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Leftover Sundae Gnus CatmanAmerica private msg quote post Address this user
This is a thread to discuss what you've collected in the past year and where your goals are headed in the next one. While the emphasis should be more on grails than routine pick-ups, it doesn't have to be limited to that or comics for that matter. It can also be books, pulps, art, music, etc., ...whatever's interesting or rare that you wish to share (except bad rhymes). Also, if there are specific recommendations of acquisitions that strike you as praiseworthy, feel free to share those as well.

I'll start this off with a few Alex Schomburg acquisitions made in the past year and add more later (after others have joined in):










As for current book recommendations, two recent one's for your consideration: Roger Hill's Mac Raboy: Master of The Comics and Greg Sadowski's Brain Bats of Venus, The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton 1942-1952 (Vol. II of his epic biography on the influential artist).





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Masculinity takes a holiday. EbayMafia private msg quote post Address this user
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I'll start this off with a few Alex Schomburg acquisitions made in the past year and add more later (after others have joined in):


Well that's a tough act for the common collector to follow.

Joining the forum in summer 2019 re-ignited my desire to own books that I don't hope to sell anytime soon. I gravitated back to my previous desire to own a "rogues gallery" of Villain first appearances. Seems I unintentionally focused on DC villains and Flash in particular was a "target rich" environment. Haven't sprung for any of the big ones yet, but picked up firsts recently of:
Trickster
Boomerang
Heat Wave
Solomon Grundy
Psycho Pirate
Enemy Ace
Sauron
Ronan the Accuser
Ego the living Planet

and a few others. Already owned Dr. Light, Dormmamu, Bullseye, Annihilus, Wendigo, Jigsaw,etc, etc.

Also added some modern firsts on a speculative whim: Myles Morales, Echo, Kyle Rayner, Ronin, other Ronin, etc.
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I'll start this off with a few Alex Schomburg acquisitions made in the past year and add more later (after others have joined in):


Well that's a tough act for the common collector to follow.

Joining the forum in summer 2019 re-ignited my desire to own books that I don't hope to sell anytime soon. I gravitated back to my previous desire to own a "rogues gallery" of Villain first appearances. Seems I unintentionally focused on DC villains and Flash in particular was a "target rich" environment. Haven't sprung for any of the big ones yet, but picked up firsts recently of:
Trickster
Boomerang
Heat Wave
Solomon Grundy
Psycho Pirate
Enemy Ace
Sauron
Ronan the Accuser
Ego the living Planet

and a few others. Already owned Dr. Light, Dormmamu, Bullseye, Annihilus, Wendigo, Jigsaw,etc, etc.

Also added some modern firsts on a speculative whim: Myles Morales, Echo, Kyle Rayner, Ronin, other Ronin, etc.


Whatever you aspire to collect works too as long as it’s special to you. Please feel free to share iPhone shots or scans of grail acquisitions if you have them.

My comic collecting interest is predominantly high grade GA, so most of my posts will fall into that area of expertise. However, my interests extend to pulps, original art, fine art, memorabilia, etc. Since hardcover books and reprint editions can bring collectors closer to the rarer material without breaking the bank providing book recommendations seems like a good idea too.

Others will have different interests, and an acquired grail book is cherished regardless of how much or little it cost and when it was published. The same is true of art, music and other memorabilia. So, to make long story short, you followed up just fine.
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I have one goal for 2020, a TOS 39. It will most likely only be a 2.0 or 3.0, but I’ll be happy.

Seriously, if it’s the only book I buy this coming year, I’m fine with that. But ASM #3 & #4 (especially 3) are high priority chases for me this year as well.

I knocked Hulk 181 & TMNT #1 (2nd Print) off my lifelong list this year. And that felt awesome to finally accomplish.
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I'm waiting.... (tapping fingers).
Splotches is gettin old!
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I have over 100 boxes of which I've individually gone through over 50 in the last 2 weeks. I pulled the minor keys from these 50 boxes and will continue with the remaining 50 boxes. (Thank you Key Collector App for assisting in this endeavor!)

