I have tons of great news for you all. Most of it is on a personal nature, but some great comic news too. Steve and Tara's wedding was beautiful. Actually it was possibly one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever been to. Steve looked dashing and Tara was radiant. They had a wonderful Honeymoon and Steve came back recharged and ready to make 2001 a huge year.
Oddly enough Linda and I caught the bouquet and garter respectively and you all know what that means. I asked Linda to be my wife on Valentine's Day and after several tender minutes she said yes. She has made me so happy and I am excited about spending our lives together. She is my best friend and I love her so. We haven't set a date yet but I did get her a beautiful antique engagement ring. She looks so beautiful wearing it. Yes, it is true I am in Heaven!
I would like to share something special with you. Linda sent an email to me one day after I had spoken to a customer who had lost his wife. I shared with Linda all of the things he advised me on. He told me how important it is to cherish everyday of your life. To try and not get caught up in the little ugly things because there is not enough time in ones life for this type of thing. Linda had been saving this email for the right time to send it to me and it really meant a lot to me the day I received it. I do not know many of you out there in cyberspace but if this message helps even one person it is worth it. Here is the email:
I have been saving this for an appropriate time. I think this is the time. I love you.
My brother-in-law opened the bottom drawer of my sister's bureau and lifted out a tissue-wrapped package. "This," he said, "is not a slip. This is lingerie." He discarded the tissue and handed me the slip. It was exquisite - silk, handmade and trimmed with a cobweb of lace. The price tag with an astronomical figure on it was still attached. "Jan bought this the first time we went to New York, at least 8 or 9 years ago. She never wore it. She was saving it for a special occasion. Well, I guess this is the occasion." He took the slip from me and put it on the bed with the other clothes we were taking to the mortician. His hands lingered on the soft material for a moment, then he slammed the drawer shut and turned to me. "Don't ever save anything for a special occasion. Every day you're alive is a special occasion." I remembered those words through the funeral and the days that followed when I helped him and my niece attend to all the sad chores that follow an unexpected death. I thought about them on the plane returning to California from the Midwestern town where my sister's family lives. I thought about all the things that she hadn't seen, heard or done. I thought about the things that she had done without realizing that they were special. I'm still thinking about his words, and they've changed my life. I'm reading more and dusting less. I'm sitting on the deck and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden. I'm spending more time with my family and friends and less time in committee meetings. Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experience to savor, not endure. I'm trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them. I'm not "saving" anything; we use our good china and crystal for every special event-such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, the first camellia blossom. I wear my good blazer to the market. My theory is if I look prosperous, I can shell out $28.49 for one small bag of groceries without wincing. I'm not saving my good perfume for special parties; clerks in hardware stores and tellers in banks have noses that function as well as my party-going friends. "Someday" and "one of these days" are losing their grip on my vocabulary. If it's worth seeing or hearing or doing, I want to see and hear and do it now. I'm not sure what my sister would've done had she known that she wouldn't be here for the tomorrow we all take for granted. I think she would have called family members and a few close friends. She might have called a few former friends to apologize and mend fences for past squabbles. I like to think she would have gone out for a Chinese dinner, her favorite food. I'm guessing -I'll never know. It's those little things left undone that would make me angry if I knew that my hours were limited. Angry because I put off seeing good friends whom I was going to get in touch with - someday. Angry because I hadn't written certain letters that I intended to write - one of these days. Angry and sorry that I didn't tell my husband, my children, my parents often enough how much I truly love them. I'm trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and luster to our lives. And every morning when I open my eyes, I tell myself that it is special. Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a precious gift. You've got to dance like nobody's watching, and love like it's never going to hurt.... People say true friends must always hold hands. But true friends don't need to hold hands...because they know the other hand will always be there. You've received this because someone cares for you. If you're too busy to take the few minutes that it would take right now to forward this to people you care about, would it be the first time you didn't do that little thing that would make a difference in your relationships? I can tell you it certainly won't be the last. Enjoy the moment...and don't forget to continue dancing like no one is watching.
I hope this helps you in some way. I believe when it comes down to it, helping each other is really where it's at.
On to comic related news! We have recently purchased more Northford Comics. The owners called us and said they had uncovered another batch of books. They were horror and E.C. runs. The grades are incredible. The books are at CGC right now and will not be offered for several weeks. If you have any want lists please send them to [email protected].
I have been seeing an increase in collectors buying silver age Marvel and DC keys in low and mid grade. I have also seen an increase in demand on silver age DC war titles in all grades.
Ebay auctions have become incredibly popular over the last few years. As exciting as it is to get great deals on comics you should be very wary of some sellers. I have gotten burnt many times over the last few years. Here are a couple of ways for you to protect yourself. First and most obvious always check out a seller's feedback rating. Always ask what the persons return policy is before you bid on their items and make sure to keep that on file. Always make sure you understand their shipping policy and whose responsibility it is if you do not receive an item. If anything goes wrong try going to [email protected]. They usually can't help much but it is better than nothing. Also Ebay covers you up to $250.00 for a bad transaction. I hope this helps in case you ever run into a situation.
Our link to the Metropolis Collectibles Ebay page is listed below. I hope you find something you are looking for. We are constantly adding new items for sale everyday so bookmark us and enjoy! http://cgi6.ebay.com/awcgi/eBayISAPI.dll?MfcISAPICommand=ViewListedItems&userid=metropoliscomics&include=0&since=-1&sort=2&rows=200
Auction prices on CGC comics have continued increasing at an incredible pace. However, before getting caught up take a look at what CGC graded books are selling for outside of auctions. Make sure you really think about what you are doing. I am not saying that paying high on certain books right now is a bad move but it can be if the books are the wrong ones. For example a customer tried selling me some CGC graded Mile Highs at 9 times guide after he had just bought them at auction for 11 times guide. In the long run he might do well with the books because they were priced low in the guide but you can not flip books like this several months after you buy them. This is why I tell every customer from the biggest to the smallest to only buy what you like! As long as you do this you won't be disappointed with what happens in the market.
Have a wonderful month and I hope you all find those ever-elusive books you have been searching for!
Metropolis Collectibles, Inc.
873 Broadway, Suite 201
New York, NY 10003