- May 29th, 2008
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Ever since getting back after graduating college, I’ve been applying for jobs and interviewing over the phone. The one thing about the whole application process is that you spend a lot of time waiting. Waiting for phone calls, waiting for responses, waiting for interview dates.
I’ve had a fair amount of time to do stuff. Get caught up on games, etc. I got a 32″ 1080p samsung HDTV, so the video games have been getting a fair amount of my time.
I’ve also been indexing and pricing my Dad’s large comic collection. He’s got a bunch of old comics that he got as a kid; stuff that wasn’t worth anything then but is worth a lot now. After the whole process, the count came to about 1314 comics, worth about $50,000. That could almost get you through a year at GW, although I feel like you’d be better off just keeping the comics.
We’re gathering a handful of the most valuable ones that are in good shape to send off to a grading company. They’ll give it an official quality grade, and encase it in a hard plastic case to preserve that quality. I took some pictures of the ones we’re sending out (apologies again for the shitty iPhone camera. I need money to buy an actual camera).
These aren’t all the valuable ones, just the ones we think would receive the best quality grades. There are others, such as Fantastic Four 48, the first appearance of the Silver Surfer.
These comics used to be in the semi-rigid Mylar cases. However, Mylar is slippery, which would mean the comics would move around in the box when being shipped to the grading company. So I had to transfer the comics to new acid-free bags with backing boards. Let me say that after keeping these comics sealed in mylar bags for so long and having to transfer them by hand to another bag is a bit of a nerve-wracking experience. The more imperfections there are, the more the grade goes down – so causing any damage while handling them could be disastrous. Holding an almost $3000 comic book in your fingertips (to minimize the amount of oil from your hands on the comic) that’s older than you are can make you really nervous.