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Nice. Please don't take them boating. :)

It's fun dragging dozens of 2.5' long white boxes around for decades on end isn't it? I've had to explain those boxes to countless girlfriends and one wife over the years. lol

I have some more supplies coming in tomorrow, bags and boards, and I'm real excited about swapping out some old poly bags. Okay, I'm not even a little excited, but some of those bags are really vile.

Any of you guys have experience with the grading companies? Its been a few years, but I've used CGC/CCS in the past. They're slow and expensive, but thorough. Just looking for first hand opinions on CBCS and/or PGX in case I decide to submit some books for grading. I have a Tomb of Dracula #1 and a #10 that are both near flawless. I imagine they'd fetch a pretty penny slabbed.
 

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Nice. Please don't take them boating. :)

It's fun dragging dozens of 2.5' long white boxes around for decades on end isn't it? I've had to explain those boxes to countless girlfriends and one wife over the years. lol

I have some more supplies coming in tomorrow, bags and boards, and I'm real excited about swapping out some old poly bags. Okay, I'm not even a little excited, but some of those bags are really vile.

Any of you guys have experience with the grading companies? Its been a few years, but I've used CGC/CCS in the past. They're slow and expensive, but thorough. Just looking for first hand opinions on CBCS and/or PGX in case I decide to submit some books for grading. I have a Tomb of Dracula #1 and a #10 that are both near flawless. I imagine they'd fetch a pretty penny slabbed.

No boating for me. I do not go boating with my '70's silver art bars and I certainly will not go boating with my 5000+ comic books. LOL!!!!!

I did not have to worry about explaining those boxes to any girlfriends because I never had a gf.

I do need to get more bag/boards as well as some dividers. I need to organize my comic library. I love being able to pull a comic out of my comic book library to read...........Just like I did 20 years ago.

As for grading companies, I never had any experience with them. I cannot speak on that aspect of the comic book hobby (yet). As far as I know , I do not any comic book that is worth getting it graded (yet). I have several silver age comic books but they are in fair to poor condition and they are not "key issues" (as far as I know).
 

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Ah, so seems we approached comics from a somewhat different perspective. While I love the artwork and the storylines they've always been something of an investment vehicle so I've nearly always targeted key issues...with some exceptions. Some stuff is just plain fun.

Not sure if you pickup supplies locally, but prices and service at BCW are tough to beat in my experience.
http://www.bcwsupplies.com/
 

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Ah, so seems we approached comics from a somewhat different perspective. While I love the artwork and the storylines they've always been something of an investment vehicle so I've nearly always targeted key issues...with some exceptions. Some stuff is just plain fun.

Not sure if you pickup supplies locally, but prices and service at BCW are tough to beat in my experience.
http://www.bcwsupplies.com/
Yeah we do have different approaches to comic books. I tend to be a "reader" type comic collector that mainly focuses on buying them just to read them. I vast majority of my comic book collection are "reader" comics (i.e. comics in less than "ideal" condition for investment purposes, "no-name" comic book titles found in the "bargain bin", etc.) Also, you are more knowledgeable about comic books than I am and that makes a big difference IMO when it comes to finding key issue comic books and finding it at the right price. IMO I do not currently possess the knowledge to be able to make money off of them however I am content with reading them since that is my main goal. With that being said, there will IMO be some point in time (not sure exactly when) where I will be interested in buying comic books as an investment to flip on ebay or elsewhere online but I am nowhere near that point since I just returned to the comic book hobby a few months ago after a 20-year hiatus.

I do buy all of my comic book supplies locally but I will check out BCW. Thanks for the link.
 

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I think of comics more as an inflation hedge than a profit mechanism...like a poor man's Picasso of sorts.

As far as finding key issues/gaining knowledge it's dead simple by just thumbing through reference material. That used to mean hours staring at Robert Overstreet price guides, but now all that stuff is computerized. I use comicbase software to organize my collection and to help spot trends.
https://comicbase.com/mycb/default.aspx
 

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I think of comics more as an inflation hedge than a profit mechanism...like a poor man's Picasso of sorts.

