Fantastic Four Collecting Thread!
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in all my years of putting the s.a. ped type-set together, i've come across exactly ONE pre-1/70 don rosa book [the bronze beginning to me...], and it belongs in ff thread! 

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And we’ve reached the end. Kirby’s (109  technically) run on Fantastic Four was unprecedented in its length and quality. Bought this one at that price! It was a lot, but it’s a very nice copy.
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And finally, FF annual 6. My favorite comic book of all time. Thanks for indulging me.

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3 hours ago, Straw-Man said:

kj made me get a 108, and i was so obedient 

You did as your Don instructed. 

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1 hour ago, Sweet Lou 14 said:

Thanks!  Now I just need #32 (which seems to never come around) to finish the 9.4 run from #20-129.  If I can get my hands on a #18 and a #19 (both of which are also pretty scarce), I'll have completed the entire FF run, with #12-129 in 9.4.  It's been a really aggressive push, and I'm almost at the mountaintop ...

glorious accomplishment. 

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1 hour ago, KirbyJack said:

You’re doing the Lord’s work, SL14.

amen.

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If I could ask a question of the more knowledgable & experienced boardies here. Is it worthwhile buying, essentially coverless copies of early FF's (#2, 3, & 5) although they have nice repo covers attached correctly, are they are still only 0.5 or even a NG?

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I’m not sure how CGC will grade them (never higher than 0.5), but I say if you want them, go for it. Great stuff to have.
I’d have bet against single pages ever being an investment, and look at them! 

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3 hours ago, Harry Lime said:

If I could ask a question of the more knowledgable & experienced boardies here. Is it worthwhile buying, essentially coverless copies of early FF's (#2, 3, & 5) although they have nice repo covers attached correctly, are they are still only 0.5 or even a NG?

My honest feedback is that you can get a ton of enjoyment out of a book like that, but only if you treat it as a reader and a conversation piece, not slab it.  If you slab it, the only part you can see is the repo cover that isn't even a part of the "real" book you bought.  But that is just my 2c ...

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34 minutes ago, KirbyJack said:

I’m not sure how CGC will grade them (never higher than 0.5), but I say if you want them, go for it. Great stuff to have.
I’d have bet against single pages ever being an investment, and look at them! 

I am 99% certain they would grade out as a 0.5. Looking at the FMV for a 0.5 FF #5 it seems to be in the $500 region which I find staggering. So I either bite the bullet and go for it (with no guarantee of winning, lol) or just resign myself to the fact I'll never own a copy. 

On the upside I did win a FF#52 which I never thought I'd own, I'll post pics when it arrives.

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Well that was a bust. The FF 52 was incomplete and the FF12 (which I also won) had a completely split spine, nowhere near the 3.5 advertised (although I bid based on my 2.5 estimate). Back to ebay-Uk they go. :frustrated:

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I am dismayed to learn that eBay UK is as much a cesspool as it is here. 
 

ebaYUK!

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10 minutes ago, KirbyJack said:

I am dismayed to learn that eBay UK is as much a cesspool as it is here. 
 

ebaYUK!

It's normally not that bad and I don't think the seller deliberately set out to deceive, I just don't think he had a clue about grading. I'm currently educating him in that respect and also the difference in value between grades on such high value items. He also had a FF4 and FF48, 49 etc up for sale. The FF4 went for almost $1700! I hope that one was complete.

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Good!

 I still wade thru the mire here. Truth told, I’ve been treated very well by eBay, but I feel like I’m dancing between the raindrops.

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After a fairly torturous afternoon and many messaging and explaining the seller agreed to a hefty refund. Anyone who knows me on the boards will realise I don't mind low-grade books at all but if I'm going to bid on something I want to know, even roughly what the grade is going to be. The guy was a nice chap actually but his computer skills (he'd never had to process a return before) and especially his grading suck the big one. Strange for someone with such an impressive collection.

Here's the FF52. Weird thing about this is it's definitely missing a wrap but the story is unaffected and there's no obvious sign of what's gone. I'm thinking there must have been a double page advert at the centrefold? If there's anyone with a complete raw 52 could enlighten me? :foryou:

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   And the #12. The tape at both staples is the only thing keeping the cover together. Also it's signed by 'Stan Lee'. xD

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