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  1. a whole lot of nothing ;)

    Just purchased another lot of 18 long boxes of copper/modern comics.

    While I could post pics of your regular DC/Marvel keys from this time period like everyone else, I thought it would be interesting to see some of the more eclectic stuff from this era.

    This collection had a lot of independent books which I had never seen.

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  2. Quest Over...Welcome Home Frank!!

    Quest Over Welcome Home Frank!!

    Well I finally did it!! I have my NM copy of Amazing Spider-Man #129 1st appearance of The Punisher..

    The Punisher is one of if not my favorite comic book of all time. So after 20+ years of collecting comics 6 mid to low grade copies 4 reprints. I have the copy I'm happy with so happy I look at it everyday now and can say " Yep you did it!! Now on to the next book" lol!! Thanks for reading guys..

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    on my way................

    Hi I am heading to the MotorCityComicCon in Novi Michigan, near Detroit this morning, if I get there an hour before the 12:30 opening time I should be only 200 people back in the line.

    There are quite a few dealers with the golden age comics I look for and many big time dealers with all eras for sale, my want list is considerably smaller than a few years ago because of eBay.

    One of the headline guests is Jimmy JJ Walker and as I watched "Good Times" as a teenager I decide to look him up and read about the show on Wikipedia and was amazed to learn about the behind the scenes drama that went on during the shows run

    it is a very interesting read for anyone interested.

    I recently acquired my "HOLY GRAIL" pictured!!!

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    konighaus
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    Just joined and not sure if I can pay the fees at this time to start the full blown options this site has to offer. I only own 3 CGC comics at this point and want to add them somehow to a database on this site. Is that possible? Thanks John

    Amazing Spider-Man #113 CGC # 0970245011

    The Joker #1 CGC # 0201878016

    Harley Quinn #1 CGC # 0250697021

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  3. Every Day A Story
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    ...or Captain Britain salutes you!

    Like many of us here, I was very sad to hear about Herb Trimpe's recent passing.

    Whilst most people will remember Herb for his illustrious run on the Hulk (of which I'm also fan), I'll always be grateful for his work on Captain Britain - the character he co-created with Chris Claremont specially made for the Marvel UK.

    Whilst I never got the chance to meet him, I was recently lucky enough to pick up a piece of his original art from his Captain Britain run (below - Captain Britain Page 3 Issue 16 Vol. 1 from 1976 by Herb Trimpe featuring the first meeting of Captain Britain and Captain America; billed as the "Battle of the Century").

    Farewell Herb, thank you for all those amazing memories.

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  4. It seems everyone else has one so I guess I should too!

    I started this for fun, but will try to post interesting things, but will also include recent buys, along with gifs, and memes for my amusement. People are welcome to post, and discuss different things they don't all need to be comic related.

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    CGC Exclusive

    Created by my team to inspire and entertain. Cover only* Leave feedback if you like :D

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  5. lovelr
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    Would being on Facebook benefit CGC?

    One question for all. Do you think CGC should have a Facebook page? Thanks,

     

    Lovell.

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    A short bio about my history collecting comics and the books I love most.

    As a man 30 years in age I started collecting comics when I was about 7 years old. My mother bought me my first books to encourage me to engage in reading more often. The first book I received was the 1990 X-Men series with the cover art by Jim Lee, and the basis of the designs and stories of the wildly popular X-Men animated series. My mother and I spent a lot of time reading X-Men. I ventured next into Spider-Man and he instantly became on of my favorite characters being a socially awkward kinda geeky kid myself I related to him more than any of the X-Men (although I always thought I had a lot in common with Forge). Not long after that my cousins got me into Batman right around the time Knightfall began, and that story launched me into my now avid love affair for all things Bat. The darkness of the story, and the triumph of Bruce Wayne over coming such a serious injury was not only inspiring, but badass as well. After years obsessing in Batman and reading any Bat book I could get my hands on I turned to other DC titles and went even deeper into the rabbit hole. I mostly collect vintage books, but I do love modern comics as well. Currently I am rebuilding my collection after losing most of it to a house fire. Nearly 30 long boxes completely destroyed, and a few just badly damaged. I was able to salvage a small bit of my former collection, but most were lost to the flames. I joined here because I have never graded my books, and I decided that if I'm going to rebuild my collection I would do it the right way.