My goal for 2020 will be unloading the commons through a $2 apiece garage sale in the spring and taking whatever remainder I can get for the entire boxes. Then I will unload the minor keys individually priced.

I just have too much garbage and an entire basement being taken up from this accumulation of 80's through now junk.

Hopefully this will allow a significant purchase of either original art or a major key later on during the year of which I can't even think about right now as I'm knee deep in paper!
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I had no way of knowing that 9.8 graded copies signed by Adam Hughes weren't what you were looking for. drchaos private msg quote post Address this user
In the last twelve months I have acquired more high end top shelf books while continuing to increase the quantity and quality of the books and original art that I have.

This year I plan to continue to acquire high end books but my overall goal for 2020 is to reduce the number of comic books I own.

The secondary goal is to better organize everything else.

2020 is the year of the purge!





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You think I'm joking, I'm not. earthshaker01 private msg quote post Address this user
I have collected 100s of high grade GA and SA esoteric #1's, #nn's, promotional, political, and ofcourse Dell giants are Dell four color. I imagine I will continue down that path this year.
I have two goals this year
One is by my own making, which is to start sending in books for grading again. It's been over a year since I sent a group in, because I have had so many opportunities to buy rare books that I like, most my slush fund has gone that way. This year I would like to get around 500 plus books graded just for their rarity and obscurity in an effort to preserve them in these conditions.
The second goal is a one book purchase I have been wanting for years, but have never seen it for sale. There is a one shot in 9.0 of Monster Crime #1 from 1952. Hell, I think I would settle for the 8.5 out there if I came across it. I am sure I could press/clean it into a 9+ if it was a good candidate.
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My goals are much smaller than most here, but I'm going to work on getting rid of some of my books that just don't hold any personal value to me.

I'm thinking about 500. I might swap those books for some (many fewer) silver age books.

As for my list next year:

Avengers 8 and 9

Finish completing my Demon run

Batman 241 and Avengers 98 (both from April 1972)

Fill in more of the Byrne X-Men run

Wish list: A Batman comic from the 40s (No specific one)
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Collector Darkseid_of_town private msg quote post Address this user
Year of the upgrade....
Goals 1 and 2 are upgrade SPidey 1, and FF 1...from perhaps 1.0 to 3.5 or better...I also want to do away with perhaps 25 long boxes of books.
I intend to continue mylite 2 and fullbacking what I plan to keep...
Hulk 1 will be authenticated, screend for restoration, pressed, clean and grade, along with TOS 39, TTA 27, Showcase 22, Avengers 1,GL 1 , DD1 , and Jim 83.
I would like to buy a fewvmore major dinosaur elements...intact bones or multiples joined together and have them prepped and display ready.


A zatanna sideshow statue, an upgrade on my hawkman 4 from 5.5 to 8.0 or higher....

The year after I plan to have graded and slabbed over 2 k books....should be fun, hang on for the ride
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I have continued to collect high grade bronze and silver keys this year, however have started selling at a local comic show and have developed quite a following. Through my sales I have acquired some larger silver keys which I am proud to add to my personal collection. I can't touch Catman's books but am very proud of my pick-ups in 2019. Next year, my goal books are Subby 1, Iron Man 1 and Thor 126 all 8.0 or higher. Happy New Year to all!
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I have collected 100s of high grade GA and SA esoteric #1's, #nn's, promotional, political, and ofcourse Dell giants are Dell four color. I imagine I will continue down that path this year.
I have two goals this year
One is by my own making, which is to start sending in books for grading again. It's been over a year since I sent a group in, because I have had so many opportunities to buy rare books that I like, most my slush fund has gone that way. This year I would like to get around 500 plus books graded just for their rarity and obscurity in an effort to preserve them in these conditions.
The second goal is a one book purchase I have been wanting for years, but have never seen it for sale. There is a one shot in 9.0 of Monster Crime #1 from 1952. Hell, I think I would settle for the 8.5 out there if I came across it. I am sure I could press/clean it into a 9+ if it was a good candidate.

