Monday, October 22, 2012

Supplies Have Arrived

Today I received the 500 boards and bags I ordered to help me get organized this weekend.  I bought them form a vendor on Amazon.  I was a little surprised to see how the arrived.  The bags were fun, packaged in Ultra Pro bags of 100.

But the boards arrived loose, in a big stack in the shipping box.  I have no proof that they're Ultra Pro boards, but they fit the bags well so I guess they'll do.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Amazing Spider-Man #10

It's been a long time since I've bought an Amazing Spider-Man comic.  After selling a few duplicates from my collection on ebay, I used the proceeds to buy #10.  This comic is in really nice shape, especially for what I paid for it.  Many of the other copies I've seen on ebay (and I've been watching for quite a while) have some very dark marks on the cover, tape, spine roll, etc.

This copy has some spine wear and a few creases on the cover.  The staples are tight and the inside pages are just off white.  I"m really happy to have this in my collection.

Next weekend I plan to spend the whole day Saturday organizing my collection.  I bought 500 bags and boards and am ready to sort and alphabetize.  My goal is to have my whole collection alphabetized and in order in my closet.  Maybe I'll even pick out a few more to sell on ebay.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Watchmen #5

I read Watchmen #5 tonight.  It was pretty good, with the unmasking of Rorschach.  I now need to buy #6 to continue.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Flipping Comics

Sunday night I had three ebay auctions end for some duplicate Spider-Man comics I decided to sell.  I sold numbers 27, 39 and 40, which are all Green Goblin appearances.

That money didn't last long in my Paypal account.  Tonight I bid on and won Amazing Spider-Man #10.  I'll post it when I get it in the mail.

That leaves only 7 issues I need to complete my Amazing Spider-Man collection.  I need issues:

  • 1 (yeah, right)
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 9
  • 20
I also have many that could be upgraded to nicer copies.  For instance, my #2 only has a front cover, the back is missing.  But, for the $25 I paid for it several years ago, I'm happy to have it.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Watchmen #4

I read Watchmen #4 tonight.  It focuses on Dr. Manhattan and how he came to be.  It continues to be interesting but still, we don't know who's killing the old crime fighters.

The back covers of these comics are completely black.  Any fingerprints turn to oily stains on the back, so it's very difficult to keep them in good shape.  This issue of mine suffers greatly form this problem.  I might replace it.

I only have one more issue to go before there's a hole in my collection and I have to break down and buy the missing copies.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Watchmen #3

It's been a nice, lazy Saturday.  I had to fix the lawn mower (broken fuel line), take the leaves to the compost pile and a few other minor chores inside the house.  But other than that, I've had time to dig through my comics.

I also collect baseball memorabilia and autographs, which I've been blogging about for 4 years here.  I spent a little time on that hobby today as well.

This evening I had some more time to read the next issue of Watchmen (#3).  Still an interesting story, but it didn't seem to advance much in this issue.

Watchmen #2

I found a few minutes to read Watchmen #2 this afternoon.  It's mostly flashback storyline to when the Watchmen were active crime fighters.  In #1, one of the old crew was murdered, and the story line is mostly about trying to figure out who dunnit.

Of Mice and Teenage Boys

Unfortunately, I have to store my comics in my basement.  I live in fear of two things: water and mice.

The comic closet is on a side of the basement with no pipes running through the ceiling, so we'd need a significant amount of water in the basement to damage the comics.  However, I do put my favorite and most valuable comics higher up on the shelves, just in case.

We built our house in 1998.  Prior to that, our neighborhood was farmland.  Every fall, several mice find their way into our house.  Luckily, they tend to make their way to our furnace room, where I keep traps set year round.  Unfortunately, they occasionally make their way into the closet where I keep my comics. 

The floor of that closet contains the sump basket.  It's dry as a bone and has never had water in it as long as the house has existed.  However, the mice seem to make their way into it and become trapped.  The only way we know there's one in there is by the unmistakeable smell of dead mice.

It's not easy getting them out either, since I can no longer take the lid of the sump basket off because my shelving unit is on top of it.  I slit the carpet so we can peel it back and gain access via the small slot in the cover of the basket.

I don't really like messing with mice, dead or alive.  Luckily, I have a son who is unphased by these critters.  Today, I paid him $10 to fish the dead mouse out of the sump basket and dispose of it properly.

Welcome To My Comical Problem!

It's a rare rainy Saturday here in Minnesota so I decided it was a good time to finally crack open the closet door that hides my comic book collection and start to figure out what's in there.

I've been collecting for about 25 years, since I was in High School, mostly focusing on Silver Age Marvel books, especially Spider-Man.  I've acquired many comics along the way and now I have a lot that I don't really care for and am deciding how best to get rid of them.

I have about 5000 comics.  I quit buying new comics long ago and only buy comics from the 1970's or earlier now.  I used to keep a pretty accurate inventory of the collection, including the price I paid for each comic, but since that was an Excel file stored on a 3.5" floppy disk, I have misplaced it and also don't have a floppy disk drive to retrieve it even if I came across it. I do have a hard copy of that file that I may try to re-digitize somehow.

For some reason, I was thinking about the old Watchmen series from the '80's and decided to find out if I had all 12 issues.  I managed to find the box with them in it, and found out I'm missing issues 6-9.

I don't think I ever read the Watchmen books that I do have so this morning I pulled out #1 and read it.  It's a pretty good story so far.  Rorschach is a creepy character.

Anyone a fan of this series?

There's a new series called "Before Watchmen: Rorschach".  I'd like to read it, but I hesitate to spend $3.99 per book for a new comic.  I'd rather spend that money buying the issues from the old series that I'm missing.  I also read there's a variant cover for issue #3.  That's what I hate about new comics: all the gimmicks to get you to buy more and more.