Most valuable comic you HAD as a kid...then lost/traded.
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Was "high grade" a consideration in the 60's and 70's to those that collected?

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My mom gifted me a raw beater copy of ASM 300 for Christmas when I was in 3rd grade. Lost it in a house fire. 

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I sold AF 15 and Amazing Spider-Man 1 for peanuts in the early 1990's. I sold FF1, bought another one a few years ago, then needed money for school and sold it again. I think I might not get a third chance. As a kid I had GS X-Men 1 and X-Men 94 and Hulk 181, but I have no idea where they disappeared to. I'm sure they were coverless by the time I was done with them. 

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3 minutes ago, Blastaar said:

Was "high grade" a consideration in the 60's and 70's to those that collected?

not really.  hell I can remember buying super high grade lois lanes and jimmy olsens in the $2 box at cons in the 80s and early 90s that I sold years later on ebay for around $70 each when the high grade thing kicked in.

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1 minute ago, PowderedH2O said:

I sold AF 15 and Amazing Spider-Man 1 for peanuts in the early 1990's. I sold FF1, bought another one a few years ago, then needed money for school and sold it again. I think I might not get a third chance. As a kid I had GS X-Men 1 and X-Men 94 and Hulk 181, but I have no idea where they disappeared to. I'm sure they were coverless by the time I was done with them. 

What is peanuts back then? Going rate for a mid around that time was what....5-10k?

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If it's only as a kid it would probably be GS X-Men 1.  If you include young adult probably FF 1.  The only two things I collected in the 70's when I was a kid was X-Men and Daredevil (Claremont and Miller).  I have no idea what happened to those comics.  The FF 1 I got when I had my store in the 80's and gave it as a gift to an employee.

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6 minutes ago, Blastaar said:

Was "high grade" a consideration in the 60's and 70's to those that collected?

I was always picky about the condition of everything. Albums, comics, paperbacks, etc. I used to keep all my comics in a large wooden storage drawer. This would have been the late 60's and early 70's. I didn't have bags for any of them, but I was very careful to store them in neat stacks. I figured that would at least keep them from getting used as coasters...  lol 

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I bought Hulk #181, probably a 9.2 or better for $1 in the late 70's. It was well read when it left my hands.

Also had Tales of Suspense #39 I paid $8 for.

Bought 2 copies of ASM #129 for 25 cents each at a flea market.  One of the copies had this pesky inset ( mark Jewlers).  I removed the insert. I hated those things.

All of these were part of my childhood collection I sold many yrears ago.

Used the money to buy a slightly used station wagon in order to launch a failed Taxi business

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I also had GSX 1 and all the X men bronze keys which I sold with a huge stack of other books like Ms Marvels and Novas etc to a co worker for $25.

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1 minute ago, kav said:

I also had GSX 1 and all the X men bronze keys which I sold with a huge stack of other books like Ms Marvels and Novas etc to a co worker for $25.

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Just now, The Lions Den said:

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yep

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Co worker was a good guy with some medical issues so I dont feel too bad about it.

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When I was in grade 1, I traded ASM #121 straight across for Capt America #111, my fave Steranko cover as a kid. In grade 9, I sold a Hulk #181 nm for overguide at $25 and the high-schooler said I was 'ripping him off' but he still paid. He still has it today and I don't have any #181 in stock anymore. :shy:

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Sold my complete run of DDs when I went off to college. Before that I sold plenty of early Spideys (issues 10-20) and early FFs (issues 8-up) , not to mention other Marvels, for cars, drugs, and girls.  This was back in the 70s.

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Threads like this should be banned. Too much. PTSD and all. It's like when you were a little kid and someone said to you, "When you were born the doctor slapped your mother" and it forces you to go to a quiet place and contemplate. 

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I bought Spider-Man #3 off the stands. My first Marvel. 

I traded 2 SA Superman’s for an AF#15 with a neighborhood kid. My whole collection of about 250 comics were pitched by my mom when I moved out at 17. To make matters worse, a few of the kids in the neighborhood whose parents didn’t like them kept their collections at my house. Probably several copies of all the big Marvel & DC keys were in that stash...:sorry:

I’d like to think the trashman is sitting on a beach some where sipping a cool one, but I doubt it...

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Not quite the nightmare scenarios posted above, but my biggest regrets/near misses: I stopped buying ASM at issue #299; sold ASM 252 and Secret Wars 8 for about $5 apiece; bought TMNT #1 (3rd print) for cover price at a local shop and then stupidly stored it in a regular long box for 30+ years so now it's creased and faded and chipped to CGC 2.5 hell; bought a copy of Iron Fist 14 for a quarter at a used book store and then flipped it for a life-changing $10.

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