By: Gerry D
Howdy, fellow comic book aficionados. It's been a while since I've posted anything to TCM but it's good to be back. I'll get into where I've been a little bit later.
It's been such a very busy for me as far as comic collecting and investing goes that I don't really know where to start. I guess I'll just start writing and see where it takes me. It's probably going to sound like I'm rambling and jumping all over the place, but I'll do my best.
Here it goes....
In the beginning of the year I picked quite a few books, some that I've already written about. You can read about them in the Vault section. I've also been hunting and picked up a couple of heavy hitters in the later part of the year. It's been an expensive year for me but let me tell you how I've funded some of my new buys.
I've been collecting comic books and baseball cards since the late 80's. I've amassed a rather large collection of both.
However, I decided this year to thin out my baseball card collection to help fund some bigger key issue comics that I've wanted. It's a bit time consuming to take and edit pictures and post all of the auctions on eBay and Webstore, so it's been taking up quite a bit of time and keeping me from writing any posts to share with all of you.
There was one super key that I was looking at in particular. As some of you may know, I'm a huge Spider-Man fan and wanted to get a very early key issue.
For me it was Amazing Spider-Man #3 the first appearance of Doc Ock. This was heavy hitter #1 for me and by far the "heaviest" book for me this year.
I was able to fund most of this book with all of the baseball cards I sold. There were a few comics that I sold this year as well, but mostly from trading cards.
I probably could have funded the entire book, but as I was hunting on eBay, I found a deal I couldn't pass up. I did take a huge risk and bought it raw, but for me, I like the thrill of seeing what grade a book will come back from CGC or CBCS.
I do buy comics that are already graded but sometimes I like to take a chance. I plan on sending it in early next year to get graded. I'll definitely give you an update. My fingers are crossed.
Heavy hitter #2 Was another Amazing Spider-Man title. In fact, it is ASM #14 the first appearance of Green Goblin.
This one has been on my radar for a long time and decided that it was time to pull the trigger on it. It's always a solid investment book to have. This one I also bought raw and was a little disappointed when I got it in the mail.
As I was looking though it to see if it was complete, there were a couple of small holes in the cover. The seller never mentioned it in the listing and they didn't really show up in the pictures, and as we all know, that's going to hurt when I comes back from the grader.
I sent it in to CBCS and it was graded a 4.5. I was hoping for a higher grade than that. It was listed as a 6.0 but I could tell that it wasn't that high of a grade. I was thinking it would be a 5.0 or 5.5.
On the plus side, I am still in the black on this one. I'm actually getting this and a few other comics back from CBCS today.
The last of my "heavy hitters" is once again, an Amazing Spider-Man. This time I snagged an ASM #129. As everyone knows, it's the first Punisher appearance.
I figured that with the Punisher being in season two of Daredevil, I'd better grab a copy while they are still somewhat affordable. Who knows what's going to happen when he finally shows up on the small screen.
I also took the risk and got this one raw but I had a good reason to buy this one raw. Besides that fact that you can usually buy raw comics cheaper, you can also make them better. I wanted to experiment with getting a comic pressed.
I found this copy of ASM #129 on eBay and it looked pretty nice except for a few wrinkles on the cover. They didn't break color so I thought it would be the perfect candidate to get pressed.
It came back looking a lot better than it was. I would guess that it will come back from CGC one full grade higher than if I didn't get it pressed. I'll tell you more about my experience with pressing soon in a different post. I haven't sent this one in to get graded yet either but I plan on doing it early next year once I get a few more books to send in with it.
And speaking of Daredevil, I was also able to snag a Daredevil #4 the first appearance of Purple Man before the Jessica Jones Netflix show started pushing that book up in price. I got this one out of pure speculation.
Seems like it might pay off for me. Now, I'm wondering if I should try and flip it or hold onto it for a while. When do I sell? That's the question that haunts us all. I'm also getting this comic back from CBCS today. I'm a little anxious needless to say.
These comics are just a very small sample of the comics that I got this year. This would be a very long post if I told you about all of them and then I would feel like I'm bragging, which I'm not. If I was able to get an Action Comics #1 or Detective Comics #27, then I'd do some bragging.
I was able to hit up a few conventions this year with my pal Vic. And in my opinion, the Big Wow Comic Fest was by far the best. There were a lot of people, some awesome cosplayers and comics.
Lots and lots of comics. Big Wow probably had the most comic book vendors out of all the conventions that we went to this year. We spent about 6 hours walking around looking through all of the comics that the dealers had. It was definitely a good time. You can read about our Big Wow adventure here on TCM.
And of course we had to go to Stockton Con to see what Steve Wyatt from Moonball comics had for sale. It's the only con that we can go to around the bay area to see him. He always has great deals and is fun to talk with.
As I was going through the long boxes, I saw that he had a Marvel Spotlight #6. That comic wasn't high on my want list but it was definitely on there.
He was asking $55 for it. I ended up offering him $45 for it. He looked the book over and said "make it $40".
I don't know of any other dealer that would no lower than the offer that was given to him. That's what keeps me coming back and giving him all of my hard earned money. Steve is one of the main reasons Vic and I go to Stockton Con. That and the nachos.
We also checked out the inaugural Wizard World San Jose this year too. I went with the intention of getting some autographs.
I'd never done it before but I'm a big fan of Bruce Campbell and wanted him to sign my treasure. What treasure you ask? I have a 35mm trailer of "My Name is Bruce" that he starred in, produced, and directed.
It was a straight to video movie so there can't be that many celluloid copies of it anywhere. Another great snag from eBay.
I waited in line for an hour and an half to get that autograph. My feet were starting to hurt from standing in line so long, but to me it was well worth it. Bruce was very busy but still managed to say hi, shake my hand and talk with me, however brief it may have been.
I was also able to get Ted Raimi's autograph. He was also in the movie. Ted was really impressed that I was able to find such an obscure item to have him sign.
Vic went to get his Mallrats Blu-Ray signed by Jason Mewes. His line was non-existent and we walked right up and got the movie signed. He was also nice enough to shoot the s#!t with us for a little while since there was nobody in line behind us. I was also able to walk out of the con with a decent looking copy of Daredevil #2.
And finally, we went to check out the Heroes and Villians Fan Fest in San Jose. Why are all of the cons in San Jose?
They had a nice line-up of celebrities, but there were no comics to be seen anywhere. Comics were the only reason that we go to cons in the first place. Man, that was a huge disappointment.
We circled the place twice just in case we missed anything the first time, but we didn't. We were there for 20 minutes and left.
I'm just glad that I was able to find discount tickets on groupon. Maybe I'll check it out again in a few years if it's still around, but only if I know that there are comics there.
All in all it's been a very good year for me. Lots of comics and lots of conventions. Some good, some bad.
I'm already looking forward to next year. East Bay Comic Con is coming up fast and am already eyeballing my first book of the new year. I hope you all had an amazing year this year and have a great holiday season. I will see you all in 2016.