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    Joseph W. May Jr
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    Got my first 4 book graded

    It was kind of a disappointment since I got only 1 9.8 Saga #12. My #2 came back as a 9.2 #7 Ghost Variant made a 9.4 and my #18 was a 9.6 It seemed like they just gave me one of each grade. Not sure what is wrong with them...though I imagine there is a nick in the lower left corner...The #2 I read so I can see that not being perfect but the others went right from the shelf to a bag and board and I saw nothing. I guess I must get a lope and start scrutinizing the books harder or send in 50 and only get the 9.8 cased.

    Edited as I am not sure how to reply yet...First off I'd love to have any Walking Dead #1 but I do feel your pain. As for my experience so far, it is still positive even though I didn't get all 10's or 9.8s. The books still display nice and that was want I wanted to do anyway. Me and the wife love this comic (and the New 52 Aquaman) and getting them graded is cheaper then framing to hang on the wall. I will try and upgrade them as suggested. As of the last Saga release I have 50 ungraded books that all look great to me. I might just send them all in and ask for only the 9.8's or better to be cased. I understand from reading the submissions that is acceptable...I also read in the FAQ that if I send in 50 and only 6 grade that I will be charged a review fee (I totally understand it) just wondering what the review fee might be. Since I am only batting .250 at the moment, I'd think I'd be lucky to get 10 9.8's out of that 50 so I might be stuck paying it....Does anyone know? Thanks for all the feedback!

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  6. The TICK,1ST+2ND appearances anywhere!!

    In 1986,a young up+coming company called NEW ENGLAND COMICS sent out a newsletter to all on their mailing list,+issue 14 had the very 1st appearance of the TICK by BEN EDLUND.These newsletters were usually destroyed,or discarded.These first TICK appearances are now very RARE+HARD TO FIND IN ANY GRADE!I currently have NEW ENGLAND COMICS NEWSLETTER#14+15 up for auction on E-BAY until Monday morning,MARCH 02/2015, 2:30EST.I thought about sending in these two newsletters to be graded,but was informed by 1 collector that newsletters were not currently being graded(or possibly ever will be)If you have any questions I can be reached at desjarlais.randy8@gmail.com

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  7. A few goodies (Marvel Premiere 47) first Scott Lang in the Ant-man

    CostumeFirst Scott Lang in the Ant-man Costume. I got these back about a month agoand was very pleased with the grades they received. Also just got back 3 copies of issue 48 with decent grades.Enjoy!16400.thumb.jpg.176452448e2035f2bf4273f0d5e7aaf9.jpgTo see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

  8. What I've been collecting the last year.

    About this time last year I caught the sketch cover bug. I have to assign most of the blame to Kaholo1256. I'd never really been exposed to sketch covers until he posted a journal sharing some of his recent acquisitions, specifically a piece by Whilce Portacio. That moment got me curious and I decided to ask him what all I had to do to get in.

    I decided to venture into the signature room and looked through the Edgar Tadeo thread. All of his work is amazing, but a Wolverine vs Sabretooth cover just jumped out at me and I knew I needed something from him. If you haven't seen that cover, do yourself a favor and go check it out. If it ever goes for sale I will definitely bid on it.

    So after talking to Kaholo, he was able to put me in touch with Force Majeure, who was facilitating the Tadeo opp. I was able to go all out and requested a wraparound cover of Apocalypse vs Archangel in color. I am extremely happy with the final result and glad this was my first sketch. It definitely wasn't the last. While I waited for it I went and purchased an already completed sketch by Freddie Williams.

    After I signed up for Tadeo I just kept going. I signed up for numerous others as well as getting a couple done at some local cons. Those unfortunately weren't graded as there was no cgc rep. Its been a lot of fun and a lot of money. So I'll be taking a bit of a break with getting so many done but I don't think I will ever get rid of the itch for comic art.

    But many thanks go out to all the facilitators and boardies that helped me acquire all this. And thanks to Kaholo for starting it all.

    Below are some scans and pictures of what I've received so far.

