By: Gerry D.
If you're a longtime reader of Total Comic Mayhem, you may remember that my first introduction to the site was in an interview that I gave. In that interview I mentioned this comic being a book that I really wanted - Superboy #68, the first appearance of Bizarro. I don't know why I wanted this Silver Age book so bad but I think it all started after I saw someone cosplaying as him at Stockton Con a couple of years ago.
Since that convention, I was searching everywhere for it and talking about it all the time. I probably made Vic sick with the how much I talked about getting this book. Finally after searching other cons and keeping my eye on eBay auctions, I got it and at the minimum grade that I wanted.
The first copy I found of Superboy #68 was at East Bay Comic Con a couple years ago after I put this book on the top of my want list. I looked it over and asked the dealer how much he was asking. "$200," he said.
I noticed that the cover was split down the spine and completely detached. Not even close to the grade I was looking for. The seller was still still asking $200 for it? It was probably overpriced but I still knew this was not going to be a cheap book to get.
Over the next couple of years I saw a few more copies at other conventions that were all pretty low grade. Even most of the copies on eBay were overpriced dirt copies or too high of a grade that I could afford.
Finally, at the beginning of this year, I made up my mind that I was definitely going to get it. I did my taxes and got a nice little return back and decided to treat myself.
I found a CGC 5.0 listed on eBay for $500. I made up my mind, that was the one I was going to get, the best copy I could find in my price range.
I checked the sellers feedback and saw that a few of the buyers said that after they bought the book, they got an email from the seller stating that the book had already been bought and didn't have it in stock anymore. After reading that, I emailed him to see if he still had it. Nope, it was gone. Damn it!!!
However, not long after that disappointment, another CGC 5.0 copy was listed at $550. As I was looking over the pictures, I noticed that it was the same exact copy that I was going to buy last time, but from a different seller.
I threw it up on my "Watch List". As I was still checking out what other copies were on eBay, the seller dropped the price down to $500, the same price as the last auction.
It must have been fate. It didn't take me long to decide to buy it. I wasn't going to let this one get away from me. And it didn't hurt that there was a 4x eBay Bucks promotion going on. I got $40 to put towards my next comic purchase.
This is definitely staying with me for the long haul. It's one of the comics that I'm super excited to own and often take it out of my vault to admire it. I'm not the only one that does that, am I? Until next time....