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On 10/13/2018 at 12:27 PM, Robot Man said:

Nice one Mike and so tough. Here is another Baker digest western.

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I didn't know about this comic (didn't have it on my Baker list).  Is this an accepted Baker cover?

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Recently I picked up a Fantastic Adventures pulp (from 1951).  It reminded me of one of my favorite Rangers comics, #21, so I bought it as soon as I saw it.  I find the art interesting.  The girl in Fantastic Adventures seems defeated, whereas the girl in Rangers 21 looks ready to fight.  Of course, it helps to have a soldier with a gun on your side.

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Sunday Heritage Results

I picked up a few books a couple weeks ago on the Heritage Sunday auction.  First I got a run of Henry Alrich for a great price.  The best of the bunch (and one of my favorite GGA covers) was #13.

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My big win of the evening was Boots #9.  Boots has great GGA, and #9 is way under-rated IMHO (similar to the way Junie 5 is under-rated).

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Latest CGC Invoice

I got some books back from CGC the other day.  I got Real Love 42 from Terry's Con earlier this year.  I paid way too much for it -- if I had to do it again I would have passed -- but at least it came back in the grade I was expecting.

I got Mazie 23 at the SDCC.  What a great deal for $50!  Kinda evens out the bad deal with Real Love 42.

I picked up Romantic Secrets 31 from eBay -- or maybe from a boardie here, I can't remember.  I have a thing now for photo covers, and this is one of my favorites.

By the way, I'm disappointed with the CGC slabs on this order.  It's like the plastic is pressing down on the comic, resulting in some distortion.  You can see this in the Real Love comic, with bubbles on the girl's nose and forehead.  You can see similar bubbles in the other 2 comics.  These defects are due to the slabs, not the comics inside.  I can only hope this resolves itself over time, or perhaps I'll take them in to CGC the next time I see them at a con.

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That Mazie is a new one to me. Cool!

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Love that Fawcett, always been a favorite of mine too.  Great hot pink background. :applause:

And those bubbles are what are referred to as Newton Rings.  I think we had kinda thought this particular problem, which began resurfacing around May, had run its course by around mid August/September, but apparently not completely fixed yet.  You can send them back for reholdering.

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10 hours ago, sagii said:

That Mazie is a new one to me. Cool!

I really love the Super Mystery in your sig line!

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7 hours ago, Dr. Love said:

Love that Fawcett, always been a favorite of mine too.  Great hot pink background. :applause:

And those bubbles are what are referred to as Newton Rings.  I think we had kinda thought this particular problem, which began resurfacing around May, had run its course by around mid August/September, but apparently not completely fixed yet.  You can send them back for reholdering.

Thanks.  @szavisca mentioned the same thing to me about the Newton Rings.  In the same box from CGC, I got these books that do not suffer from the same flaw.  They are lower grade and, unlike the others, do not have glossy covers.  So ironically, it seems this phenomenon impacts higher grade comics more than lower grade.  Which I guess makes sense.  The glossier covers reflect more light so they interact with the plastic of the slab.

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CGC's New Crossover Service

I haven't seen much on the boards about CGC's new crossover service (where you can send in another company's slab, and CGC will regrade and slab it; if the grade stays the same or goes up, the cost is 50% of CGC's regular price; if the grade goes down, the cost is only $10).

Part of me admires CGC for what can only be considered a cut throat move against CBCS.  I can only imagine the jaw grinding going on over there. 

So another part of me feels sorry for CBCS.  I don't want them to go out of business.  I think competition is good for everyone, even for CGC.  Also, CBCS offers one service that CGC doesn't -- verifying autographs.  Because of them, I have Cheval Noir 7 signed by Dave Stevens, which is one of my most cherished comics.  I wish CGC would team up with PSA or form their own group to verify autographs.

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But the biggest part of me is really excited about this service.  Over the years I've picked up a pile of CBCS and PGX comics at auctions and cons.  But CGC is the premier grading service and having comics in other company's slabs have always meant less to me.  CGC slabs also carry a premium when selling.  Okay, not for all comics, but in those cases where a slab will increase a comics value, CGC will provide more of a multiple than either CBCS or PGX.  I know some people will disagree with me (especially as to CBCS), but for me at least, I'll pay a premium for CGC books but not for CBCS.

