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Quill and Tankard
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First appearance of Drax the Destroyer and some big purple bad guy...


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's only a 7.5? Wow! It looks great Quill! Applause
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Whett. Was able to get it at a nice discount to GPA so overall pretty happy with it.
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some fresh ones back from CGC:

1st Gwen Stacy


1st Conan


1st Night Nurse


1st Deadman


1st M.O.D.O.K


1st High Evolutionary

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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great books!

Especially love the Conan & the Night Nurse.

Applause
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love that night nurse too! Strange Adentures 205 maybe on my buy list. Think
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok - so my first comic purchase in awhile came this morning, while I was just playing around on eBay.

Three common Silver Age books at a total 30% discount to GPA.

Thor # 147, CGC 7.5
Thor # 153, CGC 7.5
Nick Fury # 1, CGC 7.0

The three books net out to $160 total via GPA.

My cost: $112 shipped.

Given how common they are, it's not a huge score, but I think it plays well within the Buffet-Lyria "margin of safety."

And we've come a long way to where you can get three decent-looking Silver Age Marvels for basically the cost of slabbing. (Slabbing is now $35 per, exclusive of shipping.)

Also, I think this is the first time I've ever intentionally bought a Silver Age Thor back issue. He's just never appealed to me...
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rai-fan wrote:
Ok - so my first comic purchase in awhile came this morning, while I was just playing around on eBay.

Three common Silver Age books at a total 30% discount to GPA.

Thor # 147, CGC 7.5
Thor # 153, CGC 7.5
Nick Fury # 1, CGC 7.0

The three books net out to $160 total via GPA.

My cost: $112 shipped.

Given how common they are, it's not a huge score, but I think it plays well within the Buffet-Lyria "margin of safety."

And we've come a long way to where you can get three decent-looking Silver Age Marvels for basically the cost of slabbing. (Slabbing is now $35 per, exclusive of shipping.)

Also, I think this is the first time I've ever intentionally bought a Silver Age Thor back issue. He's just never appealed to me...


Generally, I'm not a fan of most Thor issues past 100, but I am interested in Keys up to about 115. I would pick up the first High Evolutionary if I saw a decent copy at a good price.
Thor interested me the least of the Marvel Superheroes of the 60's.

High grade Thor at the cost of slabbing is always a good deal.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed, Ibis! Among Silver Age Marvels, Daredevil's my favorite.

Thor's my least favorite.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rai-fan wrote:
Agreed, Ibis! Among Silver Age Marvels, Daredevil's my favorite.

Thor's my least favorite.


I was buying Daredevil before Frank Miller gave his take on the character. I always felt he was underappreciated and should have been more popular. I think Daredevil had a struggle creatively after maybe the first 10 or 20 issues. My buying started with the early 100 issues and I have fond memories of the Black Widow crossover issues. Some of the writing was cheesy, but it had gave a sense of purpose and confidence to the character.

Thor only entertains me if he's grounded on Earth because it's more about how powerful he is and less about mythology & fantasy. I'm not really a fan of fantasy which I relate to imaginary abandon. I'm more a fan of science fiction which I relate to scientific possibilities and inspiration for progress.

The Marvel cinematic world does good at basing Thor on science.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One more from last night.

I _really_ need to stop browsing eBay.

Picked up Avengers # 7, CGC 6.5 for $95 shipped. That's a 4-year low and vs. a $131 GPA.

I also don't get it, which shows you how long it's been since I even looked at mid-grade Marvel commons. In my head Avengers 7 in 6.5 is still a $25 book, so a slabbed copy shouldn't run more than $60-$70.

Nope -- the market apparently deems it worth twice that.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me, #6 & #7 don't spark a lot of interest. The Hulk issues attracted me. I think I have #'s 1-3. The one I'm not sure about is #3. I have #9 & #11. I have a large chunk on the middle run of Avengers (pre-100) that grade on the low end. I think I paid a buck a book or so. $65 seems about right for me for #7. If I was buying graded copies, that'd be what I'd expect to pay for a 6.5. I wouldn't pay more, but that's because I'd spend the money on something I liked better. It's always good to get a superhero Marvel book that old.
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How to lie with statistics.

Last week I picked up a rare Golden Age book for just $45 shipped.

Mutt & Jeff # 6, from 1942. Black cover, CGC 4.5 (highest and only graded copy).

For me, this was nostalgia-driven. Before the great comic purge of 2014 (wherein I sold off 98% of my collection), I had picked up about 10 issues of Mutt & Jeff between # 23-60, as well as # 1.

I played with idea of trying to build the world's first slabbed set of 1-60.

Here's the thing. These books may *seem* rare -- and they are, in strict 6.5 or higher.

But the reality is Metropolis alone has two copies of # 6 alone that would grade out higher than my "highest-graded" 4.5.

So I can take pride in having this *single graded copy* issue, while knowing it's fake -- the reality is no one thinks Mutt & Jeff 6-10 are worth slabbing, even if they are pre-1945 books.
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How is the wrap & cut on yours? Their VF copy Is miswrapped and the text is cropped off at the top. It's a pretty book, but that would bug the hell out of me. If I was buying a copy from them, I'd go with the Fine copy with spine creases & color breaks. From a historical perspective, it's a neat book. I have no nostalgic connection to the characters, so I would never even consider collecting the series.

I'm curious what motivates you to collect the series. Do you enjoy the characters? Do you like the historical significance of the characters? Is it simply the age?

When I was heavily into buying comics in the 70's, my oldest comic was always cherished for simply being old. I don't think about it that way now. I still appreciate old comics, but I would not go out of my way to seek out comics just because they are old.
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, when I was in high school I cherished my oldest book - a Dale Evans photo cover western from 1955 that I'd picked up in a small Silver Age collection.

Today, I still cherish my oldest book, but it's a Famous Funnies # 19 in CGC 6.5 from 1936.

Technical value? ~$200

Value to me? A whole lot more -- just 'cuz it's pre-Superman old.
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