Category Time to Collect

The Water Cooler

It struck me that these little weekly observations I post are like little topics for discussion around the water cooler on a Monday morning; you can add the football and Oscar talk if you’d like. Next week I’m going to…

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Money in the Bank

Have you guys noticed the strong prices CGC 9.6 grades have been getting lately? I’m noticing it, especially in the Bronze Age and the late Silver Age where there is a relatively good supply of CGC 9.8s. The 9.8s are…

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The Hat Trick

A big ComicLink big auction ended this past week with record sales in the high end of the market. We keep questioning the validity of these record prices and the next big auction keeps pushing past the record prices set…

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The Joys of Collecting

This week I want to go with a ‘collecting’ theme to celebrate this great hobby we all enjoy. I’ll first poke at the very famous but perhaps overlooked Two Issue Introduction sets, those quick two story arcs are the ones…

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Comics and Hockey

It’s a long weekend in Canada, Monday being Family Day. It’s a good day to sleep in and I’m gonna do just that. We Canucks are proud of our girl’s hockey team who took home Gold at the Olympics, I’m…

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Rock and Roll

Happy Valentine’s Day. It’s mid-February and the cold still has a nice bite to it. I love a crisp cold minus 10 day if it is sunny and clear; hate those dreary grey cold days! I hope everyone enjoyed the…

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Hammers

It’s February in Canada and that means it’s really cold: luckily I’ve had some hot and heavy books come through to take the edge off. It was only a couple of weeks ago I got to handle a coverless copy…

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Do You Have A Moment?

It’s been a busy week: we added a couple of new consignors to our weekly eBay auctions. I prefer to buy collections; more money upfront but generally there is more ‘meat on the bone’ for us as in better margins.…

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Winter Spice

They say that variety is the spice of life and I can confirm it’s true when it comes to prepping comic books for eBay auctions. This week I had a real smorgasbord of items come across my desk; every other…

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A week full of Wow

Wow, what an eventful week! I’ll start with the big Original Art sale on Heritage Auctions. The original art page where Spider-Man first appears in the black costume (as was meant to be as canon) sold last week for $3.36…

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Chasing Geese

A few years ago I made a mistake, in hindsight, when I started my Covered 365 posts. I picked only one cover for the matching day. As the year went on I modified it to pick a “cover of the…

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Looking Ahead

Happy New Year everyone. I wish you all health and happiness and some great comic book finds (which go a long way to making the first two wishes realized). I tried to crystal ball this upcoming year when it comes…

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2021, Who Knew`1`

It was quite the year, 2021. This stubborn pandemic did not go away, not at all. We fought on though, finding things that helped us push through. One of those things apparently was collecting comic books as the year 2021…

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Blame Old Saint Nic

Today was my Slava for Sveti Nikola, (Saint Nicholas), my family’s patron saint. With all that is going on, we played it cautiously and held a very small family gathering with my side on Saturday and entertained only my wife’s…

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Edward Scissorhands

A couple of weeks ago the gentleman listing his incomplete books on our eBay auctions dropped a bombshell on me when he said “I think I still have the clippings”. Amazing! I asked him if he could bring them in…

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Reprints

Last week I sold a guy some early 1980s Marvel Tales reprints. I got $20 for a nice crisp copy of Marvel Tales #152 from June 1983; the book features the reprint of Amazing Spider-Man (ASM) #14 which famously features…

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Econ 101

I was talking comics with a pal last week and we were both marvelling at what seems to be the endless demand generating record prices for items we both thought were forever doomed because of their bottomless supply. Books like…

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I’m Missing Page 12

There were some strong responses to last week’s post, I’ve even received a few emails and had guys bring up the subject when chatting with me at the shop. Our eBay auction results this week only reinforce the growing demand…

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