So I'm collecting all of my CBCS and PGX comics to send into CGC.  I'm not concerned about the grades going down.  I'm expecting they will for the PGX books. 

The only book I'm hesitating on is this Spawn embossed German edition.  It was graded by EGS (apparently a grading company in Europe) and they gave it a 9.9 grade.  I hesitate because I don't want to lose the 9.9 grade, and it's kind of unique (it's the only EGS book I have in my collection; in fact I can't remember ever seeing another one on eBay).  But in the end I decided to send it in.  I figure it'll get at least 9.8, given the sturdiness of these embossed covers.  And if it does come back 9.9, then its re-sale value will have gone up by a pretty good amount.

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On another topic, if you collect CGC comics, then you eventually get some that you don't like as much anymore.  Maybe because your collecting interests change, or it was an impulse buy, there are a lot of reasons.  So what do you do with them?

I know some people try to sell them.  We see those kind of sale threads all the time.  But I don't like selling my comics, especially graded comics.  Because, while I might not love them as much anymore, I still like them enough that I don't want to part with them.

So what I do is put them on the floor in a stack.  You can store tons of CGC slabs this way, as you're making full use of the volume of your storage area.  Right now I have one stack, and it's about half the max height of the space (because there's a shelf above).  At this rate, in my lifetime, I'll probably only need 2 or, at most, 3 stacks to store my "I don't love them but I don't want to get rid of them" graded books.  Here's my stack, and in the next picture, it shows the stack after I've put other stuff around it.

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1 hour ago, n2wdw said:

CGC's New Crossover Service

I haven't seen much on the boards about CGC's new crossover service (where you can send in another company's slab, and CGC will regrade and slab it; if the grade stays the same or goes up, the cost is 50% of CGC's regular price; if the grade goes down, the cost is only $10).

Part of me admires CGC for what can only be considered a cut throat move against CBCS.  I can only imagine the jaw grinding going on over there. 

So another part of me feels sorry for CBCS.  I don't want them to go out of business.  I think competition is good for everyone, even for CGC.  Also, CBCS offers one service that CGC doesn't -- verifying autographs.  Because of them, I have Cheval Noir 7 signed by Dave Stevens, which is one of my most cherished comics.  I wish CGC would team up with PSA or form their own group to verify autographs.

1140310152_ChevalNoir7CBCS9.8signedbyDaveStevens.jpg.74c038c5cf61b20714e9fb36f3895fc1.jpg

 

But the biggest part of me is really excited about this service.  Over the years I've picked up a pile of CBCS and PGX comics at auctions and cons.  But CGC is the premier grading service and having comics in other company's slabs have always meant less to me.  CGC slabs also carry a premium when selling.  Okay, not for all comics, but in those cases where a slab will increase a comics value, CGC will provide more of a multiple than either CBCS or PGX.  I know some people will disagree with me (especially as to CBCS), but for me at least, I'll pay a premium for CGC books but not for CBCS.

So I'm collecting all of my CBCS and PGX comics to send into CGC.  I'm not concerned about the grades going down.  I'm expecting they will for the PGX books. 

The only book I'm hesitating on is this Spawn embossed German edition.  It was graded by EGS (apparently a grading company in Europe) and they gave it a 9.9 grade.  I hesitate because I don't want to lose the 9.9 grade, and it's kind of unique (it's the only EGS book I have in my collection; in fact I can't remember ever seeing another one on eBay).  But in the end I decided to send it in.  I figure it'll get at least 9.8, given the sturdiness of these embossed covers.  And if it does come back 9.9, then its re-sale value will have gone up by a pretty good amount.

1877955255_Spawn9GermanEGS9_999.jpg.977594511352656b3f212b80543b7704.jpg

 

On another topic, if you collect CGC comics, then you eventually get some that you don't like as much anymore.  Maybe because your collecting interests change, or it was an impulse buy, there are a lot of reasons.  So what do you do with them?