    Edgar Tadeo

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    Uncanny X-Men cover recreation by Chris Mangold

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    Jamie Jones

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    Freddie Williams

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    Adelso Corona

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    Darryl Banks

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    Kokkinakis Achileas

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    Hugh Rookwood

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    Jeff Edwards

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    Pop Mhan (one of my ungraded ones)

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    Jim O'Riley (ungraded)

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    Matt Slay (ungraded)

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  9. Stan Lee's signature is not worth nearly as much as speculators think.

    I do not understand the point of collectors and speculators clamouring over Stan Lee's signature. Yes, he is getting older, yes he is super important to the history of superhero comics, but the frequency one can find a signed Stan lee CGC SS comic deflates any value his signature may have. For example, I saw a CGC SS 8.0 Amazing spider-man 239 for sale on eBay for $250. I have seen his signature on other nearly worthless comics with outrageous asking prices. I hate to break it to speculators out there but the signature in and of itself does not increase the value of a book that dramatically. While a signature on a high grade book may be worthy of note, Stan Lee signs his name way too frequently to actually warrant the amount of money folks are asking for his signature. For example, on eBay right now when I search Stan Lee CGC SS "in comics" I get back over 2,300 results. Perhaps 30-40 years from now that signature might be worth something but I will never pay a premium for that signature. Perhaps CGC could add a census for signatures from certain individuals. What are your thoughts?

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    The King Of Fighters Comic

    Hi guys

    Someone could tell me more less how much is the value of this comic of "The King Of Fighters" ?

    Is a number "0". I have this comic from 1997

    Regards

    Rodolfo Calvillo

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  10. Bird's Journal

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    I am going to have to live with that thread title, but whatever!

    I have decided the correct term for me, besides original comic art collector, is comic reader. I don't collect comics so much as store the ones I read. I bought some Moebius comics the other day off ebay and when I opened the package I realized these were now the nicest comics in my collection, almost without a doubt. So collecting high grade comics was never my thing. Yes, I grabbed some comics second hand along the way, including a Strange Tales 169 and Daredevil 9 and 10 but not much else unless I bought it to read off the rack. But along the way about 25 years ago I started collecting original art due to a chance encounter with Paul Ryan or Sam de la Rosa at a convention. [i recall thinking "artists draw at cons?" with Paul Ryan and "they sell the art used to make comic pages?" with Samuel de la Rosa (who was one of a few Latino inkers credited as "Manuel Labor" on the issue and who told me that he did not like that one bit) but am not sure which happened first.]

    Comic art led me to these boards a few years ago. I had resisted the siren call until recently. But Doc McCoy (I think it was) came over to the OA parts of the boards advertising (his?) free David Petersen art in some thread called Pay it Forward. As I was in the process of trading art regularly with a local dealer, I promptly went and claimed said art. Sadly I traded it away almost immediately to the dealer. I apologize; I was single-minded and unthinking at the time but understand my mistake now. So please forgive me.

    But PIF sucked me in right from the start. Especially when I jumped on another piece of OA quickly (still have that one, don't worry). Then a strange thing occurred. I watched as some really cool slabs were given away to fellow boardies. When a nice X-Men slab came up I decided to take the plunge and claim it. (Thanks Griff!) I was quickly offered another slab gratis from a boardie (looking forward to getting that one! :applause:). Now this weekend I took the plunge and decided to have some fun and get a few for myself. I figured it really doesn't matter so much if they are comics I have read and admired so much as fun things to look at on the shelf. So I put out the call for cheap slabs and that thread inspired me to start this one and chronicle the rise through the ranks of my first rate collection. NOT! I am not trying to start a new collection, but have some cool comics displayed that will make me smile.

    So without further eloquence...

    Bird's Top Shelf Slabs!

    #1 in the closet and in your hearts, courtesy of Griff...not the crime dog just a slab hound...she a beauty with white pages...it's X-Men 248 9.4

     

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    Done worry folks, she won't be lonely for long. Join us later this week, same slab time,same slab channel...it's a race against time between Amazing Spider-Man and The Defenders! See you here!

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  11. showing some goodies , i purchased these and they used to belong to a man named Stu ,and had an extensive collection..

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    Entering Step Two of my CGC Addiction.

    Well, I have decided to begin cleaning up my entire CGC Registry.

    This is eventually going to lead to notes, scans, re-namings, etc.

