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Thank you everybody for your help!!

 

I have been "considering" selling my entire CGC collection for a copy of AF #15 in CGC 7.5 with Off-white to white pages!

 

Amazing Fantasy #15 seems to be one of the few comic books that NEVER declines and is always on a continuous rise in value!

 

 

Not strictly true. Although the long-run trend is up, there have been some dips along the way. To my mind, the big run up in AF 15 prices makes the book a risky investment. I realize people like to refer to it as the Action 1 of the Silver Age. There are 60 copies of Action 1 on the CGC census, while there are almost 2,000 copies of AF 15.

 

The problem with a book that a lot of people are holding strictly as an investment is that if there is a significant decline in prices, a flood of books can hit the market as people try to get out while the getting is good. The result can be a bust that takes years to recover from -- if, in fact, previous price levels are ever regained.

 

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I respectfully disagree. This books continues to bring record prices and is still in very high demand. There just doesn't seem to be any price resistance for this book. I always hear about the AF15 floodgates being opened, but when?

Priced near, at, or above GPA, they always seem to sell. (thumbs u

 

As with stocks, real estate, beanie babies, or anything else that has had a big run up, they always seem to sell for higher prices ... until they don't.

 

We'll just have to wait and see, of course, but here is one thing to think about: If AF 15s were a low-risk investment reliably returning 10% per year -- or whatever people seem to be expecting -- why would anyone who currently owns one sell? Who wouldn't want that sort of investment return in today's low-interest rate environment?

 

Maybe prices of AF 15s will continue to rise indefinitely but I think there are good reasons to be cautious, particularly when buying one for $50 K and up.

 

Sqeggs, keep in mind there are many out there with AF15s who aren't speculating as they simply enjoy the book. An American comic icon is just fun to own. (thumbs u

 

By the way, I just sold an xtra CGC 1.0 I had on the boards. It flew off for 4k (a GPA record I think). The guy wasn't really looking at price more than he just wanted a copy to own. hm

 

Absolutely. That's why I have kept mine. :D

 

But it's complicated to untangle people's motivations. Fun to own, its a great collectible ... but also something most people expect to increase in value. If that last part changes, owning it may seem less fun and it somehow won't seem like quite such as key collectible.

 

Is Spider Man likely to seem more or less iconic over the next 10 years than over the last 10 years? What if the next movie seriously underperforms -- as the last one did to some extent -- and that's it for Spidey movies for a while? No effect on AF 15 prices?

 

Everything is much clearer in hindsight, of course. National housing prices hadn't fallen in the U.S. since the 1930s. That was never going to happen again, until it did.

 

One problem with seeing clearly when you are in a bubble is that your self-interest clouds your analysis. If AF 15 prices collapse, I'm out money -- not a huge amount of money because I only have a mid-grade copy -- but I would still rather not lose it. The same is probably true of nearly everyone on this thread. Naturally, the "prices will always increase" argument seems more plausible when it aligns with self-interest.

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I'm new here so I don't want to speak out of turn. But, I was a collector as a child (as most of us were). Now, as an adult, I decided to acquire an iconic book (what I consider to be the 3rd most important comic behind Action1 or Tec27).

 

Reason...I wanted to have for myself and I wanted to have for posterity. I don't plan to "trade" mine. In fact, it's in my safe deposit box for my children down the road.

 

Near-term investment = No.

Long-term investment for diversification = Maybe Yes.

A fantastic heirloom to pass down to next generation = Absolutely Yes!

 

 

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I'm new here so I don't want to speak out of turn. But, I was a collector as a child (as most of us were). Now, as an adult, I decided to acquire an iconic book (what I consider to be the 3rd most important comic behind Action1 or Tec27).

 

Reason...I wanted to have for myself and I wanted to have for posterity. I don't plan to "trade" mine. In fact, it's in my safe deposit box for my children down the road.

 

Near-term investment = No.

Long-term investment for diversification = Maybe Yes.

A fantastic heirloom to pass down to next generation = Absolutely Yes!

 

 

Welcome to the boards!

 

There are a couple of threads about the potential hazards of storing comics in safety deposit boxes. I've never done it, but those who do usually recommend including some kind of desiccant in the box. Another thing to look out for is whether the bank maintains heating/air conditioning during times when they are closed. Swings in temperature and humidity can be damaging to comics.

 

You may well be aware of all this but I thought I would mention it in case you weren't. (thumbs u

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I'm new here so I don't want to speak out of turn. But, I was a collector as a child (as most of us were). Now, as an adult, I decided to acquire an iconic book (what I consider to be the 3rd most important comic behind Action1 or Tec27).

 

Reason...I wanted to have for myself and I wanted to have for posterity. I don't plan to "trade" mine. In fact, it's in my safe deposit box for my children down the road.

 

Near-term investment = No.

Long-term investment for diversification = Maybe Yes.

A fantastic heirloom to pass down to next generation = Absolutely Yes!

 

 

CONGRATS! :applause: WTTB! :headbang:

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If you owned a raw copy of this with the spiderman story intact but the rest of the pages missing (nice cover and back cover) and you had the chance to get it signed by stan lee and gold labeled by cgc would you?

