Comic Culture May 21st 2014

comicculture logoThis week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk the talk and walk the walk, they also produce the produce as Shekky Feldstein took the week off.

So just kick back, relax and enjoy this week’s Comic Culture.

Oh, and please, please make sure you go out and support your local comic book shop.

Comic Culture is produced and engineered by Walter Durajlija and Chris Owen.

Enjoy Comic Culture May 21st 2014 Edition:


Walter Durajlija
Walter Durajlija

Walter Durajlija is an Overstreet Advisor and Shuster Award winner. He owns Big B Comics in Hamilton Ontario.

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  1. Walter – I ran an eBay search on the word “apparent” for completed comics and was surprised at some of the prices commanded for restored comics, even without a cgc lable. Are restored comics becoming more popular or is this normal in your view?

    Here are a couple of examples:

    This sold for nearly $600.
    Amazing Spider-Man #50 Vol 1 Apparent NM 9.4 Very High Grade 1st App Kingpin
    Color touch and trimed

    Here is another one.
    The X-Men #1 CGC 3 Apparent Good/VG 1st Appearance X-Men And Magneto

    Sold for $1,081

    Apparent 3.0 Slight (A). Restoration includes color touch, tear seals, staples cleaned. Date stamp on front cover at top.

  2. Hey Peter

    Apparent is the next best thing I guess and is seen as cheap compared to non restored – especially slight restoration

    I’m ok with a restored 2.5 or 1.8 since they are low grade anyway, I personally don’t like high grade restored – it seems like cheating to me !?

  3. Thanks Walter – The Overstreet Grading Guide has strict limitations on the use of tape. Very Good is the maximum grade when minor tape repair is applied. Do you know if the same standard applies to mending with the use of Paper Conservation professional grade mending tape?

  4. You make a good point Peter, that is something I am not aware of but it obviously does not apply since I’ve seen heavily restored books get high grades.

  5. Walter – When you say, “I’ve seen heavily restored books get high grades,” do you mean CGC grades or grading done by sellers?

    Are Overstreet grading standards are being ignored? Or is it that there are two different types of standards for restored books:
    1) Actual Grade and
    2) Improved Apparent Grade?

  6. I’m just guessing Peter but there must be two standards. I mean you have pieces added, paper that was not even part of the original and still get the high grades.

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