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  1. and by the way, get off my lawn too!
  2. I agree. Book has been in a death spiral for decades... I think final price will disappoint its fans..
  3. In the US, I th8nk what you are referring to is called a “step up”. When asset ownership changes hands in an estate, the new owners cost basis is stepped up to current market value. That a sweet tax “dodge”, except for the Daffy Duck problem. Like in the classic cartoon where he’s a magician auditioning for a gig, and blows himself up, and drifting up to heaven says, “but I can only do it once!” basically to sell at full retail and have no taxable gains, you just have to die first! : (
  4. Sorry. I read you wrong... you posted a list of copies you DONT have. I read it the other way around
  5. You can also watch the movie version with Ghandi...
  6. The real 9.2.? Or the image we have seen that CGC cobbled together for their booth?
  7. put me down for 2000 and 2000. Ive always believed from hands on experience that the serious high dollar collecting community in our far larger hobby is a lot smaller than most others believe. Id lean toward a higher dollar amount for the same 2000 people, but don't want to mess with the OPs question as put forth. More like 2000 people willing to spend 10000.
  8. aside from the Litho Ninja banshee wail which I'll never be able to mis remember!.... thats a great video. Comics production has changed over the last 80 years, but this clearly shows the basics of the process. the printing of multiple pages of the comic on same sheets, to be later trimmed into single sheets of 4 pages (F and B); plus the stapling process where they roll along on the spines and get stamped with staples on their spines. I think though that this small shop doesn't trim the assembled books the same as Sparta did. These Ninjas trim them one at a time. Sparta used an "industrial" paper cutter to trim hundreds at the same time, which to is believed to have lead to the Marvel chipping, and also miscuts (trapezoidal comics) due to slippage of the pile under intense pressure, and sloppiness. Great question about why only the front covers get Marvel chipping. I was thinking it would be because the large trimming machines pressed down ward on the front covers into the books, while the same cut would push the back covers outward away from the book. But not sure it would cause anything since the back and fronts would have been stacked on top of each other (the pile would be in this order: Book 1 F cvr, inside pages, B cvr, ....Book 2 F cvr, inside pgs, B cvr.... etc etc ). I can't imagine why the direction of the cut relative to the coverstock would result in chipping on fronts bt not on backs.
  9. I think if they wanted to be suggestive (not that intent really matters if it works!) it would have been 2 girls strolling by in same outfit. but maybe that a bit over the top?
  10. Buying a big book and soon after placing a much higher price on it as a “flip” isn’t exactly flipping it.. a flipper would usually look to make a quick 10-20% profit... But in this case, placing a price on it for twice what you paid, especially for a record price you paid is more like saying “ I’m keeping this book for 10 years when it will be worth twice what I paid. But if you want to buy it now for that price, I’ll let it go. Trying to lock in the full gain you foresee for your purchase but not have to wait a decade for the market to slowly increase its value. Makes sense to me...with one of a kind grail items... even if they rarely sell quick anyway!
  11. The short answer to the dpi question I’d it doesn’t matter... but that’s a dodgy answer. The quality of a scan is a function of the dpi AND the size of the scan. Size as in the dimensions of the scan. DPI means dots per inch, so a 2x3” image at 600 dpi is contains no more detail / pixels than a scan at 100 dpi that’s 4x9”. If you use photoshop or other image retouching software, you can change the image size/resolution (DPI) and see this effect. The general rule for scans that will be printed is to scan at same size at 300 DPI. When creating vary large scans, say 30x40” you can do half size at 300 DPI. scanning comics at same size at 600 dpi is overkill for little extra benefit. Files are pretty large especially if you are storing 1000s of scans., but, I guess storage in MBs isn’t the problem it once was with the cloud and terabyte drives!
  12. I agree with both your points... depends I guess on the needs of the book and the scans. Close ups would solve the details problem. And most books , camera scans ar adequate. And quick! But high value books buyers I think will prefer a hi res scan they can scroll around. A camera station would be ideal, but, still in the end positioning books and swapping them in and out takes time and risks damage. I also crop the images and clean up the colors to reflect the actual books in photoshop which adds more time, but I can usually finish before the next scans s done... and I enjoy that part.
  13. I don’t know if it’s cause the posted scans here are low res to fit the Boards file size limit, but overall, if a scan doesn’t show the individual printed ink dots, it’s really not sharp enough to see details. So for me a scanner is a time sucker but the quality of the results is a must.