Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Disappointing Ditko

I started reaching for my wallet the second I saw this new release -- Steve Ditko Space Wars SC -- New Release

Then I read a bit further...

Black & White?!?

Aw, c'mon. I'd pay another $8 for color.

Too bad.

FF Mission Accomplished!

Yesterday's mail brought me FF 13, which now makes my FF run complete. I have every regular issue of Fantastic Four -- Vol 1 to the present.

I've been looking for FF 13 since last summer and kept turning up snake-eyes. All I could find were very high grade copies for sick money or low grade beaters. My goal was to get a 6.0 - 7.0 book. This book was listed as a 5.0, but it has good eye appeal and was priced right, so I was willing to go a bit below my original goal of 6.0 - 7.0. Other than the edge toning and the rough top overhang, the book is very solid. (The toning looks worse on the scan than it does in hand.) This book is notorious for Marvel Chipping and having long creases, so it was nice to find a midgrade copy without those flaws.

Now I have a few annuals to pick up and my FF collection will be complete.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

A Red Flag That Screams, "Scam Artist!"

Often eBay scammers give you way more information than you need. If it's a fake autograph, the crooked seller will provide you with reams of unnecessary biographical information on the subject. If it's a stolen comic scan auction, they will provide you with a synopsis of the book and the key first appearances. Like anyone bidding on a Babe Ruth autograph needs to read his entire biography or anyone bidding on an Amazing Fantasy 15 isn't going to know it's the first appearance of Spider-Man and Aunt May?

Often the scammer will also provide worthless information regarding his or her collecting habits and why he or she is selling this item. "My late grandfather collected for years," or "Another baby is one the way so I'll have to sell this at a loss if need be."

As a general rule of thumb, sellers that offer long narratives of biographical information are probably trying to distract your attention from scrutinizing the item itself.

Scammers are operating from a subconsciously defensive position, so they tend to offer much more information than is necessary in a transparent effort to bolster their "credibility" and "likeability."

Monday, February 14, 2005

Monday, February 07, 2005

Meet Jeff Albertson

February 6, 2005... a historic day... The Simpsons finally reveal the Comic Book Guy's name: Jeff Albertson.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

I Hate People That Bid Against Me on eBay

eBay item Incredible Hulk #5 CGC 6.5

I put a snipe in on this Hulk 5 hoping to upgrade my current issue. It's the Nick Cage copy that sold at Heritage 2 years ago for $368.

Well, some dingleberry bid it up to $569. Nice profit for the seller. Why do I see so many bargains on eBay, except when it's a book I'm going to bid on?!?

It would be cool to have a Nick Cage book, bit I'm not going to pay double guide for a midgrade book just because Nick Cage owned it. Obviously though, someone was willing to pay almost double guide value. Anyone that pays more than guide for a midgrade Silver Age book is a fool.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Is He Man or Machine or Monster?

Ok, this book won't be vying for best in census, but I did get it for $5 from my local comic shop today. Maybe if the movie is a big hit, I'll be able to flip it for million$.