 

ps Im thinking this will cost at least 200 dollars to do.

 

or....would you have him sign it in person, no cgc involved?

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If you owned a raw copy of this with the spiderman story intact but the rest of the pages missing (nice cover and back cover) and you had the chance to get it signed by stan lee and gold labeled by cgc would you?

 

ps Im thinking this will cost at least 200 dollars to do.

 

or....would you have him sign it in person, no cgc involved?

 

Personally, I am not a fan of signatures on books, even if it's Stan Lee's. But if I did, I wouldn't have a signature without a cgc witness

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If you owned a raw copy of this with the spiderman story intact but the rest of the pages missing (nice cover and back cover) and you had the chance to get it signed by stan lee and gold labeled by cgc would you?

 

ps Im thinking this will cost at least 200 dollars to do.

 

or....would you have him sign it in person, no cgc involved?

 

Don't even bother. Keep it in a Mylar, or if you must, get it slabbed.

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Thank you everybody for your help!!

 

I have been "considering" selling my entire CGC collection for a copy of AF #15 in CGC 7.5 with Off-white to white pages!

 

Amazing Fantasy #15 seems to be one of the few comic books that NEVER declines and is always on a continuous rise in value!

 

 

Not strictly true. Although the long-run trend is up, there have been some dips along the way. To my mind, the big run up in AF 15 prices makes the book a risky investment. I realize people like to refer to it as the Action 1 of the Silver Age. There are 60 copies of Action 1 on the CGC census, while there are almost 2,000 copies of AF 15.

 

The problem with a book that a lot of people are holding strictly as an investment is that if there is a significant decline in prices, a flood of books can hit the market as people try to get out while the getting is good. The result can be a bust that takes years to recover from -- if, in fact, previous price levels are ever regained.

 

My 2c

 

I respectfully disagree. This books continues to bring record prices and is still in very high demand. There just doesn't seem to be any price resistance for this book. I always hear about the AF15 floodgates being opened, but when?

Priced near, at, or above GPA, they always seem to sell. (thumbs u

 

As with stocks, real estate, beanie babies, or anything else that has had a big run up, they always seem to sell for higher prices ... until they don't.

 

We'll just have to wait and see, of course, but here is one thing to think about: If AF 15s were a low-risk investment reliably returning 10% per year -- or whatever people seem to be expecting -- why would anyone who currently owns one sell? Who wouldn't want that sort of investment return in today's low-interest rate environment?

 

Maybe prices of AF 15s will continue to rise indefinitely but I think there are good reasons to be cautious, particularly when buying one for $50 K and up.

 

There is always good reason to be cautious when buying any book for $50K and up. Much smaller pool of buyers to resell to at that price level.

 

But AF 15 in the 10K range has lots of suitors

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Thank you everybody for your help!!

 

I have been "considering" selling my entire CGC collection for a copy of AF #15 in CGC 7.5 with Off-white to white pages!

 

Amazing Fantasy #15 seems to be one of the few comic books that NEVER declines and is always on a continuous rise in value!

 

 

Not strictly true. Although the long-run trend is up, there have been some dips along the way. To my mind, the big run up in AF 15 prices makes the book a risky investment. I realize people like to refer to it as the Action 1 of the Silver Age. There are 60 copies of Action 1 on the CGC census, while there are almost 2,000 copies of AF 15.

 

The problem with a book that a lot of people are holding strictly as an investment is that if there is a significant decline in prices, a flood of books can hit the market as people try to get out while the getting is good. The result can be a bust that takes years to recover from -- if, in fact, previous price levels are ever regained.

 

My 2c

 

I respectfully disagree. This books continues to bring record prices and is still in very high demand. There just doesn't seem to be any price resistance for this book. I always hear about the AF15 floodgates being opened, but when?

Priced near, at, or above GPA, they always seem to sell. (thumbs u

 

As with stocks, real estate, beanie babies, or anything else that has had a big run up, they always seem to sell for higher prices ... until they don't.

 

We'll just have to wait and see, of course, but here is one thing to think about: If AF 15s were a low-risk investment reliably returning 10% per year -- or whatever people seem to be expecting -- why would anyone who currently owns one sell? Who wouldn't want that sort of investment return in today's low-interest rate environment?

 

Maybe prices of AF 15s will continue to rise indefinitely but I think there are good reasons to be cautious, particularly when buying one for $50 K and up.

 

There is always good reason to be cautious when buying any book for $50K and up. Much smaller pool of buyers to resell to at that price level.

 

But AF 15 in the 10K range has lots of suitors

 

Anything up to 10k normally has its own wings. (thumbs u

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I was very happy to make a trade with a friend at the Baltimore Comic Con to secure this comic

 

:)

 

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congrats Bill, but is that still a $1500 book to you? lol

 

Feels like more in hand ;)

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I was very happy to make a trade with a friend at the Baltimore Comic Con to secure this comic

 

:)

 

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Congrats Bill! Very nice copy. It's funny that we each bought one on the same day, not knowing the other had. lol

Here's mine (thanks to Bedrock!)

 

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