that this was never in Metros plans, and was sprung on them by the Kentucky consignor, no? Shouldn't be too hard for them or GPA/George to change the final prices to include the BC... a spreadsheet should do the trick.
  9. do their listed sale prices include the 15%?? or the highest bid?
  10. yeah me too. Its a special key book that has fallen out of favor.. But could be one of those that just needs a movie or TC series to jolt it back to life. There's various shows being announced using the GA JSA heroes of late, so could be this year's hot sleeper book. I had one that I sold to buy a bigger book long ago, so Im not chasing it, but we have seen this play out before. More Fun 73, Sensation 1 etc
  11. youre right of course.. I didnt think you were rude, I was just reacting in a cynical way to all the gushing. But I get it, really I do. These books are the holy grails we all aspire to, and they are increasingly out of reach now, so their status is enormously palpable. Im just a bit jaded at this point. As for Christine's "heavier" Tec 27 its probably cause it had more restoration than the Action 1! just kidding, but when the goal is to own everything, you make allowances for restored copies in the runs. She's vert sweet, Ive seen her at shows --- STILL BUYING new comics!
  12. well sure, its freighted with enormous symbolism and awe. But its surprisingly just like any other GA comic in hand.
  13. Just a note to say that the imminent destruction of this copy of Action 1 is wildly exaggerated. I saw the book 30 years ago. And from the pics of it today, it doesn’t look any worse. It’s been carefully cared for most of its life, from a bank vault to a slab... and will be from now on. it was even treated to a few Florida vacations at a very nice Humidity controlled spa where it was pampered by the staff day and night. It’s not falling apart any time soon. Rust is not a living thing like tartar on your teeth. It’s a chemical reaction. It needs humidity to “grow” and this book won’t be le
  14. it may be that in time, as we "original generation" comic collectors pass on the hobby to the newer collectors, coming to comics from other collectibles with different views on "restoration/conservation" our ways of thinking will no longer hold sway. And comics will be treated similarly to those markets that embrace it.