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  1. Since you’ve been chasing this for a while, I would now say make a strong offer. I still think if you’re anywhere close to what the person wants, he’ll either counter or say it wasn’t good enough, but you can always up your offer. The down side is it sounds like he is clearly looking for “above market”. I think some people don’t understand when they make an offer, it’s got to be higher than what you would really think it would sell in an auction. Remember, you’re trying to pry something out of somebody’s hands they didn’t want to just put it at auction. Good luck.
  2. I'm going to slightly disagree with "make a strong offer". Going back to what I said before, the OP said, "I have been offered....". It doesn't sound like, "I asked someone if they would sell a piece, they said probably not, but if you want to make me an offer I can't refuse, well I might sell. My point is start at a "reasonable price", once again I would go with $15k and let the Seller say no. Either he counters or doesn't. If he doesn't counter, I would assume that if you offered a higher price, he would still acknowledge your offer. I had several sales where the first offer ended
  3. Assume your phasing "I have been offered.....", sounds like the person is willing to sell. Start at $15k and let him reject it. Say that both of you should benefit by not paying auction fees (which at Heritage could be 40%) and no sales tax (which HA charges). If you are anywhere in the ballpark, he will most likely counter. I myself would prefer to have a JIM page, and wouldn't put too much of a premium on Thor #126. Comic books, that matters more, but in OA, the quality of the page would mean a lot more. If it was the first issue with Hercules, sure, big premium, if not, just another is
  4. Look under Miscellaneous. That is where they have a lot of art that they haven't described yet.
  5. Immaterial how/when/why acquired. The how/when/why of how they are distributed will be very important. I've made this point before, but the amount of OA collectors that are active on these boards or who actually post their art work on CAF is very small. I say that because in general of the top 40-50 highest pieces sold in any Heritage Auction, maybe 5 at the most show up in someone's CAF gallery. I'm sure a few of those others go to dealers (8-10) for eventual resale in the future. That would mean around 70% of each HA top pieces are in collectors hands. Now, my guess is a lot of the
  6. I don't doubt that some one might own 20 Ditko Spider-Man pages. My point was they weren't buying those for purely investments purposes over the past year or two. Some one might have 50 pages but have accumulated them over the past 10,20 or more years, and clearly bought them as a collector. I said Doctor Strange covers, not this splash page (which is surprising it went down that much). Heritage over the past year has sold the cover to #2-5, which would make me believe it was from the same consignor who has owned these for many years. None of those covers had ever been at HA before. The
  7. Interesting that you used the phrase "with significant holdings". That sounds more like a stock portfolio, not a collection, so I was pretty sure where your "chat" comment was going. Obviously, we could debate if prices are going to go up, down, all around, etc., but only time will tell. Unlike 95% of other collectibles, OA is not a commodity. Commodities (including slabbed comic books, stocks, sports cards, coins, etc.) are much easier for "novices" to invest in as they don't need anywhere near the "expert/experience" knowledge to participate. Go to a casino and you can play Texas H
  8. I own/owned a number of Vallejo pieces and the boards he draws on are usually pretty standard. I just think whoever framed this wanted to present it differently than most of us would. That piece was on eBay for years. Can't remember exactly but I think the Buy it Now price was in the $20-30k (or more range). Don't think it will get anywhere close to that. Wait....I'm bashing the price of other piece of art. I can hear the mob coming for me again.
  9. I bought at Heritage a Jack Davis seven page EC horror story (with the splash having a really nice (non stat) picture of the host) for $26k last year. And some of Ingles complete stories have sold in the $20-30k over the past few years. Al Williamson's seven page sci-fi story (two parts) sold combined for $70k just recently. All of these seem like "bargains" to me compared to the price of a lot more newer art. The reason why is that Golden Age art doesn't carry that much nostalgia for most OA fans, and that is what has been driving prices up like crazy, not the "quality" of the art. I hav
  10. Nowhere as unique as that story. I can find 50 covers very similar to that one, published before SS6. Once again, not knocking the art at all, just knocking the nostalgia for that cover. Man, I came to the wrong bar to chill!!!!
  11. I think I might have made an enemy today!!! Let me rephrase, don't understand the appeal at $300k. It was past my comic reading time when you did that, so I have no nostalgia to that cover. Just like noobies who would watch the original Star Wars or Raider of the Lost Ark, and they have no idea how ground breaking those movies were for the time.
  12. It is a great cover, but as someone who bought original back issues in the 70's (as a kid), and bought the collections and reprints in 80's and 90's (to read to my wife and kids, alright I'm a little off), this cover was not one that I said, "must have issue". Is the art phenomenal, yes, but there were many other covers that were "appealing" and even by todays standards would be considered "shocking". How is this cover any different than Suspense #3 by L.B.Cole published in 1944. Or lots of other covers from the 40's (Timely or Continental). While I don't love the art of the cover, Shock Suspe
  13. So, looking at HA results, how many covers have sold for over $300k, that weren't: * Frazetta (most of those are paintings except for a Famous Funnies with Buck Rogers) *Robert Crumb (don't even ask me why, as I don't understand the appeal) *Spider-Man or Batman, * Classic cover Green Lantern #76 ((Adams-remember #77 didn't even break $100k just recently) * Classic cover X-Men #268 (Jim Lee, and truthfully I don't understand the appeal of this one either) The answer is none. And while this is considered a classic cover, and all it will take is two bidders tha