Just buy some 2 mil Mylars and some Fullbacks and skip the slabbing.
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If the viagra is working you should be well over a 9.8. xkonk private msg quote post Address this user
I'm down to the big boys on my X-Men run, so I'm hoping to get a couple in 2020. If fortune smiles greatly, maybe a Hulk 181.
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You think I'm joking, I'm not. earthshaker01 private msg quote post Address this user
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I have collected 100s of high grade GA and SA esoteric #1's, #nn's, promotional, political, and ofcourse Dell giants are Dell four color. I imagine I will continue down that path this year.
I have two goals this year
One is by my own making, which is to start sending in books for grading again. It's been over a year since I sent a group in, because I have had so many opportunities to buy rare books that I like, most my slush fund has gone that way. This year I would like to get around 500 plus books graded just for their rarity and obscurity in an effort to preserve them in these conditions.
The second goal is a one book purchase I have been wanting for years, but have never seen it for sale. There is a one shot in 9.0 of Monster Crime #1 from 1952. Hell, I think I would settle for the 8.5 out there if I came across it. I am sure I could press/clean it into a 9+ if it was a good candidate.

Just buy some 2 mil Mylars and some Fullbacks and skip the slabbing.
I would but there is no money it, comparatively, for resale when I retire and sell it all in a few years.
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I'm waiting.... (tapping fingers).
Splotches is gettin old!
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In the last twelve months I have acquired more high end top shelf books while continuing to increase the quantity and quality of the books and original art that I have.

This year I plan to continue to acquire high end books but my overall goal for 2020 is to reduce the number of comic books I own.

The secondary goal is to better organize everything else.

2020 is the year of the purge!


Well stated! (sorta like I was trying to state...
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Beaten by boat oars Studley_Dudley private msg quote post Address this user
I knocked out quite a bit of stuff on my list this year, but the main stuff was all hit and miss. As far as for 2020, some goals remain the same.

1. High grade & complete Transformers #1 Marvel UK
2. Buy a maximum of 50 books (pull list excluded) this coming year. What I mean by this is I want to get higher quality books instead of just getting a book because it's available.
3. Buy one big key book (cents or pence copy). I'm narrowing it down it to Avengers #1 or 4, Strange Tales #110, FF #5, X-Men #1, ToS #39, ASM #1, .
I have other financial goals this coming year, so I am trying to be good about comics and buying when ebay is doing a bucks offer, or I get gift cards. Other than that, I'm being more picky.
4. Continue to unload books I don't want to clear up space.
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I'm waiting.... (tapping fingers).
Splotches is gettin old!
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Originally Posted by earthshaker01
I have collected 100s of high grade GA and SA esoteric #1's, #nn's, promotional, political, and ofcourse Dell giants are Dell four color. I imagine I will continue down that path this year.
I have two goals this year
One is by my own making, which is to start sending in books for grading again. It's been over a year since I sent a group in, because I have had so many opportunities to buy rare books that I like, most my slush fund has gone that way. This year I would like to get around 500 plus books graded just for their rarity and obscurity in an effort to preserve them in these conditions.
The second goal is a one book purchase I have been wanting for years, but have never seen it for sale. There is a one shot in 9.0 of Monster Crime #1 from 1952. Hell, I think I would settle for the 8.5 out there if I came across it. I am sure I could press/clean it into a 9 if it was a good candidate.

Just buy some 2 mil Mylars and some Fullbacks and skip the slabbing.
I would but there is no money it, comparatively, for resale when I retire and sell it all in a few years.



