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by Ian Tennant, Shipping Manager

 

I began working for ComicConnect.com in January of 2010.  At the time I knew nothing about comic books; I had been hired for my experience in libraries.

"Here, come hold the most valuable comic you'll ever hold in your life," I was told on what must have been my second or third day on the job.  I was handed a copy of Action Comics #1 in a CGC slab graded as an 8.0.  I pretended to understand what I was seeing.  According to the holder this was the first appearance of Superman.  "Cool," I said, and handed the book back.

The next two years at ComicConnect.com would prove to be interesting.

Try not to drop it, pal.


At the time I don't think anyone was aware that 2010/11 would be ComicConnect.com's annus mirabilis.  My manager's words became a lie almost immediately.  Six weeks after our sale of the world's first million dollar comic we shattered our own record by selling another copy of Action Comics #1 graded 8.5 for $1.5 million dollars.  This time I was a little more prepared.  I had been handling more comic books, and had prepped our company's convention inventory.  I had become more aware of the value of a comic, and learned the meaning of a 'key book.'  Under the tutelage of Stephen Fishler and Vincent Zurzolo I had begun to understand the miracle of such a book existing, let alone in nearly perfect condition. 


The first record breaking book I was impressed with was an Amazing Fantasy 15 graded 9.6.  By now, I actually knew what I was handling.  In the months surrounding the arrival of the AF 15, I got to handle high grade copies of X-Men #1, Fantastic Four #1, and Whiz #1.  More importantly, I had become familiar with our inventory.  I was able to handle low- and mid-grade copies of these books. By the time the AF 15 came into the office, not only had I seen a fair share of lower grade copies, I had also seen more high grade but less desirable titles. That goes for the other key books as well; we have had our own rogue's gallery of Worst Copy We've Ever Offered!

Seriously.


By the time of our most recent record setting book (Action Comics #1 9.0) I was able able to understand -- really understand --  what I was holding.  I had held three of the four million-dollar-selling books, and tens of thousands of other books.  I was familiar with the classics, like Detective Comics (a title I hadn't heard of on my first day), Fantastic Four, Avengers, and More Fun Comics.  I had also discovered former pop-culture icons like Captain Marvel in Whiz Comics.  Most importantly, I had found books I genuinely enjoyed from the dystopian Watchman, to pulpy adventures like Tomb of Dracula and The Defenders, to campy romps like Henry Aldrich and Captain Marvel, Jr. 

 

Because I had found some titles I would like to collect I started to understand the hobby a whole lot more.  Understanding the hobby has allowed me to appreciate the treasures I'm continually shown.

 
 
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