As far as finding key issues/gaining knowledge it's dead simple by just thumbing through reference material. That used to mean hours staring at Robert Overstreet price guides, but now all that stuff is computerized. I use comicbase software to organize my collection and to help spot trends.
https://comicbase.com/mycb/default.aspx

Yep, Comicbase is just what I need to organize my collection. Thanks for the link.
 
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I've had to explain all those long boxes to many a girlfriend and my now fiancé. If they didn't mind they were definite keepers.
 

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I've had to explain all those long boxes to many a girlfriend and my now fiancé. If they didn't mind they were definite keepers.
In some ways the process is similar to explaining to a chick why you're converting "money" into metals.

"Uhhh...cuz I can read a history book babe."
 

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I do not have a gf (I am not even dating ATM) but if I eventually have gf, I prefer one with the same interest in comic books and that way I do not have to explain the white boxes of comics that fill up a large part of my apartment.
 

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When it comes to comic books, one thing that I has changed for me now vs. 20 years ago is that I am buying more independent comic book titles now than I did 20 years ago. Then again, there are more independent comics than there were 20 years ago based on my observations from 20 years ago. Of course, I have double the total number of comics now (5000+) than I did 20 years ago when I had 2500 comic books at that time.
 

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Really enjoyed some of the Valiant/Acclaim stuff.


Magnus has been done by nearly every publisher...ever with the exception of the big two, but they're mostly pretty good. The Valiant stuff was, imo, excellent.
 

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Really enjoyed some of the Valiant/Acclaim stuff.


Magnus has been done by nearly every publisher...ever with the exception of the big two, but they're mostly pretty good. The Valiant stuff was, imo, excellent.
I currently do not have any Valiant comics in my collection but I did have some Valiant comics in my collection 20 years ago. The Valiant comic that I can remember reading 20 years ago was X-O Manowar
 

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The Valiant comic that I can remember reading 20 years ago was X-O Manowar
I have some X-O books, though they're not my faves. I got into reading Magnus, Solar, and Hard Corps a bit though.

That's X-O, Magnus, and Solar respectively in the foreground. In the back there is Rai and Archer & Armstrong.
 

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I have some X-O books, though they're not my faves. I got into reading Magnus, Solar, and Hard Corps a bit though.

That's X-O, Magnus, and Solar respectively in the foreground. In the back there is Rai and Archer & Armstrong.
The main reason that I do not have any Valiant comic books in my current collection because I do not have an interest in them this time around. I am mainly a Marvel guy and most of my collection is Marvel comics.
 

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Sometimes it pays to look in unusual places for comics. I got a couple hundred of these comics from a goodwill branch:


Just noticed the latest price update has them at $7 and $5.25 respectively. I think they worked out to $.16 each when I grabbed them and they were in perfect condition with the exception that they stuck a small UPC code price sticker right smack dab on the cover.
 
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Goodwill, never thought of looking for comics there. Good score. Garage and "estate" sales would be good too. While you look for sterling silver at all those places.
 

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As of December 31, 2017, I have a total of 5,331 comic books in my collection and 27 comic book trade paperbacks (TPB's). I have not bought any comics books this year yet. Actually I have not bought any comic books since December 15, 2017. When I have the time, I do read a few in my collection. However, between my ebay business and working full-time at my regular job, I have not had much time to read comic books. Hopefully that will change in the future in terms of having more free time to read comics because I enjoy this hobby as a form of relaxation.

The other reason that I have not bought any comic books as 12-15-2017 because I need to make a new comic book "wish list" of issues that I am still looking for. I have not started that yet. I am not in a rush do that at this time since I have a lot of other things on my plate that I am concentrating on at the moment.
 
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So I just started buying Bronze Age stuff on Ebay. Picked up a comic book grading guide and found out no one can grade on ebay. I didn't blow a whole lot but it was enough to decide to buy CGC graded books only. I do like learning how to grade though. Much like grading coins.
 

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So I just started buying Bronze Age stuff on Ebay. Picked up a comic book grading guide and found out no one can grade on ebay. I didn't blow a whole lot but it was enough to decide to buy CGC graded books only. I do like learning how to grade though. Much like grading coins.

I still have not read my comic book grading guide that I bought last year. I have been so busy with my business and my full-time job that I have not spent time on learning how to grade comic books.

