Pre- Hero Marvels!!!!
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4 minutes ago, Jasonmorris1000000 said:

I ‘m a completist that ends up overpaying for the last few I need because a hole bugs me so bad.  I wonder if dealers look at our competitive sets, find ones that are 98-99% complete, and then list our missing issues with a 300% markup?

That tactic wouldn’t work well against me, since at least 80% of my books are unslabbed.

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Up until 2017 I used to crack open CGC comics because I used to think “Why spend this much money on a comic just to not read and enjoy it?”   Then in 2018 I became a member and now I want any key/valuable comic graded. That way if I need to sell it, it’s ready to go and they look really pretty in their cases.  I have reprints of most of them and plenty of other comics from that period that are cheap and readable.  I’ve really been kicking myself for devaluing some issues by reading them.  There was only one instance where one came back with a higher grade when I sent it in to be regraded.  It was my FF #1 (Thank God)

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53 minutes ago, Jasonmorris1000000 said:

When I first started collecting Marvel Monsters, Strange Tales were usually cheaper and easier to find than the other titles.  I think it’s because the Strange Tales numbering is higher, making the average collector think it’s less valuable than a TTA issue. Strange Tales was the first PHM run I completed, how about you all?

I have NONE of the runs complete. I sold off most of the copies I had in the mid to late 90s to pursue Golden Age. It's actually VERY recently that I've gotten back into this area of collecting. I don't even want to discuss what I sold back in the day. :cry:  Suffice it to say that some of those books are likely in the upper grades that exist area. It seems to me that within the last few months, people are starting to ask a LOT more for nice quality books in this genre. It's interesting to see which books are difficult to find in grade, using the census as a indicator. I collect both raw and certified copies, as I like to have a reader copy too. Makes it more expensive, but it's just so much fun to read them!!! 

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12 minutes ago, Frisco Larson said:

I have NONE of the runs complete. I sold off most of the copies I had in the mid to late 90s to pursue Golden Age. It's actually VERY recently that I've gotten back into this area of collecting. I don't even want to discuss what I sold back in the day. :cry:  Suffice it to say that some of those books are likely in the upper grades that exist area. It seems to me that within the last few months, people are starting to ask a LOT more for nice quality books in this genre. It's interesting to see which books are difficult to find in grade, using the census as a indicator. I collect both raw and certified copies, as I like to have a reader copy too. Makes it more expensive, but it's just so much fun to read them!!! 

I could barely afford this copy of Venus #19 last year and OtherEric said a coverless one sold for $250 I believe.  Unfortunately they haven’t done Venus #11-19 digital reprints yet on ComiXology and I’m not crazy enough to crack it open and read it.  I think they reprinted one story from it in the 70’s.

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