    Just anything that sheds a brighter light on my CGC Registry Collection.

    I also believe this day will mark a slight transition from Modern/Copper to a more Modern/Copper/Bronze Slabbed Collection.

    There are just way too many Bronze Batman, Spidey, and X-Men to 'ignore' much longer.

    Also helping my cause is that my Modern and Copper slabs run like a well oiled machine nowadays with my familiar auctions and dealers helping me out every step of the way.

    Next stop? A nice scanner! And away we gooooooooooo!!!

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  12. So this year....

    This year I want to concentrate on completing my Iron Fist set, the originals from the 70s, and my X-Men 144-300 set. The X-Men set is a lot of books, but the Iron Fist is only missing 9 books and I have two "scheduled for grading." So, I think these are attainable goals for the year. Wish me luck.... Happy collecting to all in 2015!

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  13. Darn you Bagofleas, now I feel compelled to write one.

    This is a difficult list as the last two years seem to blur together. In January of 2013 I got back into comics after a 10 year hiatus. I have never felt as youthful.

    I've made some great friends at the cons along the way and that would have been my #1 item of a 2013 list.

    10 - Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 CGC SS 9.8 (George Perez). The death of Supergirl cover is a classic. Honorable mention to CGC SS #8 which saw the heroic death of Barry Allen.

    9 - Fifteen different Superman and Man of Steel issues in CGC SS 9.8 signed by Dan Jurgens and Louise Simonson respectively. Others broke the rules with multiples in a single listing so I will continue with the anarchy :) I also have a number of Jerry Ordway signed issues at CGC now.

    8 - Fifteen different X-Factors issues from #1-39 in CGC SS 9.8 signed by Walt and Louise Simonson.

    7 - Sandman Overture #1 blank cover with interconnected Sandman and Death sketches by Serena Guerra (Mouse Guard colorist) at NYCC 2014.

    6 - Batman: Dark Knight of the Round Table #1 and 2 CGC SS 9.8 (Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez). I own an original art page from #2 where Bruce in armor lays the sword Excalibur on Arthur's chest at his funeral.

    5 - Dreamwalker #0 CGC SS 9.8 (Eric Powell - 1st Goon appearance). I submitted this at Baltimore Comic Con 2014. I originally purchase this directly from the Dreamwalker creator, Jenni Gregory, when she had a table next to mine at a con back in 1999.

    4 - Justice League of America #11 blank cover CGC SS 9.8 with a Black Canary pouting sketch by Kevin Maguire. I've been a big fan of his since his work on Justice League in 1987. The JL #1 from 1987 CGC SS 9.8 (Maguire, Giffen, DeMatteis) would have been my #2 in 2013 (see opening paragraph for #1).

    3 - Invaders #1 blank covers CGC SS 9.8 (x3) with interconnected sketches of Human Torch, Captain America and Submariner by George Perez. Poor George... He doesn't know what I have planned for him in 2015.

    2 - An original comic art watercolor by David Wenzel from the Hobbit #1 published by Eclipse in 1989. I purchased this directly from David at NYCC 2014. I was shocked that there was still a page available.

     

    1.5 - Strangers in Paradise v2 #1 variant cover - Terry Moore was at NYCC 2014 this year so I got his signature on this cover. I had not anticipated that Jim Lee would be at the show and that Mike J, a CGC witness, would be facilitating his signature. What makes this double signature so significant is that I own the original cover art to this issue. What makes it a half grade is that the comic is at CGC going through the grading process so... BONUS... I get to list it next year too when I actually get it back.

    1 - An original Joe Giella Batman and Riddler painting. Joe generously donated this made for charity piece to support a Long Island, NY children's charity for Grasshopper's Comics annual charity raffle (www.JTCF.org). It is like Make-a-Wish for Long Island kids. I was absolutely stunned when my name was called for the first pick. Next year I pledge to pay it forward with a larger donation and to contribute some CGC books to the raffle to support this worthy cause.

    All artwork and sketch covers mentioned above are featured in my Comic Art Fan gallery (linked below). Stop by and leave a comment if you wish.

    Have a Happy New Year!

    James

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  14. ft88's Journal

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    You too can start a comic business!

