It’s down to the wire for the warehouse move: we have to be out by October 31st and it looks like we’ll just gonna make it. Here is a picture of the comics room at the new warehouse: there’s roughly 1,100 long boxes there. There’s a separate room for all the toys that’s almost as big as this room and then there’s a third storage area for cards; luckily it has an upstairs with plenty of office space. I’ll send pics as we settle in. I should probably take this same picture in late March; let’s hope it looks just as organized but with waaaay less boxes in it.
The 4th ICE Collectibles Canadiana Auction launched last night on eBay, some very scarce and amazing stuff is up open to bids, have a look at all the goodies right here. One remarkable piece is this CGC 9.8 copy of Batman #404, the Canadian Price Variant (CPV). I’m not an expert at CPVs but I believe this is one of the big grails of the CPV collecting strain.
I was going hard at the “heading to auction” pile trying to line up some lots for next week. I almost put up the whole Galactic Storm story arc but found I was missing 4 of the issues. I personally think these epic arcs that are told over 3 or 4 titles over 12 to 20 issues are worth way more than what the arcs realize on auction. Take Galactic Storm with its 19 issues (20 if you count the Aftermath Quasar issue), this set is almost impossible to put together on your own, I mean you have to hunt down Iron Man, Captain America, Avengers, West Coast Avengers and Quasar, the first 3 titles you might have a shot at but who collected Quasar!? Anyway, I like these sets, Maximum Carnage fits into this niche too. Do you have any tough arc you’re getting frustrated trying to complete?
Our splash of the week comes from Jim Starlin, this half splash from Strange Tales #181 caught my eye because of that grouping of damn clowns. I hate clowns.
From Daredevil #184 we get an ad for Cracker Jack popcorn. There are few older and more storied products to grace comic book ad pages that Cracker Jack. Introduced in 1986 Cracker Jack first started adding prices and novelties into the packages in 1912, the year the Titanic sailed and sank. That’s 111 years of cool prizes, some of which must be worth a fortune.
Last night another of our weekly ICE Collectibles eBay auction ended and I really liked the finish to the X-Men #266 CBCS 9.2 Signature Series signed by Chris Clairmont. The book closed at $160.50 USD with was a healthy result in line with current CGC expectations. I like to see CBCS holding their value in the marketplace, I think CBCS has the potential to play a larger role in the hobby, I think the hobby needs a strong second option for grading.