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Best "keys" to get for under $4006372

Collector Enelson private msg quote post Address this user
I sold some things and have about $500 hitting my paypal, so by the time i ship, pay fees, etc it will be more like 375-400. So i was just wodering what some of yous guys would suggest. One $400 book? 4 $100 books? Modern? Copper? Silver? Golden? What would you buy with a found $400?
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Collector esaravo private msg quote post Address this user
@Enelson - What do you like? Buy something that makes you feel good.
PS - I would be happy to swap your money for one or more of my comics.
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Collector CopperAgeKids private msg quote post Address this user
I have a G.I. Combat 68 CGC 3.5, generation 1 blue label you can have for $385 + shipping.

Cream to OW Pages...it was also graded in the early 2000's, during a very tight period.

I wouldn't be surprised if it came back at 4.0 with OW Pages via a straight crack and sub.

Got it on the (relative) cheap a few months back in a poorly worded auction listing.

It is clearly unpressed, I'd put it at a solid 5.0 with a CPR.

Sgt. Rock prototype, was considered the 1st true appearance of Sgt. Rock until a few years back.

Personally, I think non superhero silver keys , like this book, have the most room for growth.

https://www.cgccomics.com/grading/verify-cgc-comic.aspx?cgc-comic-cert=0059690003&grader-notes=yes
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Collector CopperAgeKids private msg quote post Address this user
Also have Watchmen #1,2,3...All CGC 9.6's.White pages on all.

$210 + shipping works for me.

Aaaaand:

I have a Before Watchmen : Dr Manhattan #1 1:25 Sienkowitz variant.

CGC 9.8 White.

Take the Watchmen 1-3 and I'll throw this one in for another $50.
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Collector Deesnutz private msg quote post Address this user
I have a new mutants 98 cbcs graded 9.6. We could probably work something out
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Collector Johnnylray private msg quote post Address this user
buy a golden age -- GGA / Horror..Good luck, Ray
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Collector OGJackster private msg quote post Address this user
Look for a nice EC. Get the highest grade for the money you have. Put ALL of it into one book.
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Collector poka private msg quote post Address this user
There are so many keys at this price. Go for a cover you like!
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Collector CopperAgeKids private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by OGJackster
Look for a nice EC. Get the highest grade for the money you have. Put ALL of it into one book.


I can't think of a single EC that can be bought in 8.0 or higher, for $375-$400.
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Collector Thanatos private msg quote post Address this user
Do you have a favorite genre or character? That would definitely narrow the scope of what you could be looking for. I collect what I like and as someone that thinks the sweet spot for silver/bronze age books is the 3.0 - 5.0 range, here are some key comic ideas that can be had for under $400 (per Go Collect)

- Green Lantern #76 (6.0 and lower)
- Giant Size X-Men #1 (3.0 and lower)
- Iron Man #1 (5.0 and lower)
- Silver Surfer #1 (5.0 and lower)
- Hawkman #4 (5.0 and lower)
- Detective Comics #359 (3.5 and lower)
- ToS #52 (5.0 or lower)
- Iron Man #55 (3.0 and lower)
- ASM #300 (9.0 or lower)
- NM #98 (9.6 or lower)
- Flash #139 (4.5 or lower)
- Star Wars #1 (9.6 or lower)
- Green Lantern #87 (8.5 and lower)

I'm also on team one big comic vs. a bunch of smaller books, but definitely buy what you like with value upside.
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Collector CopperAgeKids private msg quote post Address this user
Also have a Blackhawk 133, raw 2.5.

Dry cleaned and pressed.

$300 + shipping works for me.
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COLLECTOR conditionfreak private msg quote post Address this user
Which book/s depends on what you want to own. Tastes vary.

My personal picks would be:

Omega Men #3 in 9.8 First Lobo

Strange Adventures #180 First Animal Man (in about 7.0 if you can)

Action Comics #253 Second appearance of Supergirl (in a 7.0 if you can)

Teen Titans 12 in 9.8 (variant cover if possible) (first appearance of Batman Who Laughs, maybe)

New Mutants 98 (in 9.6 at least) First appearance of Deadpool

Any golden age Batman or Detective Comic with the Joker on the cover.
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Collector OGJackster private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by CopperAgeKids
I can't think of a single EC that can be bought in 8.0 or higher, for $375-$400.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/PICTURE-STORIES-FROM-THE-BIBLE-3-CGC-8-5-RARE-EC-COMICS-BIBLICAL-SERIES-1946/320834185484?hash=item4ab335290c:m:mFD_NGhne382kZW22LsoEfQ

https://www.ebay.com/itm/MAD-MAGAZINE-167-CGC-9-6-ALFRED-E-NEWMAN-NORMAN-MINGO-0229608001/312127772434?hash=item48ac43d712:g:2O4AAOSwFUxa8H~p:sc:USPSPriority!89084!US!-1

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Extra-EC-1-1955-CGC-9-0-0002088003/132616295630?hash=item1ee08c14ce:g:NC4AAOSwcita8qC7

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Two-Fisted-Tales-EC-31-1953-CGC-9-0-0212939012/362325129869?hash=item545c42ba8d:g:dsAAAOSwNFFbAQoa
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Collector BrianGreensnips private msg quote post Address this user
I think Batman #181 first Poison Ivy around a 4.0/ 4.5 with centerfold.
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Collector 00slim private msg quote post Address this user
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I think Batman #181 first Poison Ivy around a 4.0/ 4.5 with centerfold.


