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  1. Wow! A bit ashamed to admit I didn't realize that piece was a Kirby original when I saw it in Turtle Soup...or I did and just forgot that detail. But I think the Eastman sig is great...good placement and actually brings the piece full-circle...Kirby-->Eastman-->Kirby. Beautiful man.
  2. Such a cool page !! I don't collect the original artwork but this one is really great...one I'd nab for sure if funds allowed.
  3. @jaybuck43 I am going. I'll be bringing the TMNT #1 Production Negatives for (hopeful) signatures by as many Mirage TMNT guys as possible (and to let TMNT fans get to see them in person). I'm banking this would be the only chance to have Peter Laird sign them (if he even attends) since I don't plan to travel with these negatives again. Also, the remaining 200 copies of my TMNT #95 BLANK will be at Granite as well. As for CGC, as @nriccijr stated, Comics & Ponies travel with Eastman to most shows and they do the CGC for all of the activity at Kevin's table. @Turtle I thought the exact same thing and the Con told me something similar to that as well. No clue what the additional value is for the TMNT VIP vs. VIP Pass + TMNT Meet / Greet combo. @nriccijr If Peter goes, I'm betting it won't be announced until just a week or two leading up to Granite Con. That seems to have been the M.O. for the last few times Peter appeared with Steve Lavigne. But, with Peter having announced that he's no longer signing stuff sent in to Mirage, he may be done with shows as well. Word on the street is that Granite is HEAVILY pushing to try and get Peter there...time will tell. I'm kind of leaning towards thinking that he won't show though...but, I hope I'm wrong.
  4. Totally with you on this. The content of the two books (TMNT #1 vs. Turtlemania) is totally different with Turtlemania being literally nothing of substance quite honestly. TMNT #1 is the key book that started the entire franchise...and Turtlemania (and the "Con" where it debuted) wasn't even something Kevin liked (and still doesn't today). It's a gimmick book but the GOLD being limited to 10 copies IS what makes it valuable...not the content. Whereas, the content of TMNT #1 is everything and its historical significance is undeniable. And, although not limited to only 10 copies, just over 3,000 copies is still a very limited quantity. You know there had to have been a fairly high destruction / loss rate for that 1st printing so the availability has to be much less than 3,275 print quantity I would think (my opinion of course - no real fact behind that).
  5. I'd say the introduction of Jennika the 5th Turtle is pretty major news...the last 4 weeks have been Turtles-mania and I'm betting that could have something to do with it.
  6. This is incredible! Wonder if this will get to six figures. I suppose it's not that surprising though. This price jump is the same thing that happened to Turtlemania GOLD and SILVER as of late. GOLD has been about a $10-15K book for a few years and now it's suddenly nearly $60K. SILVER was $1-2K and now $8-9K. Turtles are hot now and my opinion is that these rare low-print quantity books have caught the eyes of collectors in general...not just Turtles collectors. And, these collectors have some deep pockets...much deeper than mine!
  7. @GM8 The original listing has ended but he relisted it (which is still up as of me posting this). It's still the same price as before but he's edited the title and description to reflect what it actually is.
  8. I am a bit surprised at him still thinking this is worth thousands of dollars.
  9. @BlastaarYes, isn't that interesting. Given his prior responses to my questions, I bet if you asked him about that he'd probably respond with a "I meant in the $80 range - not the 1980's." Lol. And, even then, he'd have overpaid.
  10. Plus, he dropped the price by thousands in the last day or so. I'm betting he'll continue to do so until it sells. I'm going to ping him to see if he'll show me a picture of the inside. If not, I'll call him out. UPDATE: I contacted the seller asking for the dimensions of the book and, if possible, interior images. In true scammer form, sis response was, "I'm sorry I'm not going to open the frame please read description" So, I responded asking just for the dimensions, which I stated didn't require him to do anything but put a ruler to the glass. His response, "I can provide dimensions of the frame but won't take the comic out of the frame." LOL This dude is so full of . Anyway, I told him I knew what this book was and that he's knowingly lying about it - especially now since I just informed him what the book was and he won't provide the book dimensions. So, he can't use the "I didn't know" card anymore. His response, "Thank you for your concerns and feedback I will look into it more thanks again have a great day." Look into it would be the best thing to do...open it and LOOK inside. UPDATE 2: Seller has now relisted to reflect what this book actually is. But he's still asking about $12,500 too much for it.
  11. @valiantman I'm with you on this 100%. But, damage or not, it's not a first printing and, in fact, isn't ANY of the first three printings. Due to the framing dimensions, you can completely tell the dimensions of the book itself are modern comic book dimensions and NOT oversized as the 1st, 2nd, 3rd prints are - it's way too narrow. Plus, in looking at one of the pictures, you can see a glare coming off of the cover indicating it's a very glossy cover. While TMNT #1 wasn't necessarily matte, it wasn't that glossy. However, the TMNT #1 reprint (modern-sized) included in the Ultimate Visual History (2014 version) did have a glossy cover that is identical to the one seen in this auction. That reprint book was being sold online for hundreds of dollars and people were buying it for that...a book you could easily get for $25 from Barnes & Noble. I'm nearly positive that is actually what's in this frame...the free reprint book included with the 2014 Ultimate Visual History book. This is the inside of that book...and I wouldn't touch this book without seeing the inside front cover first (at minimum). I'm betting this guy either got scammed himself and is trying to flip it to unsuspecting buyers OR he knowingly bought this and put it in a frame to hide his devious shenanigans.
  12. @GM8 Yeah, lots of red flags in the listing description. "...never was opened and should not be." "AS IS NO RETURNS SORRY." "...they told me once we frame it we recommend you don't take it out again...So I never did." "Please buy with confidence... I just never had the time to get it graded." With a TMNT #1, a little time means $$. Looks legit from pics but I wouldn't touch this for $18.5K without back cover and interior page pics.
  13. You'd think they'd at least be able to do a high-res scan of the original covers.
  14. I'm totally with you on the margin thing...it's completely unnecessary and looks funny. Why are they even there? It doesn't make sense.
  15. @Bronty Here are links to the recent ComicLink auctions: Turtlemania GOLD (#7 of 10) Turtlemania SILVER (#8 of 100) Also, I made a post recently on my site to document the sale of these.