Thursday, January 24, 2013

Journey Into Mystery #113

I received my purchase from Jeff over at  I was encouraged by the many JIM and Thor books I bought in the large lot of books recently and this copy caught my eye.

I did pretty well with my last eBay auctions.  I have more that started on Tuesday and three more starting tonight.  Check them out in the widget to the right.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Virtual Comic Con!

Over on the collectors society boards they're having a virtual comic convention.  Basically, sellers have listed items for sale in their message boards.  I've already picked up a couple low grade golden age books.  I don't collect golden age books (or do I now?), but these looked really interesting and were pretty affordable.

Anyway, it runs through the weekend so go check it out:

I have a few comics ending on eBay tonight that are doing okay, and many more ending tomorrow.

I'll post a few more early in the week.  I'm testing which day of the week is best for auctions to end.

Either check out the books in the widget to the right, or check them out here:

Monday, January 7, 2013

Cataloging My Collection

I used to be pretty good about keeping a spreadsheet that detailed my collection including the title, grade and cost.  Somewhere through the years I lost the file.  So, I'm trying to recreate it.  I do have a printed version of the file so at least I'll have most of the cost of the books I've had in my collection for a long time.

I've had to grab each box (which I spent a weekend alphabetizing), carry it to my desk, and go through, book by book, and enter them into the spreadsheet.  I've been grading them through the bags, so it's not super accurate, but close enough.

For some of the older and more valuable books, I've been scanning them in if I don't have a scan already.  The fun part of that is seeing all the great toy advertisements on the back of the comics.  Tonight I found one of my favorites: Redline Hot Wheels on the back of World's Finest #175.

I also found this cool Schwinn ad, but I don't remember which book this was on.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

A Bunch of Silver Age Marvels

I mentioned in an earlier post that I bought a bunch of lower grade silver age Marvels on the collectors society boards.  They arrived yesterday and I had a lot of fun going through them.

There were 68 comics.  26 of them were ones I didn't already have in my collection.  7 more are ones I already have but are better than my current ones so I'll upgrade.  There are another 9 that I have to pull out my current ones to see if I want to upgrade.  The rest I'll sell on eBay.

I spent about $3.68 per book.  Most were in G/VG shape with many at VG.  There were a couple of Fair condition, including some of the older X-Men.  Still a bargain at $3.68!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Amazing Spider-Man #20!

I finally found a decent copy of Amazing Spider-Man #20 for a reasonable price.  It wasn't the 50% of guide I normally like to pay, but about 66% of guide.  It was listed on eBay, but did not describe it with a grade.  The pictures were good enough to give me an idea of what the book looked like.  I also contacted the seller to make sure the pin-up page in the back of the book was present, which it is.

I think I benefited a bit from the seller's main picture that was shown in the results.  It was a scan of the book in a plastic bag, and the bag had ripples in it, making it appear that the cover of the book itself has ripples in it.  Another picture, viewable once I viewed the details of the auction, showed the book outside of the plastic bag.

There is some spine wear and a crease on the cover that may have been there since it was new.  In general, the book has tanned some, but for the price it looks much better than the others I've been considering.  I'd say this is in VG+ condition.

Now I'm down to just six more books to complete my collection (up to #425):

1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 9.  I think #'s 5, 6 and 9 will cost me $250-$300 each.  It might be a while before I add another to my collection, but I'm happy to be down to the single digits to complete it.