PGM Amazing Fantasy 15
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When I was 14 (1984) I went into my local comic shop and told the owner I was collecting Amazing Spiderman, and wanted the worst copy of AF15 possible (it was all a 14 year old could afford, even then!). He told me he had a copy and we agreed I would work in the comic shop to pay the $75 it cost!! Imagine a 14 year old these days getting an AF15! Total garbage ... still my prized comic!IMG_5748.thumb.JPG.28458cf611c7ceb8ca6c6584aba4b65a.JPG

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Thanks FroggyNelson! In the UK, getting this book CGC graded and slabbed would cost me a small fortune.  If the book turns out to be a 1.5, at current market value, that puts it at $12,500 or GBP £9,425. CGC would charge 3.5% of market value to grade and slab it: $437 or GBP £330. I personally would rather buy another great book than spend $437 slabbing this. Batman 7 just sold on ha.com for this amount (as a 1.0). I know which I'd prefer!

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Is it completely loose? Seems cover's detached and CF is popped.

If completely detached 1.0. If at least some of the wraps are attached, I can see a 1.5 on a good day.

IMO - as well worn as it is, without any major pieces missing, it's hard to see that getting a .5. Colors are still pretty good and pages look well preserved.

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40 minutes ago, Not A Clone said:

1.0. Have you finished working it off yet? 

Haha! Well, it was only $75 back in 1984. Even then, it wouldn't have taken long to work off. But I'm not sure these days 14 year olds would be allowed to work in comic shops being paid in comics!

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10 hours ago, Chief1332 said:

Whatever the grade, this is a great story.  Wondering how many other copies of AF15 he had available? lol.  Maybe if you could have worked for an extra month... a 3.0 or better would be the subject of this post?

It was only a tiny little comic shop - I really doubt he had other copies of AF15. If only he did have a 3.0!!

I suspect this copy was considered too poor to try to sell at the time ... it was already an important book, but no idea it would become so big.

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5 minutes ago, SuperApe said:

Haha! Well, it was only $75 back in 1984. Even then, it wouldn't have taken long to work off. But I'm not sure these days 14 year olds would be allowed to work in comic shops being paid in comics!

Pretty sure you earned more than the rest of your classmates combined that summer. Now if you had only asked him for that $100 copy :baiting: 

This is the kind of deal I still dream about lol. I remember walking through my mall one Saturday back when they had comic conventions in the mall for a whole weekend. Probably 75 dealers in the main walkway areas. One dealer let me look at his AF #15. I was only like 6 or 7. It was $135 so I knew there was no way I could ever afford it on what was probably a .25 allowance lol. Whoever that was, thanks for letting me look at it. 

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