What he said. 3 years ago I would never slab anything of mine. Deep down I don't like to do it and never will. I personally don't believe in it for the most part. But the masses don't feel that way and I no longer fight city hall. If the masses desire a pile of poo - that's what I will sell them. People are fascinated... obsessed even with numbers and ratings and stars and all that opinion/subjective garbage
Ultimately my whole collection is going some day soon
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2020 will be my "perfect vision" year. I am going to need to thin out the herd this coming year. Goals include: organizing my Captain America volume 1 collection, getting rid of old drek and organizing/reboxing the drek I want to keep.

As far as my Cap run goes, I am about a dozen books away from completing it. I WAS keeping track of what I needed, but I lost track with just a few left. Plus, I really want to upgrade some of them, so this will be a good time to do a quick grade on each.

Superheroes, in general, don't excite me like they used to. I blame the movies for that. It was always fun to imagine how a hero would react in different situations. Or how a hero sounded or walked. Movies and shows have pretty much taken away the mystery.

I have found that I like going through the monthly previews and ordering new number one issues or finding a new title that intrigues me. Or maybe a cool cover by a current artist. So I will probably continue to order modern drek. To make room for that, I will have to get rid of my old drek.

There are a few comics that I want to add to my collection. It's mostly silver and bronze age books. Basically comics from my younger years and shortly before.

I'll probably set up a trading thread for my stuff this summer (hopefully). Either that or donate. We'll see.
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Thank you sir. May I have another? Siggy private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by earthshaker01
I have collected 100s of high grade GA and SA esoteric #1's, #nn's, promotional, political, and ofcourse Dell giants are Dell four color. I imagine I will continue down that path this year.
I have two goals this year
One is by my own making, which is to start sending in books for grading again. It's been over a year since I sent a group in, because I have had so many opportunities to buy rare books that I like, most my slush fund has gone that way. This year I would like to get around 500 plus books graded just for their rarity and obscurity in an effort to preserve them in these conditions.
The second goal is a one book purchase I have been wanting for years, but have never seen it for sale. There is a one shot in 9.0 of Monster Crime #1 from 1952. Hell, I think I would settle for the 8.5 out there if I came across it. I am sure I could press/clean it into a 9+ if it was a good candidate.

Just buy some 2 mil Mylars and some Fullbacks and skip the slabbing.
I would but there is no money it, comparatively, for resale when I retire and sell it all in a few years.


I'm hoping I won't have to sell any of mine. so I'll "chance it" and keep the majority raw. I'd just about go nuts if I spent the $$$ to have my books slabbed only for the comics hobby to "crash" again- Not just because of the money wasted, but now the comics can't even be enjoyed without [cracking them out] effectively throwing away the money spent to slab them- A double-whammy waste.

But it sounds like you know you'll selling them, and soon, so hopefully you'll have no reasons to post anything but satisfaction threads.

I don't think I'll be purchasing nearly like I did this year. I got many of the tough books out of the way, but some have unfortunately skyrocketed to prices I just cannot get on board with, like Marvel Spotlight #5. Even Silver Surfer #4 will be a tough pill to swallow. I've never read the story, so I'm not even sure if the price for that one is generated by the cover alone, or if it's actually a good issue.
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I need to amend my initial goals, and I can't believe I forgot this, but I'll be getting Alice Copper to sign my Marvel Premier #50 in May.

There won't any selling involved, so I'm just having him sign the case.

I've no clue what that will be like.
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This was my big pickup. X men 1 6.5. (This isnt it, mine has white pages, which is a bonus.)

Bought it because it was a deal, still have the investing value mindset, which is hard to shake.
So for 2020 I want to buy what I like, value be damned, which are Atomic explosion covers (a 2019 purchase here)

And monster magazine covers, a 2019 purchase here.


Grails that I have left are few. I got my tos 39 (coverless) I find coverless satisfies my personal urge just as well. But if I run across an AF 15 coverless, I am there
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You think I'm joking, I'm not. earthshaker01 private msg quote post Address this user
@Jabberwookie I have an extreme mint copy of tha Alice Cooper comic. How do I get him to sign mine, any insight?
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Leftover Sundae Gnus CatmanAmerica private msg quote post Address this user
Here are a few more GA books acquired in 2019 (more later)...










