Happy New Year! 1999 promises to be a very exciting year for Vincent's Collectibles. We are charging ahead into the future of collecting by increasing our presence on the Internet in a big way this year. We started off with some changes in graphics and the addition of a bookstore page where you can buy comics-related books at discounted prices. We have now added online ordering and search capabilities. I hope you all use this and enjoy it. I would also appreciate any feedback as to how you like our new colors and features… In a few months, the 1999 Overstreet Price Guide will be coming out and I hope you all read my in-depth market report and let me know how you like it. Many have heard rumors of a new 3rd Party Grading Service coming into existence. Many have feared it as they would the coming of Armageddon (no, not the one with Bruce Willis). I was a bit skeptical but, after speaking with the head of the company (John Maben of NGC), I feel that there is a lot of care and thought going into this. Basically, for a fee you can have your comic professionally graded and placed into a plastic cache. The cache can be opened, but then must be re-graded and sealed again so as to avoid switching of books. The plus of this service is that enthusiastic neophytes can enter the collecting market without a tremendous fear of being sold a comic that has been over-graded. Many dealers who over-grade comic books and rip people off on a regular basis will have to face the music. The fear that people will not buy "unslabbed" comic books is unlikely. I think the pluses outweigh the fears. I could write for hours on this subject but instead I will write on this a bit every month. If anyone has questions please email me.
Sales have been coming in on a very steady basis. I especially have taken note of many collectors ordering from the United Kingdom. I think business will continue to grow over the next year and we will do very well. The interest in Bronze Age books has only begun to escalate and interest in high grade Silver Age and any Golden age is on a constant increase.
Golden Age sales of note include: Submariner #1 VF/NM Kansas City Copy $22,000.00, Mystic Comics #1 VF+ Kansas City Copy $9,000.00, Daring Mystery #1 FN Kansas City Copy $5,000.00, All Winners #1 VF/VF+ Kansas City Copy $9,000.00, Wonder Woman #1 VG/FN $4,000.00, Batman #39 NM Spokane Copy $1,200.00, and Space Western #42 NM Spokane Copy $605.00.
Bronze & Silver Age sales of note include: Iron Man & Submariner #1 NM Oakland Copy $170.00, Showcase #75 NM+ Oakland Copy $155.00, Green Lantern #75 NM Oakland Copy $150.00, Sugar & Spike #73 NM+ Oakland Copy $125.00, Adventure #295 NM $115.00, Fantastic Four #55 VF+ $75.00, Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #3 NM Oakland Copy $75.00, Swing with Scooter #20 NM+ Oakland Copy $54.00, Young Love #78 NM+ Oakland Copy $50.00 and Weird Mystery Tales #1 NM $40.00.
We have made several recent acquisitions and they are as follows: A collection with an All Star #3 and Action #23 along with a slew of mid to low grade silver age keys. We have a large selection of Spidey #14's - take a look. Bronze Age books have been a main focus of my buying. New 70's D.C.'s will be in abundance especially Wonder Woman and 4th World books. High grade Marvels such as Strange Tales #101 VF/NM, #111 NM-/NM and Fantastic Four #25 VF+ amongst others are up for sale. Hawkman #1 NM-/NM, Showcase #22 VF+ and Superman Annual #1 VF+ were other tough books we recently purchased.
I recently had a customer from England into the office and while here, we spoke about our early days collecting. I can't tell you how thrilling it was for me at 4 years old to run into the basement and sit for hours going through my older brother's comic books. I remember trying to figure out what was going on in them and making up my own stories. I also loved playing "superheros" which (for those poor souls out there who don't know) is when everybody picks a hero to be. Then you act out a big adventure while fighting off the imaginary bad guys. I always loved being Spidey and I, just like Spidey, figured out a way to beat the bad guys every time… Ahhhh, those were the days… Until next time -- same bat time, same bat web site!