Speaking of comic books, I have not bought many comic books so far this year. I only bought about 100 of them so far this year. However, when I get the free time, I have been reading a bunch of them. I still have well over 5000 comic books in my collection so I have plenty to read.

I usually do not buy comic books on ebay, I still go to the local comic book shops to buy mine.
 

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I do both. Ebay for back issues and LCS for new stuff. I find that the LCS does not have much of the Bronze Age stuff I want.

I will make a correction here by saying that I used ebay during my early "come back to the comic hobby phase" to buy certain comic book back issues (usually 20-40 comic book lots) last year but as I started getting to know some of the local comic shops in my area, I started buying from them instead of on ebay. When I said in my previous post that I "usually do not buy comic books in ebay", I meant that I do not buy them now on ebay. Ebay was useful to me to get back issues that I knew that I was looking for a decent price when I was buying them in 20-40 comic book lots.
 

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On my way back home, I did stop by a comic book shop that opened up recently in my local area. I bought 25 comic books from that local comic shop. Mainly "What If......." comic books that I bought for a $1 each. I bought some other interesting independent comic book titles as well. I also bought this very interesting comic book..............


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I could not resist so I bought it at the cover price. I have not read it yet but I plan to eventually read it. Funny cover IMO. LOL!!!!
 

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I just picked up the complete Bronze Age run of John Carter Warlord of Mars on eBay over the holiday. The 28 issues look to be in vg+ or f- condition, paid $25 with free shipping.
 

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Steve Ditko, Spider-Man Co-Creator and Legendary Comics Artist, Dies at 90
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In 1961, Ditko and Lee created Spider-Man. Lee, the editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics, gave Ditko the assignment after he wasn't satisfied with Jack Kirby's take on the idea of a teen superhero with spider powers. The look of Spider-Man — the costume, the web-shooters, the red and blue design — all came from Ditko. Spider-Man first appeared in Amazing Fantasy No. 15.

No cause of death was announced. Ditko was found dead in his apartment on June 29 and it is believed he died about two days earlier.
 

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I suppose, if yer gonna have a 200,000 comic book collection, it would make sense to own a store where you could sell them...
 

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I went to my 1st comic con this summer (August 2018). I bought some silver age marvel comics for $5 each. The oldest one that I bought at that particular show was an Iron Man # 10 (published February 1969) for $5. I also paid $5 for a Fantastic Four # 37 (published April 1965).

I did go a another comic coin in September 2018. I picked up some silver age Avengers and some silver age Incredible Hulk comics for $5 each.

The 3rd comic con that I went to was a local one which was last Friday (Nov. 9). I do not buy any silver age comics but I bought some bronze and modern age issues that I was looking for.

After the local comic con, I also went to a used book store and picked up a golden age Oliver Twain (published in 1949) for $3.50.

I have been concentrating more on Marvel silver age comics now since I bought most of the modern comics that I was looking for.
 

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Silver Art's version of Black Friday shopping...................................

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I bought these while I was out looking for '70's silver art bars. I did not find any '70's silver art bars but I was also shopping for comics books to add to my collection. I did buy some comic books which includes the above two "oversized" comic books. I paid $10 for the Superman vs. Muhammad Ali Oversized Celebrity Comic Book. It was published by DC Comics in 1978. I paid $3 for the Superman Salutes the Bicentennial Oversized comic book. It was published by DC Comics in 1976. This is the 1st time that I bought comic books of this size. A couple of interesting comic book finds today IMO. The Superman vs. Muhammad Ali comic is not in great shape but it is a "reader" comic for me.
 

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This Wisconsin Man Has More Than 200,000 Comics in His Collection
August 12, 2018


Some people wonder why anyone would collect anything. Steven Kahn said his reason is simple.

“When we are experiencing stress in our lives, it is especially comforting to have something that either makes you feel good or reignites some memory from the past that gave you a good feeling,” said Mr. Kahn. “I think that is the greatest attraction of collecting for me. It gives you something that recreates something from your past that feels good.”



Steve Kahn, owner of Inner Child, located at 5921 Sixth Ave. A., poses with his five copies of “Amazing Fantasy 15,” the comic book where Spider-Man was introduced to the world.