While I genuinely think you should get a book that interests you personally,
I second this as a good option. Poison Ivy is definitely undervalued IMO.

I might suggest spending a little more & trying for a 6.0 (or try for an auction for a better price).
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Collector CopperAgeKids private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by CopperAgeKids
I can't think of a single EC that can be bought in 8.0 or higher, for $375-$400.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/PICTURE-STORIES-FROM-THE-BIBLE-3-CGC-8-5-RARE-EC-COMICS-BIBLICAL-SERIES-1946/320834185484?hash=item4ab335290c:m:mFD_NGhne382kZW22LsoEfQ

https://www.ebay.com/itm/MAD-MAGAZINE-167-CGC-9-6-ALFRED-E-NEWMAN-NORMAN-MINGO-0229608001/312127772434?hash=item48ac43d712:g:2O4AAOSwFUxa8H~p:sc:USPSPriority!89084!US!-1

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Extra-EC-1-1955-CGC-9-0-0002088003/132616295630?hash=item1ee08c14ce:g:NC4AAOSwcita8qC7

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Two-Fisted-Tales-EC-31-1953-CGC-9-0-0212939012/362325129869?hash=item545c42ba8d:g:dsAAAOSwNFFbAQoa


Yeah, I should have been more specific.

*a single horror/shock/graphic violence/drug use/racial issue EC book.

I would put all of those books you posted into a third to 4th tier category of EC's.

Books like Shock Suspense 6,12...decapatation, VOH, TFTC and some Crime Suspebstories,Mad 1, Frazetta weird Sci Fi covers etc.... in 1st tier EC's.

Second tier would be a mix of sci-fi and their magazine crime/suspense illustrated mag books...along with Psychoanalysis 1-4.

Everything else like the bible picture stories, Valor and so on would get 3rd-4th tier, based on desirability/signifigance and grade.
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Collector 00slim private msg quote post Address this user
And I didn’t realize a 9.6 NM 98 could be had for $400.

I sold my 8.0 for $200 about a year ago & wanted a higher grade. I’ll have to add that to my list.
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Collector Drogio private msg quote post Address this user
When I accumulated about $400, I grabbed an ASM 300 in the highest grade I could get...I also waited around for one of those 15-20% off eBay coupons and only cbcs would do (as I could get the graders notes and trust their grading slightly more than cgc).

It was the book I had to have, so maybe it's not the book for you. It might not be the best time either.

But really it comes down to are you looking for somethings to have and to hold till death do you part? Or is this an investment?

If it's to keep, what is your favorite character or top 3?

I like condition freaks Omega 3 in 9.8....very underrated and it's only a matter of time before that one takes off. 1st poison ivy is also good. I'd stay away from moderns (post 1992) as investments.

What interests you?
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Collector OGJackster private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by CopperAgeKids
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Originally Posted by OGJackster
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Originally Posted by CopperAgeKids
I can't think of a single EC that can be bought in 8.0 or higher, for $375-$400.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/PICTURE-STORIES-FROM-THE-BIBLE-3-CGC-8-5-RARE-EC-COMICS-BIBLICAL-SERIES-1946/320834185484?hash=item4ab335290c:m:mFD_NGhne382kZW22LsoEfQ

https://www.ebay.com/itm/MAD-MAGAZINE-167-CGC-9-6-ALFRED-E-NEWMAN-NORMAN-MINGO-0229608001/312127772434?hash=item48ac43d712:g:2O4AAOSwFUxa8H~p:sc:USPSPriority!89084!US!-1

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Extra-EC-1-1955-CGC-9-0-0002088003/132616295630?hash=item1ee08c14ce:g:NC4AAOSwcita8qC7

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Two-Fisted-Tales-EC-31-1953-CGC-9-0-0212939012/362325129869?

hash=item545c42ba8d:g:dsAAAOSwNFFbAQoa


Yeah, I should have been more specific.

*a single horror/shock/graphic violence/drug use/racial issue EC book.

I would put all of those books you posted into a third to 4th tier category of EC's.

Books like Shock Suspense 6,12...decapatation, VOH, TFTC and some Crime Suspebstories,Mad 1, Frazetta weird Sci Fi covers etc.... in 1st tier EC's.