I know some people try to sell them.  We see those kind of sale threads all the time.  But I don't like selling my comics, especially graded comics.  Because, while I might not love them as much anymore, I still like them enough that I don't want to part with them.

So what I do is put them on the floor in a stack.  You can store tons of CGC slabs this way, as you're making full use of the volume of your storage area.  Right now I have one stack, and it's about half the max height of the space (because there's a shelf above).  At this rate, in my lifetime, I'll probably only need 2 or, at most, 3 stacks to store my "I don't love them but I don't want to get rid of them" graded books.  Here's my stack, and in the next picture, it shows the stack after I've put other stuff around it.

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Here you go, Mike..... I love Dave Stevens too. GOD BLESS....

-jimbo(a friend of jesus)(thumbsu

 

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5 hours ago, jimjum12 said:

Here you go, Mike..... I love Dave Stevens too. GOD BLESS....

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Thanks for posting Jim.  I love those Stevens autographed books.  I've never seen a Stevens SS book.  Dave died in 2008.  I think CGC's signature series started after that.  Does anyone know?

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I haven't posted food pics for a while so I'll show you Thursday night's dinner.  This was at Our Harvest in Fenwick Beach, MD.  During the off-season, the restaurants at the beach offer really good specials.  They call this their Bull and Oyster feast.  It starts with raw and baked oysters.

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Then cream of mushroom and oyster soup.

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And finally the entree, a half slab of slow cooked ribs and then a pot pie with wagyu brisket.  All for $45!  It was a ton of food.  We took the leftovers home and we're still eating it.

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2 hours ago, n2wdw said:

Thanks for posting Jim.  I love those Stevens autographed books.  I've never seen a Stevens SS book.  Dave died in 2008.  I think CGC's signature series started after that.  Does anyone know?

I'm under the impression that there are none. His sig is so distinctive and presumably difficult to fake that I feel confidant buying one raw. These two, along with several others I have, belonged to a friend who passed away a couple of years ago (...too young). He was a consummate autograph hound. He spent 30 years amassing 7 short boxes of autographed books. He had EC books that were signed on the splash of each story by each story's creator.... even Ray Bradbury. He had Gil Kane, who also passed away before the SS program began. GOD BLESS....

-jimbo(a friend of jesus)(thumbsu

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1 minute ago, jimjum12 said:

I'm under the impression that there are none. His sig is so distinctive and presumably difficult to fake that I feel confidant buying one raw. These two, along with several others I have, belonged to a friend who passed away a couple of years ago (...too young). He was a consummate autograph hound. He spent 30 years amassing 7 short boxes of autographed books. He had EC books that were signed on the splash of each story by each story's creator.... even Ray Bradbury. He had Gil Kane, who also passed away before the SS program began. GOD BLESS....

-jimbo(a friend of jesus)(thumbsu

Gil Kane is one of my all time favorite artist.  I'd love to have a comic with his autograph.

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3 minutes ago, n2wdw said:

Gil Kane is one of my all time favorite artist.  I'd love to have a comic with his autograph.

There may still be a few left, I'll check. They're definitely legit..... he stood in hundreds of lines to get them. GOD BLESS....

-jimbo(a friend of jesus)(thumbsu

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3 hours ago, n2wdw said:

I haven't posted food pics for a while so I'll show you Thursday night's dinner.  This was at Our Harvest in Fenwick Beach, MD.  During the off-season, the restaurants at the beach offer really good specials.  They call this their Bull and Oyster feast.  It starts with raw and baked oysters.

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Then cream of mushroom and oyster soup.

IMG_6977.thumb.jpg.7edd88250a80415a357c9d768712b77c.jpg

 

And finally the entree, a half slab of slow cooked ribs and then a pot pie with wagyu brisket.  All for $45!  It was a ton of food.  We took the leftovers home and we're still eating it.

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Is that Oysters Rockefeller ? :cloud9: GOD BLESS....

-jimbo(a friend of jesus)(thumbsu

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There are many of your comic books I would like to have myself. Your dinners are all yours though!

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