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 especially proud of Sarah Nurse who was Canada’s leading scorer and the Olympics’ leading scorer. Sarah grew up in the neighbourhood and my son played hockey with one of her brothers; you did us all proud Sarah.
The tea leaves are still a bit hard to read for the coming year but I’d say the hobby is off to a good start. I remember there was a bit of panic around that Comic Link auction that happened in November: prices were reported to be soft and I think it was around the time the stock markets started losing some steam. The doom and gloom of that auction seem to gave gone away as there have been healthy results all over the place’ Spidey’s continue to lead the charge. I think the market is in the process of sifting right now: many of the books that are getting a spanking had no right getting to those inflated prices and the market now is doing a reckoning. Keep focusing on the fundamentals, key characters, key titles, key issues, key covers, real scarcity, real scarcity of grade, real value. Keep staying away from books that are plentiful that have blown up because of some trailer being dropped; situations like that always lead to a temporary lack of supply. Don’t fall into this trap, please.
I went hard yesterday prepping next week’s eBay auctions. There is a low-grade Batman #181 going up next week and I took a quick pic of the infamous centre spread posted. I think over the years I’ve had about 1 out of 4 of these books coming through without. I know a guy who has a nice copy without the poster, he tried to buy this copy off me so he could perform a little marriage ceremony but I was having none of it.
This intriguing run of Rawhide Kid goes up on auction next week and I’ll be watching with interest. These are early issues and they are in better than normal condition. Westerns have been showing some life lately, especially the mainstay Marvel Western titles as well as the Mighty Marvel Westerns. I can’t wait to see what these get.
My ad of the week comes in the middle of an X-Men #129 featuring Kitty Pryde’s first appearance. The book hit stores in December of 1979 so there shouldn’t be any Empire Strikes Back characters as that movie didn’t come out until the summer of 1980. These are the leftover figures from the 1978 wave (the 12 on the right side) and the 1979 wave (the 9 on the left side), unsold lots from the first movie. I’m wondering what this page of toys still in their packaging is worth?
My save of the week was totally unexpected. I had no idea that I’d want to keep a copy of America’s Greatest Comics #8 but after I looked inside to check for completeness I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer amount of stories you get and the art was amazing. Look at this splash, I’m pretty sure that’s Mac Raboy. I don’t really collect Captain Marvels and I’m sure I’ll eventually put this up on an auction but I just couldn’t let it go today.
Another internationalcollectiblesexchange weekly auction on eBay finished up last night and the action was fast and furious. Raw comics continue their march forward: have a look at this set of Giant-Size Avengers #1, 2 and 3, the copies were in the 8.0 to 8.5 range and earned $131.50 USD. We’re amassing so many raw lots lately, these weekly auctions are going to keep getting better so stay tuned.