Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Who Wants To Pay More Than They Have To?

Why do bidders run this lot up to $60, when the same books in the same condition can be had for a $20 Buy It Now?

(Yes, the first lot has a different version of #1, but that is a $5 book and doesn't justify TRIPLE the price.)

Do people even search for other similar lots on eBay or do they just bid up the first lot they see? Insane.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Some General Thoughts On Restoration

Here is an excellent primer on detecting comic book restoration by CGC Message Board member Poverty Row.

Good stuff. Comic collectors should read it and bookmark it.

Friday, April 15, 2005

No Gift Grading Here... Move Along...

Check out this White Mountain Amazing Fantasy 15 that has been graded 9.4.

Sure, all of MY books with:

* 2 fuzzy abraded spine corners,
* colorbreaking creases URC FC,
* creased ULC BC,
* loose looking, fuzzy staple holes
* color loss along entire top edge, and
* a minimum of SEVEN spine stresses

get 9.4s.

When this was assigned a 9.4, I'm sure they had NO IDEA it was a big-shot dealer/collector pedigreed book.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Another Dumb Forgery

Here is a Glenn Strange signed cut inscribed "Doc." The seller claims Strange played the doctor on the radio.

Uh, on the radio, Howard McNear played "Doc."

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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Thursday, April 07, 2005

An Amazing Life

I can't add anything that hasn't already been said, other than I have tremendous respect and affection for this man. John Paul II was an extraordinary human being.

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On a collecting note, a John Paul II autographs are exceedingly rare and would bring thousands of dollars in any form. The photo above is a common preprint... I've never seen an authentically signed photo.