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  1. TERMS: Slabs: $16 for up to 4 Slabs using using priority mail box and bubble wrap to protect the slabs. Raw Books: $10 for up to 11 Raw, Bag and Boarded, shipped in a comic mailer. If you would like combined shipping, please let me know. International will be billed at cost of shipping plus materials. Payment by Paypal. Will consider trades. No HoSers. trumps all even if we are in the middle of negotiations by PM. No returns on CGC graded books. Raw books must be returned in their same condition. You must let me know within 7 days of purchase if and why you want to return the raw book. For whatever reason, my scanner does not do Slabs well. So pics it is.
  2. Current CGC slab with well/Wavy covers I just received a lovely Journey Into Mystery #90 CGC 8.0 certified on 11/07/2016 and since it was slabbed after June 2016 it has the revamped holder with the well. It exhibits the telltale waviness on the back (horizontal and a few vertical) that has been characteristically seen in books encased in the previous type slab (April-June 2016), not severe at all, but noticeable. Has anyone else experienced this with current (newest) CGC holders? I'm wondering what the devil could be causing it--are the wells too constricting, or the Mylar sleeves too tight? Of course I would rather not have to crack it out, but it's a relatively scarce book in higher grades so of course I'd like it keep it as undisturbed as possible.
  3. The Best VueScan Scanner Settings I Could Find (HP 8300) Let me start off by saying I searched high and low for the simple solution of just copying someone's settings and couldn't find them for the life of me. So I decided I'm not all that slow and could probably figure it out on my own. After a couple hours playing with every single setting I could find, I settled on what I felt was the best representation of the slabs on hand. So hopefully a few of you can use this post to your time-saving advantage. I've been helped so much over the past couple years by your collective knowledge, I guess this is just my way of giving a little back. So first things first! SCANNER: HP Scanjet 8300 (white background) PLATFORM: Mac APPLICATION: VueScan (Version: 9881.17.206...just kidding, it updated 7 minutes ago and it should update again within the hour ) I'll drop some screenshots here of my settings for you "just give me the goods" type and for the engineers, surgeons, and over-organized collectors I'll post some context below. I'll also make sure I have a before and after shot of our brave test subject Nova #25 (props to Ron C. for the gem). After everything, I'll post a cornucopia of scans from different ages and colors. Every slab I post will be the new CGC case. The older ones can still use these settings, but the new case really shines without that infamous blue tint. Here we go... Make sure that in VueScan you set the Options to Professional (or click the Options+ button at the bottom) That's the short of it. Now for the expanded edition... Like I said earlier, I spent a couple hours really fine tuning this as best I could. Getting the blacks and whites right was by far the most difficult task. Sadly the glare just wouldn't go away, but I didn't think it was awful. It seems to be worse on white comics. The darker covers tend to absorb the light a bit better. Be sure to clean your glass and slabs. I know that should be a no-brainer, but it's the little things that get overlooked easiest. Here I'll focus more on what I did do, rather than didn't. INPUT SETTINGS: The only real thing of note is probably the scan resolution. I only did 300 dpi for simplicity. You could do 100 or 72 and see very little degradation. I tried multiple passes and saw zero improvement even at 600% zoom. FILTER SETTINGS: Restore colors really seemed to get the ball rolling as far as the Red, Green, and Blues go. They "popped" like they should. Part of the reason I used Nova #25 was because of the great inking by Klaus Janson. There are so many deep colors mixed with blacks and whites on that classic cover. Pulling those out of a Bronze Age book accurately was my primary focus. Grain reduction was a surprising touch. Sometimes these high-res scans really pick up every fiber in the paper and it can get a little noisy. The grain reduction set to light made the book still have that textured look, but smoothed it out enough to mimic more of what you'd see with the naked eye. Sharpen was a must. With the deeper wells in these new cases, the scanner actually focuses on the rib/edge of the case. This means that the comic is slightly out of focus. Sharpen corrected that drastically. COLOR SETTINGS: This is where I spent most my time, however, it made the BIGGEST difference. I went from "hey, not too shabby" to "holy cow (insert best Harry Caray impression here)" getting these settings right. Neutral color balance was the best option. It really leveled everything out so I had good control over the final scan. The black point I cranked all the way up to pull those dark blacks as best I could. It was tough on some of my Silver Age and Bronze Age because those blacks look dark gray. I don't know if that's due to ink or age. I set the white point right on the edge. Much higher and it starts to look like a blown out photo. I also wanted to match the white on the books. Moderns are super bright, whereas some of the older comics have an off-white look to them. The curves are where the fine tuning came in. Curve low is a setting that darkens the blacks. Curve high obviously does the opposite and brightens the whites. The detail really concerned me and getting these two settings right seemed to make sure the darkest and brightest colors weren't washed or flattened. OUTPUT SETTINGS: Just the JPEG quality here. I played with several, and honestly, I think I was tripping myself out a bit. The file size reduction wasn't huge for 50 vs 90 so I opted for the higher setting. 50 would work fine if you're concerned with a few kilobytes. There's very, very little degradation in most scans. On a side note, 90 shines with a super busy cover. Explosions or webs, things like that. So how about the results?! Here's a stock setting scan of the Nova #25 vs the updated settings. I could walk you through every scan I did, but this post would be a mile long...wait, it already is. I'll spare you more mileage. Here's a super zoom comparison: Everything really came together after some pretty simple setting changes. None of these were edited in post. They're straight from the scanner to here. I just hate I didn't do this before I scanned like 200 slabs! I hope this helps some of you who've asked about correct settings in past discussions. I know we all like to show off our slabs with the best foot forward. I'd be interested to hear from some of you with different scanners. I know the HP 8300 is kind of the standard around here for slab scanning, but I know there are ton of others being used out there. VueScan really is an incredible tool! I can't speak highly enough of that software. Anyways, enough from me. Best of luck to everyone and happy slabbing! Here are a few more various scans for your viewing pleasure...
  4. I picked up two slabs from ebay because they were very reasonably priced. They are in good shape, but there are markings that border the book itself in the plastic enclosure. I am pretty new to collecting cgc certified books but I do have a few purchased from reputable comic stores and none of those have any of these sort of markings. Are these signs of a case that has been tampered with, or are these commonly seen in some slabs that have been through a process that I'm not familiar with? I hope the images show the markings off clearly. I sure hope they have not been tampered with as that would really suck. I should add that both of the books added to my registry set successfully with the cert. numbers on the label. They are not really expensive books or anything so I don't really suspect counterfeit books, but it just looks like the cases have been opened to me. Again, I'm not sure what the deal is here so hopefully someone can shed some light. Thanks.
  5. X-Men 101, NM 87 and 98 and a few more A few slabs to pay for a few slabs. First get sit either here in the thread or via PM. Consider all books pressed. Shipping is extra and to your door. No one on any lists, or if I have you on ignore. First up is X-Men #101 CGC 9.4 with white pages. $450.00 (Last sale was $500.00)
  6. I have a small batch of new misc. slabs for sale this evening. The rules: I accept first unconditional via post or PM post here in the thread, PM, text, email, phone call or smoke signal from comicdonna, timestamp wins. Payment due within 3 days unless arranged before "I'll Take It". I accept Paypal, checks, MOs(sorry no International money orders). Please do not edit "I'll Take It" posts or post "I'll Take It" unless you are going to complete the transaction. I'll accept returns within if item is not as described, undisclosed restoration within 30 days, no returns on slabs. No HOS or Probation list members please. Shipping will start at $12 in US($2 each additional), contact for international rates. First up.....