Second tier would be a mix of sci-fi and their magazine crime/suspense illustrated mag books...along with Psychoanalysis 1-4.

Everything else like the bible picture stories, Valor and so on would get 3rd-4th tier, based on desirability/signifigance and grade.


I only partially agree. I'll take a Gaines File Copy any day of the week. No matter which tier you put them in.
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=Gaines+file+EC+cgc&_sacat=0&_sop=15
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Collector doog private msg quote post Address this user
I do it different. I keep the max number of books in my EBay saved searches that I want to own and wait for a deal on any of them I can’t pass up. I normally don’t buy graded as getting grades is half the fun, but sometimes graded is a better deal than raw. As I buy a key I put a different one on, and never bother to upgrade, generally.
This way I generally don’t overpay and usually pay 20-50 % under going rate.
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Collector CopperAgeKids private msg quote post Address this user
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And I didn’t realize a 9.6 NM 98 could be had for $400.

I sold my 8.0 for $200 about a year ago & wanted a higher grade. I’ll have to add that to my list.


90 day GPA in 9.6 is $416....but I wouldn't price a 9.6 that low.90 day average in 9.8 is $844.Both trending upward.

There have been a few sales at over $1000 recently. ...A few at $1000-$1100...and about 3 at $1500.(by recently I'm looking at GPA for 2018)

The $1500 sales are probably newsstands. The $1000 and change sales would be either a solid auction showing or BIN sales.

The prices on this book are all over the place and if you wait long enough, you can get lucky with an auction format.

You just have to wait until there are multiple 9.8 slabs ending on the same day; basically trying to take advantage of a seller's mistake.Sometimes this works.

Here's GPA for NM 98 in 9.8 ; specifically from May 17-19th. Or as much as I could copy/paste on my cell...The averages got lumped in at the top.

Look at the 3 bolded sales; all auctions that ended within a 24 hour span.

The 1st seller got banged over hard at $564; assumably because bidders were waiting on the 2 others to end, on the same 24 hour period.

They sold for more, progressively by ending time.

Big difference between $858,979 and $564.

GPA has the high for 2018 in blue 9.8 at $1499, with the 2018 low sale at a whoppingly miserable $320.

The thing I like about gocollect is that they give you the original listing images and state whether it was an auction or a BIN sale.

Gotta wonder just how unlucky a seller could be, and/or poorly formatted a listing could be, in order for a listing of a NM 98 CGC 9.8 to land a $320 sale.

That is over a $500 loss at 90 day average. ...You'd need a time machine to whisk you back about a decade at least, to get a slabbed 9.8 NM 98 at $320.



(322) $769 (231) $759 (273) $805 (96) $844 $979 May-2018

2018
(119) $1,499Hi $320Lo
May-19-2018 $979 Cert# 1293311004
May-19-2018 $858 Cert# 0304047001
May-19-2018 $564
Cert# 0086331009
May-18-2018 $891 Cert# 1265392011
May-17-2018 $1,090 Cert# 0272088008
May-17-2018 $828 Cert# 1035446015
May-17-2018 $831
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Collector CaptainCanuck private msg quote post Address this user
👆🏻 Good info right there.
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Collector CopperAgeKids private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by Drogio
When I accumulated about $400, I grabbed an ASM 300 in the highest grade I could get...I also waited around for one of those 15-20% off eBay coupons and only cbcs would do (as I could get the graders notes and trust their grading slightly more than cgc).

It was the book I had to have, so maybe it's not the book for you. It might not be the best time either.

But really it comes down to are you looking for somethings to have and to hold till death do you part? Or is this an investment?

If it's to keep, what is your favorite character or top 3?

I like condition freaks Omega 3 in 9.8....very underrated and it's only a matter of time before that one takes off. 1st poison ivy is also good. I'd stay away from moderns (post 1992) as investments.

What interests you?


Yup, not knowing what his intent is....Omega Men 3 in 9.8 is still a good buy in price, and in terms of payoff/growth over the short term (1-4 years) is IMHO, pretty much guaranteed to double, at the least, in FMV, once the movie gets in gear.

Hell, he can probably get 2 9.8's, if he waits for a few auctions.

The initial movie pitch hype has largely subsided since a few months back.

