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Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 Year In Review: In A Nutshell

By Gerry D.


And so comes the end to another year of comic goodness. I attended a few local cons, checked out the Wizard World con in Sacramento, grabbed some key issues from my local, snagged some nice books on eBay, signed up for CGC premium services and gave CBCS a try. 

I really like going to comic conventions, mostly just to geek out and see some cool costumes and see if I can find any great deals on some comic books. Most of the time I walk out empty handed but occasionally I'll grab a book if I can haggle it down to the right price. I picked up an X-Men #14 at the East Bay Comic Con and an Astonishing Tales #25 at Stockton Con. I felt like I got a good deal on them. I bought them unslabbed but have since gotten them graded.

Of all the local cons, I'd have to say that Stockton Con is my favorite. It's a nice mid sized con that attracts a lot of people. There are quite a few people dressed up in killer costumes. It's where I saw the best Black Panther costume I've ever seen.


Walking around can be a little hectic because it does get crowded, but when you need to take a breather, there are plenty of seats to sit in and browse through your price guide after you've grabbed your nachos and a hot dog at the concession stand. Of course, Vic and I have to stop by and say hi to Ron Lim while we're there.   

Also this past year I went to my first Wizard World convention. It was a lot of fun, but I gotta admit, I thought it was going to be bigger. Maybe next year it will be now that they know that there are a lot of people wanting to go to bigger cons around here. I also recently found out that Wizard World will he having a con in San Jose next year which is much closer for me to go to, but that's a story for a later time. 

Wizard World Sac had a lot of people dressed up as their favorite superheroes, Aliens, Xenomorphs and there was no shortage of Star Wars characters. The people watching was fantastic. Not to mention all of the amazing comics that were for sale. They had me drooling for sure but most of them were well out of my price range. Oh well. You gotta know your limits and stay within your budget, right?

It was fun walking around and seeing all of the celebs too, and we saw quite a few. If you're lucky, you may just have one of them wave at you as you're walking by.




I don't usually get many books from my local comic shops because they want too much for their key issues. And since it seems like most of the "wall books" are consignment you can't really talk the prices down. However, just after Thanksgiving, Heroes and Villians was having a killer sale of 40-60% off all back issues and 20% off all consignment books so I picked up a decent mid grade Hulk #182. It's also the same sale that Vic bought me Aquaman #11 for my birthday. Thanks again for that book bro.

Buying comics on eBay has been crazy for me this year. I mostly get unslabbed books because I can get them cheaper and I'm also a bit of a gambler. I recently got a raw Batman #181 and a raw The Amazing Spider-Man #50. Hopefully they will come back graded to at least the grade I think they are. I've also picked up a few that were already graded like The Amazing Spider-Man #13 4.0 VG and DC Comics Presents #26 9.6 NM+. I also picked up The Amazing Spider-Man #135 9.4 that you can read about in the Vault section. My personal vault has grown from two books at the beginning of the year to 19 now. That's due to getting most of my books through eBay. Not all, but most. And it's also from sending the raw books out to be graded. I have quite a few more books to be sent out to be graded too, some that I've mentioned already.

I signed up for the CGC premium account this past year, mostly for the coupon to get four standard books graded. That alone was worth the membership. It saved me about $120. I also get 10% off all other submittions I made this past year, but I never did use them to get the 10%. I didn't use it because CBCS had started up and I wanted to try their services. If you haven't already, you can read all about my CBCS experience right here on this very website.

I've had a lot of fun this year building up my collection and going to conventions and I can't wait to see what next year has in store for me in this amazing hobby we have.

Until Next Year...




15 comments:

  1. Hello TCM; I had to share on my last purchase of the year at invest comics at their comic broker's report they were talking about fairy tale parade 9 as a future investment because its the first Elsa and snow queen the most popular Disney movie (frozen) I have been searching for this book for few months and one ebay seller had the book but the posting had ended on October 14 so I send him message to see if he still had the book (yes). I got the book today for 31$ plus shipping its a vg grade. I'm super happy. It wasn't a very easy book to find it's very rare book.

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    1. Cool Oraldo, never heard of the comic, but cool snag. Thanks for sharing.

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    2. @Oraldo is this the one from 1942?

      -Sid

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  2. Hi TCM,

    One question before the new year. Can I use my CGC coupon to submit 4 free comics at any comic con? I am having trouble finding anything about this.

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    1. I believe that you need to use the CGC Fillable PDF Submission Form. It is the only form that offers the Collectors Society Standard tier on it. You can't use the forms that you fill out at the CGC booth at the conventions. You'd have to print that out at home but whether or not you can submit the form you printed and your comics at any con that CGC is at, I don't know. I only know that you have to use the CGC Fillable PDF Submission Form. I hope that helps out a little.

      ~Gerry D

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    2. When I emailed them and asked about it, the rep said that you can use your free submission coupons at a CGC booth at any comic con where CGC is. As for the submission form deal, you have to print out their PDF form only if you are directly submitting to them via their offices in Florida.

      If you are submitting to their booth at a comic con, you can use their forms or the two forms they give you in the Premium Membership packet. As long as you have your CGC membership ID and can prove it belongs to you. So bring the entire CGC membership packet (that little folder they sent you ) with you just for good measure.

      You should be fine and ready to go.

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    3. A much more informed answer than mine. Thanks for clarifying.

      ~Gerry D

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  3. gerry, thank you, will you use cbcs again and do you think they will be viable in the future or will it be like PGX where no one wants it?

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  4. I personally don't think that CBCS is going to be the next PGX and I'll definitely be using them again in the future. I believe they are a high quality company that's just having some growing pains. Right now they are trying to play catch up from their plastics SNAFU.

    They have been bombarded with orders from people so it's definitely not that nobody wants to use them to get their books graded. They sent me an email stating that they have gotten more submissions in their first few months than they expected to get in their first two years. So I think they were a little under prepared hence the longer than expected turn around times.

    I'm just going to wait for them to catch up a little before I submit my books to them again. I also have my CGC membership renewal coming up so I'll probably be sending out four more books with my next coupon.

    ~Gerry D

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  5. Once again, thanks for writing this up Gerry. You got some great snags for sure this year and we had a blast at some of the comic cons as well. Stockton Con is my favorite so far as well. Looks like we'll be taking two trips to Man Jose next year for Wizard World and Big Wow.

    You forgot the Brave and the Bold #26. That was an awesome snag and extremely good call.

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  6. Great post as usual TCM. Thank you so much to share this immense knowledge and your experiences. Have a great and awesome 2015.. Cheers...

    Sid

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    1. Actually my buddy Gerry D wrote this...he does that from time to time and am extremely grateful for it...gives me a nice break, but good to hear from you Sid.

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  7. I did forget to mention that one. There are quite a few others that I didn't mention too. It was definitely a busy year. I might have to save up for those high dollar snags I want to get next year.

    ~Gerry D

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    1. I think Brave and the Bold #26 is my favorite one you telling me of getting. Liked it a lot because it completely flew over my head. Though the Hulk 182 is pretty awesome as well as the Batman 181 and 183 lot you snagged.

      Oh yes, but the first Mysterio? That one floored me...cause we been talking about it for a quite a while now. While holding that one, I didn't want to let it go...well, that and the ASM #122 also...that cover's color was really vibrant...gorgeous! Good year, man! Good year!

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