Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Official Pix Harrison Ford Autographs: Fast sellout!

Official Pix conducted a private signing with Harrison Ford and offered signed 11x14s for $479.99. The inventory sold out in 4 minutes!

The one photo available was the pose of Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and Chewbacca. I tend to avoid group poses because they force you to complete it -- a task and additional expense I don't want -- or you end up with a piece that looks unfinished.

I was happy to see Official Pix offer the opportunity, but I passed.

Also, I know 11x14s are popular, especially among entertainment collectors, but I really prefer 8x10s.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

An EC Comics Classic: Crime SuspenStories 20

Crime SuspenStories 20
I haven't spent as much time over the past few years focusing on comics the way I used to, but I still actively collect EC comics. The covers and stories are among the finest the medium has ever produced as evidenced by strong collector demand 60 years later.

Among ECs, the trend over the past several years has been "classic covers." That is, certain covers have been in strong demand -- typically covers with the most graphic content. Interestingly, even those who do not typically focus on ECs will pursue ECs that have been by consensus deemed "classic covers."

One such classic cover that has broken out in the past year or two is Crime SuspenStories 20, which features a graphic hanging image. Just a few years ago this was priced along with the other "regular issues" around it and not considered a break out. For whatever reason, the collecting community has discovered it and it is now in high demand. Thankfully, I was able to obtain a nice copy at a fair price before it really shot up in price!