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April 15, 2008

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Jeff Mierzwa

I remember the old DC comics from the 1970's with the Daily Planet in back. I used to cut them out and pretend to sell them! They had a Hembeck cartoon on them. I also went through "what did I do???" phase, but when I look at the comics now, I smile a little.

Wes C

I was too young to be involved in the stamp happy days. I do remember buying back issues and being alarmed to find the stamp cut out though!

One of the happiest days in my comic book collecting came when I decided to lose the uptight attitude about condition and "collectible value". I felt liberated (as corny as I know that sounds).

I'll happily buy an issue that is in bad shape or has a coupon cut out if it cost less than it's pristine counterpart. I'm buying the comic book for the contents inside, y'know to read it and enjoy it. How else could I have gotten F.F #49 for ONE BUCK?!?!?

To me your dog eared and velveteen Spidey 145 has much more value than some pristine bagged and boarded copy that will stay in it's baggie and probably never get read anyway.

Mark Engblom

"One of the happiest days in my comic book collecting came when I decided to lose the uptight attitude about condition and "collectible value". I felt liberated (as corny as I know that sounds)."

Oh, not corny at all. I know exactly how you feel, since I was also "liberated" at some point along the way. I don't recall exactly when, but all I know is that I used to be pretty fussy about condition, and then, one day, it didn't matter much. Oh sure, I prefer to get something in at least Good or Very Good condition, but if it's got a loose or missing staple....I either ignore it or sometimes even re-staple it (GASP!).

That said, you can imagine how amused I am at the whole "comic books encased in plastic" trend sweeping up the collector markets. Although I've been dying to write about it since I started this blog in '06, I've never figured out how to properly break the subject down and slow-roast it like it so richly deserves. I'll figure it out at some point, but for now I'm just perpetually bemused by the whole thing. Meanwhile, I'll keep buying back issues I CAN ACTUALLY READ.

"To me your dog eared and velveteen Spidey 145 has much more value than some pristine bagged and boarded copy that will stay in it's baggie and probably never get read anyway."

Oh, you bet.....that's a great old issue with all kinds of memories wrapped up in it.

Pat Curley

I remember a few years back some guy got GCG to certify a Spiderman comic as a "Conditional 9.6". The condition was that the stamp had been cut out. Now I'm sorry, I don't care how much nostalgia you have for comics with missing stamps, but that's not even a "fair" in my estimation. Made me think I should send in an Amazing Fantasy #15 and get it certified as a Conditional 9.8, with the condition being that it's missing the cover and the insides.

MaGnUs

Mutilating comics.... heart attack!!!

stephen

i wish comics had the same sort of fun sense of advertising

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