    Basic Journal to note my experiences buying and selling comics. Your mileage may vary if you replicate or emulate any of my experiences. But the enjoyment I've gotten out of this hobby and how I've approached it is something I thought I'd share.

    First, a little background. I collected back issues in the mid 1980s mostly in the Boston area spending my paper route money on 1960s Spidermans and 1970s Xmen. I won't bore you with those details but formative years are formative years. Kept my books through college and an 8 year stint in the Army and then went to grad school. I now work in finance making a comfortable living supporting a wife and 4 young girls.

    While in business school I wanted to apply what I was learning to buying and selling comics. I did do this with comics and baseball cards in the 1980s by renting a flea market table and setting up my wares. Fun stuff but I remember it being more work than profit. So basically I put the word out that I was buying collections and received a couple of calls. Indeed, bought a couple of nice collections - mostly 1970s. Date was around 2001 to give you an idea of where the market was. CGC was still new but basically established. Ebay was all guns blazing and I had a year or two of ebay experience buying and selling.

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    Alpha238
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    Started collecting as a kid mostly Savage Sword Of Conan friend got me into the X-Men and I have Been a fan ever since.......

    My Collection is in full swing now hard to decide which comics I send in first have over 30,000 and still growing. Comics go all the way back to the 1940's to modern. Had to get a house to put it all in. Also collect a lot of marvel toys mostly Wolverine and Spider-man. And anything else that catches my eye. Also have a big collection of video games from Nintendo to PS4 no hand held games. Completely done with the X-Men and only 6 to go for the Avengers.

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    This thread will be about my journey to the million dollar comic and the struggles, failures and successes that come with it since many boardies requested it I will not longer post my transactions but try what revat said :). I also have a bunch of inspirational people two of them being Walt Disney and Steve Jobs because I want to be the next rags to riches story not to the degree of Steve Jobs or Walt Disney but I want to make a million dollars buying and selling a comic and making enough money with this venture to never again say I can't afford something :)

     

    Thoughts and plans

    Sell my comics

    Sell IH 180 CGC 5.0

     

    Milestones I want to reach

    Get my first four figure sale

     

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  15. The death of Destiny and the birth of my collection.

    Salutations to everyone,

    For your viewing pleasure, pictured below is Uncanny X-Men # 255 graded at 9.8. In this issue, Destiny dies at the hands of the Reavers. This is the comic book that started my addiction.

    My mother had taken my brother and I to Walgreens to fill a prescription. As we waited for the pharmacist, our mother indulged us each with a comic book from a spinner rack. I had picked out X-Factor 48 with the Jean Grey cover and my brother picked this Uncanny X-Men. I thought the covers were amazing and compelling. As soon as my brother put down his comic, I picked it up and read it, read it again, and then read it some more. The spark hit me. I was hooked.

    The story was amazing. There were so many X-Men that I did not recognize and all with different powers, most wearing the iconic X-Men colors. The X-Men in this comic book were on Muir Island. It seemed exotic to have the X-Men in Europe and under siege. Chris Claremont's writing was fantastic and the story was so rich with various threads. My only previous exposure to the X-Men was with the Saturday morning cartoon, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, in the mid 80's. So we had picked up this comic book probably 5 years later and it proved to be more than what I had dreamt.

    This is one of my all-time favorite comic books. It does not hold much value but to me it's priceless with all the wonder and magic that it gave me and the memory it has given me of my mother. She is alive but it is nice to appreciate our loved ones today.

    It has been about a year since I last posted. I am glad to be posting again on these chat boards.

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    G. I. Joe #21 Foil Renegar Edition

    This is actually one of my favorite books. I picked up 2 copies of this book back in 03 while I was on a temporary assignment to Biloxi, Mississippi. Shortly after I took a long break from collecting.

    Around 2013 I got back into the hobby and decided to send one of my raws in to get slabbed. Now this was before I had heard of pressing so I was happy enough when it came back 9.6. After stumbling onto a couple threads about how much a press can do for a book I dug this back out and decided it was worth giving it a shot and sent it in to CCS all by its lonesome for a squish and slab. To my amazement the presswork got a grade bump to 9.8!!!

    This is probably THE book that changed the way I look at raws when I pick them up. Before G.I. Joe #21 I looked at what condition a raw book was in before I bought it. Now I look at what a raw book CAN be.

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