12/31/06 - Some more reslabbed delights, at least for the resubmitters, being previewed in the upcoming Comiclink Focused Auction.  To save bandwidth for those still in the prehistoric days of dial-up and the fact that a full examination of the entire comic had to be done to determine similarities, I have done away with the marking examples.  The comics showcased together are indeed the same.  There are a number of other examples in which I firmly believe I've found the same comic in a lesser graded label but a question still remained in my mind so I left it out.  If you have a question on the images, send me an e-mail and I'll point out the similarities.  

Just like the previous group...just click on the thumbnail for a larger scan.  Enjoy...or not depending on your view of this practice...

First is Adventure Comics #96.  The copy on the right is a 9.0 copy from the Nic Cage collection and featuring the Hawkeye pedigree.  It sold on 10/9/02 on Heritage for $1150.00.  The copy reappeared, again in an old label and minus either the Cage or Hawkeye notations, on Heritage as a 9.4 and sold again on 1/18/06 for $1380.00.

Next is Adventure Comics #108.  The 8.0 copy sold on Heritage on 4/02/04 for $517.00.  It reappeared in a new 9.0 label four months later and sold on Heritage on 8/14/04 for $575.00.  

Now on to the Amazing Spider-Mans...there are a number of these to talk about...

Amazing Spider-Man #8.  First 8.0 copy sold on Heritage on 8/9/06 for $717.00.  Now appears on Comiclink reslabbed with a page bump from OW-W to White pages.

Amazing Spider-Man #12.  First 8.5 copy sold on Heritage on 8/9/06 for $776.75.  Now, similar to the ASM above, appears on Comiclink reslabbed with a page bump from OW-W to White pages.

Amazing Spider-Man #13.  First 9.0 copy sold on Heritage on 8/9/06 for $1971.75.  Now appears on Comiclink reslabbed with a grade bump to 9.2.

Amazing Spider-Man #15.  First 8.0 copy sold on Heritage on 8/9/06 for $567.63.  Now appears on Comiclink reslabbed with a grade bump to 8.5 but a page drop from OW-W to OW.

Amazing Spider-Man #16.  First 9.2 copy sold on Heritage on 8/9/06 (August 2006, with 8/9/06 in particular, was a very active buying month on Heritage for those looking for reslab candidates) for $1,434.00.  Now appears on Comiclink reslabbed with a grade bump to 9.4.

Amazing Spider-Man #20.  First 8.5 copy sold on Heritage on 8/12/06 (August...) for $567.63.  Now appears on Comiclink reslabbed with a grade bump to 9.0 and a page increase from OW to OW-W.

And finally Fantastic Four #16.  First 8.0 copy sold on Heritage on 8/27/06 (August again!) for $318.50.  Now appears on Comiclink reslabbed with a grade bump to 9.0.

And that's that for this round.  Will update again once new comics are offered in the Focus Auction if my time permits.  It's safe to assume by looking at the close-ups of these comics that a good clean and press job was accomplished before resubmission.  Personally, the more of these I find the more surprised I am at the scope of the resubs in a relatively minor auction.  People could say, and they wouldn't be entirely off-base, these resubs are a relatively small sampling compared to the total number of lots in the Focused Auction.  But during this comparison one thing has become clear...if you can find a copy of the comic in a previous auction then it's very likely the new one being offered is a reslab and probably has an upgrade of some sort.  That's a fact in regards to the examples found thus far in this auction...


12/23/06 - As promised, here's my report on what I found while wasting a little over an hour perusing the comics being previewed in Comiclink's Focused Auction scheduled to start on 25 Jan.  And let me say even I was surprised.  Not that comics where being reslabbed, and manipulated in some cases, in the hopes of higher CGC grades but the frequency of the ones I found compared to what what I was randomly selecting.  I don't have the time to go through every lot...but I bet there are many others in this auction that have been reslabbed and manipulated based on the number I selected.  To save on bandwidth for those with slower Internet access I've provided thumbnails to the comics on this page.  Click on the comics themselves to access bigger scans.  So with that said, below is what I found...

First up is Sub-Mariner Comics #15.  As you see it's the only lot that I have three scans attached.  The first scan was found on Heritage when the comics was CGC graded 8.5 with OW-W pages.  It sold for $1995 on 7/17/03.  The same comic resurfaced 7 months later in a new label (second scan), now graded 9.0 with OW-W pages.  It sold on Heritage on 2/8/04 for $2070.  It again resurfaced a year and half later in another new label, based on the serial number changing, as a 9.0 but now upgraded with White pages.  Comparing the images it looks like a definite pressing has occurred between the old and new label change and it's possible it's was worked on again upon resubmission.

Next is More Fun Comics #94.  This is a straight-up reslab with a good pressing and cleaning to bump the grade.  The old label 6.0 was sold on Heritage on 7/7/02.

Now here's Marvel Tales #96 Diamond Run pedigree.  Hard to tell if any work was performed on the comic itself but it did get a bump from 9.2 to 9.4 as well as a page increase from Cream-OW to OW.  Also curiously, the lot is not found on the Heritage website anymore.  It was there two days ago, that's when I grabbed the first image, but now it doesn't appear when doing a search...

