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Collector michaelekrupp private msg quote post Address this user
Pedigree copies and certain autographs would obviously be impossible or very difficult to replace. Bound file copies are pretty hard to come by:


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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
I have 2 books that are irreplaceable. The first one is Batman Adventures 12, this one I bought for cover price for my kids and they wanted nothing to do with it so I left it in the original bag and stored it a way and promptly forgot about it. By some strange Coincidence this is the only book I own of that title and it came back a nice grade.
(Sorry about the terrible picture it’s dark in the room and difficult to retrieve it from its place)





The next one is super special. I bought it for what was at that time the most I had ever paid for a book, about 35 dollars then I had Stan Lee autograph it at a local sports and comics show. I love it.


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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
@michaelekrupp, That's an awesome collection.
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Collector michaelekrupp private msg quote post Address this user
@sportshort Thanks😊! It is a work in progress.
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
@michaelekrupp, can i ask a question? how did you acquire these. What's your source or are there several? I din't even know they existed in this format until I saw your posts. I would love such a collection.
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Collector michaelekrupp private msg quote post Address this user
@sportshort A lot of searching, mostly. I was fortunate enough to find a guy on EBay who sold me his entire collection of (I think) 28 volumes, probably representing about 50% of my current collection. There is also a BV specialist that I deal with named Kent Meredith, who sells on EBay under the name funniesink. He has an amazing assortment of all types of bound volumes. If you are looking for anything specific I recommend shooting him a message and tell him what you are interested in. I have also bought some through heritage auctions. I have bound volume comics, Dell bound volume and Harvey bound as saved searches on EBay.
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Collector michaelekrupp private msg quote post Address this user
Oh, and if you are interested in Harveys in particular I have two duplicate volumes that I would be happy to trade as well!
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COLLECTOR dielinfinite private msg quote post Address this user
Probably one of these. The hardcover is limited to 1000 copies. One is an artist proof copy but it’s the other one that is irreplaceable






All the signatures, except the pre-signed creator ones at the bottom, I got myself

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Collector BigRedOne1944 private msg quote post Address this user
Im going to have to go with............. None
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Collector CatmanAmerica private msg quote post Address this user
Very little in life is irreplaceable, but this high grade Edgar Church copy...




...previously owned by Nicolas Cage would certainly be on the list.
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Beaten by boat oars Studley_Dudley private msg quote post Address this user
If we're talking about the cost to condition ratio, then X-Men #1. I bought it raw for $2700 in 2015. With it going for over $10k in that condition now, I don't know if I could pull the trigger on it.



If we're talking about difficulty in finding a book, then it would be Transformers More than Meets the Eye #19 retailer incentive. I've had two copies (lucked into both) and my friend had a copy. We both sold one and those were the last two sales of the book I've seen. It never pops up for sale mostly because it was solicited as a 1:10 incentive then turned into a 1:25 incentive after final orders.

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Collector Nuffsaid111 private msg quote post Address this user
MichaeleKrupp triggered something in my head. I keep thinking comics, but we shouldn't as long as it is comic related.

That said, the 1st 27 volumes of Marvel Masterworks. All are signed by Stan Lee and by many of the representative artists/inkers that were involved with the books. That includes John Buscema, Sal Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Gene Colan, Don Heck, Dick Ayers, John Romita Sr., Roy Thomas, John Byrne, Chris Claremont, Herb Trimpe, Mike Esposito, George Tuska, Dave Cockrum, Terry Austin, John Workman.

Best thing - these were obtained when autographs were actually free; all of them.

These are irreplaceable, since both many of the artists are deceased; and most folks were running around getting their comics signed for CGC at the advent of slabbing. I chose the Marvel Masterworks instead of the individual comics.

I've seen Masterworks brought to conventions in the last 15 years or so, but many of the above had passed away already. So having legends like Big John B., Heck, Tuska, Esposito on the Masterworks editions is (in my opinion) quite uncommon.
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Collector monjoody private msg quote post Address this user
If anything, I'd have to say the couple of sketch covers that I've commissioned (sadly no pics until CBCS sends them back). Maybe I overthink it, but I try to find an artist who's got a style that I like, but also a worthy sketch cover for them to do their thing.

My "The Batman's Grave" sketch that Troy Dongarra did is amazing and hysterical. I had him draw Alfred in that Kermit the frog drinking tea, "But that's none of my business" meme vibe, and he went so far beyond what I was expecting. It's so good. I doubt that, given a similar situation, we could nail that again.
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by michaelekrupp
Oh, and if you are interested in Harveys in particular I have two duplicate volumes that I would be happy to trade as well!


although I am amazed at your collection (really amazed) I don't have the time nor the resistance to add another potential monkey to my back. Comics are difficult enough to deal with. I appreciate the kind gesture and enjoy seeing your collection as you post it.
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Collector martymann private msg quote post Address this user
ALL WINNERS #4, the first comic I bought off the newsstand
in 1942.



