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  1. Here are a few interesting links looking at the stamp hobby. Some of this is viewed as positive and some negative, but it does illustrate some interesting perspectives. In regards to stamps and many other collecting fields we are seeing a widening in the sense of the top tier items accelerating in value where as lesser items that are common and lower condition are selling for less and seeing less demand. This is due to demographical changes as to who is buying or interested in various categories. I think we could easily see a company like Rally acquiring key rare stamps like the inverted Jenny stamps for investment purposes like various other collectibles. https://www.forbes.com/sites/richardlehmann/2020/02/19/price-discovery-in-stamps/?sh=60893cd4430a https://www.financialpoise.com/investing-in-stamps/ https://amp.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/apr/11/post-modern-why-millennials-have-fallen-in-love-with-stamp-collecting https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/why-stamp-collecting-is-suddenly-back-in-vogue-11591358415
  2. Smell can be an issue. I had a Golden Age collection a few years ago and it took forever to get the musty basement odor out of them as I had to store them separately from other comics or the odor would transfer to other comics. Also, the smell of a book can assist in identifying a pedigree book as I've done over the years with a few of the Church pedigree copies that turned up in the wild. There are still a few out there even today.
  3. Secrets Behind The Comics CGC 9.6 White Pages SS Stan Lee 1947. This is the highest graded copy on the CGC Census both as Universal and Signature Series.
  4. I'd leave it. Too many opportunities to damage it.
  5. This Spider-Man 2099 #1 is qualified due to the interior of the book being bound upside down and backward. A few examples of this defect were discovered by me in a sealed case years ago.
  6. As Gary@Moondog mentioned I was able to assist in seeing that Golden Age Ashcans finally received their due in The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. It was a process which at the time took a number of conversations with Bob over several years for me. As a collector who grew up seeing Gary's Ashcan ads I always had an appreciation for these unique comics that were amazing historical artifacts. I finally approached Ashcans to the closest example I personally knew of in another major hobby which has existed since the 14th century, which was coins. In coin collecting there are what is known as Pattern coins, these are experimental pieces struck to test a new design or material. Pattern coins for a variety of reasons were not issued and these in many ways they were similar to Ashcan comics. Pattern Coins are listed in The Office Red Book of Coins. Give the rarity and uniqueness of Pattern Coins it was comparable to price them in the same manner as Pattern coins which was to not price them, but instead note reported sales. The rest as they say is history...
  7. The slabs are not heat sealed they are sonically sealed. Third party grading companies from cards to coins to comics do not use heat in their process. Plastic components designed to be sonically sealed have a feature referred to as an energy director that is a raised feature on the welding surface that melts during the welding process that becomes the bond. Without this feature you would have to really put the pedal down to create a weld.
  8. Hi, No there is no update that I am aware of at this time. The article was written by Thomas Andrae.
  9. Ian Levine's collection is hitting the auction block with Sotheby's. https://www.sothebys.com/en/series/dc-complete-the-ian-levine-collection?locale=en
  10. Very true about the mustache and hair. The eyes looked very much like his if you looked closely.
  11. I was recently looking at a copy of Amazing Spider-Man #5 and upon closely looking at Dr. Doom I had to ask a question. Is that Stan as Dr. Doom on the cover? What do you think? The eyes and part of the mask almost look like a mustache.
  12. If you're a fan of comic shows that are about comics. Baltimore is a great show to attend. Marc Nathan and company do a fantastic job running the show. As someone who has attended and set up at every show the past 20 years it's a solid convention. They do a great job regarding guests and also CGC will be offering on-site grading as they have for a number of years. Past guests include Dave Gibbons, Brian Bolland, Stan Lee, Lynda Carter, Mike Mignola, Herb Trimpe, and countless other. The show also features a large selection of comic dealers nationally.
  13. ItIt I believe it maybe from this Fawcett toy.
  14. Looking for a Bat #1 cover if there is one out there. Also, I have a nice clean coverless All Star #8 if anyone is searching for one. It's coverless and missing the cf.
  15. Here are two rare 1940s newsstand distributor aprons.
  16. Here's another GA ad for comic racks that I've owned for years.
  17. I wanted to share this for all interested parties in comics. Many of us are aware of this, but some are not. Also, lawyer and board member Mark Zaid is representing Mark Waid in this case. The Mark Waid Legal Defense Fund My name is Mark Waid . I’m a New York Times-bestselling comics writer. In September of this year, I was sued by one of the perceived leaders of a relentless online harassment movement called “ComicsGate” which I and many comics professionals strongly feel has unfairly and offensively targeted women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ creators working in our industry in an effort to make them feel unwelcome. (You can read more about some perspectives on ComicsGate and its harassment techniques in the Washington Post and on Inverse .) I firmly believe this lawsuit is an effort to silence those of us who stand up publicly against bigotry and racism and who continue to defend diverse creators from harassment.You can learn more about the lawsuit here , here , and here , and I encourage you to visit my website markwaid.com for further details.Even though I am confident that the claims made against me are entirely without merit, lawsuits are time-consuming and very expensive. Still, I have never backed down from bullies, especially those who denigrate my friends, colleagues and the values our community stands for, and while I am not a rich man, you have my solemn promise that I will fight this fight no matter the personal cost.But I’m going to need your help. If you believe, as I do, that women and people of color deserve to be able to do their jobs—or any job—without being bullied, donate. Stand with me. If you believe that someone's gender or sexual preference should have no bearing on the career they pursue, donate. Send that message. This isn’t just about me; it's about standing together in the face of bullying. Every day that we don't push back against online harassment, it only becomes nastier and more powerful.This is an important fight. Thank you for having my back. https://www.gofundme.com/mark-waids-legal-defense-fund?fbclid=IwAR3taODPR64vdNoqe9boW9_G6p8uUVdG1xMM5tbyfd2rQFrsu-k3HWkq0cM
  18. In 1942, Associate Editor Alice Marble sent out advance copies of Wonder Woman #1 along with a letter discussing the comic which was distributed to prominent women in America. Prior to this new position in comics Alice Marble was considered the greatest female tennis player and had won the World's Amateur Championship. Ms. Marble can notably be considered one of the pioneering women involved in the comic book industry.Included in the packet was an advanced copy of Wonder Woman #1, a letter explaining the packet and discussing the positive benefits for children that Wonder Woman offered, a form letter asking for submissions of individuals who should be featured in the Wonder Women of History feature, and a return envelope to Alice Marble.In her letter, Ms. Marble explains that Wonder Woman is the only comic character of its type and describes her as a female "Superman". She also noted that women still have many problems and have not yet reached their full potential in society. It was her belief that this publication could have a lasting effect on the minds of the youth in the country. The inaugural issue of Wonder Woman featured the story of Florence Nightingale and the second issue was planned to feature Clara Barton. It was Ms. Marble's desire to receive input of the nations leading women in business, public, and professional life to determine which famous women should be included in the series.
  19. For sale is a rare CGC 9.6 Sig Series copy of Marvel Premiere #47 signed by Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, and Peyton Reed. $2,200 plus priority shipping and insurance US only. I will accept PayPal or check or money order, but check most clear first. I will also consider trades for other slabbed keys. PM me with details. For