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Collector esaravo private msg quote post Address this user
Back in February I posted a bunch of SA DC's and asked for advice on what to send in for grading. Well I sent in 10 books and they arrived by FedEx today, pretty much spot on 12 weeks from door-to-door (with a couple of holidays).

Except for the Superman #167 (which I thought might get an 8.0), I thought every Adventure Comic had a legitimate shot at getting a 9.0 or better. DC's from this time period (1962-1964) are extremely difficult to find in high grades (just take look at the CGC Census).

Here's the grades by CBCS.
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Collector esaravo private msg quote post Address this user
Superman #167 - Not exactly the 8.0 I hoped for, but still looks pretty good.


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Adventure #297


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Adventure #299


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Adventure #301


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Adventure #305 (ties 4 others for highest graded copy)


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Adventure #307


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Adventure #309


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Adventure #317 (not the checkmark!)


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Adventure #319


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Adventure #326


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Collector GanaSoth private msg quote post Address this user
@esaravo Very Nice ! Thanks for Sharing those with us!
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Collector esaravo private msg quote post Address this user
So four of the 10 books got 9.4's, and 8 of the 10 received White page quality (very hard to find in SA DC's). All in all, I am very satisfied with the grades and the improved turn-around time. Now if only CBCS had a Census... And a Registry...
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Originally Posted by GanaSoth
@esaravo Very Nice ! Thanks for Sharing those with us!
Anytime. That's the beauty of these boards, letting others see what's out there.
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Collector Tdog13 private msg quote post Address this user
@esaravo...damn, those are nice books. Congrats on the grades.
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Collector 00slim private msg quote post Address this user
Very nice. 👍🏼
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Collector MR_SigS private msg quote post Address this user
Were they pressed?
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Collector GAC private msg quote post Address this user
fantastic!!!!!!!!
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Collector VaComicsGuy private msg quote post Address this user
Very nice. Gongratulations.
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CBCS Pressing SteveRicketts private msg quote post Address this user
Nice books. Love those Adventures!
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Collector Absolute_Zero private msg quote post Address this user
@esaravo congrats on the really nice books. Thanks for sharing these awesome pics and hope to come across some nice silver age books from DC soon
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COLLECTOR conditionfreak private msg quote post Address this user
Those are beautiful and vibrant colors. Either you got some real nice ones there, or you are good with crayons.

Beautiful early DC's.
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Were they pressed?
- Not one of these comics has ever been pressed.
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Collector Cosmic_Shel private msg quote post Address this user
These are absolutely gorgeous E!!

Thanks for sharing these white page beauties!!
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Collector PeteN private msg quote post Address this user
what scanner do you use? your images are sharp!
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COLLECTOR Foghorn_Sam private msg quote post Address this user
That Superman #167 looks much better than a 7.0. All of them are simply gorgeous!
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Originally Posted by PeteN
what scanner do you use? your images are sharp!


I use an old HP Scanjet 8300 that I won in an Ebay auction about three years ago. I had been looking for a large-format scanner on ebay and put a few on my watch list. There was one seller who had a few listed at a set price or best offer. So I made him an offer based on recent sales, and he declined. A few weeks later the same seller put up one of the scanners for auction. I ended up winning it for a lot less than my offer. In fact, the shipping cost was probably as much, if not more, than my bid for the scanner (when it was delivered my wife thought I had ordered a dorm-sized refrigerator because the package was so huge).

I did not scan the Adventure Comics #305 and #307, which are much better/clearer than my scans (no glare or reflections). Those were imaged by CBCS for their Featured Comics section.
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COLLECTOR Foghorn_Sam private msg quote post Address this user
I have that same model HP Scanjet. It does a fantastic job. I bought mine used off ebay also.

I looked up the notes on that Superman #167 and here's what I found:

tiny spine stress some breaks color
minor edge wear & few small creases front cover some breaks color
small light fingerprints front & back cover
3½" bottom left back cover barely breaks color

Too bad about that last one there, that's what probably really hurt it. Is it kind of a bend that's almost a crease? It might benefit from a dry clean and press, but you probably already know that. Still, from the front cover, it looks every bit as nice as any of the others. There's not even any noticeable discoloration to the cover from edge to edge which is amazing for a mostly white cover from that era.
Once again, absolutely beautiful books that are really hard to find in that nice of condition.
Cheers!!!
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Collector GeeWiz private msg quote post Address this user
And congrats on your books being selected for the 'Featured Comics' section!
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Collector esaravo private msg quote post Address this user
@Foghorn_Sam -
Thanks, Sam. I honestly cannot see the last defect that is listed. I can see a few minor stress lines along the spine and one major one that is located right above Braniac’s Shrinking Ray gun that breaks color on his right pectoral highlight. That stress bend can also be seen on the rear cover. There is also some rounding to the bottom right corner of the front cover, and some very slight discoloration to the top of the comic. Based on the flaws I observed, I thought the book would get an 8.0 and possibly even an 8.5. I also wonder why if this book looks so good for a 7.0, why didn’t CBCS give it a checkmark like they did with my Adventure Comics #317? Based on the grader’s notes, I probably could have gotten a grade bump with a press and cleaning. I am not a big proponent for pressing, but I guess I will have to consider it for some of my books in the future.
I was pretty close on my guesstimate grades for the rest of the comics I submitted (okay, I thought that #317 was a 9.2). I guess that is why we are not professional graders, and continue to pay companies hundreds of dollars for a plastic case and their opinions.
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