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Collector Jabberwookie private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by martymann
ALL WINNERS #4, the first comic I bought off the newsstand
in 1942.




Every time you post a pic of this, I love it!

What an awesome book to have in your collection!
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Collector martymann private msg quote post Address this user
@Jabberwookie THANK YOU!

Marty
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TRA LA LA esaravo private msg quote post Address this user
Highest graded (and only #305) on the CBCS census and tied with four 9.4's for highest on the CGC census.




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Collector GAC private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by martymann
ALL WINNERS #4, the first comic I bought off the newsstand
in 1942.



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@martymann You are a legend!!
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
Quote:
Originally Posted by martymann
ALL WINNERS #4, the first comic I bought off the newsstand
in 1942.



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What I wouldn't give...
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COLLECTOR earthshaker01 private msg quote post Address this user
Another irreplaceable book of mine is the only known copy of this self made book by great artist Jack Sparling. He created this with the intent in the 50s to send to national newspapers etc...to promote his work. This was his file copy and likely the only one made by him.


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Collector brysb private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by Nuffsaid111
MichaeleKrupp triggered something in my head. I keep thinking comics, but we shouldn't as long as it is comic related.

That said, the 1st 27 volumes of Marvel Masterworks. All are signed by Stan Lee and by many of the representative artists/inkers that were involved with the books. That includes John Buscema, Sal Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Gene Colan, Don Heck, Dick Ayers, John Romita Sr., Roy Thomas, John Byrne, Chris Claremont, Herb Trimpe, Mike Esposito, George Tuska, Dave Cockrum, Terry Austin, John Workman.

Best thing - these were obtained when autographs were actually free; all of them.

These are irreplaceable, since both many of the artists are deceased; and most folks were running around getting their comics signed for CGC at the advent of slabbing. I chose the Marvel Masterworks instead of the individual comics.

I've seen Masterworks brought to conventions in the last 15 years or so, but many of the above had passed away already. So having legends like Big John B., Heck, Tuska, Esposito on the Masterworks editions is (in my opinion) quite uncommon.


That's a pretty nice collection of books to have signed. I wonder if people lug around those heavy Omnibus books to get signed??
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Collector Nuffsaid111 private msg quote post Address this user
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That's a pretty nice collection of books to have signed. I wonder if people lug around those heavy Omnibus books to get signed??


I can confirm I lug around my Omnibus'. So count 1 for sure!

Side Note: For my personal collection, I have always preferred harcovers over individual comics to get signed. They are books and represent typically a collection of works by the artist or writer rather than a specific issue. Also there is no question about where to obtain signatures. They go on the inside of a book. (Side side note: I firmly feel autographs should be on inside of comics but that's another topic).

Masterworks and Omnibus' and other Hardcovers/softcovers are special to me for signings; and get the nod over comics.
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Collector the420bandito private msg quote post Address this user
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This book is in the top 6 of the census last time I looked. It rarely ever comes up for sale in high grade. I doubt this book could ever be replaced even if you had the funds.

I know I'm restating basically what you've already said, @Bronte, but I'm always hunting for high grade SA/BA DCs and I've never seen a Tec #298 in that high a grade come up for sale. VERY nice and you're right... damn near irreplaceable.


That is one tough book. I remember going hard after the 9.4 Savannah copy that showed up in 2011. Went for around $2200. Great book!!
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Collector Bronte private msg quote post Address this user
@the420bandito

Dont recall date purchased, but cost was...
$689.78.
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Collector the420bandito private msg quote post Address this user
One of my favorite books. Still the only graded copy of either census. By no means expensive but for whatever reason HG copies just do not exist.


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Collector JinxedCat private msg quote post Address this user
A bit (lot) beat up, and technically replaceable, but it was a gift and I'd be heartbroken if anything should happen to it. I will get it slabbed at some point, but right now I've got an irrational fear of it disappearing in the mail.


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Collector 00slim private msg quote post Address this user
Here’s the one I’d have the hardest time replacing. A TOS 52 in 8.0+ is a tough find. And this one having the WHITE pages designation puts it over the top. I’d love a 9.4 one day, but the prices out out of my reach.

Even a bump to a 9.0 would be quite expensive.


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Collector martymann private msg quote post Address this user
@brysb Excellent thread...thanks for starting!

Marty
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Collector CatmanAmerica private msg quote post Address this user
Any limited edition book or printed ephemera that is considered a highest graded copy or among the best currently known examples would have to be considered irreplaceable in absolute terms. Also, any personalized signed book, original art, recreation or uniquely retouched print in series would qualify as irreplaceable.

Using this criteria, here are a couple of more items that I’d consider irreplaceable...



Jack Mathis’ oversized, self-published, Ltd. Ed. history of Republic cliff hanger serials.



Edgar Church (highest graded copy)
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