Rip-Tales: My weekly adventures in comic hunting both past and present by Scott1
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My Adventures in Comic Hunting

 

Some people at work suggested I write something about my weekly tales in comic hunting. Over the years I've found some amazing stuff. I've also been in some scary places as well. This thread is a journal of my adventures.

 

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You never know what you are going to run into traveling throughout Northern CA.

Some of my adventures pay off huge, others will be a big bust. I'm going to try and write about a bunch of em. Both past and present. I'll try to post pictures whenever possible.

 

1st entry will be last week.

A 90 minute drive north today. Cell phone service was spotty.

The GPS points me to a location in front of a tall iron gate. Large walls are all around the property. The gate has a large thick chain wrapped around the bars with and even thicker lock attached. Something out of the movies. I try to call and text, but cell service is poor. So I wait.....

 

20 minutes later a woman in her late 50's comes out of the house and waves at me from about 200 years away. The gate is unlocked and I walk toward the medium sized house.

 

Inside she points to a small stack of about 50 comics. I see a beat up TOS 52 that I know I want.

The comics are mostly new, but sometimes go back to the 60's. I see a beat up Star Wars 42, but nothing really great.

 

Then she says, "I also have some more." She proceeds to pull out 5 long boxes. I also have more in the other room. I look over to the other room and see a long military box full of comics, plus 4 more long boxes. hm

 

Well after search through the first 5 boxes I find out its all modern stuff. I grab a Spider-man 361.

Next 5 boxes. I pull out a only a Deadpool 1 (1997).

 

I ask about other collectibles, she mentions that she had early baseball cards, M-Mantle's, tobacco cards etc. But these were stolen from someone she knows and that she should hire "the skin heads" to go track the person down. :boo:

While nice she was also someone clearly not to be messed with. After a little more conversation I left with only a few books and this small tale.

 

 

 

 

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Entry 2:

Two weeks ago. I travel to a beat-up small low rent duplex. Washing machines are outside every small apartment. I meet a guy who has comics piled on a table. Visible cockroaches are crawling around. I talk for about 15 minutes and pick up a What if Venom Infected Deadpool in high grade a ASM 654 2nd print, plus a Predator 1.

This was well worth the trouble. :)

 

 

 

 

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Entry 3:

This week. I am supposed to leave in about 90 minutes traveling north again. Guy is supposed to have a Hero for Hire 1 in mid grade, a Conan 1 and 100 other books.

Will add more to this entry once I get the books.

 

Bought a box full of books from a storage shed today. Just got back with a batch of 100+ books. Most were around VG.

 

Here is a pic of todays little haul. Some nice Adams covers in there.

The Hero for Hire 1 is around VG-. Nothing huge but worth my time.

 

Not many keepers but fun reading. I might sell the whole thing in a lot or two.

 

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This is going to be good.....

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This morning's latest....Its going to be a very interesting week.

Just got off the phone with a very local former collector. Someone who has a small run of early All-Stars including the 8 in low grade. Plus some other books to be determined... :wishluck:

Already saw some pictures, will see them later this week around Thursday or Friday.

 

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AS8 :cloud9: Now that would be a great find even in low grade!

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My next update will be Tuesday. :wishluck:

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So there I was sitting at my computer last week and some crazy great photos popped up on my e-mail last Sunday. I mean great....pictures!

 

So today adventure. Met with a wife husband, mother at a local restaurant. She was a former collector from the 70's and 80's. She loved early All Star's and X-Men. After some Chinese food we talked business. I looked though all the books, we talked about Forrest Ackerman's house. Then we made a deal.

 

Here are the photos I got last Sunday. And what I came home with today. :)

 

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Two more photos when I got home.

 

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Beautiful! :)

And I don’t even know most of these Golden Age DCs… They are really fascinating.

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Well, I'm impressed. Any pickup that involves an All Star #8 is a win!

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This week I first started out at 9:00 this morning and finally got home at around 6:30.

 

First stop; lady had a ASM 129. Wanted $500 for a VG/VG+ copy. Even though she mentioned it was in perfect shape over the phone. After some haggling back and forth she tossed in a bunch of other Venom books. Luckly that stack of those Venom books made everything worth it. See below!

 

Second stop long time collector 2nd time seeing huge collection. I am still going though books, will go back again soon. Picked up another ASM 300 (Signed by TM), Plus a bunch of other high grade books. The HFH is around VF-. Finally got a Forever People 1 with a white cover.

 

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The black Venom error was my favorite book. Looks around NM might make NM+ or better with a press.

 

Was also really happy getting a MM4 (1st Big Barda) around NM.

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Small update got the grade on the AS8..... 2.0 C/OW :acclaim:

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Hopefully going to see 2 large collections this weekend. Each collection has over 10,000 comics. Various keys from these collections range from as early as Mad 1 to Turtles (First print) 1. All raw books from former hardcore collectors.

 

Will be traveling all Saturday and a little bit Sunday.

:wishluck:

 

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Hopefully going to see 2 large collections this weekend. Each collection has over 10,000 comics. Various keys from these collections range from as early as Mad 1 to Turtles (First print) 1. All raw books from former hardcore collectors.

 

Will be traveling all Saturday and a little bit Sunday.

:wishluck:

 

Best of luck!

 

Great read so far, looking forward to more!

 

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Looks like I'll have to wait until next weekend.

Everyone seems to have problems making this weekend work

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