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Tony S

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  1. The seller of this book has had it listed BIN with best offer for a long time - and at widely varying prices. It spent a long time at - if Memory serves me correctly - about $40,000. Then over a period of time it dropped down as low as $5,000. I thought about buying it at that price even though I have a 6.5 graded by Voldy. It's spent it's last few months at $8.000. Be interesting to see where this lands price wise.
  2. Purchased a run of 1-11 of Cherry Poptart from Chris. The books were nicer than expected, arrived quickly and were very securely packaged. Thanks!! Tony
  3. I have no idea the book or where the creases. Nor if the press was done as well as possible. But I would note it is possible to have non-color breaking creases that do not go away with pressing. Creases in white areas for instance are never going to be noted as "color breaking". White is the absence of color, there is no color to break. But the paper fibers can be damaged and the damage is obvious to see. In a line, like a crease. Pressing makes it flat, but the line of damaged paper fibers is still there and can be seen. Very light shades of color can be similar.
  4. Not to debate - because I know and fully acknowledge you are an expert on undergrounds. I've learned a lot just reading your posts over the years. But it sounds like CBCS and OPG had very similar reasons not to deal with undergrounds. In your own words, they "stick to what they know".
  5. Overstreet doesn't list undergrounds for the same reasons Voldy doesn't grade them. They are very small niche of the comic collecting market. Many of the books had multiple printings that are difficult to tell apart. Expertise in the underground comix market - both identifying and valuing them - is pretty thin. It really has nothing to do with Bob being offended by them. He's not. Listing them would be more effort than it's worth in terms of increasing guide sales. And any listing would be full of errors and omissions. I can think of several publications I wish had a price guide. Famous Monsters, Fangoria, Starlog, the various Eerie publications, the countless men's magazines with story titles like "Soft Flesh for the Nazi's Fanged Doom" with women in bondage and rats. A price guide with that and undergrounds I'd buy every year. I'm not knocking the idea - and I have a small collection of undergrounds myself. Just bought a run of Cherry Poptart here on the boards. But I think the direction needed headed is to see Fogel's price guide come out more often. Not to try to get Oversteet to publish a guide about stuff they have limited knowledge of.
  6. It probably depends on the type of error. Also how common the error. Examples with pictures would no doubt lead to more discussion You might find this interesting reading. Welcome to the boards
  7. You'll be fine.... Pressing and restoration removal might both be done by CCS, but they are entirely different services. I don't feel like getting deep into it but some of the more critical comments are - IMHO - lacking in perspective. I don't feel like putting up a wall of text trying explain it and I don't - and am not - defending CCS. But restoration removal is inherently a risky, uncertain procedure. There is no guarantee that ALL the restoration will be found and removed the first time. And if you give that truth any serious thought, you realize that is the reason why restoration removal is inherently risky. If there is no way to be 100% certain all restoration is identified up front,, then there is NO WAY of knowing just how damaged the book is going to be by removal of said restoration. It also becomes a "once you get started you can't stop" situation. You thought you were scrapping off a tiny bit of color touch. But then more is found. So you remove more. And maybe even a third go. Because it's hard to stop. You had a 9.2 restored that has dropped 8.5 restored and will probably drop more the third try. But you have to keep trying because you've already lost two grades and it's still purple. The label designations are not as helpful as you might think. I've sent in books that were labeled "small amount of color touch" that I thought would get moderate to extensive. The only criticism I would level at CCS is they should - IMHO - simply refuse to remove amateur color touch. Yes, there is a market for it. But it cannot be done (the removal) without physically damaging the book. Which seems inherently "wrong". The definition of amateur color touch is essentially that it bleeds through the paper. So - like the TTA 27 above - the only way to remove it is to make holes. So it seems like it would be better for the hobby overall if CCS took the stance that they won't provide a service that permanently damages or makes the appearance of a book look hideous. But let's be fair. The problem doesn't start with CCS. The problem starts with collectors and dealers that want to make their books worth more $$ by getting them out of a restored grade.
  8. Amateur (C category) restoration are not good candidates for restoration removal. Almost never. If you are really lucky and it's one tiny spot, OK. But there is no guarantee that the initial grading notation of "very slight, slight or moderate" is particularly accurate. The bottom line is the book in question had more CT than the original grading would lead most to believe. It's too late now, but the book should have just been left alone.
  9. Sorry to say, it almost certainly means that it is is going to be a Green, Qualified label grade. Keep in mind that PGX does not have a Qualified label. They will note in the label description things like price stickers, signatures, coupons cut, etc that with CGC would earn a Green, qualified label. But PGX (nor CBCS) have green qualified labels. So the label color would be blue from them. Maybe PGX missed something in grading that CGC caught. But just as likely - maybe more -is there was something noted on the PGX book that for CGC gets a Qualified label.
  10. CGC addresses tape in the link below. This was a change in how CGC treats tape. The short version is that tape can NEVER improve the grade of a book. So if tape is reattaching a piece of a comic, the comic will be graded as though the piece is unattached. If tape is used to reattach a cover, the book will be graded as though the cover is still detached. Tape - by itself - does not earn a restored or conserved label. If there isn't anything else going on with the book, just tape will get a Blue, universal label. But in the case of your book, it will be graded as though that 3"x3" piece is detached. https://www.cgccomics.com/news/article/3327/CGC-Modifies-Stance-on-Grading-Submissions-with-Tape/
  11. Actually, these books (the old 80/100 page giants, Marvel and DC annuals, Marvel's Giant size) are both glued and stapled. The books are stapled at the left edge, then the left edge cut. Then ONLY the cover is attached with glue to the cut left edge. Marvel's 50 cent cover price Giant Size line had poor - even by the day - production quality.
