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. We always give the collectors the choice and lately, most have been opting to run their collections through our auctions. We’re doing our best as a business to adjust to this and are trying to focus on getting the seller good results which help both parties.
I couldn’t even get past the second pile before I hit my first “divert to the personal collection” lot of books. Look at this beautiful lot of Gold Key Porky Pigs! I believe that is #7, #21 and #22: they are stunning copies, in that 8.5 to 8.2 range but have such healthy gloss and great eye appeal that I just couldn’t bring myself to list these and end up getting $20 to $25! With books like this, they need to be at least a CGC 9.6 to be worth grading; raw copies get hardly anything, if they were 7.0s I would have ran them but these beauties have to stay.
I was listing a lot of Heart Throbs and on the back of issue #71, there was this beautiful ad for DC’s Romance Comics line. Heart Throbs, Girls’ Romances, Falling in Love, Girls’ Love and Secret Hearts are all featured. Young Love and Young Romances would soon be resurrected to add to the selection. DC had the romance segment locked and loaded just before the Marvel Revolution began.
A couple of years ago we had a buying event at our shop in Hamilton; people brought in all sorts of collectibles, most of it junk. One guy did come in with a few vintage hairband rock tour t-shirts from the late 80s and early 90s. I didn’t know anything about them but our resident expert Jay told me there was a huge market for these old rock tour t-shirts. He said the old Wrestlemania tour t-shirts from the 80s were huge as well, hundreds of dollars each and some a lot more. So when I saw this ad in the back of a Night Rider #6 from Marvel I couldn’t help but wonder if there is a healthy vintage market for these original Marvel t-shirts. Does anybody know? Do they come up for sale? The authentic ones from these ads? I would imagine these were worn till they wore out; I would have back in the day if I had one, they look great.
I’m going to be showing my ignorance again but last night we sold a nice raw copy of Avengers #48 for some good money. Avengers #48 features the first new Black Knight. Black Knight first appeared in a 1950s Atlas comic and the Avengers was some sort of reintroduction. So I’m leafing through and counting the pages of a Tales of Suspense #59 when I see this splash page featuring the Black Knight. This is obviously not a reprint so why doesn’t this copy that came out almost 4 years before Avengers #48 get the Black Knight accolades?
Last night we had some great results on our weekly internationalcollectiblesexchange eBay auctions, raw lots continue to do very well though I did think that our lot of the DC Annuals went a little bit cheap. Superman Annual #1 and Batman Annual #1 together in very presentable shape went for $119.50, a bargain I thought.