I probably hit 7 or 8 auctions in the past few weeks, only to turn around and go home empty handed. Except once. That time, I managed to score a decent sized lot with some runs and a few key issues. The New Mutants #98 (1st Deadpool!) is now in the front showcase and a copy of Amazing Spider-Man #298 could be picked up for just a buck – IF you play the Gacha machine, that is!
Tuesday, after a disappointing trip to an auction up I-95, I decided to swing by and take a preview of items at another auction I usually go to on Wednesdays. Nothing happened to really catch my eye until a worker strolled by with an armload of comics. They weren’t out for display, yet, but I did spy a copy of Amazing Spider-Man #121, the death of Gwen Stacy, a potential $400 book! I decided it would be worth coming back the next day.
Wednesday comes and I’m up there early, since they auction off outdoor items starting at 2:00 in the afternoon. Just as I get out of the car, an older gentleman (that’s even from my perspective!) was just arriving, also. He asked me what I was interested in buying. When I mentioned comics and collectibles, he said he had a bunch in the auction that day – old 10 cent Tarzans and others, Spider-Man, and more. We searched outside, where his other items were, with no success. I said they might be inside, since there was a chance of rain. When we found them inside a back case, a worker, who recognized the owner, told him that they decided to put the comics in an upcoming “antiques” auction. He let me go through the pile and I saw that the ASM 121 was about a VG copy. Now we’re down to 40 bucks, not $425. He tells the 80 year old gentleman that he doesn’t know much about comics, but thought the few #1 issues, even though newer, would bring the big money. He pointed to the couple of copies of Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He proudly stated that he took pictures of them to include on the website. But, we never saw the Tarzan’s and other 10 cent comics that the consignor thought he included. This gave way to thoughts of “employees taking them.” I gently excused myself.
I have to admit that I considered bidding on what had to be well over 1,000 issues of motorcycle magazines. There were bins and bins of them! I knew that I could get them cheap. Somehow, I resisted the urge.
When we get calls from people wishing to sell their collections, they get the pat answer that we’re looking for those issues with cover prices of 20 – 25 cents or less, especially super-heroes, and that they should contact me on Mondays and Thursdays. Most come in, but I am willing to go travel to look at collections. Last week, a caller was given the spiel and called again when I was working. I went to his home and met one very interesting guy. When he came to the door, I believed I was in the presence of an old rocker, as in musician. Turns out I was right. He was only a year younger than myself, but he still gave off that vibe. Not to give away his identity, he DID play for many years, a drummer, with a couple of bands that made it to the radio; and he did live the rock star life back then. Sober now and in a “legit” profession, he found a small box of older comics he wanted to sell. He was surprised when I pulled out 3 comics that had 50 cents on the cover (remember, he heard the $.25 – $.20 or less pitch), but these were first prints of undergrounds from the early 70′s. There was a copy of Funny Animals #1 (that’s the correct spelling) which includes the first ever appearance of Spiegelman’s Maus. He also had two other Robert Crumb books, a Mr. Natural and a copy of Freak Brothers #1. He also had two 10 cents cover Batman comics and a Detective from that era that were of interest to me. The other comics were real slow movers. I made a fair offer on the few I would like, but was honest with him. If he sold just those to me, in essence allowed me to cherry-pick them, he would have difficulty getting rid of the rest. What I did not realize was that as he pulled comics out, he put some in the stack that I had already looked at. We later found a Showcase #15, the first appearance of Space Ranger! Darn my honesty! I went home empty again – but I may hear from him in the future, as I gave him last year’s Overstreet to read through.
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While my pickings have been slim, we have several opportunities coming up for youse guys! FLEA MARKETS!! Our 4th of JULY event has become an annual event, and we will do it again this year. You betcha we’ll be doing it since it falls on a Wednesday this year! Think of all of the comic geeks stopping by anyway! Also, we are considering doing one on Monday, May 28th, Memorial Day, since we would have the parking lot available to us! Stay tuned. More news coming real soon!
It certainly pays to be a Captain Blue Hen Comics customer! Did you pick up a copy of Kirkman‘s (of Walking Dead fame!) new Thief of Thieves #1 when it came in? Joe threw a number of “ComicsPro” editions up on the shelf. I have sold two copies on eBay for 70 bucks each! Check your copy and see if it says “ComicsPro” on the front cover.
Last item – I’ve mentioned this before with little response or reaction. I’d like to hire a bus and take a group up to a New York comic convention. My thoughts are that even if we can not get enough collectors to commit, there are probably “significant others” who might want to check out the city while the geeks are at the show. A coach probably would run around $50-60 per person – not carved in stone and NOT counting an admission ticket. Let me know if you would be interested to such a trip. Check the price of Amtrack!
Til next time. Paul