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Big Barda

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  1. On 7/25/2022 at 6:54 PM, AndyFish said:

    If back issues are your thing, especially Gold and Silver-- you can't beat Heroes, Emerald City or Baltimore Comic Con-- those are the only "true" comic cons out there for the most part.  I've done every big show and a lot of the smaller ones and there really is no comparison.  SDCC and NYCC are great if you want the spectacle of pop culture, are into new toys and statues, or want to meet a celebrity, but for comics go with one of the ones listed above.  The Little Giant Show in New Hampshire is a very small show devoted only to old comics-- it was a nice small show but the venue is lousy and the air conditioning was non-existent so they need to find a new spot for it.

    If you do a little local show you can get a flavor for cons, but they'll have a lot of modern and copper stuff.

    I appreciate your insight!  Thank you.

  2. On 7/12/2022 at 11:58 AM, MattTheDuck said:

    I posted about this in the thread, but I attended the "Collectors Summit" in Bellevue, WA at the end of May.  This was intended as a Con focused on comics - not cosplay, not movies, not toys, etc.  It had been about 4 decades since I had attended a Con, and this was a lot like that only nicer.  It was also relatively small which meant it couldn't be too overwhelmingly.  I found it a great experience, picked up a few books, met a few Boardies.  Fun.

    Sounds like a great time and to meet some Boardies!

  3. On 7/12/2022 at 11:41 AM, Galen130 said:

    I've only attended one Comic Con.  It was the San Diego CC in 2000.  I still have the program for it somewhere.  I didn't buy anything, or attend any events.  It was too crowded.  Now, 20 plus years later, my PTSD includes panic attacks if I'm in large crowds and people are too close to me.  I don't do Cons because of that, nor would I pay the money nowadays.  I'm a low-profile type of collector. lol

    Oh I can definitely see it could be overwhelming with all the people.  The dressing up could be fun.  Perhaps a ZOOM ComicCon?? :)  


  4. On 6/15/2022 at 9:11 AM, comicginger1789 said:

    I'm sorry but if you have a book saying "hey this comic in this book is worth $20" but I can pull up 20 sales in the past month, all for $5, I am going to offer you $5-10 for the book. I prefer real time data and there are enough apps, websites and ways to find this as quickly as flipping through a 5lb book.

    I see your point.  Thank you for sharing.

  5. On 6/9/2022 at 7:50 PM, COI said:

    Go after the most expensive and/or hardest to get books on my want-list first. 


    On 6/10/2022 at 8:50 AM, mytastebud said:

    For me and I know I am different. :shiftyeyes: Once and a while you will come to find someone selling at a bargain price (private party). BUY everything he/she has and ask if he has more. Most of the time I would cap my spending at @$400. I can think of at least a dozen times where that was a huge mistake. I purchase through auctions. I never buy it now. I set a price for myself below market value. I try to have restraint enough to never pay top dollar. Most of the time I will not buy unless I can immediately sell the book for more than what I paid including shipping and tax. I don't like losing money and over the years (37 years of collecting) I did find it necessary to occasionally sell a book or two to pay the bills. I collect Batman and Spider-man so one would think my methods would be terrible to grow my collection. Here's a few recent books I have added to my collection at bargain prices.

    For example: Amazing Spider-man 30 (1965 VF) $20, 92(VFNM) and 93(F+) $67 shipped total for both

    Batman 49 (1949 Poor) $36, 80 (VG) $22.27, 312 CGC 9.4 $22

    Detective Comics 157(fine) $155, 214(G) $48 395(VG) $15 and (Fine+) $55


    How to you find the "new and upcoming" HOT ticket comic?  Is it age?  Condition?  Culture?

  6. On 6/9/2022 at 8:19 PM, Axe Elf said:

    I'm not an "experienced collector" or anything, but there is wisdom in this--as exemplified by Steven Covey's principle of "Big Rocks"...

    And to the extent that I AM a collector--of Warren mags--I did get the 3 "big rocks" first (EERIE, CREEPY, VAMPIRELLA), and now I've gotten most of the pebbles (1984/1994, The ROOK, The SPIRIT, etc.) and am currently filling in the rest of the sand (short runs and special editions)--so it's worked for me!

    Excellent analogy!  Like being diversified in comics as compared to the stock market.