Category Time to Collect

Giving it a Good Kick

I read over on CBR that Kickstarter broke a record in 2022 for the number of successful comic projects launched: the numbers were 2,205 successfully funded projects out of 2,805 submissions, a 78% success rate. I also read that this…

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Yo Adrian

OK, I’ll tell you what happened. I was planning this huge Romance Comics auction to start later this week just in time for the winning bidders to get their books before Valentine’s Day. I had eBay on board to help…

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One Good Reason

Nothing beats good data. Good data analyzed properly can provide opportunities, if not for profit then at least it might stop you from doing something stupid. Speaking of doing something stupid, I’ve done a quick analysis of five Amazing Spider-Man…

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Improvise

Comic guy – “Walt, what books should I invest in” Walt – “Beats me” A variation of this exchange happens often, especially lately. The smart ones go undeterred by my rebuff, they realize that the wheels have to be greased…

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all. I hope 2023 brings everyone health, happiness and fulfilment and wealth, but let’s not wait for the year to bring these things to us. Let’s go out and get them ourselves. OK, so let me…

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The Great Re-set

Happy New Year everyone. I hope 2023 brings you health, happiness and prosperity. Will we be able to achieve our prosperity through rising comic book values this coming year? Good question, and one I don’t have the answer for. As…

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Weight Watchers

Tis the season for excess. Last week I had the Big B Comics Christmas gathering on Wednesday night, Thursday night I had my old high school buddies’ beer and wings Christmas cheer, Friday night I was invited to help friends…

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Good Times

December has always been kind to comic book shops, at least it has to the Big B shops over the years. Christmas and the holidays are in the air and gift-giving is on people’s minds. Luckily for comic shops, there…

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November Rains

I wonder if the yearly rhythms of the comic book marketplace create discernible patterns. Are November sales always slow? Is June the traditional point of the year where we see price gains? I know markets have general directions I’m just…

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Hey Boo Boo

Happy Halloween everybody. Please be careful driving today as there will be way too many kids out there trying to run off their sugar rushes. I’m getting lazy I think; a few years back we had a big Halloween push…

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Rarified Air

It’s not often I get so awed by a comic. Over the years I’ve held some beauties and thanks to that beyond rare pile of 1930s comics we’ll be auctioning in the coming weeks, the ones with the covers stripped…

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Hard Times

I still have not opened all the boxes I brought back from my USA PO Box trip last week. At first comb through there were way more toys than I thought and not as many comics as I thought. I…

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It’s Been Too Long

It’s been two and a half years since the last time I cleared out my PO Box in Niagara Falls, New York. The pandemic, travel restrictions and the dauntingness of all the customs paperwork did a good job of keeping…

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The Correction

I’m almost finished with this very necessary project I started last week. I’m going though all the CGC-graded comics on ICE Collectibles that belong to our three largest consignors by volume of listings (including Big B) and I’m making price…

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The Funnies

It was nice to see the Marvel versus DC debate Chris and I had on our last Comic Culture podcast draw out some extra comments; it’s a topic that needs more time, and us speeding through it like we did…

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Mixed Signals

Happy Equinox to our Druids friends; I hope your narrow pathways fill with light. Did everybody see that CGC 6.0 Action Comics #1 sold for $3.4 million? It was a private sale through the Goldin Auctions website and it bettered…

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