Comments on the health of the hobby from my perspective forthcoming (be afraid!)
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I live in RI and Rhode Islanders eat chili with beans. esaravo private msg quote post Address this user
Since I (hopefully) will reach the big 6-0 very soon, this is the year I either purchase that X-Men #1 or give up and break up my set. I also hope to fill in some 12-cent ASMs and see if I can find decent and affordable early Legion of Superheroes appearances. I wouldn’t mind picking up a HOS #92 or an EC comic or two.
I will continue to submit comics for grading on a regular basis, and hopefully be able to sell off many more comics than I purchase. Like many have stated, try to go for quality over quantity (so difficult with so many great comics out there). At least that’s the plan.
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You do know that the new guy brings the donuts, right? DWeeB1967 private msg quote post Address this user
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I'll start this off with a few Alex Schomburg acquisitions made in the past year

I have REALLY REALLY REALLY been getting the itch to pick up a couple of VF-ish WWII Schomburg covers lately. I think I'm going to have to do that.

Other than that, high-grade Steranko Nick Furys, DC horror first appearances (HOS #92 and Hawkman #4 are tops on my list along with HOS #81 which isn't a first appearance but still...), ASM #4 and #9...

My problem had always been that I like it all!!!!!

I would like to sell of some Bronze Age and modern stuff to fund at least some of the purchases. However, most of my stuff isn't graded so that makes it harder to sell. I do plan to take advantage of the current CBCS sale, though.
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If I could, I would. I swear. DrWatson private msg quote post Address this user
I would like to pick up another Northland X-Men, but they are getting hard to come by.
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@Jabberwookie I have an extreme mint copy of tha Alice Cooper comic. How do I get him to sign mine, any insight?


Are you near the DFW area, at all?

If you are or can get here, he's appearing at the Texas Frightmare on May 1-3.

I know there's the autographs and a photo session.

I'm going to get mine autographed, but not decided on the photo, yet.

If you can't get here, depending on your level of comfort and trust, you could always send to me, cover the autograph fee ($60, I think) and I will get it signed and sent back to you.

But, you don't know me, so I can see why that would be a last resort.
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Here are a few more GA books acquired in 2019 (more later)...










Comments on the health of the hobby from my perspective forthcoming (be afraid!)
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Catman, those are absolutely beautiful.

You are on a whole different level of collecting.

Great year!
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You think I'm joking, I'm not. earthshaker01 private msg quote post Address this user
One thing I picked up was a pulp that focused on a movie and publisher I love. Never thought I would find it in such great shape as most pulps are pretty tattered bt this day and age. I also got a near perfect original store advertisement poster to go with it.
Outside of that this last year I have picked up numerous extremely high grade GA and SA oddities, many with only a dozen or less known to exist and even fewer in NM shape. It's been a good year. Cheers.

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One thing I picked up was a pulp that focused on a movie and publisher I love. Never thought I would find it in such great shape as most pulps are pretty tattered bt this day and age. I also got a near perfect original store advertisement poster to go with it.
Outside of that this last year I have picked up numerous extremely high grade GA and SA oddities, many with only a dozen or less known to exist and even fewer in NM shape. It's been a good year. Cheers.


Did not know those were gradeable, one of the best movies of all time. Appreciate learning that, Happy New Year
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One thing I picked up was a pulp that focused on a movie and publisher I love. Never thought I would find it in such great shape as most pulps are pretty tattered bt this day and age. I also got a near perfect original store advertisement poster to go with it.
Outside of that this last year I have picked up numerous extremely high grade GA and SA oddities, many with only a dozen or less known to exist and even fewer in NM shape. It's been a good year. Cheers.


Did not know those were gradeable, one of the best movies of all time. Appreciate learning that, Happy New Year


Same. I wasn’t sure Pulps fit in a slab. I have one with the original story that was the basis for the John Carpenter movie ‘They Live’. I might have to get it graded.
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