I hope all is well with everybody both here in the USA and around the world. I was speaking to a very close friend of mine recently, and as I told him how depressed I was feeling he replied, "What do you expect? We just lived through the worst day in U.S. history." I had never quite thought of September 11th in that regard. But when you do, you realize it was right up there with many of the more horrible moments in our history: the Kennedy Assassination, the British burning down the Capitol building in 1812, the attack on Pearl Harbor and (for the North) during the Civil War when the South took over Fort Sumptner.
I can't tell you how many mornings in the last month I have woken up to sirens blaring down the streets in my neighborhood. I immediately thought to myself, "My God what have they done now!" But I will tell you this: I will not let these bastards stop me from living my life. I recently flew to the Midwest to buy a collection (to learn more read our Feature of the Month) and my fiancé and I are going to Greece this Friday. Last week a group of friends and I went to a concert and I am going to watch the Yankees win the third game of the World Series tonight. I really believe we must all live our lives to the fullest and cherish every moment. And beyond all be proud to be an American. When you here God Bless America, sing along! Don't be shy!
Many of you have been calling concerned about the state of the hobby lately. I can not speak for other dealers but I can tell you we are doing well. We have been selling a lot of material. I think this is in part due to the fact that we have been buying a lot of quality material lately. Having the goods is really the key in this market.
What I have gathered from other dealers and the various conventions I have been to lately is that sales are not as strong as they were last year at this same time. While I am sure September 11th has not helped I do believe the general slowing of the economy is more to blame.
Sales highlights from October 2001 include the following:
Showcase #17 VF $1,900.00, Amazing Spider-Man #1 VG $1,800.00, Amazing Spider-Man #1 FN+ $3,250.00, Amazing Spider-Man #1 VF+ slight trim, slight marvel chipping $3,000.00, Amazing Spider-Man #14 VF $1,400.00, Weird Science #9 VF/NM $1,500.00, Haunt of Fear #7 NM- $675.00, Flash 114 VF/NM $390.00, All Star Comics #53 VF+ $1,600.00 and All Star Comics #55 VF+ $1,600.00.
A few months ago I had announced Metropolis would be heading to Dallas for the Uncommon Con and Heritage Auction on Thanksgiving weekend. Unfortunately I will not be attending the show. I have decided to stay in New York and spend the Holiday weekend with family. I do believe the show will be a great one and am sorry to miss it- perhaps the promoters will pick a different weekend next time around. I hope those of you going have a wonderful time.