Kahn doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t collecting. As a young boy, he waited every Friday evening for his father to come home from his trips as a traveling salesman. He arrived with little wrapped bars of soap from the motels he had stayed at. This was his first collection.

“So every Friday, he would bring me more, and I developed a collection of bars of soap — different sizes, different colors, different odors,” he told Kenosha News. “As I got older, I collected baseball cards and comic books.”

Since then, Mr. Kahn has expanded his collection to include comic books; he guesses that he has 100,000-200,000 comics. He also has an extensive collection of toys that appealed to boys growing up in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. And while Kahn doesn’t read his comics, he collects and appreciates them for a different reason.

“I think [comics] are the most underappreciated art form in America,” he said “I think it’s great art.”

Kahn believes that finding his collectibles is the fun part of his hobby. While he can’t reveal exactly where he gets his collectibles because the marketplace is so competitive, he said he travels with wide-open eyes. He has traveled to Indonesia, Afghanistan and India, and has found objects that showed artistic expression.

“Many of my most dear collectibles are not necessarily valuable or beautiful, but I may have lived with the artist or shared something with the artist that was very special,” he said.

With all of the things he has been collecting, Kahn has outgrown his storage lockers; he finally bought a warehouse in Kenosha, WI, early in 2011.


Steve Kahn poses in his warehouse of comics and toys.

“When you go over 100,000, you get a reality check,” he said. “And you start to realize you’re not going to take it with you, and that maybe it’s time to start letting it be enjoyed by others.”

Kahn and his family spent time cleaning and converting the warehouse they purchased in the historical area of downtown Kenosha into a 2,500-square-foot storefront. They named their store the Inner Child because the items in the store make your inner child feel good and brings you back to your childhood.

Upon entering the store, anyone born after 1950 will find things that remind them of their youth. Both sides of the store highlight figurines and vehicles from many of the characters in pop culture. In the back left are comfy leather chairs where visitors can play Nintendo games; you just need to pick up the controller and pick from the hundreds of games Kahn’s son has collected.

The back of the store is the wall of comic books ranging from the Silver Age, Golden Age and Bronze Age. Ten thousand comics are displayed in boxes. And while some of the comics are first editions — and quite pricey — most of the items in the store are reasonably priced.

“I’ve been able to capture multiple generations of collectibles and have examples of toys and fun things [customers] grew up with,” he said. “That’s probably been the nicest part about having the store thus far.”

Steven Kahn loves sharing his stories and collectibles with people of all ages, and is delighted he can share his things with the little community of Kenosha.

“As I’ve grown older, I’ve truly begun to realize that you really can’t take it all with you. Whatever you obtain in life, whatever you accumulate in assets or material possessions, stay here when you leave,” he said. “So at some point in time you have to figure out a way to share what you have obtained with others.”


The comic book wall at Inner Child store, 5921 Sixth Ave. A, features valuable comics.


Figurines at Inner Child store, located at 5921 Sixth Ave. A.


Steve Kahn’s horror collection is popular at Inner Child.


Figurines at Inner Child store.


Video game area where patrons can test out the wares at Inner Child store.


Figurines at Inner Child store.


Vintage stuffed animals hang out in the video game area of Inner Child store.


Figurines at Inner Child store.


A figurine of Superman in a fight at Inner Child store.


Wrestling figurines at Inner Child store.


Figurines at Inner Child store.


A handmade figurine of Superwoman at Inner Child store.


Figurines of Superwoman at Inner Child store.

(Photos by Sean Krajacic/Kenosha News, via Chicago Dental Society)

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Guy posing with FIVE copies of AF # 15.
If you know anything about this stuff....
THAT is kinda cool.
Regards S and SA.
 

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Guy posing with FIVE copies of AF # 15.
If you know anything about this stuff....
THAT is kinda cool.
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Assuming that a 3.0 grade of Amazing Fantasy # 15 sells for $7500 (very conservative estimate IMO), then that means his 5 copies of that are worth at least $37,500. Owning just one original Amazing Fantasy #15 comic book any condition is a huge accomplishment in itself. Having 5 of them is awesome accomplishment IMO.
 
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I am trying to decide if I should get X-Men 101 (first Phoenix) in high grade. This book was hot because of upcoming movie. Now it's not as hot but it is a Bronze Age Key. Any thoughts out there?