Here's a very nice comic that has been reslabbed.  In my opinion it takes a guy with big balls to try to upgrade a 9.4 or higher comic.  But obviously there are those out there willing to take the chance.  The first comic, pre-reslab, sold on Heritage on 5/10/06 for $537.75.  The marks identifying these comics as the same are very subtle.  Look at the top right edge and the right edge of the comics to confirm.  It took me awhile to be sure.  Personally, this was very nice comic before and may have been a straight resub vs any work being accomplished.

Up next is Showcase #34.  The first comic sold on Heritage on 5/10/06 for $776.75.  It reappeared on Heritage 3 months later and sold on 8/12/06, with a very nice profit, for $1374.25.  Now it's offered on Comiclink with a new label, based on the changed serial number, and actually had a hit in page quality from W to OW-W.  Also, starting with this comic, I discovered an interesting trend which I'll address at the end.

Now the first of two Silver Age X-Men comics.  This one, X-Men #8, was cleaned and pressed before receiving a grade bump from 9.0 to 9.4.  That's a pretty nice jump.  The first copy sold on Heritage on 8/27/06 for $418.25.

And finally, X-Men #10.  Sold on Heritage on 8/27/06 for 507.88.  Appears to have been cleaned and pressed before resubmission.  It didn't receive a grade bump but page quality was degraded from W to OW.  A pretty significant drop.  What's also notable about these last three comics is they were part of the same submission to CGC based on the serial numbers.  The same submission shows up on other lots in the auction but I couldn't find past examples during my quick searches to use them in this report but it's makes me wonder what the person who resubmitted these comics did to them beforehand to have two of three receive page quality drops...

So there you have it.  Again, if I have time, I'll try to look a little deeper into other lots and see if other resub examples show up.  Regardless, as has been the pattern over at least the last year, the resub game is clearly still active and a big part of these high grade auctions.  It's certainly buyer beware these days...


12/21/06 - Just spent an hour or so looking over a preview of the upcoming Comiclink Focused Auction.  Found some pretty interesting lots.  I'll try to have a complete report on what I've found in the next couple days but here's one to ponder on until then...

Sold for 7/17/03 for $1995 on Heritage Currently Previewed on Comiclink

12/20/06 - Haven't had the time to post much lately due to work commitments.  I didn't want to get too busy though and forget to wish all of you who browse this site a Very Merry Christmas.  I wish the best for you during the Holidays and hope the new year brings great joy.  And hopefully you'll get one of your collecting grails under the tree as well...

Merry Christmas!


12/11/06 - Well wouldn't you know it?  Just a couple days have passed since I lamented on the lack of a comics scene in the Panhandle area and what do I hear on the radio?  A comics show is going to be held in Fort Walton Beach this Saturday, 16 Dec, from 10-2PM at the local Boys and Girls Club.  This is the first comics show in the area in over 5 years...and possibly closer to 10.   

It goes without saying I'll be supporting this endeavor to the maximum extent possible.  And I'd hope those in the Panhandle area will do the same.   I'll personally have at least 10 long boxes of late Silver/Bronze/Copper available. 

Also...I think it's an extremely smart location to hold a show hobby-wise.  Where better to recruit some new young readers than showcasing comics in their own backyard?  

Can't say it'll be a great show but I'm optimistic...it's a start.  And it has to start somewhere...


12/03/06 - You'll notice some minor corrections/modifications to the site.  Updated some of the Overstreet data, fixed some broken links, and other miscellaneous administrative tasks that really should have been accomplished long ago.  Enjoy...


12/03/06 - I've come to realize the comics scene in the Florida Panhandle area is practically non-existent.  There are some pretty decent stores if you're looking for new releases, gaming supplies, or other pop culture memorabilia.   But if you're a back issue collector, the selection is slim.  The one area store that does have a decent supply of older back issues doesn't keep them in the best condition.  Also, there are no comic shows to speak of within a 5 hour trip that I know of...and neither does anyone else.  The lack of a comics scene here is making me realize how lucky I was in Germany to have so many shows within a reasonable distance.  And they don't even specialize in American comics...

The lack of stores/shows though hasn't tempered my comics buying.  When you have no other options, there is always the trusty Internet to satisfy the hunt.  I'm not buying anywhere near the number of comics I was in Germany, and completely stopped while in Korea, but am starting to grab some issues as I find them.  

Below are some I've picked up over the last couple weeks.  These include some tough black Picture Frame issues (released by Marvel in 1971/1972 and called such due to a border surrounding three sides of the artwork).  Click on the thumbnails for larger pics...

This isn't all I've received and am expecting some others in the mail this week.  Some of these are upgrades to existing comics.  My buying though will not be as robust as it has been in the past and I'll be more selective in the copies I do buy.  I have way too many comics as it is (almost 40 long boxes).  I plan on selling a portion of the collection in the very near future.  They may appear here, on eBay, or I may suck it up and travel the 5+ hours and set-up at local comic show.  Regardless, there will be some great comics to be had...


12/02/06 - Maybe it's me but this clearance Hulk toy's description seems a bit off.  Looks more like "Hulk Finds The Loo" than "Hulk Smash"...