  12. I think trimming is unlikely. Marvel's Giant Size books from this period had pretty low production quality. Plenty of miscut covers and interiors, too much glue, staples way to big causing holes poked in the covers.
  13. I do not believe it has been trimmed. Just had a rough life. But I suck at detecting trimming.
  14. There is a permanent "sticky" thread on detecting restoration. I should count as an experienced collector, but I completely suck at detecting trimming. Old books were printed cheaply and miscuts were common. So unless it was a six year old with a pair of school scissors, I'm useless at spotting trimming.
  15. These two - Along with Steranko's books - are great overviews.
  16. As others have said, it's extra added staples. As defects go, rather common actually. Kids added staples to make sure the cover stayed attached. Or because the cover was loose to reattach it. Or because they just bought a new stapler and were walking around the house stapling every piece of paper they could find....It was tough in the late 60's finding things to do for fun. No cable TV, no internet, one phone and it was on a cord . A new stapler provided hours of entertainment.... Were this book sent to CGC for grading, the label would note "extra staples added, not manufacturing". Given the overall condition of the book, I doubt the extra staples would have any effect on the assigned numeric grade.
  17. Listed grading TAT's have been - overall - fairly accurate. I say fairly because with the Value and Economy tiers the TAT's for some of my submissions have grown literally weekly. They are accurate now. But the Value tier Submissions I did in March did not indicate four months. Back in March I think it was three months, maybe 2.5 months. Anytime you add or submit for pressing you increase the chances greatly of TAT's only being rough estimates. Graders can speed up a bit, write down fewer notes. Staff in encapsulation and shipping can work an extra few hours. But cleaning and pressing books is skilled labor and exacting procedures. You DON'T WANT the people cleaning and pressing your books to hurry the F.. up. So with pressing it is very much an estimate. If they get a big bunch of additional books in it's going to take longer. Because they can't just throw more people in and they can't just hurry up and clean and press faster. The receiving thing is the only one that really causes me any - and it's minor - annoyance. Three out of the five Saturdays I've received notices of books received. So CGC has the receiving staff working OT trying to get boxes opened and books into the workflow management system. I sent in a box of books in today. Sorta cringe at how long it might take with SDCC for them to get opened and moving. But I mean what can I or CGC do? The books were ready to go. My package will arrive Friday the 19th. But I just know that there will be a mountain of submissions that come in on the truck from SDCC on Monday or Tuesday. So I'll just have a drink a chill.
  18. There's a reason everyone here likes you Sharon. Not only did you go out of your way and take action to help someone - you are careful to give credit to others. And are humble about what you did. If what goes around comes around, then you are well situated.
  19. THIS: The BIG BIG guide is much easier to read. A pdf copy could be easier to read if you still use a computer and have decent size screen. Not sure how it would work with those that have ditched computers and live their digital lives on a smart phone. Responding to a few other comments. The OPG isn't the Bible of the hobby like it was decades ago, but it is still a useful tool - one of a several useful tools - that serious hobbyist's and dealers would be wise to have access to.
  20. I think you are going to be disappointed on the length of time it takes for the books to get back to you unless you - and the others - all used a fairly expensive grading tier. A minimum of Standard tier ($65 a book) or Economy Fast Track ($48 a book) Those tiers take about 5-6 weeks to be completed at CGC. Less expensive tiers are taking much longer. Months longer. The other thing is "everyone going together". That is a good way to cut down on shipping costs to CGC. But saving on return shipping costs ONLY works if everyone is submitting their books under the same CGC tier. CGC does not combine shipping of different tiers - the different tiers have different turn around times and CGC ships when stuff is done. It's also worth noting that CGC cannot fit more than 25 slabbed books in a single box, so anything past 25 starts another box. Below is a link to CGC's various tiers, costs and Turn Around Times. As you can see, the only books likely to be back in a month are any modern tier submissions. Unless you paid large for grading older books https://www.cgccomics.com/submit/services-fees/cgc/
  21. You will want to take some time to familiar yourself with CGC's different tiers. Right now all of your books were published before 1975. That's a good start. The tiers also have value limits. $200 Value, $400 economy, $1000 standard, etc... There are no grading discounts for shipping multiple books at a time. But shipping can get expensive. The Golden rule of shipping is the first pound (or in this case book) is the most expensive. Two books can be shipped back to you for a couple of bucks more than one. Five books a few bucks more than two. Ten books maybe ten bucks more than five. And CGC does shipping in blocks. 3-5 books is the same price. So to 5-10. So if doing four books might as well do five. Doing six might as well shot for 10. With return shipping, you can spend about $30 shipping one book - or $55 and ship ten. This is only coming up as part of the discussion because you have eight books you want to grade - and wanted to break them into a couple of different submissions. You'll save some cash on shipping if you do all eight at once. As for your original question: if you are going to break up the submission, send in your favorites first. You have them listed in the order of my favorites, with MTU 1 being placed above Defenders 1.