Fantastic Four Collecting Thread!
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4 minutes ago, KCOComics said:

You guys are nuts, the 9.8 is obviously .2 better. 

Just look at the label! 

The 9.8 has so many aspects to it that loose eye appeal.. it had to of softened the bidding.

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1 minute ago, Microchip said:

The 9.8 has so many aspects to it that loose eye appeal.. it had to of softened the bidding.

I was shooting for comedy.  I would take the 9.6 also.

 

It's a strange hobby we are in, when the numbers on a case dictate price over the physical comic book. 

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On 2/27/2021 at 9:59 AM, Sweet Lou 14 said:

I broke down and bought this 9.0 copy of FF #32 so that I can finally say the run is 100% complete.

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Now I just need to upgrade #11, 18, and 32 from 9.0 to 9.4 in order to complete #11-115 (last 15-cent issue) in 9.4.

(Also working on upgrading #116-#154 to 9.6, and have only 15 to go in that little quest.)

i like your strategy!   and i'll stay on the lookout...

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53 minutes ago, KCOComics said:

I was shooting for comedy.  I would take the 9.6 also.

 

It's a strange hobby we are in, when the numbers on a case dictate price over the physical comic book. 

My bad, but sadly I think your comedic point fell deafly on the bidders.   For $3k+ you'd want to be able to look at your book and not wince :shy:

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On 2/25/2021 at 11:34 PM, devilsrain said:

Got a few books back.  I dig the labels but no love for the THING

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Cool labels I think I’m going to pay the extra to get the fantastic four 72 one on my 49 even so the other label is better suited for it considering it is the cover 

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9 hours ago, Pantodude said:

Not surprising.  There are 25 of 9.6 vs only 10 of 9.8 on CGC census.  That explains it?  Especially since they are both nice enough such that their relative scarcity should, or at least could, be dispositive.  This is a 1968 book!  It's always a treat to find SA books in 9.8.  

you made me think, what's the cut-off number now for perceivably 'scarce' book on the census for a SA book.   10 or less does seem to fit the bill, whether that's in the 9.6 or 9.8 category.

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1 hour ago, Microchip said:

what's the cut-off number now for perceivably 'scarce' book on the census for a SA book.

If you are asking about scarcity among SA books enough to make someone feel all warm and fuzzy inside about owning something that only X others do, is X really as low as 10?   And should that be limited to 9.8s and 9.6s?   Take The Spectre #1 (DC, 1967).  That issue has no 9.8s and only one 9.6 on the census, but fourteen 9.4s.   With only one 9.6, realistically one can only pursue one of the fourteen 9.4s.  X = 14 as "scarce" for that SA book, even though it's in the 9.4 grade.  I expect other examples.      

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6 minutes ago, Pantodude said:

If you are asking about scarcity among SA books enough to make someone feel all warm and fuzzy inside about owning something that only X others do, is X really as low as 10?   And should that be limited to 9.8s and 9.6s?   Take The Spectre #1 (DC, 1967).  That issue has no 9.8s and only one 9.6 on the census, but fourteen 9.4s.   With only one 9.6, realistically one can only pursue one of the fourteen 9.4s.  X = 14 as "scarce" for that SA book, even though it's in the 9.4 grade.  I expect other examples.      

And if you have the lone 9.6, it's only a matter of time before one of the 9.4 gets cracked and CPRed six ways from Sunday, to temporarily become the lone 9.8. 

That's why I don't put a ton of stock in having the single highest graded SA comic.  There are enough out there, that there's a good chance you'll be sharing the title soon. 

 

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18 minutes ago, KCOComics said:

And if you have the lone 9.6, it's only a matter of time before one of the 9.4 gets cracked and CPRed six ways from Sunday, to temporarily become the lone 9.8. 

That's why I don't put a ton of stock in having the single highest graded SA comic.  There are enough out there, that there's a good chance you'll be sharing the title soon. 

 

I had that lesson in spades.  I bought the original Boston Silver Surfer #1 9.8 from a dealer, based on the census numbers at the time (single highest grade), and he was concurrently getting the other Boston copy resubbed...and it jumped from a 9.6 to a 9.8. :facepalm:

Now jump forward 13 years, and there's 9 9.8's on the census.   The single number one spot doesn't last forever, that's a slab collectors maxim for sure!

 

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4 minutes ago, Microchip said:

I had that lesson in spades.  I bought the original Boston Silver Surfer #1 9.8 from a dealer, based on the census numbers at the time (single highest grade), and he was concurrently getting the other Boston copy resubbed...and it jumped from a 9.6 to a 9.8. :facepalm:

Now jump forward 13 years, and there's 9 9.8's on the census.   The single number one spot doesn't last forever, that's a slab collectors maxim for sure!

 

At least with a 9.8 you'll share the spot (unless a 9.9 or 10 of a 1968 book gets found in an attic).  

Besides, the Boston pedigree of SS1 is a really cool book to own in it's own right.  

 

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1 minute ago, KCOComics said:

At least with a 9.8 you'll share the spot (unless a 9.9 or 10 of a 1968 book gets found in an attic).  

Besides, the Boston pedigree of SS1 is a really cool book to own in it's own right.  

 

Looking at the Group Collection thread, you get to see the books in the "never to buy" category.   As for attic finds these days, they have to be far and few between now.

Yup, it's up there with my biggest regrets, selling it.   Though looking back, in fairness, I bought big, and sold big, so I can't complain.

I was looking at Slobodian copies the other day, and found this old priceless.  Good books were never cheap! :tonofbricks:lol

   

On 5/3/2004 at 2:32 AM, namisgr said:

Below is a listing from Marnin Rosenberg of Slobodian Marvels, less the Daredevils that were sold directly as a set by the Slobodians. Of special note are the earliest FFs in ultra high grade, which were described already as being spectacular by the good Captain in the "would Captain Tripps" thread. Given the remarkable quality of many of the earliest and hardest-to-find Marvels, this collection would seem to be on par with many of the recognized pedigrees.

 

http://boards.collectors-society.com/attachments//469299-Slobodian.jpg

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18 minutes ago, JohnH19 said:

Here are my Galactus Trilogy issues plus the only double cover in my collection.

Full disclosure; my 48 is a deslabbed purple label 5.0.
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Nice set of the galactus trilogy and definitely a cool double cover always think it’s cool to have double covers definitely one’s from the silver age.

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16 minutes ago, Tghutcn said:

Nice set of the galactus trilogy and definitely a cool double cover always think it’s cool to have double covers definitely one’s from the silver age.

I was very lucky to get the trilogy issues just before the price explosion. I paid 150 each for them, all in the past few years. I also paid 150 for the double cover which may have been a bit of an overpayment.

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10 minutes ago, JohnH19 said:

I was very lucky to get the trilogy issues just before the price explosion. I paid 150 each for them, all in the past few years. I also paid 150 for the double cover which may have been a bit of an overpayment.

That was a steal on them all I was lucky enough to get my 49 for 50 and150 isn’t that bad on what I deem as a key with a double cover 

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4 hours ago, Straw-Man said:

rare misstep for jack to sully that great college-life cover with that shiny guy.  

Agreed. A life changing moment like that deserves top billing! That surfing dude should have been relegated to the little box.

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On 2/27/2021 at 11:31 PM, Math Teacher said:

9.6 all day long. My tired old eyes can rarely discriminate the difference between a 9.8 and a 9.6. Why pay an extra $1,000 if you can't tell the difference?

Strange question.  Why buy a house in a neighborhood with better schools if you don't have school-age kids?  Obviously, because the market will value that house higher regardless of whether you personally benefit from this particular reason for its increased value.

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