Wanted to kick this off by including the current discription of this book in my set. This pretty much details my search so far:
"com·ple·tist - noun - an obsessive, typically indiscriminate, collector or fan of something." Dictionary
This is the last book in this set that is not 9.8 or above. I believe the 9.6 you see here could have just as easily came back 9.8. If I get my hands on a second 9.6 before I find a 9.8, I will submit this copy for CPR... as much as I think this book could go either way, I'm not willing to have it cracked without a backup. I don't want to jeopardize this 9.6 if the worst were to happen!
I bought this book off of eBay when I already had a 9.4. It had been listed for a couple months, the price dropped, but it did not have a make an offer option. Over the course of the listing I sent the seller a couple messages asking if they would accept a lower price. I also asked if it had been pressed and the response was that it had not. To me, this left open the option of attempting CPR on the book later. The price never did come down to where I really wanted it to be but they did end up meeting me half way at $225.00. At the time there were three of these in the census, one each 9.8, 9.6, and 9.4. I now have the 9.6 and 9.4. The 9.8 was listed on eBay in mid-2019 originally for $1500.00 and ended up selling for $800.00. I could have bought it then but at the time I still needed over 30 books to be at 100 percent completion... with that far to go I wasn't yet at the point where I could justify paying that much for a single book. Solid raw copies are just too hard to come by so I will wait for another 9.8 to come up for sale and then make the decision whether I want it bad enough to pay what they are asking.
The 9.4 that I originally had in this slot was the first book that I purchased for this set that was already graded and not a 9.8. I had decided that if I submitted a book and it came back less than 9.8 I could put it in the set while looking for a better copy, but that I wouldn’t buy a graded book that wasn't a 9.8. I ended up abandoning that idea in order to have some of the harder to find books like this one in the set until I got a 9.8 copy.
I had gotten the 9.4 from a fellow board member, and probably the most knowledgeable person I have met regarding many of these books, @onlyweaknesskryptonite. I bought the book knowing that there was a hair in the slab, up against the book. In fact, he had even previously created a CGC forum post about this hair.
When I received the 9.4 I prepared to get it reholdered. I had already created an order and mailed the book before I was advised by another board member to contact Brittany at CGC. Once I contacted Brittany everything was taken care of. The book was reholdered and back on it's way to me within a week. The order was changed from a reholder to MECHANICAL ERROR and I did not pay anything for the service, not even return shipping. I did pay to ship the book to CGC but that's okay because I sent it in with another order. Great customer service from CGC and I appreciate fellow board member's pointing me in the right direction!
Now that I have a 9.4 and 9.6, hopefully I’ll be able to add to this description how I came upon a 9.8 at some point. Either way, I am pleased with this copy and could technically be done with this set right now... but the completist in me really wants to finish it in all 9.8 or above!
Speaking of completist; I am constantly on the lookout for ways to improve this set, even if it doesn’t always mean upgrading a book that is an official member of it. I want to make this set as fun as possible, and as I need fewer and fewer 9.8’s, I continue working on the gallery to do that. When I came across the book in the second image slot, which is the only graded copy of Action Comics 727, I felt like it was meant to be here. I added it to the gallery in May 2021, when Adventures of Superman 499 third printing was the final 9.8 I needed. It made sense to include it here because; 1) it also has the Centennial Park Superman statue on the cover (this time at night and covered in snow!), and 2) it takes place during the Final Night storyline and this is the Final Slot where I need a 9.8! I think these parallels are interesting and cool... I just hope that; 3) the World isn’t also dark and frozen over by the time I finish this set in 9.8... yikes!