Tuesday, August 31, 2004
It was probably a wise move by CGG to change the name and avoid the legal hassles that would have ensued. That said, the name "Professional Grading Authority (PGA)" really lacks focus and they could have done better.
I've always wished that CGC had a solid competitor... it's just healthy for the hobby. Unfortunately, time and time again CGG has shot themselves in the foot with bad PR moves and questionable quality of materials. Well, I hope they get their act together... they seem like decent folks.
Monday, August 30, 2004
Interestingly, the winner -- a doctor -- makes an appearance to defend the price he paid.
He seems like a decent guy, but as they say on the CGC Boards, the price is still
Thursday, August 26, 2004
Last spring I was charged $64 by eBay and I didn't sell one item! eBay ignored my inquiries, so I had to dispute it through my credit card. Since that incident, I have run into at least 6 other eBay users I personally know that have had "phantom" eBay charges appear on their credit cards. I wonder how many people pay without knowing... it could add up to millions of free dollars for eBay.
Always check your eBay invoices and watch your credit card... this company has a habit of overcharging or charging when NO charge should exist!
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Wow. This is bizarre and strangely ironic. For those that may not know, for many years, scores of historical space dealers and show organizers that have been trying to woo Neil Armstrong - a very reclusive man and a non-signer. He finally agrees to appear, but it's at a Star Trek show... and he's not even the headliner!
By the way, I'm surprised that James Doohan is able to appear publicly. I met him at The NYC National Comic Convention in 2000 and he appeared very frail and somewhat "out of it" then.
This show does have an incredible line-up. Creation Entertainment (who handles most of the Star Trek shows and somehow missed out on this one) must be kicking themselves. There has to be some behind the curtain politics as to why Creation didn't produce this event.
I sometimes wonder what a person with no interest in collecting would think if he or she stumbled across this blog. I can only envision one reaction: Total Dork.
Monday, August 23, 2004
Here's another PSA/DNA COA on a very questionable signature. Stylistically, there are some minor problems with this signature, but even more troubling is the execution. What I mean by that, is, how it was signed.
Look closely at this signature and you will note that it doesn't flow. The signature is halted and hesitant. Often, when characteristics like this are exhibited, a forgery / trace job is a strong possibility. Look at the angle at the bottom of the paraph and how the pencil looks darker there... it looks as if it was "gone over" a second time to "fix" it!
Secondly, it is an older style signature, yet the inscription is laser printed. So even if the signature is real, the inscription was added later.
Third, the positioning of the signature is unusual and signed in a way that can give the impression that it was signed to allow space for the inscription. Now, if Neil Armstrong signed this card many years ago, did he position his signature in an unusual way because he knew that someone would want to print an inscription on the card years later? Obviously not. Something does not add up here.
Can I definitively say this is a fake? No. But there are enough question marks about this item to say that I could not verify it as authentic. PSA/DNA should not have either.
Friday, August 20, 2004
Given this and the information revealed in the previous messages, I would recommend this seller and wish him the best.
Thursday, August 19, 2004
I whipped out my credit card and dialed as fast as I could. Wow... the prospect for getting several great pedigree books for a little over $100...
Well, my dreams were quickly dashed when the owner, Frank Verzyl, told me that the site should have been taken down 2 years ago and hasn't been updated since 2000. Further, he said that he sent all the pedigree books to his brother, John "Comic Heaven" Verzyl, a few years ago. No need to look any further... they are bargains no more.
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
The Negative Zone is not my business, and never was. The only affiliation I ever had with the Negative Zone is that I used to be married to it's former owner, Jennifer Dowling. Any business you did with them, it was she is the one you did business with, and she is the one you had, and I can see still have a problem with....
I guess that brings us back to me. After getting laid off from my job, I decided to start selling again on ebay. I had to do something, because the economy in Seattle is horrible, and I have been unable to find work, and unempoyment will not cover my expenses. I guess I am in the same boat as a lot of people. It wasn't that difficult for me to start up again, because Jen and I made an agreement to split the inventory of the old business when she left. Some of it was hers, some of it was mine, and we split it down the middle. I reactivated my old account with Diamond Comic Distributors, and here I am.
As a peace offering, he offered to send me the book I never got from his wife (he admitted the chances were low to none of ever getting anything from her.)
So, I agreed to explain the situation here to clear his name. Hopefully I'm not being a sucker, but I believed him and wished him well.
Monday, August 16, 2004
Now, I've noted a seller, thesaint00, that bears a striking resemblance to my old friend The Negative Zone (thewatcher000). Through eBay, I confirmed thesaint00's contact information and the seller is from Seattle. The Negative Zone was from Seattle.
Compare auction listings:
Negative Zone auction for which I paid and never received book
Current thesaint00 auction for same item I never received
Interesting how they can currently offer the same items they can't seem to send to their old customers. Clearly, they feel no obligation to send items from the old seller account. Their attitude is obviously, "Why bother to send items that people paid for once the seller account is trashed anyway?"
If this is the same seller -- and I'm 99% sure it is -- I can't believe eBay can let a seller blatantly rip people off then just set up shop under another (thinly veiled) name.
Friday, August 13, 2004
I ordered 31 NM books from Chuck in his recent blowout sale. Most where $1. I checked off 31 books from my want list and filled 31 holes. The books were all 80s and early 90s including Punisher (1987), various Valiant, The Thing, Further Adventures of Indiana Jones, etc.
The results are in... of the 31 NM books...
26 were 9.4 or better (a few possible 9.6s)
4 were 9.2, and
1 was 8.0
In all, a good experience.
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
I don't see how some folks think this is ethical or acceptable behavior.
You can see my rant in the thread.
Collectors' Society Message Boards: Thrill bidding
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Monday, August 09, 2004
So what are my grading guidelines?
I go for eye appeal and strive to get clean, structurally sound, well-cut books with no major ink-breaking creases or pieces missing. Even though some of my more expensive books may be "technical 4.0s" due to hidden defects or an accumulation of small flaws, the book may actually look much better than the technical grade. The minimum grades I shoot for are:
Gold - VG 4.0
Silver Keys - VG+ 4.5
Early Silver - Fine 6.0
Later Silver - F/VF 7.0
Bronze Keys - VF- 7.5
Bronze - VF/NM 9.0
Modern - NM 9.4
I try not to obsess over condition and avoid the "must upgrade" mentality. I am not always successful.
Friday, August 06, 2004
KIRBY ORIGINAL FANTASTIC FOUR PAGE
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Collectors' Society Message Boards: HOW DOES JASON EWERT DO IT??!!
When a .5 upgrade may mean thousands of dollars of difference, does anyone think that some sellers are NOT working the system?
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Of course I don't know the reason for this, but I'd bet it has something to do with the rampant fraud and chargebacks associated with 3rd party online credit card processors like BidPay and PayPal. Some credit card issuers are now refusing to permit chargebacks to these 3rd party processors because the fraud is so out of control.
This that know me know my disdain for PayPal and what a scam it is... but in case you've forgotten, visit PayPal Sucks for some horror stories.