That is probably the cheapest key you can get slabbed at 9.8 on the market under $400, that has the most room to grow.
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Collector CopperAgeKids private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by OGJackster
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Originally Posted by CopperAgeKids
I can't think of a single EC that can be bought in 8.0 or higher, for $375-$400.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/PICTURE-STORIES-FROM-THE-BIBLE-3-CGC-8-5-RARE-EC-COMICS-BIBLICAL-SERIES-1946/320834185484?hash=item4ab335290c:m:mFD_NGhne382kZW22LsoEfQ

https://www.ebay.com/itm/MAD-MAGAZINE-167-CGC-9-6-ALFRED-E-NEWMAN-NORMAN-MINGO-0229608001/312127772434?hash=item48ac43d712:g:2O4AAOSwFUxa8H~p:sc:USPSPriority!89084!US!-1

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Extra-EC-1-1955-CGC-9-0-0002088003/132616295630?hash=item1ee08c14ce:g:NC4AAOSwcita8qC7

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Two-Fisted-Tales-EC-31-1953-CGC-9-0-0212939012/362325129869?

hash=item545c42ba8d:g:dsAAAOSwNFFbAQoa


Yeah, I should have been more specific.

*a single horror/shock/graphic violence/drug use/racial issue EC book.

I would put all of those books you posted into a third to 4th tier category of EC's.

Books like Shock Suspense 6,12...decapatation, VOH, TFTC and some Crime Suspebstories,Mad 1, Frazetta weird Sci Fi covers etc.... in 1st tier EC's.

Second tier would be a mix of sci-fi and their magazine crime/suspense illustrated mag books...along with Psychoanalysis 1-4.

Everything else like the bible picture stories, Valor and so on would get 3rd-4th tier, based on desirability/signifigance and grade.


I only partially agree. I'll take a Gaines File Copy any day of the week. No matter which tier you put them in.
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=Gaines+file+EC+cgc&_sacat=0&_sop=15


Good point. There is something cool about owning a copy that Gaines himself owned, at one point.

About as close to getting Gaines' signature as you can get.
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Collector CopperAgeKids private msg quote post Address this user
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👆🏻 Good info right there.


Thanks.🙏


I'm a cornucopia of (relatively) useless information , my good man😉😂😂
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Collector CopperAgeKids private msg quote post Address this user
Scratch all that comic advice.

Save the $400, sell another $400 or so worth of books and you will have enough dough to get one of the sorts of 'lil doggies in my avatar.

Toy rat terriers are fiesty, and very fun, dogs.🙋🙌🙌🙌

They're also cute as Hell.
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Collector LotsaSequel private msg quote post Address this user
How much would you say would be a good price for a 9.8 omega men 3?
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Collector Enelson private msg quote post Address this user
I kicked off this thread than went to bed. Thanks for all the info and suggestions everyone. A few people asked what I like. Probably my favorite all time series Are Preacher and Transmetropolitan, but I have full runs and decent grades of both. Favorite marvel super hero books, with the caveat-ive given up on them, are x men, asm, daredevil. Favorite dc, pretty much just batman and gl.
I've always wanted a gsx or a as 129, but I gotta keep saving for both. I love old ec horror covers. I appreciate all the solicitations too. I really just mostly wanted to see what others would do. If you had 400 You could spend guilt free on a comic (s) investment, what are you buying?
Thanks everyone
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COLLECTOR drchaos private msg quote post Address this user
Just to give you some ideas I currently have these listed on ebay:

Showcase # 23 CBCS 4.0 OW/White $380
Wonder Woman # 20 CBCS 5.5 Cream/OW $375
Kaanga Comics # 1 CGC 6.5 Cream/OW $375
Tales of Suspense # 64 CBCS 9.0 OW/White $370
Locke & Key # 4 CGC 9.9 White SS Gabriel Rodriguez $370
Captain America (2004) # 25 variant CGC 9.8 White Signed Stan Lee & Joe Simon - Green Label, signatures not witnessed $370
Sgt Fury # 130 CGC 9.8 White $350
Hero For Hire # 1 CGC 7.5 White $350

On Comic Connect

Daredevil # 100 CGC 9.6 OW/White $394
Little Lule # 184 CGC 9.4 OW/White $394
Nick Fury Agent of Shield # 12 CGC 9.6 Off-White $394
Raggedy Ann and Andy # 17 CGC 9.4 OW/White $394
Police Comics # 28 CGC 7.5 Off-White $384
Journey Into Mystery # 124 CGC 9.2 White $369
Little Lulu # 185 CGC 9.4 Off-White $359
Planet Comics # 56 CGC 6.0 OW/White $349
Planet Comics # 60 CGC 6.0 Off-White $349
Sinister House of Secret Love # 1 CGC 9.2 White $349
Brenda Starr v2 # 8 CGC 7.0 Cream/OW $344
Sinister House of Secret Love # 2 CGC 9.4 White $344
Conan the Barbarian # 1 CGC 8.0 $339

All great options if you have $400 burning a hole in your pocket.
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COLLECTOR Foghorn_Sam private msg quote post Address this user
If you are into non-superhero, I personally think this is a fantastic Sgt. Rock cover, not a key really, but the cover is so unique and eye catching. It is very hard to find for sale in high grade slabbed, but is easily under $400.


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