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Weird Paper

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  1. On 3/27/2024 at 9:37 AM, delekkerste said:

    Tom heard that Michael was moving to Houston and accepted a work assignment down in South America for the next 2+ years. 



    :jokealert: (the part about Michael; Tom really is going expat)

    I thought he already did that.

  2. On 11/25/2021 at 9:27 PM, RBerman said:

    I learned the hard way to be leery of the authenticity of secondhand commissions. But the price was reasonable on this piece attributed to Nick Cardy. It's at least attractive, whatever its provenance.


    Since I sold it to you, I'll vouch for it. I sold it for a friend who had been attending comic conventions all over the country since the 60s. It was not his only Cardy -- I have one in my own collection I got from him. I've been collecting comic art for 43 years and I value my reputation, so if something seems the least bit off to me, I won't buy or sell it.

  3. 4 hours ago, GreatEscape said:

     MY "TOP 10"  HOT TAKES:

    1)  Front Page Follies.  It's usually a waste of time to offer FMV for a NFS piece in someone's "Featured" (front page) gallery...asking "What do you think it's worth?" is largely irrelevant as the owner prefers the art to FMV in cash.

    2)  FOMO.  Despite more frequent auctions and dealer sales, our hobby will always be ruled by savage Darwinian outcomes....you either WIN a piece or LOSE knowing it's possible you won't get another shot for decades, if ever.  The power of FOMO, the Fear of Missing Out.

    3)  Hearts and Hoorays.  On CAF, it's highly unusual for pieces to have more 'Likes' than 'Comments' unless NSFW-- for which this is actually quite common.

    4)  Size Matters.  Full-page interior or end splashes typically have more art than title splashes or covers-- which  typically devote more space to stats, lettering and indicias

    5)  Lucky Sevens.  Buyers are generally more receptive to flip/resell within the first 7 days after purchase or after 7 years of ownership....the best times to strike IMO.

    6)  DPS Difference. Double-page splash (DPS) refers to a single, unified image or scene on two pages whereas a double-page spread (also DPS) has two sequential pages that present a unified narrative.

    7)  Finders Keepers.  Collector Richard Martinez (I think) said something like "It only takes 1-2 pieces a year over many years to build a great collection. "  These days, most collectors are buying and selling in the face of escalating prices and accelerated deal flow (auctions, private sales) ... their biggest regrets are less the fish that got away than the fish they caught and released too soon.  So, successful collectors need to be both finders and keepers.

    8)  Killer Panels.  As prices escalate, there is increased zeal for pages with a single "killer" panel-- more affordable than an "A-level" page but can be equally nostalgia and/or aesthetics.  Astute buyers already know this.

    9)  Scarcity.  Artists known for retaining their art can artificially raise market value of their art due to perceived scarcity, but how is that any different than specific artists' works especially held tight by collectors or dealers?  Scarcity is an illusion when what matters more is availability.

    10)  COVID Cash.  Top 5 Comic Conventions draw about 800,000 people each year, add another 800,000 people for regional Cons and overseas...but no Cons during COVID.  Assuming just 3% of attendees are art collectors / enthusiasts spending say $1,000 in tickets/airfare/hotels to attend a con, that's $48 Million in funds that can instead be spent buying art.  No wonder auctions and dealers are enjoying record sales.


  4. After 42 years of collecting comic art, and 35 years of having multiple pieces by the other Studio guys, I've finally added a Kaluta... a rather nice one... to my collection.

    Also picked up two Williamson Corrigan dailies, including one with the first appearance of Doctor Seven.

    You can look here if ya want.



  5. 2 minutes ago, ZimmermanTelegram said:

    I'm trying to track down Byrne art from a specific program (Houston Con 1980). I'd love to have the OA but since it seems pretty difficult to pin point, I'd be ok with owning just the program cover itself. Are there any known dealers out there who sell these type of things?

    *Mods if this is the wrong forum for this, please feel free to move.


    I have a good number of con programs for sale from 1966 on, including a bunch of Houston ones. I'm not sure if I have 1980, but I will check. Are there others you're looking for?


  6. I have seen, but not purchased original comic art and covers out in the wild (many years ago, during a period of little money and lots of debt) In the past 10 years, I have found (and purchased) early 20th century illustration art and what I believe to be the (possibly) earliest existing complete Sunday originals to Happy Hooligan, Maud the Mule and Foxy Grandpa, and a single Katzenjammer Kids panel (all 1905) out in the wild. I genuinely believe it's out there -- you just have to be lucky. 

  7. On 12/21/2019 at 10:54 AM, Rick2you2 said:

    Followed your suggestion; and for the first time, received a positive response. Unfortunately, the response made it clear that I would have to blow him away with an offer, and given the market price, I am not prepared to offer a multiple of it (at least not right now). But, I plan to thank him for his response, tell him I like the piece but can't blow him away with an offer, and ask him to keep me in mind if he does decide to sell it because I am optimistic about the future. 

    I can only speak for myself, but as a collector, first and foremost, an offer near market is almost never going to pry a piece away from my collection. Certain things I would not let go of for 10x market, but almost anything that I like enough to have pursued and acquired would not leave my hands easily.

  8. On 12/23/2019 at 11:06 AM, delekkerste said:

    It's well past Dec. 15, and, thus, time for the Official 2020 OA Collecting Goals Thread! 

    After a banner year of acquisitions for me, it's going to be much harder in 2020, given that I killed so much of my ever-dwindling Want List this year.  My goal remains to stick strictly to only the top 1% of most-nostalgic pieces to me, with a little wiggle room for smaller pick-ups here and there (mostly newer art that catches my eye).  And, also, to finish in the black for the year on a cash-in/cash-out basis - didn't quite get there in 2019, but, overall, I've managed to hold the line on new net money going into my collection for the past 4+ years. 

    Actually, I might have to add one more goal to the list - now that I recently bought my first Kaluta piece (to add to my Jeff Jones and BWS pieces), I probably need to get a good Wrightson piece to replace the Frankie plate I sold to help finance a property purchase this year so I can complete my "The Studio" collection.  Though, the timetable on that is open-ended; it doesn't have to be something I get in 2020.

    How about everybody else??


    I have needed the right Kaluta to finish out the Studio guys. I've had multiple pieces by the other three for decades, but the perfect Kaluta has eluded me. Maybe this year.