Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Thanks to Blazing Bob for the Batmans and Detective Comics. Bob is not the least (or most) expensive dealer out there... but his grading is dead on, if not a bit conservative. I agreed with him on all of the books, except I think he slightly undergraded the Batman 241 at 8.5. I see no reason why it shouldn't be a 9.0.
From the Diamond Run collection:
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
An interesting aspect of his videos is that he places 50% of the blame of the scourge of forgeries on the buyers who don't do their homework and buy obvious forgeries. He has a point.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Marvel is proud to announce the all-new MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS imprint, spotlighting Marvel's most-acclaimed series with new printings of these must-read issues priced at only one dollar each! This bold new venture, launching in March 2010, offers a perfect jumping on point for new readers as well as provides retailers with a great low cost first chapter to some of the hottest selling Marvel Collected editions. And to really get things going, the first title from this line, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1, is free!
"We're proud of the books Marvel publishes and now not only are we giving retailers a great way to promote our top collections, but also giving consumers a chance to sample some of our top comics, maybe for the first time and at an unbeatable price," said David Gabriel, Marvel Senior Vice-President of Sales & Circulation. "MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS represents one of the best values in comics today and with Free Comic Book Day only months after the initial launch, retailers will want to be well stocked."
The titles launching in March, at one per week, are:
March 3: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1
March 10: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1
March 17: WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ #1
March 24: THOR #1
March 31: PUNISHER MAX #1
Stay tuned for more details on MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS at www.marvel.com!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I'd prefer a copy with better page quality, but frankly, Cream/Offwhite pages on an early silver age book does not bother me. This book especially seems to commonly display lower page quality with White-paged copies typically commanding a high premium.
Monday, December 14, 2009
As always, caveat emptor!
Friday, December 11, 2009
After the series I took some time to go through my collection and take a bit of an inventory... it's been a while since I went through my Yankee autographs, and quite frankly, in some cases couldn't remember who I had and who I didn't.
I'm sure glad that I obtained many of my autographs nearly a decade ago... when you could actually get a current player's autograph for less than $50. I recall going to autograph shows back in the 90s with a few hundred dollars and getting a dozen or more autographs from name brand players.
Today, $200 might get you a Nick Swisher (inscription extra, of course.) Jeter is well over $500 in Steiner private signings. (Thanks for being so fan friendly, Jete!)
Would it really kill today's players to "sacrifice" and charge "only" $50 or $100 a signature so fans other than C-level corporate executives could afford them?