About a month ago while taking a gander through the 20-foot tall steel shelving units in the Metropolis stockroom I came across about a dozen boxes marked “VS”. As it turned out a little over 4 years ago, before Steve and I merged companies, we had purchased several collections that never got entered into the Metropolis inventory. Realizing that there was a Big Apple Comic Convention coming up I decided it would be a fun and hopefully profitable idea to get the inventory ready and bring it to the show. However, I knew if I tried to enter these books into inventory it would take forever so instead I decided to go the “old school” route and buy some stickers and simply grade and hand write the price onto each book. First, though, we had to bag and board all the books. No problem, I enlisted the aid of my wife Linda. She meticulously bagged and boarded the books over the course of a few weeks and we were set.
The April Big Apple show was a busy one. Mike Carbonaro, the show’s promoter and my former partner at Big Apple, was unable to get the dates he wanted at St. Paul’s Church, instead he rented the 2nd floor of the New Yorker Hotel. There were two ballrooms filled with dealers, a long balcony area for guests to sign and plenty more.
Dealers and Collectors were so much fun to talk and deal with throughout the show. There was a buzz in the air. And even though I only had a few hours sleep due to day light savings I was wheeling and dealing all day long. But it wasn’t all business, there was plenty of chatter and debate over what the new guide would be like, the Daredevil Movie and the upcoming X-Men and Hulk Movies.
Sales were exceptional for this new collection of books. I sold a large smattering of high grade Silver Age Marvels ranging from VF to NM condition, Bronze Age 30¢ price variants, a mid grade Silver Surfer #1, low grade copies of Amazing Fantasy #15, Fantastic Four #1 and a coverless copy of Hulk #1. Before the show several collectors requested I bring specific books for them to view. Out of the group of books I brought I would say I sold 85% including a gorgeous copy of Batman #4 in VF/NM condition.
As I have said many times, late March to early April is a great time to buy books. It is right before the new guide comes out and you are more likely than not to be looking at an appreciation in value in your purchases. The strong buying at the show confirms that many utilize this strategy. Every dealer I spoke to did very well and overall collectors seemed genuinely please with their purchases.
Metropolis has just added the May Big Apple Convention and the Philly Wizard Convention to our show calendar so if you have anything to buy or sell or just want to drop by please give me a call at 800-229-6387, send me an email or just show up.
Until next month happy collecting!
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